This coming December 30, the nation celebrates the 113th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal with the theme “Kabayanihan ni Rizal: Daluyan ng Kagitingan at Pagkakaisa.”
On the 30th day of December yearly, the whole nation observes the death anniversary of the great national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This is to commemorate the nationalism and martyrdom of Rizal. For this reason, December 30 is declared a national non-working holiday. Another reason for the said celebration is perhaps to bring the Filipinos together as they immortalize Rizal and his significance in contemporary times.
The National Organizing Committee headed by the National Historical Institute, has prepared Rizal Day events and activities in designated regions and cities of the country.
One of the features of the commemorative rites is the launching of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal.
The 4th Rizal National Festival of Excellence will be re-launched in time for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal on June 19, 2011. (PIA)