By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES – November 30 is Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birthday. The “Father of the Philippine Revolution was born in 1863.
In 1892, the national hero founded the Katipunan which sought independence from Spain thru an armed revolution before he was eventually executed.
To celebrate his birthday and honor his bravery, members of the Filipino community recreated some of the pivotal scenes from the Philippine revolution.
“It’s my honor to play our national hero on the day that we celebrate his bravery,” musician and actor Mon Concepcion said.
Members of Philippine National watched the reenactment and said they’re inspired by Bonifacio’s heroism. “We look up to him for strength, especially now that we’re fighting so many crimes in the Philippines, such as corruption,” PNP Officer John Guyguyon remarked.
Bonifacio’s 150th birthday comes as the country faces many challenges from natural disasters to corruption.
Los Angeles Philippine Consul general Helen Barber Dela Vega believes in this time of need, Filipinos need to remember the teachings of the national hero.
“His sense of nationalism shows us that we shouldn’t give up on our country and we should have the courage to stay resilient,” she added.
Bonifacio is one of three national heroes to have a national day in the Philippines. The other two are Jose Rizal and Ninoy Aquino.
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