(Metro News) Novaliches folks honor Bonifacio on his 148th birth anniversary

November 30, 2011 10:55 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 30 — Residents of the former town of Novaliches, now divided between Quezon City and Caloocan City, joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 148th birth anniversary of Philippine revolutionary leader and Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio on Wednesday.

The celebration was held at the newly-relocated Bonifacio monument near the Novaliches Police Station along Quirino Highway in Barangay Novaliches Proper.

It was highlighted by floral offerings participated in by Bonifacio's surviving relatives from Novaliches and nearby Valenzuela City, the former town of Polo, Bulacan.

The celebration was organized jointly by the Knights of Columbus, Novaliches Assembly ACN 2360 and St. Maximillan Ma. Kolbe Assembly ACN 2993, the family of the late Novaliches civic and business leader Ignacio Bonifacio, and Barangay Captain Jose A. Visaya of Novaliches Proper.

In his invocation, Rev. Fr. Monteclaro Villoria of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Novaliches, cited the heroism and courage of Bonifacio in launching the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

In a message, Edgardo I. Bonifacio, a great grandson of the Katipunan founder, traced the chain of events since the birth of Bonifacio in Tondo, Manila until the outbreak of the revolution on August 23, 1896.

The guest speaker, Sir Knight Deovides Reyes, Master of the 4th Degree, KC National Capital Region District, also recalled the heroism and bravery of Bonifacio.

Another highlight of the celebration was the reading of the "12 Kartilya ng Katipunan" by grand knights and council members of the Knights of Columbus Novaliches Assembly and St. Maximillan Ma. Kolbe Assembly.

Historical records show that after the founding of the Katipunan in Tondo on July 7, 1892, Bonifacio went to Novaliches, then a town of the province of Manila, to organize the Novaliches Katipunan chapter.

At present, two of Bonifacio's closest friends in Novaliches — Tomas Geronimo and Canuto Dumalay — have streets named after them at the old Novaliches poblacion or town center.

The old Novaliches-Polo Road has been renamed General Luis Street in honor of Gen. Luis Malinis, one of Bonifacio's most trusted and bravest revolutionary aides. (PNA) FFC/scs/mec

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