Last July 2 Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim led the 51st commemoration of the death anniversary of “the Hero of Manila” Honorio Lopez. Never ko atang naalala kung sino ito until I came across this article. The only thing I knew before was that Honorio Lopez is that long and winding road papuntang Navotas (o Balut kaya?) na madadaan mo yung elementary iskul ko sa kanto ng S.Del Rosario at Honorio Lopez na walang iba kung hindi ang Immaculate Concepcion Academy of Manila-ICAM for short. Hanep ang baha sa lugar na yun! Noon ha! ewan ko lang ngayon..that was like in the 70’s!! Pero mabalik tayo sa topic..hanguin natin ang salaysay ni Ms Chui ng MB;
Lopez made his mark in Philippine history for fighting off foreign invaders in the war against the Spaniards in 1896, against the Americans in 1899, and the Japanese in 1947 as a soldier, propagandist and journalist, using his words to inspire the spirit of nationalism among the oppressed Filipinos of his time.
Lopez was best known for preparing an almanac used as a propaganda material to promote the Philippine cause during the underground days of the revolution. The calendar of Lopez traced its roots way back to 1897, when it was still under the name of “La Sonrisa” (The Smile), before it was chased deep into the underground where it earned the new name “Dimasalang” (The Untouchable).
After the revolution, Lopez also entered the world of politics when he became one of the first councilors of Manila in 1916-1920.
Among the activities scheduled for the day are masses to be held at the St. Joseph Gagalangin Church, Tonodo Church, and Manila Tayuman Cathedral, to be followed by a commemorative rite at 8:30 a.m. at Sentro ng Karunungan Building on Tayuman corner Dagupan St., Tondo, Manila.