Calbayognons honor local hero as nation celebrates 115th Independence Day

June 12, 2013 10:20 pm 

CALBAYOG CITY, Samar, June 12 — Calbayognons paid tribute to a local hero, Benedicto Nijaga, along with Dr. Jose Rizal during the traditional wreath-laying ceremony marking the country’s 115th Independence Day celebration here today.

Sr. Don Benedicto P. Nijaga was one of the 13 Filipino martyrs shot to death by musketry in Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) after the Spanish Government accused them of treason, sedition and rebellion, 12 days after the tragic execution of Rizal.

The wreath laying was followed by a 21-gun salute to honor the legacy of the two heroes.

Nevertheless, the celebration in this city was simple in line with the directive from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to make the event meaningful sans grandiose activities.

The celebration kicked off with a thanksgiving mass at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral where Rev. Fr. Necias Abujuela, in his homily, called for unity and for everyone to leave behind the political hangover caused by the May 13 Elections.

He said that regardless of political persuasion, this is now a time for Calbayognons to come together and pray for those who won that they may reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the Calbayognons.

Meantime, mayor-elect Ronaldo P. Aquino, in his message delivered by city administrator Rosario Gonzaga during the short program that followed reminded every Calbayognon of their roles to play in turning the vision of a prosperous and peaceful Calbayog City into a reality.

He also echoed the call of Fr. Abujuela for unity in order to achieve this vision that will ensure improved quality of life for Calbayognons. (PNA)

PGL/A.C. QUERUBIN/EGR

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