National History Month theme 2017: “Kasaysayan: Susi sa Nasyonalismo’t Pambansang Kamalayan”
Education institutions of all levels across the Philippines will 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: Susi sa Nasyonalismo’t Pambansang Kamalayan” (History: The Key To Nationalism and National Consciousness).
This year is extra significant because it is the 75th year anniversary of World War II in the Philippines.
In connection to this, the NHCP has lined up many activities including the 2017 World War II Documentary Film Festival in partnership with Spyron-AV Manila and an international research conference titled “Fighting for the Motherland: World War II in the Philippines and the Rise of the Resistance.” Interested parties may check the Facebook page of NHCP for more information.
August has been designated as the National History Month as mandated in former President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 339, which was signed in 2012. Before 2012, there was only 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 said 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 start of the 1896 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.