PUP Celebrates 149th Birthday of Apolinario Mabini

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The 149th birthday of Apolinario Mabini was commemorated last July 23, 2013 at the Freedom Park of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Mabini Campus.

I have to commend how beautiful and well-organized this event is. This event was a collaboration of the PUP and the National Historical Commission.




The program started around 8:00 am, the time when the Vice-President Jejomar Binay arrived at the said campus. He was immediately assisted by AFP Rear Admiral Rodiguez. He was also welcomed by the President of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman.

The program started through a welcoming ceremony done by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. And it was followed by the flag raising ceremony also led by the VP.


The speech of President De Guzman tells how the "Sublime Paralytic" can be of a great epitome to today's generation.

Next to deliver their speech was VP Binay. Here’s a fun fact. Do you know that VP Binay had been a faculty member of the PUP for 12 years? He also said that like Apolinario Mabini, he strived all throughout his life so that he can be able to sustain his education and basic needs.



After the program is the ribbon-cutting of the Mabini Museum. The distinguished guests are still present on this part of the program. A photo-op session was held first to give the media a good shot of their group photos.

The personalities had a tour over the mini-museum. The place is not that spacious but I could say that it is really filled with lots of great archives, paintings, and interactive materials that even our generation will appreciate.

I was lucky enough to shoot them up to the 2nd floor since Media people were not allowed upstairs because of the little space the floor has. But I was thankful because of the three photographers upstairs, I was one of them. The Chairman of the NHC showed VP Binay the e-learning that they just produced as a material for teaching to Grade 6-8.





Some of the historical memories were remembered and before I end, I like to quote what VP Jejomar Binay wrote at the dedication wall provided at one part of the museum.

“Kapag ginugunita ang buhay ni Gat. Apolinario Mabini, ibulong, “Ipagmalaki natin na tayo ay Pilipino!"


Credits: I’m very thankful to Professor Rossini Calabig for inviting me to this event. I've learned so much from this day’s experience.







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