Cebu City celebrates Andres Bonifacio Day; groups hold protest march

A SOLEMN ceremony and a peaceful protest greeted the 159th birth anniversary of the father of the Philippine revolution and hero Andres Bonifacio in Cebu City Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

The Cebu City Government held a wreath laying ceremony together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the statue of Bonifacio in Plaza Independencia.

Meanwhile, some cause-oriented groups marched from Freedom Park on Magallanes St. to Colon St. as they aired out their concerns on various societal issues.

The City Government's activity was organized by the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) and was attended by Mayor Michael Rama, Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, and some city councilors.

In his speech, Garcia encouraged the youth to look at the life of Bonifacio and use it as a source of inspiration.

"In his life, we could find wonderful qualities such as bravery, selflessness, patriotism, nationalism, and big love for country. Truly, Andres Bonifacio is a role model worth imitating," said Garcia.

Denwhil Cañete, vice chairman of Anak Bayan Cebu, told reporters that the goal of their protest is to stop the injustices that are happening in the country, especially on issues surrounding red-tagging, state fascism, climate change, and human rights, among others.

Cañete said the participants of the protest are student leaders and student publication members of different schools in Cebu, members of Kabataan Partylist, and people from different sectors. (IRT)