President Aquino Leads Rizal Day Rites At Rizal Park In Manila

P-Noy will lead today’s ceremonies at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park, Manila to commemorate the 118th anniversary of Philippines national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s execution by firing squad during the Spanish times.

This year’s theme is “Rizal 2014: Dunong at Pusong Pilipino.”

In a message, Aquino said Filipinos will discover an exemplar of citizenship in Rizal and in his triumphs and sacrifice.

“We imbibe the inspiration to continue the fight for the Filipino,” he said.

P-Noy to lead Rizal Day rites today

According to news report, the President will preside over the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies, which will commence at 7 a.m. at the Rizal Park.

“Rizal served as our precedent for prodigious acts: He took upon himself to alleviate the despair of others and cast his stake for a tomorrow of peace and liberty,” the President said, enjoining the people to “walk the path of accountability and commit ourselves to the task of nation-building”.

After the program, the President will meet and greet eight descendants of Rizal through his siblings, Maria, Narcisa, Saturnina, Paciano, and Soledad.