August is Historical Month

  • July 31, 2016

QUEZON CITY, July 31 (PIA) -- By virtue of Proclamation No. 1304, s. 1974, History week is observed every third week of September in the country. It was in 2012 through Proclamation No. 339 that the observance was moved to the whole month of August, putting an emphasis on the most significant turning points in Philippine history.

A week of observance is not enough due to the “richness and diversity of our nation’s history,” thus the entire month of August is designated as the “History Month.”

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and other government agencies have prepared series of events to celebrate the mandated observance. These activities, grounded by this year’s theme, “Kasaysayan, Saligan ng Diwang Makabayan,” aim to stimulate the mind and enrich the knowledge of the public about the history of our nation. It also seeks to raise awareness and responsiveness among the Filipino people— basic ingredients to nationalism.

The series of events will kick off with the commemoration of the 72nd Death Anniversary of President Manuel L. Quezon at the Manuel Quezon Museum in Quezon City, commemoration of the 7th Death Anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino at Roxas Blvd, Manila, Project Saysay Posters Turn Over Program at Culaba, Biliran, and a documentary film showing at University of Makati on August 1.

On August 2, the “Workshop on Stone Conservation” will be held at Baraoisan Church Historical Landmark in Malolos, Bulacan while the “Kathang Anino Shadow Puppetry Performance” will be held at Jose Rizal Museum in Laguna on August 5. It will also be the day for the launching of the “1st Project Saysay Hub” at San Francisco High School in Quezon City.

On August 9, there will be a commemoration for the “Battle of Mayayao” which will be held at Mayuyao Ifugao.

On August 10, the first for the Rizal Lecture Series entitled “Rizal, Scholarship and Identity Politics in the Philippines” will be held at Jose Rizal Museum. It will also be the first day for the “Native Philippine Script Writing Seminar Workshop” which will take place at the NHCP Bldg., in Ermita, Manila. The second and third part of the said workshop will be on August 12 and 29, respectively.

On August 11-12, there will be a “Training Seminar on Historical Method” at the NHCP Bldg. The same event will take place at Davao City on August 20-21.

On August 13, the “Guhit Plantik Art Workshop” will be held at the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Kawit, Cavite.

On August 15, another event will be held at the NHCP Bldg., the “Round Table Discussion of History on the Agrarian Reforms”, while the short film competition entitled “Mga Bayani sa Pinilakang Tabing” will be held at Rizal’s Museum in Laguna on August 16.

From August 16-17, there will be a conference and exhibit for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gen. Isidoro Torres, which will be held at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center. Meanwhile, the commemoration of the 138th Birth Anniversary of Pres. Manuel Quezon will be held at his Museum in Quezon City on August 9.

Simultaneous with the said celebration will be the “Sining-Biswal ng Kabataan,” a visual arts exhibit on the 16 Code of Ethics and Citizenship of Pres. Manuel Quezon.

On August 22, the “4th Local Historical Committee Network (LHCN) General Assembly” will be held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City. The “Paligsahan sa Kasaysayan: A Multi Arts Learning Competition” and the “Sining and Kasaysayan sa Kawayan” will begin this day.

On August 23, the commemoration for the 120th Anniversary of the City of Pugad Lawin will be held at the Project 8, Quezon City.

From August 22-26, there will be a “Conservation Training of Museum Personnel” at Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Kawit Cavite. Meanwhile, the “History Con 2016” will take place at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on August 25-28.

On August 26, two lectures will happen-- “TALK History: Women’s Suffrage in the 19th Century” which will be held at Apolinario Mabini’s Museum in Tanauan City, Batangas and the “Ang Wikang Filipino: Isang Lektura” at the Leon and Galicano Apacible’s Museum in Taal, Batangas.

On August 27, the second rap battle competition, “RAP Mabini Year 2: Modernong Balagtasan ni Juan” will be held at Apolinario Mabini’s Museum in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Also on the same day will be the “Dugong Rebolusyonaryo: Bloodlefting and Donation Drive” at the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Kawit, Cavite.

On August 28, an Arnis Basic Self-Defense Workshop and Demonstration will be held at the Jose Rizal Museum in Intramuros, Manila. Meanwhile, the commemoration of our National Heroes Day will be on August 29 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

On August 30, the commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the Battle of San Juan Del Monte and 166th birth anniversary of Marcelo H. Del Pilar will take place at Katipunan Museum in San Juan City and  Marcelo H. Del Pilar Museum in Bulacan, respectively. This will also be the awarding day for the “Paligsahan sa Pagsulat ng Sanaysay. The submission of entries starts at July 1-August 13.

The month long celebration will conclude with the commemoration of the 109th birth anniversary of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay at his historical house in Castillejos, Zambales, and a concert for the anniversary of the First Congress to be held at the Republic of 1899 Museum in Malolos City, Bulacan.

Visit the official website of NHCP ( for more details. (Sarah Galvez-PND)

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