QC to mark Pres. Quezon’s 139th birth anniversary Saturday

MANILA -- The Quezon City government, together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), will commemorate the 139th birth anniversary of President Manuel L. Quezon at the Quezon Memorial Shrine on Saturday.

Mayor Herbert Bautista will lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the shrine, which will be attended by the late president's daughter Zenaida Quezon-AvanceAa and her son, Ricky; National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairperson and Commission on Filipino Language president Virgilio Almario; and Department of Education (DepEd) National Capital Region director Dr. Ponciano Menguito.

Prof. Ferdinand Llanes of the University of the Philippines' (UP) Department of History will be the guest of honor and speaker of the program.

Quezon's birth anniversary is celebrated every 19th of August. Republic Act 6741 has declared Aug. 19 of each year a special working holiday throughout the country and a special non-working public holiday in the provinces of Quezon and Aurora, and Quezon City.

On the same day, the Museo ni Quezon will launch the Komik Quezon, a nationwide comic-making contest featuring the life of Manuel L. Quezon and his historical accomplishments. It will also conduct the Ikonsulta kay Attorney, which will offer free legal services to the public, and open the Quezon's Code, a special exhibit on the late president's 16 code of ethics.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Experience, where visitors could learn more about the city's history and culture, will waive the admission fee for its first 139 walk-in visitors on August 19.

Quezon was the country's second president and Father of the Philippine Language. He signed the Women's Suffrage Act in 1937 to let women vote in the local and national elections.

Source: Philippine News Agency