By Patrick Cendreda
The city government of Dagupan joined the nationwide observance of the 118th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal this Tuesday, December 30 with the traditional laying of floral wreaths at the hero’s monument at the city plaza.
The wreath laying ceremony will be led by the city officials headed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez together with officials from the local government, PNP, Department of Education, Free Masons of the Philippines, Knights of Columbus, teachers and students among others.
Among those who attended the ceremony were Councilors Jose Netu Tamayo and Marcelino Fernandez, District Deputy Grand Master Michael Camilo G. Datario, Kendall Cua, Benny Cuna, and Msgr. Antonio Padilla.
This year’s theme is “Rizal 2014: Dunong at Pusong Pilipino.”
In her message, Mayor Fernandez highlighted the need for every Filipino citizen to recognize and emulate the spirit and compassion displayed by Dr. Rizal and added that it is also invaluable for her fellow public servants to follow Rizal's sense of selflessness and accountability.
“We all know now, that Rizal did not die in vain. All the more historians made sure we know that, Rizal did his best to gain for us the freedom he thought we all deserve,” said Fernandez. (CIO photos by Jojo Tamayo)