City marks 121st Anniversary of Martyrdom of National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal at the Quezon Park

“Rizal 2017: Mabuting Kaisipan, Susi sa Kaunlaran”

City Councilor Alan Gel Cordova representing Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, Atty. Marcelino C. Maxino and City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan D. Pineda led other dignitaries and officials in offering wreaths in front of Dr. Jose Rizal’s statue in honor of his patriotic fervor and memory.

Councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal and Lionel Banogon joined the ceremony with City Administrator Ricardo Gonzales, Provincial Assistant Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili, City Agriculturist William Ablong, City Fire Marshall C/Insp. Mary Joy Candelario, Deped officials led by City Schools Division Assistant Supt. Neri Ojastro, members of the Free and Accepted Mason of the Philippines-Mount Kaladias Lodge 91, the Knights of Rizal, 62IB of the Philippine Army, Liga ng mga Barangay, Samahang Magdalo, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Federation of Philippine Veterans and the Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative and Saint Paul University Dumaguete.

Faculty members of the Dumaguete City High School re-enacted the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Commemorative Speaker Atty. Marcelino C. Maxino stresses that “Rizal towers in greatness above everyone else in his race not because of his martyrdom, because there are countless martyrs everywhere, but because of the force of his ideas forged at a moment in history when the power of the intellect was hardly appreciated and in a land where suppression of thought was the rule. He is great because of the nobility of his vision for his fatherland, which was to build on solid foundation, a foundation where humanity is redeemed by knowledge, where there are no tyrants and slaves, and where there is only one rule of justice, and every man a citizen of the world.”