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Dipolog honors modern day heroes

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - The National Heroes' Day is a powerful reminder that heroism takes in many forms.

Remembering the many great sacrifices of heroes in the past and those unsung heroes of the present, the local government unit of Dipolog City celebrated the National Heroes Day at Plaza Magsaysay early morning of August 28.

In his message, Col. Samuel G. Yunque, chief of the Governance Strategy Management Office, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army reminded the public that becoming a hero is so much more than having superhuman strength and living revolutionary lives. Instead, he acknowledged heroism in its simplest and most powerful form – in the mundane.

"It is not just about the superhuman feats we see in movies or read in books; it’s about the everyday acts of courage, compassion, and selflessness that shape the world around us,” he said.

The celebration was headed by Mayor Darel Dexter Uy, together with other local officials, uniformed personnel and government employees, along with few local residents gathered at the venue to witness the short but memorable program as tribute to the fallen heroes who gave their lives for the country.

Mayor Uy and Col. Yunque both emphasized that the holiday commemorates not just the heroes found in history books, but also modern heroes who go beyond our uniformed personnel. Among the contemporary unsung heroes mentioned were teachers and healthcare workers. 

They said the event is not for any specific hero but for all those worthy of celebration.

Moreover, Mayor Uy reminded those present that the celebration is not just for history makers but for the everyday ordinary citizen who never hesitates to lend a helping hand.

"Each of us has a role to play, and it is through our dedication to our duties – be it at work, in the home or the community – that we can truly honor the legacy of our heroes."

Uy encouraged everyone to continue building a nation worthy of heroes’ sacrifices – a nation that is defined by honor, duty, and heroism.

Meanwhile, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., during the commemoration of National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig, also urged all Filipinos to unleash their heroism and let it ignite their dedication toward a progressive new Philippines.

“As we recognize our forebears whose uncelebrated legacies our society is built on, let us also realize our own power to become heroes for our families and communities. May this consciousness then ignite us to be dedicated in our agenda of creating a new Philippines that is strong, prosperous, resilient, and secure for present and future generations,” he said.

This year's celebration is anchored on the theme, "Karangalan, Katungkulan, Kabayanihan." (KSA/RVC/EDT/PIA Zamboanga del Norte/with reports from Pamela Joyce Fumero)

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Emmanuel Taghoy

Regional Editor

Region 9

Emmanuel Dalman Taghoy is the Information Center Manager of the Zamboanga del Norte Information Center and Executive Assistant for Regional Operations of the Philippine Information Agency IX, the country’s chief information arm under the Office of the President. PIA’s expertise is development communication.

He is the Regional Editor of PIA-IX who also writes news and feature stories for the agency’s website and other social media platforms. He also reports for PTV news.

As the InfoCen Manager for Zamboanga del Norte, he represents PIA in inter-agency meetings and other activities, providing media coverage and other technical assistance to partner agencies.

Having been trained locally and abroad, he serves as lecturer on journalism, public and media relations, social media handling and promotion, among others.

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