Legarda to Bulakenyos: Take Pride in Your Rich Historical Heritage

March 13, 2013

Reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda urged the people of Bulacan to take pride in their rich historical heritage and to contribute to preserving and promoting it.

During her visit to the province, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that Bulacan is home to many great men and women—heroes and artists alike.

“Bulakenyos are descendants of heroic and artistic Filipinos—the great propagandist Marcelo H. Del Pilar, the hero of Tirad Pass Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar, prominent poet Francisco Balagtas, musician Nicanor Abelardo, and National Artist for Sculpture Guillermo Tolentino, among many others; and Bulacan is a province where several highlights in the history of our country happened,” she pointed out.

“I urge the people of Bulacan to help promote their historical heritage and contribute to a reawakening of the Filipinos’ pride for our history and culture,” she said.

The Senator also said that Bulacan was the venue of many historical events related to the country’s independence such as the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, the establishment of the Capital of the First Philippine Republic in Malolos, and the drafting and ratification of the Malolos Constitution.

“In this era of modernization and technological advancements, we are faced with the great challenge of reminding our citizens of their historical and cultural roots. While we acknowledge that there are more pressing needs, such as food, jobs, education, and healthcare, we should also take time to look back at our history, which would make us have a deeper appreciation of what we have now, like independence and democracy, which the heroes of our nation have mightily fought for,” said Legarda.***