Mayor Honey Lacuna appealed to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to install more historical markers in honor of all other heroes who have greatly contributed to the country’s freedom now being enjoyed by Filipinos.
Lacuna made the call as she led the celebration of the 452nd Anniversary of Kagitingan ng Bangkusay at the Moriones Plaza in Tondo, Manila on June 3, 2023.
“Maisaalang-alang na rin sana ang pagkakaroon ng mga panandang kasaysayan na magpapanatili sa alaala ng mga bayaning tulad nila Raha Soliman, Raha Matanda, Lakan Dula at iba pa. Ang kanilang kagitingan, katapangan, at malasakit sa kasarinlan ng bayan ay higit pa sa mga isinulong ng mga dayuhan sa layunin nilang manakop ng iba bansa,” the mayor said.
She added: “Ang angkop na pagpaparangal kina Raha Soliman, Raha Matanda, Lakan Dula at iba pa ay tiyak na makapagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa ating mga Batang Maynila na palalimin ang diwa ng pagka-Pilipino.”
The lady mayor said that with such actions, it is hoped that love of country and fellowmen will be instilled in the minds of all Filipinos.
At that point, the mayor once again cited the heroism of those who served as frontliners who placed others before themselves, specially those who suffered and even lost their lives just to be able to save others.
“Maikintal nawa sa isip ng ating mga kababayan ang pagmamahal sa bayan. Ang pagsusulong sa kapakanan ng lahat at di lang para sa sarili. Ito rin marahil ang isang malaking aral na natutunan natin nang maranasan natin ang bagsik ng pandemiya. Di maitatanggi na nagkaroon tayo ng pagkakataon na magkatulungan, magkapit-bisig, at magbayanihan upang maitawid ang bawat isa sa panganib ng COVID-19,”she said.
In her message, Lacuna said that Tondo is not only a port for sea vessels but is also the site of various important events in history such as the formation in Ilaya of La Liga Filipina by national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and home to heroes like Gat Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay, who fought against the Spaniards and Americans until their last breath, for the sake of sovereignty.
A wreath-laying ceremony was also led by Lacuna on the same occasion and she was joined by Hagonoy, Bulacan Mayor Flordeliza Manlapaz, National Historical Commission of the Philippines head Dr. Emmanuel Calairo, Macabebe, Pampanga Vice Mayor Vince Edward Flore, and Bulacan Provincial Administrator Antonia Constantino, whom she all welcomed to Manila.
On June 3, 1571, more than 2,000 native warriors from Hagonoy and Macabebe and nearby provinces fought the Spanish invaders in Luzon then led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, in an estuary called “Bankusay Channel”.
The NHCP said that while the natives failed to expel the Spanish colonizers then, the Battle of Bankusay remains to be a historic and significant event in the country’s history as it was the last or if not one of the last resistance of the natives of Manila against the Spaniards.
The battle’s conclusion was deemed one of the major driving forces why Legazpi decided to establish the City of Manila, the NHCP added.