Tagumenyos commemorate Rizal Day

Tagum City, Davao del Norte—On a fateful day of December 30, 2017, Tagumenyos gathered in front of the Rizal monument to commemorate the Rizal Day.

The said event was well attended by members of different sectors of the city and was  graced by Mr. Rico S. Pableo, Jr. the Executive Director of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts as the guest speaker.

Mr. Pableo stressed in his speech that Filipino youth should not forget that they must give their life to the nation for they are still the future of our world. In the advent of technology and modernization, he challenged the older generation to instil the values and teachings by our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal to younger people.

According to him, one doesn’t have to speak or be fluent in Filipino language to be a Filipino. A person can acquire his identity through the values and principles that he lives by therefore, a Filipino must know our culture and tradition to be called one. He ended his speech by thanking the guests for simply being there in the event which proves how important Dr. Jose Rizal is as a symbol of patriotism.

Ms. Genie Belle Atacador of Tagum City National Comprehensive High School delivered a rousing poem during the second half of the event simultaneous with the wreath laying ceremony. Atacador won first prize at Regional Festival of Talents for Sulat Tanghal competition. She will represent the region on the national level. The poem is entitled “Sulat sa Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas.”

Veterans and senior citizens, men in uniform, members of the City Historical and Cultural Commission, employees of the Department of Education, members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, Babaeng Rizalistas, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, City Officials and employees, and Mr. Rico S. Pableo Jr. paid their respect to our national hero through the wreath they offered at the monument in front of the soon to be City Historical building.

As Rizal’s quiet death, the program ended peacefully inculcating to its guests the most important lesson of all: the love for country is eternal and fulfilling even after death. In Rizal’s words, “Walang kabuluhan ang buhay na hindi inialay sa mabuting kaisipan. Para itong bato na nakakalat sa kalsada at hindi naging bahagi ng isang gusali.” Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum

IN PHOTO: (left-right) Tagum City Councilor Agripino G. Coquilla, Jr., CE, Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon, DPA, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts Mr. Rico S. Pableo Jr., and City Councilor Ester L. Angoy posed for a photo op during the Rizal Day in front of the Rizal Monument. The city officials presented a token of appreciation to Mr. Pableo for being the guest speaker for the event. Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum
The local chief executive, Hon. Allan L. Rellon gave an inspiring speech to his constituents to revive the patriotism on each one of them. He also introduced the guest speaker of the event. Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum
The second half of the event is the wreath lying. It signifies the respect and admiration of the Filipinos to Dr. Jose Rizal’s teachings and works. Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum