The said event was well attended by members of different sectors of the city and by Mr. Rico S. Pableo, Jr. the Executive Director of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as the guest speaker.
Pableo stressed in his speech that Filipino youth should not forget that they must give their life to the nation for they are still the future of our world. In the advent of technology and modernization, he challenged the older generation to instil the values and teachings by our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal to younger people.
According to him, one doesn't have to speak or be fluent in Filipino language to be a Filipino. A person can acquire his identity through the values and principles that he lives by, therefore, a Filipino must know our culture and tradition to be called one. He ended his speech by thanking the guests for simply being there in the event which proved how important Dr. Jose Rizal is as a symbol of patriotism.
Genie Belle Atacador of Tagum City National Comprehensive High School delivered a rousing poem during the second half of the event simultaneous with the wreath laying ceremony. Atacador won first prize at Regional Festival of Talents for Sulat Tanghal competition. She will represent the region on the national level. The poem is entitled "Sulat sa Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas."
Veterans and senior citizens, men in uniform, members of the City Historical and Cultural Commission, employees of the Department of Education (DepEd), members of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, Babaeng Rizalistas, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, city officials and employees, and Pableopaid their respect to our national hero through the wreath they offered at the monument in front of the soon to be City Historical building.
As Rizal's quiet death, the program ended peacefully inculcating to its guests the most important lesson of all: the love for country is eternal and fulfilling even after death. In Rizal's words, "Walang kabuluhan ang buhay na hindi inialay sa mabuting kaisipan; para itong bato na nakakalat sa kalsada at hindi naging bahagi ng isang gusali." (ZManalo/CIO Tagum)