On 15 September 2023, a momentous celebration will take place at Barasoain Church as it marks the 125th anniversary of the historic Malolos Congress. This significant event, commemorating a pivotal moment in Philippine history, is a day of reflection, honor, and nationalism.
A GLIMPSE OF THE CELEBRATION
This year's anniversary carries the theme "Kongreso ng Malolos: Saligan sa Pagsulong ng Nagbabagong Panahon" (Malolos Congress: Foundation for Progress in Modern Times), reflecting on the enduring relevance of the congress in shaping the nation.
The event will be graced by the presence of Senator Loren Legarda, who will serve as the guest of honor, lending her distinguished stature to the celebration. Attendees can look forward to the participation of prominent figures from provincial, local, and regional governments, underscoring the importance of this milestone.
A poignant wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the statue of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, located in the plaza just in front of the church. This symbolic gesture pays tribute to the historical significance of Gen. Aguinaldo, who played a central role in the Malolos Congress and the establishment of the First Philippine Republic.
HONORING THE MALOLOS CONGRESS
The anniversary serves as an annual occasion to commemorate the founding of the Malolos Congress in 1898. This congress is hailed as a watershed moment in the birth of the First Philippine Republic, under the leadership of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Tragically, the congress was dissolved on 13 November 1899, marking the onset of American rule in the country.
As the 125th anniversary approaches, it is a time for our community to reflect on this historical milestone, paying tribute to the vision and dedication of those who participated in the Malolos Congress.
The church invites all members of the community to join in this commemorative event. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates as we approach this historic day. Together, we honor our heritage and celebrate 125 years of the Malolos Congress, a cornerstone of our nation's history.