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Magsaysay, to grace the 114th Anniversary of First Philippine Republic
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS—Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. will represent President Benigno S. Aquino III in marking another milestone in the country’s history as he leads the 114th Anniversary of the First Philippine Republic on January 23 at the historical church of Barasoain in this city.

Magsaysay will be joined by provincial officials headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando.

The governor said that this year’s celebration will be highlighted by a parade dubbed as “Parada ng Republika”, that will be joined by the eight governors of the provinces representing the eight rays of the sun in the Philippine flag.

“Kung ang Baguio ay tanyag sa kanilang bulaklak at ang Pampanga naman ay sa kanilang makukulay na parol, nais nating itanghal ang dakilang lalawigan ng Bulacan bilang bayan ng mga bayani at sa makulay at mahalaga nitong bahagi sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas,” said Alvarado.

Alvarado said that incumbent leaders of the eight rays -- Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla, Laguna Gov. Emilio Ramon Ejercito III, Metro Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Batangas Gov. Rosa Vilma Santos-Recto and Tarlac Gov. Victor Yap—will add more significance to the occasion.

“This will be the first time that leaders of the eight provinces that broke from Spanish colonial rule will be present in marking the anniversary of the First Philippine Republic. Their presence will add more significance and boost unity among us in preserving one of the most important events in Philippine history,” Alvarado said.

National Historical Commission of the Philippines Executive Director Ludovico Badoy said that the program will start at 7 o’clock in the morning through a flag raising ceremony and wreathe laying activity in Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s monument.

“We want to uplift the awareness of our fellow Filipinos especially the young generation that this is a very significant part of the history. It is not only to promote Malolos, not only for Bulacan but for the entire country as well,” said Badoy.

He added that they will be putting flags and tarpaulins along Roxas Boulevard to inform Filipinos to join the celebration.

The First Philippine Republic, popularly known as the Malolos Republic, was the first republic in Asia. It was inaugurated on January 23, 1899 at the Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan where in Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo took his oath of office as President of the Republic. ###

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