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A Republica Filipina Reenactor at Apolnario Mabinis tomb

158th Birth Anniversary of Apolinario Mabini

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – After two years of suspending commemorative celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apolinario Mabini was once again given a sublime tribute on his 158th birth anniversary held recently at his hometown in Tanauan City, Batangas.

Photo Caption (VIPs at 158th Mabini Day): Tanauan City vice mayor Herminigildo Trinidad Jr., Mayor Nelson Collantes, Batangas third district Rep. Ma. Theresa Collantes, DoT-Calabarzon OIC regional director Marites Castro, NHCP OIC executive director Carminda Arevalo, Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste, and (second row) Hazel Dimaala and Norman Eusebio of Microtel by Wyndham, and Republica Filipina Reenactment Group members (third row).
Photo Caption (VIPs at 158th Mabini Day): Tanauan City vice mayor Herminigildo Trinidad Jr., Mayor Nelson Collantes, Batangas third district Rep. Ma. Theresa Collantes, DoT-Calabarzon OIC regional director Marites Castro, NHCP OIC executive director Carminda Arevalo, Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste, and (second row) Hazel Dimaala and Norman Eusebio of Microtel by Wyndham, and Republica Filipina Reenactment Group members (third row).

The City Government of Tanauan, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and the Provincial Government of Batangas led the simple but meaningful observance.

The event was held at the Mabini Shrine, an NHCP historical complex that features a replica of the humble nipa hut where the hero was born in 1864, the tomb where he was reinterred in 1956, and several interactive museum galleries on his personal memorabilia and the Filipino-American War where he figured prominently.

A Republica Filipina Reenactor at Apolnario Mabinis tomb
A Republica Filipina Reenactor at Apolnario Mabinis tomb

Situated at barrio Talaga by the shores of the Taal Lake, the Shrine is one of Tanauan’s top historic tourist destinations.

Taking a special part in the celebration is the Department of Tourism Calabarzon Region which brought members of the Republica Filipina Reenactment Group, an association of professionals which seeks to rekindle public awareness and patriotism through the portrayal of the Philippine Revolution’s historic personalities and events.

Replica of Mabini's nipa hut birthplace
Replica of Mabini’s nipa hut birthplace

The regional office’s participation in the historic event is in line with the thrust of DoT Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco to promote museums as part of local tourism circuits.

According to DoT Calabarzon, officer-in-charge Marites Castro, the regional office has showcased museums, national shrines, ancestral homes, old churches, and other heritage structures in their itineraries, particularly in the newly-formulated Center for Fun circuits for Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.

Museum Gallery at NHCP Mabini Shrine
Museum Gallery at NHCP Mabini Shrine

Mabini, regarded as the Sublime Paralytic and Brains of the Revolution, was born to humble beginnings, studied law, and authored writings on the guiding principles for freedom fighters, most notably the El Verdadero Decalogo (The True Decalogue).

Mabini Shrine
Mabini Shrine

He became the legal and constitutional adviser to the Philippine Revolutionary Government and later as Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Secretary of the First Philippine Republic headed by President Emilio Aguinaldo.

He died in 1903 at age 38, was buried at the Chinese Cemetery, and later transferred to the Manila North Cemetery’s Maosuleo Delos Veteranos de la Revolucion.

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