Rizal Martyrdom Recalled Today; GMA Leads la Union Rites; Noli, Lim at Luneta; Knights of Rizal to Retrace Hero's Final Walk
Byline: DEXTER SEE and JUN GARCIA
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union - President Arroyo will lead the nation today in celebrating the 111th anniversary of the martyrdom of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, whose death on Dec. 30, 1896 precipitated the Philippine Revolution and the country's eventual independence from Spain two years later in 1898.
At the Luneta, Vice President Noli de Castro and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim lead the wreath-laying rites at 9 a.m. with the Knights of Rizal who will retrace the hero's final walk from Fort Santiago to Bagumbayan, now Luneta, on December 30, 1896.
The President will lead a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal shrine here at about 7 a.m. today.
This year's theme for the Rizal Day is "Isa Isip at Isa Puso ang Pagunita sa Kabayanihan ni Rizal."
In commemorating Rizal Day in San Fernando City, La Union, Mrs. Arroyo broke her six-year attendance of the Rizal Day rites at the Burnham Park in Baguio City since assuming the presidency on January 20, 2001.
The local government of San Fernando City sent an earlier invitation to the President to personally grace the Rizal Day rites here which the Chief Executive granted.
San Fernando Mayor Pablo Ortega said Mrs. Arroyo will offer a wreath at the Rizal Monument in front the City Hall after the flag-raising ceremony.
After the wreath-laying, the President will proceed to the provincial capitol for breakfast and a brief meeting with local officials.
Her next stop is Santiago, Ilocos Sur for another official business.
Rizal Day ceremonies will also be held at the Luneta Park in Manila; Calamba in Laguna, and Dapitan in Zamboanga.
At the same time, similar Rizal Day celebrations will also be held in the different parts of the world where the Rizal monument stands such as in Madrid, Spain, Japan, Germany, among others.
Noli, Lim lead
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By JUN VELASCO
Vice President Noli de Castro, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and the Knights of Rizal will lead the wreath-laying ceremonies at the national hero's monument at the Luneta at 9 a.m. today.
Led by Sir Virgilio Esguerra, Knights of Rizal (KoR) acting supreme commander, the Knights will assemble at Fort Santiago at 5 a.m. today to stage the traditional walk to the Luneta (formerly Bagumbayan) to retrace his last steps before he was shot by musketry by his Spanish captors.
In Quezon City, lawyer Lamberto Nanquil, former KoR supreme commander, will address city officials and employees led by Mayor Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte in recalling the exemplary life of the greatest Filipino who ever lived after the flag ceremony at the QC Hall grounds. …