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    Philippine national hero remembered

    THE Filipino people on Monday commemorated the 117th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal, the country’s national hero.
    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III led the commemoration in simple rites at his hometown in the northern province of Tarlac, the first since he assumed presidency in 2010.
    The President was warmly welcomed by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, Tarlac City Mayor Gelacio Manalang, and Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, when he arrived at the Tarlac City Plazuela at around 6:53 in the morning.
    The President was accorded with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute, upon his arrival.
    After the flag raising ceremony at around 7 a.m. the President, together with Diokno and Bautista offered a wreath at the monument of the national hero in the city plazuela and witnessed by hundreds of guests and residents.
    This year's commemoration is anchored on the theme "Rizal: Inspiration Before, Now and Tomorrow."
    Rizal was born on June 19, 1861. He was executed by the Spaniards on December 30, 1896 because of his anti-Spanish novel "Noli Me Tangere" (Touch Me Not).

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