From the Congressional Records – Republic Act No. 618

MHPHS 1965
Marcelo H. Del Pilar High School circa 1965.

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.

(Silence.)

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.

2 Comments

  1. Tanong: Nang kasalukuyang tinatalakay ang panukalang batas na palitan ang pangalang “Bulacan High School” ng “Marcelo H. del Pilar High School”, with all due respect to the late Cong. Santos and Roque, nagkaroon kaya ng “public hearing” upang nagkaroon sana ang mga tutol sa panukala na maihayag ang kanilang posisyon? Na-aprobhan ang RA No. 618 ng Mayo 15, 1951, panahon na bakasyon ang mga mag-aaral sa Bulacan High School. Kabilang ako dito. Hindi napag-usapan sa student council ang panukala. Nagulat na lamang kami na pagtungtong namin sa paaralan Marcelo H. del Pilar High School na ito. Pero maraming mga estudyanteng nagpahayag ng pagtutol sa pagpapalit ng pangalan, bagaman huli na.

  2. Amin pong babalikan ang aklatan ng Batasan at aalamin kung may naganap na hearing. Sa pakiwari namin ay mabilisan ang ginagawa sa mga lokal na panukalang batas tulad nito.Pansinin na walang naging pagtutol nang magbotohan.

    Ang isa pang paksan ng saliksik ay kung bakit halos magkakasabay na nangyari ang pagpapalit ng pangalan ng mga pampublikong mataas na paaralan noong panahong iyon, tulad ng Laguna na naging Pedro Guevarra, at Pampanga na naging Jose Abad Santos (na ngayo’y muling naibalik sa Pampanga High School).

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