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Balanga City holds colorful Rizal Day rites

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Dec. 30 — This component city on Sunday held a simple but colorful celebration of the 116th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The celebration has for its theme, “Rizalismo: Sandigan ng Kaunlaran, Pagkakaisa at Kapayapaan.”

It started with a long parade attended by members of various sectors from the St. Joseph Cathedral to the Plaza Mayor de Balanga which was patterned after that of Salamanca in Spain.

City mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III led the wreath-laying rites at the Rizal Monument located at the plaza.

Members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, Punong Barangays, Knights of Columbus, Free and Accepted Masons and Bataan (Host) Lions Club also offered flowers at the foot of the monument.

After a short program, white and red balloons were released to conclude the day’s event. (PNA)

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