NHCP, LGU celebrate Kapampangan hero’s 150th birthday
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the local government of Pampanga on Friday celebrated he 150th birth anniversary of Aurelio Tolentino, a Filipino playwright and dramatist whose works depicted his desire to see Philippine independence from its colonizers.
National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario led the unveiling of the historical marker and wreath-laying ceremonies for Tolentino at the Municipal Plaza of Guagua in Pampanga.
Guagua Municipal Mayor Dante D. Torres delivered the welcome remarks, while Pampanga Governor Lilia G. Pineda and Dr. Becky Singson, a descendant of Aurelio Tolentino, provided messages for the Kapampangan hero.
Tolentino was born on October 13, 1867, in Sto. Cristo, Guagua, Pampanga to Leonardo Tolentino and Petrona Valenzuela. His progressive consciousness was formed in the Katipunan, and he was also one of the signatories of the Declaration of Philippine Independence in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898.
As a revolutionary, playwright, fictionist, and poet during the American occupation, his writings openly criticized the colonial government in La Independencia, La Patria and El Liberal. Tolentino also wrote dramas, most famous of which is his “Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas,” an allegorical attack on the American colonization.
He died on July 1915 and was buried at the North Cemetery. His remains were later transferred to Guagua in 1921.
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