Aquino urges Filipinos to be proud of national language

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 30 — President Benigno Aquino IIII on Sunday urged the Filipinos to be proud of their language as the country marked the 116th anniversary of the martyrdom of national hero Jose P. Rizal.

Sunday also marked the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the National Language.

"Sinadya nga pong itapat ang paglagda sa pag-iral ng pambansang wika sa araw ng paggunita kay Dr. Jose Rizal," the President said. "Minithi niya ang isang bansang malaya at may sariling pagkakakilanlan sa pagpapatibay ng pambansang wika."

President Aquino led the flag-raising ceremony at 7:00 a.m. at the Luneta Park in Manila. Similar activity was repeated simultaneously in different parts of the country.

The President placed flowers at the base of the Rizal monument, and the national hero was given a 21-gun salute.

"Isinasatinig ng ating wika ang mga karanasan, mga pagsubok at tagumpay ng sambayanan; ang ating kalayaan at pang-araw-araw na gawi. Nagkakahugis ang kasaysayan; nabibigkas ang ating adhikain; nasasa-titik ang ating kolektibong damdamin," the President said in his message.

"Sagisag ang pagsisikap ni Rizal sa pagsusulong ng Wikang Pambansa sa ating mga pananagutan: makitungo nang patas sa ating kapwa, intindihin ang mga suliraning kanilang hinaharap, at iangat sila upang malampasan ang mga ito," he stressed.

"Sa liwanag ng katotohanan at katapatang ipinababatid ng ating wika, at ng katangi-tanging pamana ni Rizal, tumitingkad ang ating pagkakaisa, lumalakas ang ating tinig at pagkakapit-bisig tungo sa pag-abot ng ating mga mithiin," he added.

Also present at the ceremony were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Armed Forces Chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa, and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

Rizal's grandchildren and the members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the national hero's remains from Binondo Plaza to the Rizal monument.

A symbolic re-enactment of the transfer of Rizal's urn from the house of his sister Narcisa in Binondo to Rizal Park was also held.

Rizal was buried in 1896 at Paco Park. In 1898, his remains was transferred to Narcisa's house, where it stayed until December 30, 1912. (PNA)

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