By Dhel Nazario
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday urged to public to unite and end the century-old political rivalries that have been present for more than a hundred years since the time of Andres Bonifacio.
This was in his speech delivered by City Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz during the ceremony at Bonifacio Shrine yesterday celebrating the 154th birth anniversary of the Father of the Philippine Revolution.
Descendants of Bonifacio were also saddened by the fact that the issues which were being disputed in his time are still being disagreed up to now. “Nakakalungkot kasi hanggang ngayon watak-watak pa din tayo. (It’s disheartening that we’re still divided over certain political issues.)”
Estrada was not able to make it to the event because of a medical appointment.
Meanwhile, various agencies including the Department of Education, the National Historical Commission, the Manila City Government and descendants of Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria de Jesus offered wreaths at the Bonifacio Shrine.
The program started at 8 a.m., with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and the wreath laying at the shrine of the hero led by the Philippine Navy. It was then followed by a doxology from the students of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School.
The ceremony was graced by members of the Philippine Statistics Authority, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, teachers, employees from the Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center and Manila City Hall. District Director of the Manila Police District Joel Coronel was at the event as well as police officers from MPD.
The street in front of Bonifacio Shrine was closed in order to make way for the ceremony, causing traffic for vehicles heading northbound.
The program was endowed with different musical and dance numbers from the Unibersidad de Manila Sinaglahi Dance Troupe and the Manila City Chorale who sang “Alerta Katipunan.”
The ceremony was concluded with the singing of Awit ng Maynila performed by the Manila City Chorale and Banda ng Maynila.
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