President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared June 19, which falls on a Wednesday, as a special (non-working day) in the province of Laguna in celebration of the 152nd birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The declaration through Proclamation No. 600 will give the people of Laguna the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
Laguna is a province of the Philippines found in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, is notable as the birthplace of Jose Rizal, the country's national hero.
José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda who was born on June 19, 1861, became the most prominent Filipino nationalist for advocating reforms through peaceful means rather than by violent revolution in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.