Filipino National Heroes Recognition Program

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Jose Rizal was the only hero recognized in Philippine history.


Bonifacio fought alongside the Spanish Colonizers.


Rizal's day of birth was declared a national holiday.


Philippine history formally declared Rizal and Bonifacio as national heroes.


The historian mentioned in the text believes that heroes should be officially legislated to be recognized.


It is better to recognize heroes in academic settings according to the text.


The National Heroes Committee was created by Executive Order No. 75 in 1983.


The National Heroes Committee was tasked with recognizing national personalities who impacted Philippine history.


The Technical committee of the National Heroes Committee held meetings in June 1995 and August 1994.


Heroes recognized by the Philippines are those who struggled for the nation's freedom and contributed to its quality of life.


Despite his enormous contribution to Philippine history, Jose Rizal was clearly proclaimed as a National Hero.


There was an official proclamation issued to declare a Filipino historical icon as a national hero.


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Honouring Filipino National Heroes

  • On March 28, 1983, President Fidel V. Ramos issued Executive Order No. 75, creating the National Heroes Committee under the Office of the President.
  • The Committee was tasked to identify, assess, and suggest national personalities who made a significant impact on Philippine history.

Criteria for National Heroes

  • The National Heroes Committee adopted criteria for national heroes, including:
    • Heroes who have a concept of nation and aspire and struggle for the nation's freedom.
    • Heroes who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation.
    • Heroes who contribute to the quality of life and destiny of a nation.

Recognition of National Heroes

  • Despite the establishment of the National Heroes Committee, no law or executive order was issued to officially proclaim a Filipino historical icon as a national hero.
  • Jose Rizal, despite his enormous contribution to Philippine history, was not clearly proclaimed a National Hero.
  • There were laws enacted to honour significant historical persons and their heroic acts that moulded history.

Recognition of Rizal and Bonifacio

  • Jose Rizal's position in Philippine History is a tribute to the continued respect and acclamation of the people in recognition of his contribution to significant social transformations in the country.
  • Andres Bonifacio also acquired a spotlight in heroism, recognized as a national hero, and his day of birth was made a national holiday.
  • Both Rizal and Bonifacio were great men who contributed to the acquisition of Philippine independence from the Spanish regime and abuses.

Explore the Executive Order No. 75 issued by President Fidel V. Ramos to create the National Heroes Committee, tasked with identifying and honoring significant personalities in Philippine history. Learn about the criteria used to recognize national heroes and their contributions.

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