Naga City celebrates Jose Maria Panganiban Commemoration Day

Jose Maria Panganiban 150th Birth Anniversary
Jose Maria Panganiban 150th Birth Anniversary

NAGA CITY—A slew of events in this city are scheduled tomorrow to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bicolano hero Jose Maria Panganiban.

At 7 AM, a parade will take place along Panganiban Drive, an avenue named after him. The participants are the following: Naga City Police Office, Uswag Riders Eagles Club, Naga City Science High School Band and Majorettes, Naga City Youth Officials 2013, Naga City Scholar’s Guild, Ako Bikol Scholars, Knights of Rizal, the United Troops (Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection), Naga City barangay officials and personnel, the Ateneo de Naga University Band, University of Nueva Caceres Band and Majorettes, Camarines Sur National High School Band and Majorettes, and the Order of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines (Isarog Masonic Lodge No. 33, Camarines Sur Masonic Lodge No. 382, and Naga City Masonic Lodge No. 257).

The parade will be followed by wreath-laying rites at the Naga Central School I Grounds. The ceremony will be led by Edgardo Angeles Tallado, Governor of Camarines Norte; Tito Sarte Sarion, Mayor of Daet; Ricarte Padilla, Mayor of Jose Panganiban; John Bongat, Mayor of Naga City;  Nelson  Legacion, Vice Mayor of Naga City; Dr. Emma I. Cornejo, DepEd Superintendent; Dr. Teresita Irma S. Dy-Cok, Principal II, Naga Central School I, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and some descendants of Jose Maria Panganiban.

Also joining the wreath-laying rites are the Naga College Foundation Band, Naga City Police Office, and members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

The third part of the festivities is a tribute, which will take place at 9 AM at the same venue. The invited participants are The Order of De Molay, Jobs Daughter’s International Bethel No. 31, the Naga City Senior Citizens Federation, Veteranos de la Revolucion, Boy Scouts of the Philippines Naga City Chapter, Girl Scouts of the Philippines Naga City Chapter, Rover Scouts Naga City Chapter, Jose Rizal Elementary School Band and Majorettes, Tail Marshall (Bureau of Fire Protection), and students and faculty from Naga Hope Christian School, St. Joseph School, Tinago High School, Tinago Central School, Naga City Montessori, University of Nueva Caceres, and Camarines Sur National High School.

An exhibit showcasing the life and works of Jose Maria Panganiban will open at 10 AM at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Recreation Hall.

Capping the events is a lecture on Jose Maria Panganiban at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Recreation Hall at 1:30 PM. The lecturers are Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon, Director, Naga Parochial School; Mr. Ian Christopher Alfonso, Researcher, National Historical Commission of the Philippines; and Prof. Danilo M. Gerona, historian.

The commemoration of Jose Maria Panganiban’s 150th birth anniversary is due to Mayoral Proclamation No. 2014-001, which declares tomorrow as the celebration of the life and heroism of said hero.

Jose Maria Panganiban was born on February 1, 1863 in Bangkal Phase II, Camarines Norte, which has been renamed after him. During his youth, he studied at the Holy Rosary Seminary in Nueva Caceres, the old name of Naga City. There, he earned “sobresaliente” or excellent marks in many of his subjects. Later, he joined reformist groups, penning articles that criticized Spanish rule in the Philippines. Using the alias Jomapa and JMP, he published these works in the propagandist newspaper La Solidaridad. Panganiban suffered from tuberculosis, which curtailed his contribution to the reform movement in the Philippines. Panganiban died on August 19, 1890 in Barcelona, Spain.