Rizal Park as we see it today is the product of years of
painstaking work by thousands of unknown citizens who gave of
their time and their labors to create something of beauty where
there was nothing but yawning wilderness in the very heart of
our premier city. Its continued cleanliness and order is a
tribute to the people who use it more than to those who tend to
it. Here is a park that is used, loved and nurtured by the
people who saw it shape up from nothing. (Teodoro F. Valencia)
It was 7:03 a.m., December 30.
"Long live Spain! Death to traitors," shouted the troops but the words
choked in their throats. Behind them were other troops ready to shoot them
if they disobeyed. One soldier defied the order and did not fire his gun. He
was court martialed, and paid for his defiance with his own life.
There will be other December 30s but this one will be different from all.
This one rendered the Luneta (Rizal Park) as our national hallowed grounds.
DO YOU KNOW THAT
the altar at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Dipolog City was designed by Dr.
Jose Rizal? The Cathedral was erected by the Spanish friars sometime in
1895, before Dipolog City became a municipality. (pinoyhenyo.com)