MANILA, Aug. 31 The city government of Manila and the Samahang Plaridel, an association of veteran Filipino journalists, jointly honored on Wednesday Marcelo H. del Pilar, considered the father of Philippine journalism, on the occasion of his 161th birth anniversary.
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and veteran journalist Rolly Estabillo, president of Samahang Plaridel, led the celebration with a wreath-laying ceremony at Del Pilars monument at Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila. <br>City officials from Manila and members of Samahang Plaridel also graced the occasion. <br>Del Pilar, who founded the newspaper "Diariong Tagalog," wrote articles against the abuses of the Spanish clergy at that time and defended the writings of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. <br>In 1888, he fled to Spain to escape from clerical persecution. <br>In December 1889, he succeeded Graciano Lopez Jaena as editor of the Filipino reformist periodical "La Solidaridad" in Madrid. <br>He died of tuberculosis in Barcelona, Spain on July 4, 1896. (PNA)<br>DCT/scs/RBC/utb