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Rappler's latest stories on national heroes' day


‘This is not about your father:’ Netizens slam Imee Marcos for Heroes’ Day message

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Do you think a formal declaration is needed for someone to be recognized as a hero?

Imee Marcos says Philippines has no official heroes

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:43 PM

The Philippines has yet to pass a law that declares who its national heroes are, says the senator, who wants Macario Sakay to be included in the roster of candidates

HEROES' DAY. Philippine honor guards fire their rifles during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate National Heroes' Day at the Heroes Cemetery in Manila on August 26, 2019. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

On National Heroes' Day, Filipinos urged to love country, be heroes to others

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Filipinos are urged to be the heroes they want to see in society

Relatives visit their loved ones and prepare for All Saints Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on October 31, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINYON] Bayan ng mga bayani

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Isang araw man lang sa isang taon, isipin natin ang mga walang pangalang hindi inisip ang kanilang mga sarili makapaglingkod lang, madalas ay kapalit ang kanilang buhay, para sa bayan

Leni Robredo on National Heroes' Day: You are the hero of your fellow Filipino

Aug 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

'Wala sa kamay ng iisang tao ang solusyon sa lahat ng ating mga suliranin, at walang iisang pinuno ang makapagbibigay sa atin ng mas magandang bukas,' Vice President Leni Robredo says

Duterte asks Filipinos to 'be everyday heroes' on National Heroes' Day

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:42 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says we honor the heroism of our national heroes by 'uplifting the welfare of the poor and marginalized, for it is through our small deeds that their spirit of valor can live on'

Duterte skipping National Heroes' Day rites

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:11 AM

(UPDATED) House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will attend the National Heroes' Day event in his place

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

How to defend democracy? Filipinos urged to learn from heroes

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Vice President Leni Robredo and some lawmakers on how it is to be modern-day heroes amid threats to the nation's values

Duterte honors 'ordinary heroes' on National Heroes Day

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Soldiers who fought for Marawi City, cops implementing anti-drug operations, OFWs, and teachers get special mention in President Rodrigo Duterte's National Heroes Day speech

Duterte confers honors on Marawi heroes

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Police and soldiers who were killed in action in the months long conflict in Marawi City are among the Order of Lapu Lapu Kalasag awardees

President Rodrigo Duterte pays tribute to fallen soldiers during the observance of the National Heroes Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:02 AM

While there are no laws that officially proclaim a Filipino a national hero there are criteria that determine how a historical figure qualifies as a national hero

HEROES. Filipinos who have a concept of nation and fight for the nation's freedom may be considered heroes, according to criteria set by the National Heroes Commission. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte: Harness Filipino heroes' virtues to fight crime, poverty

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s National Heroes Day message also urges the Filipino public to honor national heroes by upholding the rule of law protecting the nation and fostering goodwill

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo attend the 70th Philippine Air Force anniversary at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Tuesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Netizens define modern-day PH heroes: ‘Willing to serve the country, brave enough to speak up’

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:36 PM

In a Twitter conversation and Facebook poll conducted from August 29 to September 1 respondents weighed in on which traits best represent heroism today

IN PHOTOS: Duterte dines with soldiers wounded in action

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:20 PM

President Duterte gives the soldiers electric wheelchairs and laptops and says he wants to reinvent them after their sacrifice for the country

LISTENING EAR. President Rodrigo Duterte tries to comfort 2nd Lieutenant Jerome Jacuba, who lost his eyesight during a fellowship dinner in Malacañan’s Heroes Hall on August 29, National Heroes’ Day. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

How Filipinos on Twitter celebrated #NationalHeroesDay

Aug 29, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Filipino netizens pay tribute to national heroes with thoughtful tweets and some humorous ones too

PHOTO QUOTES. Some Twitter accounts shared inspiring lines from notable public figures. Image from the World Food Programme Philippines Twitter page

Meet our country's environmental heroes

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:06 PM

As we celebrate the National Heroes Day here are some of the stories of our environmental heroes those who sacrificed their lives to protect the Philippines environment

Conversation: Not all heroes wear capes

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Heroes are heroes not just because they are to be admired Join our Twitter conversation on August 29 using the hashtag HowToBeYou

#BayaniSquad: Which Filipino heroes would be in your barkada?

