Revolutionaries set theme for Kalayaan 2011

Rizal, Aguinaldo, Silang Memorialized through Sponsorship

By Lydia V. Solis

LOS ANGELES – What do a poet, general, and woman warrior have in common, other than being the pride of the Philippines? The revolutionaries, both peaceful and fierce, are part of the sponsorship roster for Kalayaan 2011, the 113th Philippine Independence Day celebration set for June 11th.

Kalayaan 2011 sponsors will memorialize José Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonso y Realonda, Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, and Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, three of the Philippines’ top nationalists. Dr. Jose Rizal, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Mrs. Diego Silang embody the cry for anti-colonialist freedom.

Revolutionary Diego Silang and his wife Josefa, known as the “Joan of Arc of Ilocandia,” began an insurgent movement against Spain in the 1700s. Rizal’s writing, civic organizing and firing-squad execution in the late 1800s rallied those of the Katipunan Movement, led by Aguinaldo, to continue to fight for independence.

This year is the sesquicentennial anniversary of Dr. Rizal’s 150th birthday. In his honor, the theme of Kalayaan 2011 is “Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan” or “Rizal: Pillar of the Nation.”

“Seven hundred of the best and brightest, a ‘who’s who’ of the Fil Am community, truly will make this year’s Kalayaan audience experience a memorable event,” says event grand chairman Leo Maranan.

“As a corporate sponsor you will gain unparalleled brand exposure to this fast growing market segment and achieve unmatched promotional benefits from any of the sponsorship packages we offer. Kalayaan 2011 is the perfect vehicle to tap the multibillion-dollar buying power of the greater Los Angeles Filipino American community,” added Maranan.


For information about accompanying benefits of these sponsorships, please contact Kalayaan grand chair Leo Maranan at (818) 642-7109; E-Mail:; event chair Joe Arciaga at (818) 326-7070; E-Mail:; or secretary Mary Ann Omega at (818) 430-3972; E-Mail:

Any and all transactions related to the Kalayaan 2011 113th Independence Day celebration on June 11, 2011, including solicitations of corporate sponsorships and advertisements for the souvenir program, should be directed only to event grand chair Leo Maranan and his designated officers.

The publication of any material with reference or relation to the celebration of Kalayaan 2011, with the purpose of soliciting funds through advertisements or greetings by members of the Kalayaan Executive Council and their associates, will be considered an ethical and moral infraction against the Kalayaan 2011 113th Celebration of Philippine Independence Day on June 11, 2011, as it is a direct competition to the purposes of the Souvenir Book Committee in its fundraising activities.

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