Bonifacio Day is celebrated in honor of Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution. Being one of the most prominent leaders of his time, he led the people to stand up against the Spanish rulers and found their way in attaining the country’s freedom.
- 1 Bonifacio Day 2014
- 2 What is Bonifacio Day?
- 3 Who is Andres Bonifacio?
- 4 What is Katipunan?
- 5 Main Attractions – Bonifacio Day
- 6 Interesting information about Andres Bonifacio
- 7 Recommendations
- 8 Useful Information
- 9 Bonifacio Day 2015
Bonifacio Day 2014
Bonifacio Day is an annual event which is celebrated on November 30. This year, it will be celebrated as usual on November 30, 2014, which falls on a Sunday. Contrary to other heroes’ day, Bonifacio Day marks Andres Bonifacio’s birthday, instead of the day of his death.
What is Bonifacio Day?
Bonifacio Day is celebrated to commemorate the life and efforts that Andres Bonifacio has put in leading the people to gain the country’s freedom. Believing that peaceful reform is not enough to attain the country’s freedom, he founded the Katipunan and led the people to fight against the Spaniards.
Who is Andres Bonifacio?
Andres Bonifacio is a Filipino Nationalist and revolutionary. Known as the Father of the Philippine Revolution, he has been one of the most important people who lead the country in gaining its much awaited freedom and sovereignty.
Being one of the most prominent figures in Philippine history, he is said to be the first Philippine president according to a few historians. However, he was not officially recognized as such.
What is Katipunan?
The Katipunan is a revolutionary movement which was headed by Andres Bonifacio. This is a secret group which is comprised of lower and middle class men who are brave enough to fight against the Spanish colonizers. Its leaders were mostly comprised of local leaders and prominent figures within their municipalities.
Katipunan’s establishment was inspired by Jose Rizal’s works and the movement was officially founded after Rizal’s capture wherein they have realized that peaceful reforms are ineffective in this situation.
Main Attractions – Bonifacio Day
Bonifacio Day Ceremonies
The celebration of Bonifacio Day starts off with a simultaneous flag raising event and wreath-laying rites at different Bonifacio sites around the country. The main event in Manila is headed by the Philippine President.
Little Katipuneros Fun Run
Little kids are encouraged to come out and support the activities of this day by going out to sweat out as they run for a cause and join the Little Katipuneros Fun Run. This activity shall be composed of children aged 8-12.
History of Bonifacio Day
The beginning of Bonifacio Day was marked on February 16, 1921 as the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2946 and making November 30 as a National Holiday and was marked as the day to commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the leading protagonist in the struggle for freedom against the Spaniards.
Interesting information about Andres Bonifacio
At the age of 14, Andres was orphaned and had to take the role as parent and take care of his brothers and sisters. In order to do this, he had to quit school and look for ways of supporting his family.
Andres and his brother were accused of rebellion and were sentenced to death. A fellow Filipino was ordered to execute both brothers. He has no choice but to follow or else he shall be punished severely. His life as a katipunero ended in Maragondon, Cavite on May 10, 1897.
In August 1986, Andres Bonifacio gathered his men at Pugadlawin and fearlessly urged them to tear up the cedulas as a symbolic gesture of their defiance of the Spanish rule. This movement marked the start of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers.
National Holiday: Please be guided that Bonifacio Day is considered a National Holiday. All government offices are closed during this day.
Heavy Traffic: With the simultaneous celebrations and activities done during the Bonifacio Day, expect heavy traffic on the day itself. Also, some roads might be closed to accommodate some of the programs. So, better look for an alternative route before leaving your homes.
Date: Bonifacio Day is celebrated on his birthday – November 30. This year, Bonifacio Day shall be celebrated as usual on November 30, 2014. This will fall on a Sunday
Location: Nationwide. This event is celebrated within the whole country.
Bonifacio Day 2015
Bonifacio Day will take place on a Monday, 30th day of Novermber 2015.