Filipinos urged to learn from Rizal

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

ILOILO CITY, Dec 30 — City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Sunday underscored that the Filipinos are still “still in need of heroes” as the country marked the 116th anniversary of Jose P. Rizal's martyrdom.

“If we cannot be heroes then let us inspire the youth to be heroes. We live in a time when loyalty, respect, truthfulness have either be lost or turned into a rare human quality. It is this thus important to teach and encourage leaders of tomorrow that loyalty, respect, love of fellowmen and ever-ready helping hand and truthfulness are some of the things that will make a difference,” he stressed.

The city chief executive spoke during a simple ceremony held here Sunday morning at the Plaza Libertad honoring the national hero.

Guest speaker Dr. Hilda Montaño, for her part, emphasized that Filipinos need not sacrifice their lives to show their patriotism but they could learn from lessons instilled by Rizal.

Montaño,professor at the West Visayas State University (WVSU) and one of the 2012 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardees, said Filipinos could contribute in their own little way to nation-building.

Solid waste management, patronizing local products, modeling for the younger generation the value of respect for the Philippine flag and following local ordinances among others, she said, were all doable actions where Filipinos could express their patriotism.

“We are now enjoying the fruits of the battles he waged through the power of his pen and his execution,” she added.

“Novels and other literary pieces written by him need to be seriously studied and taken to heart by the Filipinos for lessons we learned from them could still be applicable in the 21st century.”

Mabilog said that Rizal’s ideals continue to inspire him in all aspects, governance and performance.

“He showed us the way so we must go back and turn the pages of our history to learn the true the meaning of his supreme sacrifice, true significance of patriotism and heroism,” he urged.

The simple celebration kicked off with a wreath laying ceremony by various government agencies to the monument of Rizal.

The audience also heard the rendition of the Hiligaynon translation of his masterpiece, "Mi Ultimo Adios" (My Last Farewell), translated by former city government official Potenciano Gallo. (PNA)

PDS/PGLENA

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