Duterte declares March 22, 2019 as ‘Emilio Aguinaldo Day’

Duterte declares March 22, 2019 as ‘Emilio Aguinaldo Day’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte declared March 22, 2019 as “Emilio Aguinaldo Day” in commemoration of his 150th birth anniversary and to “rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history.”

Proclamation 621, which Duterte signed on November 8, also “encourages every citizen to emulate and honor our forefathers.”

Under the proclamation, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) is designated as the lead agency for Aguinaldo’s 150th birth anniversary celebration.

“The NHCP may convene an inter-agency task force to plan, coordinate, and implement effectively all programs, projects and activities relative to this milestone event,” the memorandum said.

“All departments, agencies, bureaus, offices and national government agencies, local government units and government-owned or -controlled corporations, as well as educational institutions at all levels, are hereby enjoined to give full support and assistance consistent with their respective mandates, to the NHCP in the exercise of its responsibilities under the proclamation,” it added.

The necessary funding for the various commemorative activities will be sourced from the regular appropriations of the concerned agencies, according to the memorandum.

Aguinaldo Day or Cavite Day is traditionally celebrated by the General’s descendants, officials and residents with simple activities at the Aguinaldo Shrine or family mansion on Tirona Highway in Barangay Kaingin, Kawit.

Aguinaldo, also known as “Heneral Miong,” was born on March 22, 1869 at the family ancestral home (now Shrine) in Cavite El Viejo, now  Kawit.

He became president in 1898 at the age of 29.

Aguinaldo was also known as “Caesar of the Philippines,” “The Arm of Divine Providence,” and “Liberator of the Filipino People” because of his stance and actions during the revolution. CATHERINE VALENTE

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