News Release

Message of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Rizal Day

We enjoin every Filipino in commemorating the 124th anniversary of the martyrdom of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

Dr. Rizal dedicated his life not just to writing novels that would influence our consciousness and national identity, but also in doing work as a physician and a philanthropist, in service to his fellowmen.

Being a beacon of hope, unity, patriotism, valor, and service to the country, may Dr. Rizal’s legacy continue to burn within the hearts of every Filipino, especially now as we face the challenges brought by social ills, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

May we remain inspired by and continue to embody the values and principles that defined Dr. Jose Rizal – his love for our country, compassion for others, and intellectual prowess – as we collectively heal, recover, and rise as one nation.