Today, August 26, the Philippines celebrates the National Heroes’ Day. It was celebrated as early as 1931 to commemorate the bravery and courage of Filipinos who fought for the freedom, justice, and independence of the Philippines
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KAMI compiled 5 fun facts you should know about the National Heroes’ Day and here they are:
1. What is National Heroes’ Day?
As reported by the Inquirer, in 2007, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9492 which declared the last Monday of August as the National Heroes’ Day.
The national holiday aims to honor those who fought for the freedom, and independence of the Philippines.
2. National Heroes’ Day used to be celebrated on a Sunday
As stated in Act No. 3827, in 1931, the National Heroes’ Day is supposed to be celebrated during the last Sunday of August.
However, 76 years after, Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9492 and moved the national holiday to the last Monday of August. The Arroyo administration said that moving the holiday to Monday was in line with the “holiday economics” program and promoted long weekends for citizens to engage with domestic tourism.
3. Only two heroes have their own holidays
According to the report of Rappler, only two Filipino heroes have their own national holiday: Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio.
Therefore, the National Heroes’ Day was given to honor Filipino heroes who do not have their own holiday.
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4. There used to be a “National Heroes’ Year”
In 1994, former President Fidel V. Ramos issued Proclamation 510 to declare 1996 as the Year of Filipino Heroes. It was the centennial of the 1986 Philippine Revolution against Spain.
5. There are 9 Filipinos who are recognized as “national heroes”
According to the National Historical Commission, 9 Filipino figures are recommended to be included in the list of national heroes:
- Jose Rizal
- Andres Bonifacio
- Emilio Aguinaldo
- Apolinario Mabini
- Marcelo H. Del Pilar
- Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat
- Juan Luna
- Melchora Aquino
- Gabriela Silang
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