MALOLOS, BULACAN – The National Historical Commission (NHCP) spearheads the commemoration of the 118th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in coordination with the Provincial Government of Bulacan, and the City Government of Malolos, on 23 January 2016, 8:00 a.m. at the Barasoain Church Historical Landmark in Malolos City, Bulacan. 

The celebration begins with flag-raising and wreath-laying rites to be led by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Sueno.  He will be joined by NHCP OIC-Chairman Rene R. Escalante, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Malolos City Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando, Vice Mayor Gilbert T. Gatchalian and other local officials from the Provincial Government of Bulacan and City Government of Malolos.

After the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites, Rev. Fr. Dars Cabral, parish priest of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Barasoain Church will lead the opening prayer.  Mayor Natividad will give the welcome remarks, while Governor Alvarado will deliver a message.  Dr. Escalante will introduce the guest-of-honor.  Secretary Ismael D. Sueno will deliver his message.

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