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Bulacan honors Del Pilar, declares holiday on August 30
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS – More than 5,000 people from all walks of life will gather at the Dambanang Marcelo H. del Pilar in Barangay San Nicolas, Bulakan as they commemorate the 163rd birth anniversary of the country’s great propagandist, Marcelo H. del Pilar also known as Plaridel.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that in order to give way for this celebration, August 30 has been declared a Special Non Working Holiday in the province of Bulacan 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.

Senator Teofisto Guingona, the guest of honor is expected to grace the event which is anchored on the theme “PLARIDEL: Sa Tilamsik ng Diwa at Pusong Makabansa, Pilipino sa Buong Mundo ay Dinadakila.”

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 Gob. Alvarado, Bulakan Mayor Patrick Meneses, Executive Director of National Historical Commission of the Philippines Ludovico Badoy, Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque and PNP Regional Director PC Supt. Edgardo Ladao.

“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 also 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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