Quirino gets Libingan ng Bayani burial


Posted at Feb 29 2016 02:20 PM | Updated as of Feb 29 2016 03:46 PM

MANILA - The remains of former President Elpidio Quirino were reinterred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Monday to mark his 60th death anniversary.

Quirino's remains were transferred from the Manila South Cemetery in Makati where it had been buried following his death on February 29, 1956.

The Quirino family, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, government officials, police, military and representatives of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines joined the send-off ceremony for his remains at the Manila South Cemetery.

During the program, Makati Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña stressed that Quirino was an exemplary leader who inspired compassion by offering asylum to World War II refugees.

The Philippines' sixth president was also credited for rebuilding the country after the war and developing the economy during his administration.

Elpidio Quirino: The barrio teacher who became president

The motorcade of Quirino's remains to the cemetery for heroes started at 10 a.m. and took an hour and 20 minutes.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) gave a water salute to his carriage. Students, teachers, senior citizens, government workers and soldiers also lined up along the motorcade route.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III led the welcome and arrival honors for Quirino at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

An Army chopper also scattered confetti over the cemetery.

The burial rites ended with the sealing of the urn receptacle of Quirino.

Quirino was 65 when he died of heart attack at his residence in Novaliches on February 29, 1956. Then President Ramon Magsaysay declared a 15-day period of national mourning for Quirino.

He is the third Philippine president to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani after Carlos Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.

To find out more about Quirino, watch ANC's Documentary Hour, 8:00 PM, February 29 (Part 1) and on March 1, 8:00 PM (Part 2). -- With reports from Raya Capulong and Alex Calda, DZMM