10 May 2009
Today, May 10, 2009 is the 112th death anniversary of Andres Bonifacio.
The National Historical Institute (NHI) is the government agency tasked with protecting our cultural heritage and that includes national monuments such as the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City, also fondly known simply as the Monumento.
This is the link to the full NHI Guidelines on Monuments Honoring National Heroes:
I will quote here excerpts from the NHI's guidelines and show pictures of the Monumento for us to find out whether the NHI follows its own guidelines:
This is what the National Historical Institute (NHI) website has to say about May 10:
If we zoom in on the relevant portion, this is what the NHI is saying:
That's right! "10 May ... No Today in History events were found."
After coming out in force against performing artist Martin Nievera for alleged improper rendition of the national anthem before the Manny Pacquiao - Ricky Hatton boxing championship bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, what should officials of the National Historical Institute (NHI) do regarding the Monumento? What is in their hearts and minds right now? In fairness to Martin Nievera, I don't think anyone can say that he did not give his heart out in singing Lupang Hinirang in the Pacquiao-Hatton bout.
I believe NHI Chairman Ambeth Ocampo and the other Commissioners of the NHI owe all Filipinos an explanation as to why they are allowing the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City to be treated in this manner.
Perhaps the question equally important is: What are we, who call ourselves Filipinos, going to do about this? Close our eyes and do nothing and be proud about it?!