Like each country and region have its history, Philippines have its own share of history too. And if you are planning a trip to Boracay in August, it’s a great idea to participate in National Heroes Day, allowing you to experience the major local celebration of native Filipinos. Each year, the last Monday of August (Aug 25 for 2014) is celebrated as the National Heroes Day in Philippines.

On National Heroes Day, the Philippians pay tribute to both known and unknown heroes to mark the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards by Philippines Revolutionary Society “Katipunan” or “KKK”, founded by Andrés Bonifacio in 1892 in Manilla [the term KKK refers to Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang, Katipunan ng̃ mg̃á Anak ng̃ Bayan meaning “Supreme and most honorable society of the children of the nation”]. Although the National Heroes Day was earlier celebrated on November 30, the birthday of Andrés Bonifacio, later it was proposed to celebrate on last Monday of August to commemorate the other patriots too.

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(Image Source: Malacanang.gov.ph)

Although the exact dates and places of the Philippine Revolution vary, as dates range from 23rd to 29th of August, and places are referred to Balintawak and Pugad Lawin according to different historians. On this occasion, the citizens of Philippines celebrate National Heroes [Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang] proposed by the National Heroes Committee. Also you can refer to many online blogs and articles to know about the Cry along with the relevant places and participants.

However, you must remember that Boracay Island will remain crowded during the weekend as National Heroes Day is a public holiday. So, be sure book your holiday accommodation in advance to experience the celebration without any hassle. Make sure that you have your cameras are with you to click few flicks with the locals, to remember the days forever.

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