By Bernadette E. Tamayo | People's Journal
MOVING the observance of Rizal Day from December 30 to June 19 would be “more fitting and historically correct” to pay tribute to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed Senate Bill 2743 amending Executive Order No. 292 or the Administrative Code of 1987 by moving the national observance of Rizal Day from December 30 to June 19 every year.
He made the move as the whole nation observes this year Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary. “It is fitting then that Filipinos commemorate Rizal Day on June 19 as a day of triumph of his nationalism and patriotic ideals,” Marcos said, mindful that December 30 is an official national holiday that commemorates Rizal’s death.
“The birthday of our national hero should always be a day of celebration of his life and of his great contribution to the country’s independence from foreign domination,” he said.
Marcos believes that this year’s national observance of Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary is the more appropriate time to set historical records and significance by which we should pay tribute to our national hero.
Malacanang through the Proclamation No. 154 declared June 20 as a special non-working holiday throughout the country in commemoration of Rizal’s birthday.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines earlier asked the Palace to declare June 20, Monday, a special non-working holiday instead of June 19 which falls on a Sunday to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country and to celebrate the milestone with appropriate ceremonies.