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Rizal’s 156th birth anniversary set June 19

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The City Government in coordination with the Order of the Knights of Rizal-ZC chapter has lined up activities in commemoration of the 156th birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal on Monday, June 19.

Themed “The Emergence of Peace, Solidarity and Good Governance,” the program will kick off 8am with the flag raising ceremony at the Plaza Rizal fronting City Hall.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead the hoisting of the Philippine flag and the floral offering afterwards.

Knights of Rizal-Western Mindanao Area commander Domingo Falcasantos will give the opening remarks while Mayor Climaco will give the inspirational message.

The Zamboanga City High School-Main choir will provide choral renditions as well as lead the singing of the national anthem during the flag-raising rites. Knights of Rizal Joseph Wee will close the program.

Named Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda, Rizal was a Filipino nationalist and polymath during the tail end of the Spanish colonial period. He was born June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna to parents Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonso.

He was executed by Spanish forces on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan, now Luneta Park in Manila on charges of rebellion through his writings. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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