Quezon Memorial Shrine, Quezon City – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the City Government of Quezon conducted a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of the 144th birth anniversary of Manuel L. Quezon with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin C. Abalos Jr., represented by Undersecretary Margarita Gutierrez, leading the ceremony at the Museo ni Manuel L. Quezon, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City on 19 August 2022, 8:00 a.m.

Undersecretary Gutierrez was joined by NHCP OIC-Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo with witnessed by Quezon City Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte, Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Carlo Sotto, Embassy of Israel to the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Nir Balzam, and Manuel L. Quezon’s descendant, Mr. Enrique Quezon-Avanceña.

A short program followed the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites. Vice Mayor Sotto delivered his welcome remarks followed by the message of Mr. Quezon-Avanceña. Mayor Belmonte gave a short message and introduced the guest of honor. The culmination of the program was Secretary Abalos’ message that was delivered by Usec. Gutierrez.

Other government and non-government agencies also offered wreaths in front of the Quezon monument and were officiated by the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety. The wreath offerors were Mayor Belmonte; NHCP OIC-ED Arevalo; Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino Arthur P. Casanova; Embassy of Israel to the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Balzam; Vice Mayor Sotto; Nacionalista Party Head Mr. Manny Villar; Department of Education-NCR Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral; DEPED-Schools Division of Quezon City Schools District Superintendent Jenilyn B. Corpuz; Quezon City Police District Director Remus Medina; Mr. Quezon-Avanceña; QCDRRMO Secretary Ricardo Belmonte; Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP)  Quezon City Council Chairman Godofredo T. Liban Jr.; Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines Grandmaster Johnny Pimentel; Knights of Columbus-Quezon City Assembly SK Bro. Arturo P. Mosenabre; and Knights of Columbus-Maharlika Assembly SK Jose Y. Carlos.

Manuel L. Quezon was born on 19 August 1878, to parents Lucio Quezon and Maria Dolores Molina in Baler. Quezon joined the military as an aide-de-camp when the Philippine-American War broke out and became a Major serving under President Emilio Aguinaldo. Quezon entered politics and served as Governor in 1905 and Representative in 1907. He was elected senator in 1916 and became senate president until 1935. He fought for the passage of the Tydings-McDuffie Act in 1934 which provided the country full independence after the establishment of a Commonwealth Government. Quezon ran for the presidency and served as the first president of the Commonwealth on 17 September 1935. Quezon, as president, reorganized the military’s defense, promoted the settlement and development of Mindanao, and fought corruption within the government.

NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums and publications, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage.