Bongbong Marcos declares 2023 to 2033 as ‘Decade of Philippine History’

A legacy built on kinship

The Philippine declaration of independence in 1898 was marked by upheavals, but was later followed by a period of great changes at the turn of the new century, some reflected in the way Filipinos celebrate life, enduring bonds and new beginnings. Gatherings became more frequent among family and friends in popular hangouts like Corregidor Bar (left photo). —IMAGES FROM THE 1994 BOOK “HISTORY IN THE BREWING”

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has declared 2023 to 2033 as the “Dekada ng Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (Decade of Philippine History), said the Palace on Friday.

In  Proclamation No. 396, Marcos directs the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to lead the observance of the celebration.

“I, Ferdinand R. Marcos, JR., President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, do hereby declare the years beginning 2023 through 2033 as ‘Dekada ng Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas’,” said the proclamation.

“For this purpose, the NHCP is directed to lead, coordinate, and supervise the observance of the Dekada ng Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, and identify the programs, projects and activities for the celebration thereof,” it added.

All other government agencies and instrumentalities are encouraged to support the NHCP in the project.

According to the Palace, the declaration comes in the same year as the NHCP’s 100th anniversary year.

“The Filipino nation greatly values the almost a century of contributions of the dedicated individuals who make up the NHCP, including historians, researchers, curators, architects, engineers, chemists, conservators, artists, planners, managers, and many others, who all work tirelessly to advance historical research,” read the promulgation.


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