Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apolinario Mabini 150 Years

In celebration of the birth sesquicentennial of Apolinario Mabini, here are some legacies about him.

  1. The house where Mabini died is now located in the campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Santa Mesa, Manila, having been moved twice. The simple nipa retains the original furniture, and some of the books he wrote, and also contains souvenir items, while hosting the municipal library and reading facilities.
  2. Mabini was buried in his town of birth - what is now Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas. A replica of the house Mabini was born in was also constructed on the site, and also contains memorabilia.
  3. Mabini's face adorns the Philippine Ten peso bill in 1998, along with that of Andr├ęs Bonifacio, and the pair has been featured on the 10-peso coin since 2000.
  4. Four Philippine municipalities are named after Mabini: Mabini, Batangas; Mabini, Bohol; Mabini, Compostela Valley, and Mabini, Pangasinan.
  5. The Philippine Navy's Jacinto class corvette, BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) which was acquired in 1997, is also named after Mabini.
  6. Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), an expressway that connect the province of Batangas to the SLEX, was renamed Apolinario Mabini Superhighway in 2007 when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9462.
  7. Apolinario Mabini Bridge, formerly known as Nagtahan Bridge in the City of Manila, was renamed in his honor in 1967 by President Ferdinand Marcos through Proclamation No. 234.
  8. There is a reef called the Mabini Reef which is also known as the Johnson South Reef located in the Spratlys Islands at the West Philippine Sea.
  9. At least 6 national roads, 19 streets in Metro Manila, 5 health facilities, 80 elementary and secondary schools, and 3 colleges nationwide have Mabini in their names.
  10. The Apolinario Mabini Award is a prestigious national award given by the President of the Republic of the Philippines  to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) whose work and accomplishments in the last five years promote the human rights and dignity of Filipinos with disability.
  11. In 2013, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, through the College of Communication, launched its first media recognition called the PUP Mabini Media Awards. With over 40 categories in five media flat forms – television, radio, print, advertising and online media –the award giving body commends outstanding programs and individuals in the said fields.
  12. Established in 2003 pursuant to Executive Order No. 236, or The Honors Code of the Philippines, the Gawad Mabini is conferred upon DFA personnel and Filipinos who have rendered distinguished service and promoted the interests of the Philippines at home and overseas.
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