In celebration of the 166th birthday of Marcelo H. Del Pilar, to whom our beloved Alma Mater was named after, we are sharing this important piece of school history. Retrieved from the records of the Congress, this explains how Bulacan High School became Marcelo H. Del Pilar High School 65 years ago through Republic Act No. 618.
The Speaker: The sponsor of the measure may have the floor.
[Brief remarks of the sponsor, Congressman Alejo Santos]
Mr. Santos: Mr. Speaker, this bill merely seeks to change the name of the Bulacan High School to “Marcelo H. del Pilar High School” in honor of Marcelo H. del Pilar, the most distinguished son of Bulacan. For purposes of record, I should like my colleague from Bulacan, Congressman [Florante] Roque, to be considered as co-author of the bill.
The Speaker: Be it of record. Any amendments? (There was none.) By Congressman [Alejo] Santos (H. No. 484), entitled: An act to change the name of Bulacan High School to Marcelo H. del Pilar High School.
The Speaker Pro Tempore: To the committee on Provincial and Municipal Governments.
APPROVAL ON SECOND READING
The Speaker: The House will vote on the bill. As many as are in favor of the bill will say Aye.
(Several representatives: Aye).
As many as are against will please say No.
The Ayes have it. The bill is approved on second reading.
APPROVAL ON THIRD READING
An Act to change the name of Bulacan High to Marcelo H. Del Pilar High School. Approved with 54 affirmative votes and no negative vote.
[Approved without amendment in the Senate on May 15, 1951]
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 618 – AN ACT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF BULACAN HIGH SCHOOL TO MARCELO H. DEL PILAR HIGH SCHOOL
Section 1. In recognition of the distinguished services rendered by Marcelo H. del Pilar, Filipino hero and patriot and a distinguished son of the Province of Bulacan, the name of Bulacan High School is changed to Marcelo H. del Pilar High School.
Section 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
[Approved: May 15, 1951]
From Antolohiya ng Alaala: BULACAN HIGH SCHOOL, forthcoming book compiled and edited by Perfecto T. Martin, off the press in November 2016.