Mayor Marcy Teodoro urged Marikeños to emulate the examples and the martyrdom of the Philippines’ national hero Dr. Jose Rizal by serving the country wholeheartedly.
“Tayo ang kasalukuyang Rizal sa ating panahon. Gampanan natin sa ating pinakamahusay na kakayahan ang pagtulong at paglilingkod sa bayan na ito. At masasabi natin sa huli na naging bayani tayo sa ating kontribusyon sa pagbabago ng Marikina,” Mayor Marcy said during the wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Dr. Rizal in front of the Leodegario Victorino Elementary School in Brgy. Jesus Dela Peña.
(We are this generation’s Rizal. Let us do our best to help and serve this city. By doing these can we truly say that we too are heroes because we have contributed to the development of Marikina.)
Mayor Marcy led Marikina City in honoring Dr. Rizal on his 122nd death anniversary on December 30, 2018. Dr. Rizal was executed by firing squads on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park in Luneta) after he was convicted of rebellion and sedition.
An ophthalmologist by profession, the national hero was also a famous writer and his two books “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” unmasked the atrocities, injustices and greed of the Spanish colonizers, including the friars, to the Filipinos whom they considered as slaves. The two books sparked the fire of nationalism and stoked the calls for a revolution, particularly among the young Filipinos, against the colonizers.