132nd Birth Anniversary Pres.Manuel Luis Quezon: "Si Manuel Luis Quezon ay isang mabuting Pilipino"-VP Binay
Quoting from Noel Cabangon's song at Pnoy's SONA, Vice President Jejomar Binay said that former President Manuel Luis Quezon was the good Filipino the youth today should follow as an example delivering his heartfelt speech at the Quezon Memorial Shrine today commemorating th 132nd Birth Anniversary of the said icon from which the city was named after.
Together with the City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte Alimorong, National Historic Institute's Sir Ambeth Ocampo was the representative of the former president's family, Enrique "Ricky" Quezon Avancena with the chief of Police presented their gifts of wreaths for the celebration.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Lions Club International, Masons and Rotary Club members together with socio-civic organizations participated with school heads and master teachers celebrating the birthday of the former president who spearheaded the value of our national language -Filipino.
So what have I learned that I didn't know about President Manuel L. Quezon?
1. Quezon was initiated at Sinukuan Lodge No. 16, Free & Accepted Mason, Manila. He was a Freemason most of his life. He was most instrumental, along with other Filipino and American Masons, in the unification of Filipino and American Lodges on February 13, 1917. He became the first Filipino Grandmaster of Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, succeeding MW William H. Taylor. Due to the influence of his wife, Quezon resigned from Masonry on September 17, 1930. After his death, the Catholic Church claimed he had renounced Masonry. However, seven years after his resignation, Quezon made this statement: "I didn't and never will renounce Masonry. There is a form which those returning to the Church are supposed to sign but I refused to sign it. Instead, I wrote the Archbishop a personal note saying that I understand that I could not be readmitted to the Roman Catholic Church so long as I remained a Mason, and, for that reason I was resigning from Masonry but I never renounced Masonry.".
2. He headed the first Independence Mission that submitted to the U.S. Congress the position of the Filipino people.
3. He died of tuberculosis and his exhumbed body is still at the granite mausoleum in the central point of the Quezon City Shrine.(Manuel Luis Quezon 1878-1944).
The students have a lot to learn from President Manuel Luis Quezon being the father of the national language and his memoirs should be taught fervently in schools to help boost the confidence of the Filipino to believe in the Filipino.