Mayor Cayetano joins heroes’ day rites at Libingan ng mga Bayani
MANILA, Philippines — Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano joined the National Heroes Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Monday during which President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The theme of the commemoration was “Kabayanihan Tungo sa Pagkakaisa at Pag-unlad”— or “Heroism Towards Unity and Progress.”
Cayetano said the sacrifices of Filipino heroes should be an inspiration in overcoming challenges. The day should also be a reminder of the need to help the needy and to serve Filipinos with integrity.
Marcos also dedicated this day to farmers, medical frontliners, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), among others, as he urged Filipinos to serve as instruments of unity and peace.
Also attending the commemoration were House Speaker Martin Romualdez, Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo, Defense Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Dr. Rene Escalante, Taguig First District Rep. Ricardo “Ading” Cruz, and Second District Rep. Pammy Zamora, and Taguig councilors.
There were also war veterans and representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and from diplomatic communities.
Under Republic Act No. 3827 of 1931, the commemoration of National Heroes Day was set for the last week of August.
In 2007, Republic Act No. 9492, signed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, changed the date to Aug. 29.
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