News Release

Message of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Rizal Day

We join the whole Filipino nation in commemorating the 125th anniversary of the martyrdom of our national hero, Gat Jose Rizal.

Dr. Rizal dedicated his life in service to his fellowmen. It was by being a philanthropist, physician, and novelist that Dr. Rizal influenced and inspired the consciousness and national identity of the Filipino people up to this day.

As a beacon of hope, unity, patriotism, valor, and service to the country, may Dr. Jose Rizal’s legacy be a source of inspiration and determination for us to collectively respond and address the many social ills, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic that our country is currently facing and enduring.

Let us continue to be inspired by and to embody the values and principles that defined Gat Jose Rizal – his love for our country, his compassion for others, and his intellectual prowess – as we collectively heal, recover, and rise as one nation from all these difficulties and challenges.

May everyone have a safe and meaningful commemoration of Rizal Day!