Aug 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM

What if our valiant heroes were alive today? Would you be friends with them?

Rappler Newscast | August 25, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Thousands march in Manila to protest what remains of the pork barrel system while pro Aquino groups push for the continuation of the President’s reforms A 6 1 magnitude quake shakes California

Fast Facts: National Heroes Day

Aug 25, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Celebrated as early as 1931, the holiday honors and remembers all Philippine national heroes. Here are a few facts related to this occasion.

Between 'Million' and today: ‘Pork system still in place’

Aug 25, 2014 - 1:25 PM

Nothing has changed from last year according to anti pork barrel advocates They are gathering 6 million signatures to force Congress to pass a law banning all types of discretionary funds

NO PORK PLEASE. Protesters at the anti-pork barrel rally in Manila, 25 Aug 2014. Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Stop the negativity, unite instead – Aquino

Aug 25, 2014 - 9:48 AM

On National Heroes Day President Benigno Aquino III slams detractors encourages Filipinos to be more constructive rather than negative

UNITE. President Benigno Aquino III on National Heroes Day called for a stop in negativity and asked Filipinos to unite. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Heroes we must not forget

Aug 24, 2014 - 9:29 PM

We the people are the true heroes of our motherland which means that we are collectively responsible in our aspirations

Continue 'revolution' against indifference – Aquino

Aug 24, 2014 - 2:41 PM

On National Heroes Day 2014 Aquino reminds Filipinos of the social revolution started four years ago at the beginning of his term

LIVE BLOG: The August 26 Million People March

Aug 26, 2013 - 6:33 AM

Follow us for updates on what s happening at the Luneta

#TapatAko: Heroes and the choices they made

Aug 26, 2013 - 6:00 AM

In celebration of National Heroes Day Rappler has put together 9 of our national heroes How familiar are you with their acts of martyrdom and integrity?

#TapatAko: Heroes from all walks of life

Aug 26, 2013 - 1:50 AM

Take cues from their actions and be encouraged to follow suit Consider this as a challenge: that you may also be able to say “Tapat Ako” in your own vocation

Aug 26 anti-pork barrel protests spread nationwide

Aug 24, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Anti-pork barrel protests set on National Heroes Day spring in different provinces nationwide

Abolish pork: The data speaks for itself

Aug 24, 2013 - 5:00 PM

It’s entirely possible that PDAF has indeed worsened regional inequalities over the years thanks to the culture of impunity and corruption it has brought with it

#ScrapPork rallies still a go despite Aquino's reform plans

Aug 23, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Participating groups say the President s announcement to overhaul the pork barrel system is a desperate attempt to control the outrage against solons PDAF

Anti-pork barrel protest set on National Heroes Day

Aug 18, 2013 - 11:21 PM

An event aimed at gathering one million anti-pork barrel advocates is gaining steam on social media

Screen grab from the Facebook event page.

Who is your Tapat Hero?

Aug 15, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Who are the heroes in your lives? Use the hashtag TapatAko and tell us why that person inspires you

WHO IS YOUR TAPAT HERO? Honor the heroes in your lives by sharing us their photos and the stories of the good that they do. Use the hashtag #TapatAko. Graphic by Rappler/Ivy Pangilinan

NHCP honors Mabini, Bonifacio on Heroes' Day

Jul 31, 2013 - 9:16 PM

The Philippines celebrates National Heroes day August 26 This year the focus is on two heroes who lived exactly 150 years ago Mabini and Bonifacio

Sereno urged: Restore faith in judiciary

Aug 27, 2012 - 10:00 AM

President Aquino calls on new Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to use her judgments and decisions to restore the public s faith in the judiciary