OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

MALACAÑAN PALACE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

PROCLAMATION NO. 3

CALLING UPON ALL THE FILIPINO PEOPLE TO PROPERLY OBSERVE RIZAL DAY AND PRESCRIBING THE MANNER OF ITS OBSERVANCE.

Whereas, the thirtieth day of December, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Jose Rizal, our greatest patriot and national hero, has been declared a legal holiday and designated Rizal Day in Executive Order No. 20. dated March 20, 1942;

Whereas, Jose Rizal preached and practiced such oriental virtues as love of country, devotion to duty, honor, self-sacrifice, fortitude, restraint, thrift, hard work and industry and emphasized the need for discipline and unity among the Filipino people;

Whereas, the teachings of Jose Rizal are in accord with the precepts and norms of conduct urged upon the Filipinos by the great Japanese Empire in the latter’s mission to lead and guide the Philippines towards her destiny as a worthy member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere; and

Whereas, Rizal Day should be observed in a manner befitting these crucial times, the greatness of Jose Rizal and the solemnity of the act of commemorating his martyrdom;

Now, therefore, pursuant to the authority conferred upon me as Head of the Central Administrative Organization by Order No. 1 of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines, and upon the recommendation of the Executive Commission, I hereby call upon all the Filipino people to properly observe Rizal Day by displaying the flag of the Rising Sun. For this purpose, it is prescribed that, as a part of the observance of Rizal Day on December 30th, the officials and employees in Manila of the various departments, bureaus, and offices of the Central Administrative Organization, including the judicial courts and the government-owned or controlled corporations, and those of the City of Manila gather in front of the Rizal monument at the Luneta at 9:50 o’clock in the morning; and that also the officials and employees of the provincial and municipal governments, and other government offices outside Manila gather in front of the Rizal monuments in their respective localities, if any, or in the absence thereof, in their respective offices, at 9:50 o’clock in the morning of the same day for the purpose of holding appropriate ceremonies therein. Such ceremony shall include:

(1) Homage to the Imperial Palace at exactly 10 o’clock;

(2) One-minute silent prayer which shall be de voted to prayer for the final victory of Japan and other Oriental peoples and for the success of our present task of building a new and greater Philippines that will be worthy of membership in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere under the guidance of the Japanese Military Administration; and

(3) Addresses by high officials of the Central Administrative Organization and by the provincial governor, or the city or municipal mayor concerned on the significance of the day and on Jose Rizal’s life and teachings as well as on the recognition by the Filipino people of the present situation.

Done in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 21st day of December, 1942.

(Sgd.) JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library