The Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (Kris) yesterday expanded its reach to Bulacan. In partnership with Ms. Karen Davila of ABS-CBN television network, Kris library brought eight boxes of books to help rehabilitate the library of the Bulusan Elementary School in Calumpit, Bulacan.
Bulusan School Principal Ms. Monica Mangilit sought Karen’s help after the deadly Typhoons Quiel and Pedring of 2011 caused the river-front school to be inundated with flood water that reached up to the ceiling of the school’s library, thus wiping away all its books, book shelves, computers, among others.
Kris has committed to help return the Bulusan library to its functioning order and to help the 250 students reach their full academic potentials.
Indeed, the timing could not have been more perfect as we celebrate Philippine Independence Day today and we honor the great Filipino heroes who gave their lives for the Philippines to be free from Spanish, American and dictatorial rule.
Indeed, Filipinos owe to the great and patriotic people of Bulacan for being the first Filipino who gave the first spark for the Philippine revolution against Spain.
Here’s how wikipilipinas placed Bulacan’s role in the Philippine history:
“Bulacan was one of the first eight provinces to rise against Spanish rule in the Philippine Revolution. The first phase of the revolution ended with the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel in 1897 between the Filipinos and the Spaniards, after which the revolutionary leader Emilio Aguinaldo was exiled to Hong Kong. The second phase saw the drafting of the constitution of the First Philippine Republic by the Malolos Congress at Barasoain Church in 1898. The subsequently established republic had its capital at Malolos until President Emilio Aguinaldo transferred it to San Isidro, Nueva Ecija in 1899 when the Philippine-American War broke out.” (http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Bulacan)
A travel blog described Bulacan thus:
“Bulacan is one of the provinces that are very rich in history, culture and tradition in the Philippines. This is one of the places that Filipino heroes and patriots came from. Bulacan is also the home of the many talented Filipino in the field of arts, music and literature. Bulacan is also one of the provinces that fought for freedom against the Spaniards. Bulacan is one of the province that is a melting pot of the past and the present, the old and the new, the countryside and the urbane.
“Bulacan is a province that was founded in 1578. The province of Bulacan holds a very special place in the Philippine history. The descendants of Bulakenyos are refugees from Bagumbayan during the British occupation of Manila from 1762 to 1764. At that time the people of Bulacan is strengthening the Tagalog identity of the province. During the Spanish period, there are many historical events that happened here in Bulacan in the fight for freedom. The most famous is the Biak na Bato Pact in 1897 which signifies the first phase if the Philippine Revolution. The first Constitution of the Philippine Republic was drafted at Barasoain Church in Bulacan by the leaders of the Philippine independence in the Malolos Congress in 1898.
“The Province of Bulacan is the home of many Philippine Heroes and Partiots such as Marcelo H. del Pilar and his brother Gregorio del Pilar. Not only Filipino Heroes were born here but also talented people in the field of arts, music and literature such as Francisco Balagtas and Jose Corazon de Jesus who is popularly known by his pen name Huseng Batute. Until now, Bulacan is the only province who produces the most national artists that includes Amado Hernandez and Virgilio Almario for literature; Francisco Santiago and Antonino Buenaventura for music; Honarata dela Rama for theater; and Jose Joya for visual arts. There precious works are showcased at Malolos City’s Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum.”
As we celebrate Independence Day today, we at Kris Library see no better way of celebrating it than by helping the poor children of our past heroes who gave up their lives so we can very well enjoy the freedom and independence as a proud people and progressive nation.