The province of Bulacan today commemorates the 122nd anniversary of the Malolos Congress, a historic gathering of elected delegates from all over the archipelago, which framed the first Philippine Constitution at the Barasoain Church.
Chaired by Pedro Paterno as president, the Congress ratified the Philippine Constitution penned by Felipe Buencamino and Felipe Calderon, and inaugurated the First Philippine Republic on January 21, 1899. The Congress, Constitution and Republic are regarded to be the first of their kind in Asia.
In ceremonies held on the grounds of the historic church, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairman Rene Escalante, together with Malolos City Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian, Vice Mayor Noel Pineda, led the celebration–the highlight of which was the wreath-laying at the monument of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president.
“Magkakalayo man tayo sa panahong ito, tayo ay magbubuklod pa rin sa puso at damdamin. Taglay ang pag-asa at pasasalamat para sa demokrasya, na siyang diwa ng isang tunay na malayang bansa,” said Governor Fernando during the ceremonies. The event was the first appearance of the governor after he was tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks back.
Fernando said Filipinos today are lucky to be the heir of the freedom and democracy that the Philippine heroes offered their life for.
“Sa ating mga kababayan, ito ay hamon na maging karapat-dapat sa lahat ng mabubuting bagay na ipinaglaban ng ating mga ninuno. Kalayaang piliin ang tamang landas, respeto sa kapwa, respeto sa kapaligiran, at pagkakaroon ng takot sa Diyos na siyang bukal ng karunungan,” Fernando said.
The simple celebration of the 122nd anniversary of the Malolos Congress with the theme “Kongreso ng Malolos: Patnubay sa Pagtataguyod ng Bansang Nagkakaisa at Ligtas” was made possible through the join efforts of the provincial government of Bulacan, city government of Malolos, and NHCP.