Apart from celebrating the National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika), schools of all levels across the Philippines will also be celebrating the National History Month this coming August. According to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines or NHCP, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Kasaysayan, Saligan ng Diwang Makabayan” (History: The Foundation of Nationalistic Spirit).
For this year, the NHCP has lined up a long list of activities including academic conferences, film showings, as well as different competitions to make the public particularly the youth more engaged in the celebration. Interested parties may check the Facebook page of NHCP for the scheduled activities.
August is being celebrated as the National History Month by virtue of former President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 339, which was signed in 2012. Prior to 2012, the Philippines only had a History Week, which ran from September 15 to 21 as stipulated in former President Ferdinand Marcos’ Proclamation 1304, signed in 1974.
In his proclamation, Aquino noted that one week “is not enough to undertake various activities given the richness and diversity of our nation’s history.” Also, it was pointed out that many major events that shaped Philippine history happened in August like the outbreak of the 1896 Philippine Revolution led by Andres Bonifacio, the birth anniversaries of former Presidents Manuel Quezon and Ramon Magsaysay, the death anniversaries of national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and his wife and former President Corazon Aquino, among others.