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Nation observes Bonifacio Day on Tuesday

MANILA, Nov. 29 – The nation observes the 147th birth anniversary of Gat Andrés Bonifacio, founder of the Katipunan and one of the country's national heroes, on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

In Quezon City, Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte are scheduled to lay a wreath at 8 a.m. at the Bonifacio Monument at the Cloverleaf Interchange in Balintawak.

Bautista and Belmonte will be assisted by other key officials of Quezon City, including Department of Education (DepEd)-QC Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Corazon Rubio, and descendants of Bonifacio.

A cultural presentation about Bonifacio’s life will be presented by students from the Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches.

Andres Bonifacio was born on Nov. 30, 1863 to Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro. His given name comes from Saint Andrew, whose feast day falls on Nov. 30.

Bonifacio Day on Nov. 30 every year is sometimes confused with the National Heroes' Day (actually celebrated on the last Sunday of August).

Bonifacio Day is also odd, because heroes — like saints —are often remembered more for their death than their birth. The national hero José Rizal's birthday, June 19, is a holiday only in Laguna province, but the date of his execution, Dec. 30, is a national holiday known as Rizal Day.

Bonifacio is remembered on his birthday rather than the date of his death, May 10, 1897, for historical reasons.

Historians said unlike Rizal, who was executed by the enemy, and other heroes who died in battle, Bonifacio was executed by fellow Filipinos in Mt. Buntis, Maragondon, Cavite. (PNA) scs/JCA

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