No Cockfighting on Rizal Day
30 December is the day we mark the death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This year’s Rizal Day marks the centennial of the Rizal Monument, built as the tomb and memorial to Dr. Rizal and which has since then served as the de facto symbol of our nationhood.
The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) will be launching a special page on the Rizal Monument. It will feature a comprehensive essay, archival photo galleries, an architectural retrospective, and contextual maps focusing on the Rizal Monument and on the Bagumbayan of history—a tract of land that has been an integral part of the narrative of Philippine independence. The special page will also feature, for the first time, a full translation of the famous essay, “The Tagalog Hamlet,” by Miguel de Unamuno, one of the earliest and most influential reflections on Rizal, whom Unamuno also immortalized as “The Tagalog Christ.”
The special page, with its many multimedia features, has been made possible through collaborations with the National Historical Institute, the National Library, the National Parks Development Committee, architectural scholars and historians and heritage enthusiasts from all walks of life. It will be available on the Official Gazette website on December 30.
To observe a solemn commemoration of Dr. Rizal’s ultimate sacrifice on December 30, 1896, Republic Act 229 requires of all institutions, public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in. It also strictly forbids cockfighting, horse racing, and Jai Alai games on this day, with criminal punishment in the form of fines or imprisonment, or both, for any official, citizen, or public or private institution that violates this law.