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GreatFilipinos:OurHeroes,OurModels

via IllustradoLifeCommunity By:AmbassadorGraceRelucio­Princesa

By:AmbassadorGraceRelucio­Princesa

TheNationalHistoricalCommissionofthePhilippineschosethefollowingthemeforthe2014

116 th AnniversaryoftheProclamationofPhilippineIndependence:“PagsunodsaYapakngmga DakilangPilipino,TungosaMalawakanatPermanentengPagbabago.”InEnglish,itreads:“ FollowingtheFootstepsofGreatFilipinosTowardPermanentandWidespreadChange.“

Indeed,ournationalhero,Dr.JoseRizal,whochosetogivehislifeforourcountryleadsthelist

ofourheroandmodels.Asamigrantstudent,hewroteaboutthesocialillsofoursocietythen

andincurredtheireofthepowersthatbethatledtohisearlydemise.TheNoliMeTangereand

ElFilibusterismomustbereadingsforusFilipinosandourfriends.

GatAndresBonifacio,likewise,shedhisbloodforthecauseofourIndependencefromthe country’s colonizers.Hiswife,GregoriadeJesus,wasastrongwoman,andwithotherwomen, weresupportersoftheirhusbands, duringourearlyyearsofstruggleagainsttheyokeof

tyranny.HissymbolictearingofthecedulaisforeverrememberedinhisCaloocanmonument,a

placefondlyandaptlycalledMonumento.

ThefirstpresidentoftherevolutionaryPhilippinegovernment,EmilioAguinaldo,raisedthe Philippineflag,alaboroflovebythreegreat Filipinawomen,namely,DonaMarcelaAgoncillo, Lorenza AgoncilloandDelfinaHerbosa.

Theparalytic,ApolinarioMabini,ourfirstSecretaryofForeignAffairs,printedapamphletcalled, “TheTrue Decalogue”,abasicdocumentationfortheprogramspertinenttothethen revolutionarygovernment.

TandangSoraisaplaceinQuezonCitythatisnamedafter84­yearold revolutionary Melchora AquinodeRamos.Shebecameknownbyheraforementionednamebecauseofheragewhen

thePhilippineRevolutionbrokeoutin1896.

GomburzaorFathersGomez,BurgosandZamoraisasculpturethatinspiresinthegardenof

oneofthechurchesintheUniversityofthePhilippines.TheyarethreeFilipinopriestswhogave

theirlivesforthecauseofindependencefromthecolonizers.

Thepowercouple,DiegoSilang,adatuwhowasreplacedbyhisBabaylanwife,Gabriela,inthe

struggleforfreedomare,also,aninspiration.

Nearermyageinourrecenthistory,NinoyAquino’slegacyandfamouswords,“TheFilipinois

worthdyingfor“resonatesinmyheartandmind.Hisdeathgavelifetoournation.

Anotherrolemodelisthemanwhodreamedtheimpossibledream,EvelioJavier,ofAntique.

Nowadays,IonlyhavetoseetheOverseasFilipinosandtheirfamiliestoremembertheheroism

ofourgreatancestors/heroesandrolemodels.

Atsomuchcosttolifeandlimb,theyventureouttocarefortheirlovedones’needsand

indirectlyhelpourbelovedcountry.

Weappreciateandsalutewhatyouaredoing.WepraythatthePhilippineleadership,will

likewise,emulatethesacrificesofourgreatFilipinosandthus,makeiteasierforFilipinosto

migrateoutofchoice,notoutofnecessity.

Together,inthespiritofbayanihan(collectiveheroismforacommoncauseorcommoncauses thatweidentify)wecanworktogetherandbecome greater.

MabuhayangPilipinas.Mabuhaytayonglahat.