The province of Bulacan will lead the rest of the nation in commemorating the 167th birth anniversary of hero Marcelo del Pilar this coming August 30, 2017.
The day, which this year falls on Wednesday, is a special non-working holiday in Bulacan as declared by Republic Act (RA) 7449. It was was enacted during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. Read the full text of RA 7449 in this link.
Del Pilar is best known in Philippine history for being part of the triumvirate, together with Jose Rizal and Graciano Lopez-Jaena, that initiated the propaganda movement against the Spanish colonial government from the 1880s until his death in 1896.
Using the pen names “Plaridel” and “Pupdoh,” Del Pilar wrote essays, articles, and satirical pieces like “Dasalan at Tocsohan” which highlighted the abuses of Spanish government officials and even by members of the clergy.
Del Pilar founded the nationalistic newspaper “Diariong Tagalog” in 1882. He went on to serve as a journalist and editor for “La Solidaridad,” the leading mouthpiece of the propaganda movement. He is now remembered as the provincial hero of Bulacan, according to their 2007 Administrative Code.