By Ric Obedencio | 04:01 PM December 30, 2022
“Together we must follow Jose Rizal as an example in our own humble ways and simple service as we seek to achieve a better and brighter future for the Boholano people and the whole province,” Gov. Aris Aumentado said during Rizal’s 126th death anniversary on Friday, Dec. 30, at the Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City.
The program opened with a singing of hymns and a wreath-laying led by Aumentado at the Rizal statue in the plaza, accompanied by Vice Governor Dionisio Victor Balite.
Along with them are the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, Knights of Columbus, The Order of Demolay- Dagohoy Chapter, and the Dagohoy Masonic Lodge # 84.
The Diwanag Dance Theater and Cultural Troupe of Holy Name University also performed two dance presentations in the ceremony.
Balite welcomed the guests who attended the program, with a message about the life of Rizal and his activism that helped spark a revolution against Spanish colonization in the country through his literary works.
“Sa iyang kamatayon, didto namugna o didto na tawo ang atong kagawasnan sa colonial imperialism,” Balite said.
He encouraged Boholanos to continue Rizal’s work by fighting graft and corruption in Bohol, which he says is still an occurring problem in the province.
Aumentado gave a commemorative message about Rizal’s martyrdom and honored essential workers who dedicated their time serving the Boholano communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic’s peak and Typhoon Odette’s aftermath.
The Philippines celebrates Dec 30 as “Rizal Day,” a national holiday commemorating Rizal’s execution at Bagumbayan, now known as Luneta Park, in Manila on Dec 30, 1896.
For this year’s celebration, the Center for Culture and Arts Development organized the ceremony with the theme “Rizal: Alaalang Iningatian, Yaman ngayon ng Bayan” to remember Rizal’s political activism that ignited a revolution to overthrow the Spanish colonial government.
Meanwhile, the newly-elected ICT Council Bohol officers took oath during Bohol’s Rizal day celebration.
The provincial government of Bohol hopes to create more employment opportunities for Boholanos through the IT-BPM industry investing in local talents.
The newly-elected officer of the Bohol ICT Council. President: Dalia Melda Tirol-Magno Vice President- Academe: Jovito Danilo C. Nazareno Vice President- Start-Up/ Small & Micro IT Enterprises: Jay Paul Aying Vice President- Information Technology Associations: Engr. Darius Demar Apale Vice President- Business Process: Kent Dioneth Bagolot Secretary: Maria Celia Z. Ligason Treasurer: Engr. Albert M. Uy Auditor: Elena Libadisos Public Relations Officer: Jerome P. Manatad. (PiMO/rvo/Gavin Cubillo)