Today, April 9, is a dual holiday — not only is it Maundy Thursday, it is also the Araw ng Kagitingan, or National Heroes Day.
In yesterday’s Laging Handa press briefing, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles of the Inter-Agency Task Force urged all Filipinos to applaud for health workers at 5 p.m. every day, starting today.
“Inaanyayahan po namin ang ating kababayan [...] na tuwing alas singko ng hapon, pumunta po tayo sa mga pintuan at bintana at palakpakan natin ang mga bayani na nagtatrabaho sa ating mga frontlines,” he said.
Citizens can also post videos of gratitude, or even songs and dances for good vibes, on “Facebook, Instagram, o Tiktok,” Nograles continued.
“It is only appropriate [...] on National Heroes Day, we honor all of them with a simple gesture of gratitude that we hope to carry on for the duration of the ECQ,” he said.
In the midnight briefing presided over by President Duterte, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also lauded the country’s health workers, saying, “Ang atin pong mga healthcare workers, ang ating mga frontliners, sila po ang ating taga-salba. Ito po ang masasabi ko, walang katumbas ang inyong kabayanihan at inyo pong sakripisyo sa pagsalba ng buhay ng mga naapektuhan ng COVID-19.”
National Heroes Day commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II.