Heavy rain fall did not hinder, Department of Local and Interior Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas in gracing the occasion as guest of honor and speaker in the commemoration of the 116th Anniversary of Malolos Congress at the historic Barasoain Church Malolos City on September 15, 2013. Said event also served as culminating activity of the Singkaban Festival with the theme, “Arkong Kawayan Sagisag ng Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan”.
“Ang pinakamagandang katangian ng isang Pilipino ay pagdadamay sa kapwa sa oras ng paghihirap at kalamidad. Ang pakikiisa, pagkakaisa at pagdamay sa kapwa ang sentro ng ating pagka pilipino at siguradong nasa puso nating lahat habang ipinagdiriwang ang Singkaban festival”, said the Honorable Secretary. Furthermore, he stated that this celebration help us remember and deepen the love of history, culture and artistry of Bulakenyos.
In his special message, Sec. Mar admired the rapid development of the province as evident from its numerous recognitions such as being the top Local Government Unit with the Highest Gross Income based on the annual financial reports of the Commission on Audit. He also praised the steps taken by the provincial government towards disaster prevention and mitigation.
The Secretary led the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites with Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Police Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta at the statue of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Also present during the celebration were National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, Board Members Therese Cheryll Ople and Ramon Posadas, Congressman Gavini Pancho, DILG-3 Regional Director Florida Dijan, and OIC-Provincial Director Darwin David. Local functionaries, non-government organizations, senior citizens, students, teachers, and other sectors in Bulacan also participated in the celebration.
Likewise, part of the program was the photo exhibit at Barasoain Museum which highlights the beauty and history of the said church. Roel Pagiligan of NHCP toured Sec. Mar Roxas on the different rooms which showcase the important events in the history of Bulacan. SILG also provided ample time for a press conference.