MANILA – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), City Government of Manila and the National Parks Development Committee will lead the commemoration of the 145th death anniversary of martyred priests Frs. Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomes and Jacinto Zamora on 17 February 2017, 8:00 a.m., at the Gomburza Execution Site, Rizal Park, Manila.
The program will begin with the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies led by NHCP Commissioner and OIC-Chairman Dr. Rene R. Escalante as guest of honor. Other wreath-offerors are Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, NPDC Executive Director Penelope Belmonte, NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario, and DepEd-Manila, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfredo E. Cabral. They will be joined by the principals from the Mariano Gomes Elementary School, Jose Burgos Elementary School and Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Manila, officials from the Philippine Historical Association, Kaanak ng mga Bayaning Pilipino, Inc., Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines and the Knights of Columbus Gomburza Assemblies.
Blessing of the tomb of the three martyred priests immediately follows at the Paco Park Cemetery, Manila to be officiated by Rev. Fr. Joel L. Rescober, C.M.
The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine history through its museums and publications, and preserve the nation’s historical heritage. (Source: http://nhcp.gov.ph/145th-death-anniversary-gomburza-observed/)
Wikipedia caption: “Gomburza, Filipino revolutionaries in the 1872 Cavite mutiny — Fathers Mariano Gómez, José Apolonio Burgos, and Fray Jacinto Zamora.” Author unknown
Jose Rizal’s second novel El Filibusterismo was dedicated to the memory of GomBurZa.