Lubao, Pampanga – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Pampanga and Municipal Government of Lubao will lead in the commemoration of the 109th birth anniversary of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal on 28 September 2016, at the President Diosdado Macapagal Ancestral House in Lubao, Pampanga.
A memorial mass and simple wreath-laying rites will be held in his honor. A representative of Pampanga’s Second District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Mrs. Cielo dela Rosa Macapagal Salgado will lead the wreath-laying ceremonies. Joining them are NHCP Deputy Executive Director and Officer-in-Charge Carminda R. Arevalo, Pampanga Governor Lilia G. Pineda, Lubao Municipal Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and Department of Education-Region III Director Malcolm S. Garma.
President Macapagal was elected President of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965. During his term he issued Proclamation No. 28 changing the date of Philippine independence from July 4 to June 12. He initiated MAPHILINDO, a regional association promoting contacts between Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. He also implemented Republic Act No. 3844, the Agricultural Land Reform Code.
The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums, research and publication, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.