Melanie Jimenez, News, Communication Management Office
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in collaboration with the City Government of Manila and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), commemorated the 158th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini on July 23.
Through a wreath-laying ceremony led by Manila vice-mayor John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto, several organizations, individuals, and relatives offered their respects to the national hero. Representatives from the National Council of Disability Affairs (NCDA), Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas (GLNF), NHCP, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were present during the ceremony.
On behalf of the PUP Community, President Manuel M. Muhi voiced his support for and unwavering dedication to safeguarding the Mabini Shrine, which served as the former residence of Gat Apolinario Mabini and the nursery of his memory. He added PUP is available to everyone who want to visit the PUP Mabini Shrine and honor Apolinario Mabini’s heritage.
“Ngunit lampas pa sa garbo at kislap ng selebrasyon ay ang kritikal na pag-aaral ng mga batis ng ating kasaysayan. Patuloy natin itong balikan, pagsumikapang sikhayin ang mga aral nito. Hindi lamang mga petsa at pangalan ang mahalaga, kundi lalong higit ang diwa ng bawat pangyayari at pagpapasya, kaya’t humahantong tayo sa kasalukuyan, at lumalakad tungo sa kinabukasan,” President Muhi stated, emphasizing the need for everyone to critically review history in order to gain a better understanding of our national identity.
In his message, Vice Mayor Nieto also urged all Iskolar ng Bayan to follow the footsteps of Mabini, a man known for his tenacity and devotion to the service of his country.
“Ang dambana na ito ay isang pagpupugay at pagkilala kay Mabini bilang pagtanaw sa mga nagawa at naitulong sa pagkamit ng minimithing kasarinlan. Ito ay magsisibing paalala sa mga tinaguriang pag-asa ng ating bayan na hindi kailanman maging sagabal ang aumang uri ng kapansanan para ipamalas ang pagmahal sa bansa.”
He also took the opportunity to encourage all city councilors to further draft ordinances that would forward the interests of people with disabilities
“Hinihikayat ko ang mga konsehal na mag-akda pa ng mga ordinansa na magsusulong sa patas na pamumuhay ng ating mga kababayang may kapansanan. Ito ay upang dumami pa ang mga kagaya ni Apolinario Mabini na handang maglingkod at maging tapat sa bayan sa kabila ng mga kapansanan,” he said.
The ceremony concluded with the Bagong Himig Serneta and PNP choir performing “Hanggang Wala nang Bukas,” which is famed for its lines, “Ang makita kang malaya, ang nagiisang panata.”
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