The Philippines will be marking the 150th birth anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio this November 30. Given its historical significance, President Benigno Aquino III last year declared the said day as a regular holiday throughout the country through Proclamation 459. November 30 falls on a Saturday this year.
The unfortunate timing of the holiday raises one curious question – will President Aquino also declare November 29 a special non-working holiday to give Filipinos, most importantly students, the chance to really observe the hero’s special day? It seems not likely at the moment, but please check out The Filipino Scribe in the coming days for any updates.
Bonifacio’s approaching 150th birth anniversary has prompted renewed interest on various aspects of the national hero’s life. This year, a group of Philippine history enthusiasts openly vouched for the proclamation of Bonifacio as the country’s first president instead of Emilio Aguinaldo. Meanwhile, some quarters are urging President Aquino to give the hero a state funeral through an online petition which has gathered 9,000 signatures so far.
The fact that we are celebrating Bonifacio Day on the hero’s birth date and not on his death anniversary speaks a lot about the controversies that still engulf him to this day. For one, the circumstances that led to his execution remains hotly debated. In fact, his remains seems to have vanished already from the face of the Earth since the Liberation period.
- 7 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Andres Bonifacio (filipiknow.net)