Rizal’s Death Commemoration



This coming December 30, the whole country will be celebrating the 123rd Death Commemoration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. In Naga City, the celebration will be held at the Rizal Monument at at the Naga City Hall compound instead of at the Plaza Rizal Monument in downtown Naga. This is because presently the Plaza Rizal downtown site is presently undergoing renovation. Last December 18. representatives of the PNP Naga City command, Naga City Fire Department, the BJMP. the station command of the Philippine Coast Guard, the PSO and the SWMO had a conference at the City Events, Protocol and Public Information Office in preparation for the event this coming December 30. The organizing committee headed by Mr. Vic Avila said that the Knights of Rizal, headed by yours truly as its Commander will be the lead organization in the celebration. The ceremonial activities such as the Flag Raising and Wreath Laying, Community Flower Offering, Acknowledgement of Guests and Overture shall start at 7:45a.m. while the Commemorative Program will begin at 8:00a.m. The Theme of the Commemoration is “Rizal in the Midst and Challenges of a Competitive World.” Indeed, this theme is most appropriate for a meaningful pause and thoughtful consideration. It is noteworthy that we ask ourselves, after 123 years what have we got to show for this timeless tradition of commemorating the death of our national hero? What have we passed to our children and grandchildren, our students and the youth of our country, about the great man? Has this tradition shaped who we are today, or has it simply become nothing more than perfunctory or obligatory? Has it served as an avenue in uniting us together and upholding the honored values of the man whose memory we revered? Do we, in fact, recognize these values lived out and carried on the life of our country today? Indeed, these are valid questions which you and I and all of us should pause and reflect on if we have to continue to honor our great hero.

TRIVIA: Through this column we wish to express our thanks to our AdeNU high school batch ‘54 batchmatem Borromeo for hosting our high school batch Christmas party at their Cadlan residence last December 20.Tim and his lovely spouse virtually rolled out the barrel for the batch althought the affair was purely p potlock. Congratulations also to the Officers and members of the Knights of Columbus, Mons. Jorge Barlin Assembly (MJBA) for the fun-filled Chrisstmas party jointly with the Knights of Rizal.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: “A STOUT HEART MAY BE RUINED IN FORTUNE BUT NOT IN SPIRIT.” VICTOR HUGO

FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE: “BEHOLD GOD REJECTS THE OBSTINATE IN HEART XXX BUT GRANTS VINDICATION TO THE OPPRESSED.” JOBS 37:7