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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We are a nation of heroes – Gordon

The Philippines is a nation of heroes, Independent Senator Richard J. Gordon yesterday said as he urged the Filipino people to take pride and inspiration from their heroism wherever they are in the country or elsewhere around the world.

Gordon makes the exhortation as he led the unveiling ceremony on Wenceslao Q. Vinzon’s bust held at the Vinzons Hall of the University of the Philippines, Quezon City attended by the UP student Council and administration officials.

“It is sad and unfortunate if we allow stories about the great sacrifices of our heroes to be buried into the pages of oblivion. The tapestry of our country must be painted by the brave and courageous sacrifices of our heroes and their stories must be passed on form one generation to the next,” he said.

Gordon, chairman of the Senate tourism committee, has earlier filed a resolution in the Senate calling on different government units to prepare for the nationwide centennial celebration of Vinzons’ natal anniversary on Sept. 28, 2010.

Vinzons, one of the country’s most notable patriots during World War II (WWII), organized an armed resistance in the Bicol region against the Japanese invasion army and led a raid against a troop of Japanese soldiers in basud, Camarines Norte.

Later on when Vinzons’ forces grew to around 2,800 strong, he led these forces to successfully liberate the provincial capital of Daet, killing around 3,000 Japanese soldiers since their first attack which made his capture one of the primary objectives of the Japanese army.

Even as a student, Vinzons already showed exemplary leadership abilities when he became president of the UP Student Council and editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian.

He advocated the unification of Southeast Asian nations with a common Malay origin I his oratorical address entitled “Malaysia Irredenta,” which won him the Manuel L. Quezon gold medal for excellence.

After passing the bar exams in 1932, Vinzons founded the Young Philippine Party which advocated the grant of Philippine Independence from American rule.

Like Gordon, Vinzon was elected as the youngest delegates to the 1935 Constitutional Convention and became instrumental in prescribing Tagalog as an official language og the Philippines.


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