M A N I L A – In commemoration of the 60th death anniversary of President Elpidio Quirino on February 29, 2016, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will lead the transfer and re-interment of his remains from the Manila South Cemetery in Makati City to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, as the guest of honor, along with President Quirino’s descendants and other guests are expected to witness the occasion at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The event will start with the send-off ceremonies at the Manila South Cemetery, followed a funeral motorcade along Ayala Avenue, McKinley Road, 5th Avenue, and Lawton Avenue to Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will render a water salute as the motorcade passes by South Avenue. Full military honors will also be given by the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon the arrival of President Quirino’s remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Quirino was elected vice president in April 1946 and became the sixth president after President Manuel Roxas’ unexpected death in April 1948. He was then re-elected president in November 1949 and his term lasted until 1953.
During his term, his administration was recognized for its projects on industrial ventures, expanding irrigation and improvement of the road system, setting up of the Central Bank and rural banking, and the concluding peace with Japan.
President Quirino began his career in politics as an elected representative of Ilocus Sur in 1919. He became a senator in 1925 and was re-elected in 1931. Qurino was one of the members of the delegates who helped pass the Tydings-McDuffie Act which was enacted on March 24, 1934 that later paved the way to Philippine Independence.
The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine historical heritage through research and publication, conservation, marking of historic sites and structures, and administration of national shrines and museums.
The transfer and re-interment of President Quirino’s remains was made possible through NHCP’s close coordination with the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation (PEQF) and his descendants.