Marcos Day marked by simultaneous candle-lighting across PHL

LAOAG CITY — On the 99th birthday anniversary of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, supporters and loyalists from different parts of the Philippines paid their tribute by holding a simultaneous candle-lighting ceremonies on the eve of September 11, 2016.

An estimated total of 9,500 people joined the nationwide celebration, demonstrating their call for unity and urging the former president’s burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

In Ilocos Norte, thousands of Marcos supporters lit candles around Batac City Plaza while singing the traditional Ilocano birthday greeting song ‘Padapadakam.’

It was the culminating event of the three-day celebration organized by non-government organizations including Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association, Rotary Club of Metro Ilocos Norte and Bakers and Restaurants Association of Ilocos Norte.

In Pangasinan province, the Bayanihan Bayan Movers led by Philip Terry also gathered in Rizal Park, Urdaneta City, for a vigil rally.

Assemblies and masses were also held in Quezon City, Makati City, and Pasay City.

Thousands also gathered at the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban City, Leyte starting 4:00 o’clock.

Recognizing the establishment of Kabataang Barangay (KB) during Marcos’ term, former national president of KB said that “the Taclobanon and the Waraynon are in full support to… President Marcos.”

In Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, a Walk for Peace and Healing which culminated with “releasing of red balloons for peace” at the Butuan City Rizal Park, was attended by at least 200 people.

Cris Lindo of Butuan City, former KB president in the said province, shared “this is our tribute to the former president…for everything that he has done for all of us here in Mindanao.”

Lindo recalled FEM’s projects including the Maharlika national highway, local housings, and rural electrification.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong is also organizing a Prayer Service for FEM this September 18 at Bayanihan, Kennedy Town.

Marcos’ body remains in a mausoleum in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, for over 23 years now. It is one of the top tourist attractions in the province. PNA/