National Heroes Day

MANILA, Philippines - The nation celebrates National Heroes' Day and this annual event acknowledges the contributions of all the men and women (known and unknown) who dedicated their lives and work for Philippine freedom and development. National Heroes' Day was initially celebrated on November 30 which coincides with the Birth Anniversary of Andres C. Bonifacio, Founder of the Katipunan. By virtue of Proclamation No. 295 signed in 2011, National Heroes' Day is now celebrated every fourth Monday of August.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, which leads this year's celebration, will be joined by other government agencies and non-government organizations in its various activities. Highlights of the event will be wreath-laying ceremonies at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, at 8 a.m. today. The activity will be replicated nationwide in various cities and municipalities.

The Department of Education is encouraging all public and private schools to highlight the courage and patriotism of our national heroes in their classroom discussions and other related activities in subject areas such as Sibika at Kultura, Hekasi, Araling Panlipunan, Values Education, Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health, Filipino, and English. Teachers have been conducting classroom essay writing, drawing, storytelling, and oratorical contests and debates, showcasing values, heroism, nationalism, patriotism and love of country which were exhibited by the heroes during trying periods of this country.

As we celebrate National Heroes' Day, let us remember the heroes who are not with us anymore, let us honor our modern-day heroes, including our Overseas Filipino Workers.

We greet the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and its Board of Commissioners, headed by its Chairperson, Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, and Board Members Fe Buenaventura-Mangahas, Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes, and Dr. Abraham P. Sakili and other Officers, in their continuing effort of preserving the memory of our national heroes. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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