Bulacan marks 143rd birth anniversary of Gregorio del Pilar

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BULAKAN, Bulacan — Bulakenyos commemorated on Wednesday the 143rd birth anniversary of the young general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army, Gregorio H. Del Pilar, in a simple yet meaningful way.

The celebration dubbed as “Catorse De Noviembre” was highlighted with a parade and street dance participated in by residents dressed in colorful costumes.

Town Mayor Patrick Meneses, together with other local officials, led the formal opening of the annual celebration that started 13 years ago in remembrance of the young general who was born in this town on Nov. 14, 1875.

They offered flowers at the shrine of Del Pilar, who is also known as “Heneral Goyo.”

Meneses said the first celebration was organized in 2005 by his father, former Mayor Ricky Meneses and is now a crowd-drawing attraction like the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio, Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo.

“Aside from commemorating the birth anniversary of General del Pilar, Catorse De Noviembre likewise showcases the barangays’ well-known products and cultural heritage like dried and steamed fish, embroidery, farming, and fishing industry,” the mayor said.

A street-dancing competition dubbed as “Indakan sa Kalye,” was held Wednesday with the town’s 14 barangays as participants.

The winners were Barangay San Francisco, which emerged as champion, with PHP50,000 cash prize; Barangay Bambang, first runner-up, with PHP30,000; and Barangay Matungao, second runner-up with PHP20,000 cash prize. –PNA

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