Rizal Monument, Manila
30 December 2014

President Benigno S. Aquino III led the commemorative rites for the 118th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Monument in Manila.

The President was accorded with full military honors and a 21-gun salute as the program began. This was followed by a flag-raising and a wreath-laying in front of the Rizal Monument in honor of the country’s national hero.

President Aquino was accompanied by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. Members of the Knights of Rizal, Filipino war veterans, and the descendants of Dr. Jose Rizal were also present at the event.

“Dunong at Pusong Pilipino” is this year’s theme for remembering the martyrdom and heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal.

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