National Heroes Day Celebration
Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
27 August 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the celebration of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. With a theme “Honest, courageous and nationalistic Filipinos: You are the heroes of the straight and righteous path,” the President emphasized the heroism displayed by Filipinos who fought and died in the name of freedom and democracy. He added that even ordinary citizens are heroes in their own right, saying that “hinuhubog ang bayani hindi lang sa husay sa pakikidigma, pagharap sa bala o sa pagdidilig ng sariling dugo sa lupang sinilangan. Maipamamalas din ito sa pagsasantabi ng sariling interes at sa paggawa ng tama na walang hinahangad na kapalit o pagkilala,” the President said.
Furthermore, President Aquino mentioned the heroism displayed by the late Sec. Jesse Robredo who lived and died as a simple man and displayed selfless acts in serving the people of Naga City and his country.
During the event, the Chief Executive was joined by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario, members of the diplomatic corps, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno.
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