Friday, November 29, 2013

PA fetes Gat Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth anniversary Saturday

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 29): PA fetes Gat Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth anniversary Saturday

The Philippine Army (PA) said on Friday that its officers and men will pay tribute to the greatness of revolutionary leader Gat Andres Bonifacio as the nation commemorates the patriot's sesquicentennial birth anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 30.

President Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to lead the commemoration of Bonifacio’s heroic contribution to the Philippine campaign for independence as the "Great Plebeian" through a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bonifacio National Monument in Grace Park, Caloocan City.

The President will be joined by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista as the military host, and the commanders of the major services as co-hosts.

Army personnel are to be led by PA chief-of-staff, Brig. Gen. Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.

They will also offer a wreath at the monument of Andres Bonifacio at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. This activity will be attended by Mae Andrea Bonifacio, a descendant of the national hero.

More than the wreaths offered at Bonifacio’s monument, the PA believes that another great way of paying tribute to the founder and supremo of the Katipunan is by remembering his courage and heroism and emulating this as the soldiers carry out their mandate of preserving the country’s freedom and democracy.

The PA also draws inspiration from the sacrifices of Bonifacio and the Katipuneros who played a crucial role in liberating the country and the people from foreign colonization.

As Filipinos celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Bonifacio, the PA also encourages its personnel to serve with commitment and courage, just like what the hero did.

Meanwhile, a befitting tribute accorded to Bonifacio was the naming of the Army’s headquarters after him. From Fort William Mckinley, which used to be the headquarters of the Philippine Division during the American colonial period, it was renamed Fort Andres Bonifacio.

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