Malacañang declares Balagtas Day as a special non-working day in Bulacan
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
CITY OF MALOLOS — Bulakenyos will now have extended holidays after the Holy Week as the Office of the President declared the birth anniversary of the Bulakenyo poet and orator Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar on April 2, 2018 as a special non-working day in the Province of Bulacan.
In accordance with Proclamation No. 454 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea dated March 20, 2018, “it is but fitting and proper that the people of the Province of Bulacan be given full opportunity to celebrate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”
Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado believes that the youth should never forget the great legacy Balagtas has left us, his poetry.
“Sa panahon ngayon na tila nakakalimutan na ng ating mga kabataan ang pagtula at balagtasan at unti-unti na itong napapalitan ng mga makabagong uri ng sining, mahalaga na kanilang mabatid na ang uri ng sining na ibinabaon na sa limot ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit naging dakila ang ating mahal na lalawigan,” Alvarado said.
Moreover, the municipality of Balagtas will have a mass to be followed by a wreath laying activity at the monument of Baltazar in front of their municipal hall to give honor to the great poet whom they named their town after.
Francisco Baltazar has been named as “Prinsipe ng Manunulang Tagalog” and considered as the ‘William Shakespeare of the Philippines’. One of his renowned works “Florante at Laura” served as one of the foundations of Philippine literature.