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August 30 is holiday in Bulacan
Monday, 27 August 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- In commemoration of the 162th birth anniversary of one of the country’s heroes Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar also known as Plaridel, August 30 has been declared a Special Non Working Holiday in the province of Bulacan.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the directive is in accordance to Republic Act No. 7449 or “An Act Declaring August Thirty a Special Non Working Holiday in the Province of Bulacan,” which was approved last April 27, 1992.

With the theme “Tapang at Talas ng Panulat ni Marcelo, Inspirasyon sa Pagbabago”, the governor and Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses will lead the short program to be held at the Dambanang Marcelo H. del Pilar in San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan.

The event will kick off with a civic parade at 5:30 a.m. to be followed with a program at 8:00 a.m. and wreath-laying ceremony to be led by Alvarado, Cong. Juan Edgardo Angara as guest of honor, Hon. Ludovico Badoy, executive director of National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Paombong Mayor Donato Marcos and PNP Regional Director PC Supt. Edgardo Ladao.

Meanwhile, house representatives and board members of the province as well as the other elected officials, chiefs and staff of the provincial and municipal government are expected to grace the said celebration.

The third part of the program includes Ecumenical Prayer and awarding of winners in the On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest.

“Hinihikayat ko ang mga Bulakenyo na suportahan at pahalagahan ang mahalagang araw na ito sa pamamagitan ng sama-samang pagsariwa sa diwa at kabayanihan ni Plaridel na naging bahagi sa pagkamit ng kalayaan ng bansa,” Alvarado said.

Del Pilar is the youngest of the ten siblings of the wealthy family Don Julian del Pilar, a gobernadorcillo and Doña Blasa Gatmaitan.

He was the editor of the newspaper Diariong Tagalog which strongly criticized the way the Spaniards ran the government and treated the people. He was known also as the editor of La Solidaridad newspaper, the mouthpiece of the propagandists working for reforms for the Filipinos. Del Pilar died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1896 in Barcelona, Spain. ###

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