BALIWAG, Bulacan — The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the municipal government of Baliwag unveiled the new monument of the great Bulakenyo hero and propagandist Mariano Ponce during the 101 death anniversary celebration held in front of Museo ni Mariano Ponce, Calle Ponce, in this town on Thursday morning.
Dr. Rene Escalante, NHCP Commissioner and Chairman of the Board, led the commemorating of the death anniversary of Ponce with Dr. Maria Luisa Camagay, President of the Philippine Historical Association and Professor Emeritus of the U.P. History Department, served as the guest of honor, relatives of Mariano Ponce, government officials and people of Baliwag.
Aside from the unveiling of the historical marker and a full-body monument of Mariano Ponce, the museum was inaugurated and formally open to the public.
It was also launched a commemorative biographical book entitled Mariano Ponce y Collantes, Dangal ng Lahing Pilipino. The book is edited by Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion, with articles written by National Artist for Literature, Resil B. Mojares, among others.
In an interview with Dr. Maria Luisa Camagay, she said that it is very appropriate and timely to recognize the greatness of Mariano Ponce not only in Bulacan but as well as in the whole country.
“The people did not just spread or known the writings of Mariano Ponce, that is why this is the time to let the Filipino people knew who is Mariano Ponce thru his museum,” Camagay added.
The museum features rare photographs, original artifacts, and artworks. It also has a resource center with digital files including other photographs, writings, and articles by and about Ponce.
Meanwhile, Escalante in his speech narrated the life of Mariano Ponce during the spanish era as one of the propagandists along with Rizal and Del Pilar.
“This Mariano Ponce Museum was offered to the people of Baliwag as well as to the relatives of Ponce,” Escalante added.
Mariano Ponce was born in Baliuag, Bulacan on March 23, 1863. He joined the Propaganda Movement in Spain together with Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and other propagandists, He also helped in the campaign for reforms, and one of the writers of La Solidaridad and Asociacion Hispano- Filipino.
Among Ponce’s significant works was Efemerides Filipinas a column on historical events in the Philippines which appeared in La Oceania Espanola (1892-1893) and El Ideal (1911-1912 ) He also wrote Ang Wika ng Lahi (1917) discussing the importance of a national language.
He served as Bulacan’s representative to the National Assembly. He studied at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran and took up medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. He traveled to Spain in 1881 to continue his medical studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid. (RONDA Balita Online News)