“The bravery and patriotism of Gat Andres Bonifacio, and many of our forebears who fought against foreign dominators, must serve as our guiding post in beating the odds that hinder our progress as a people and as a nation,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his national address in celebration of the 158th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio on 30 November 2021.
Anchored on the theme ‘Bonifacio 2021: Pagbubuklod para sa Kaligtasan at Kalusugan ng Bayan’, the commemorative event commenced with the wreath-laying ceremony led by President Duterte together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Dr. Rene R. Escalante and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff LtGen. Andres C. Centino at the Dambana ng Diwa ng Pinaglabanan in San Juan City.
President Duterte also emphasized in his speech that revisiting and honoring our past will help impart a stronger sense of nationhood to the present and future generations of Filipinos.
“As we commemorate these events, I invite every Filipino to become a hero like Bonifacio by participating actively in our nation-building efforts, especially those challenging times when we have to secure our nation’s health, safety and wellness,” he added.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Magalong was also posthumously conferred to Gat Andres Bonifacio by President Duterte, assisted by Senator Bong Go. The great granddaughter of the hero, Ms. Buena Grace Distrito Casanova, received the award.
An audio-visual presentation was also played to show the restoration of the El Deposito Underground Water Reservoir. The reservoir was historically known as the site where the onset of the Philippine Revolution through the Battle of San Juan del Monte took place in 1896.
The solemn event was also witnessed by the Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, and San Juan City Mayor Francisco Javier Zamora.