Rizal birth anniversary: Vico hails pandemic heroes, Isko leads Luneta rites


Posted at Jun 19 2020 10:53 AM | Updated as of Jun 19 2020 11:03 AM

MANILA — Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto lauded acts of "heroism" during the novel coronavirus pandemic on Friday, the 159th birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, a celebration for which was led by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno at the Luneta Park. 

Sotto said he saw examples of heroism from medical personnel, policemen and peace officers who report to work despite the threat of virus infection, as well as community kitchen volunteers who wake up early to cook meals for frontliners. 

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"Ngayon pong panahon ng pandemya, nakita po natin ang maraming halimbawa ng kabayanihan," the 31-year-old mayor said in his speech. 

"Nawa'y mabuhay ang diwa ni Jose Rizal sa ginagawa natin sa ating pang-araw-araw na buhay," he added.

(During this time of pandemic, we saw many examples of heroism. I hope that the spirit of Jose Rizal will live on in what we do in our daily lives.) 

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Moreno, wearing an anti-virus mask, led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Luneta Park, where Rizal was executed in 1896 for written works that inspired the revolutionary movement against Spanish colonizers.

Only a handful of guests joined the typically packed rites, including Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, city police chief Brig. Gen. Rolando Miranda and several officers.