Marcos family requested Sept. 11 non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte

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(L-R) Irene Marcos-Araneta, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, former first lady Imelda Marcos, and former senator and 2016 vice-presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The Marcos family asked President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Sept. 11 a special non-working holiday in IIocos Norte to commemorate the late president’s 100th birth anniversary, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said.

In an interview with reporters, the eldest of the Marcos siblings expressed the family’s gratitude to the President.

Maraming salamat kay Apo Presidente kahit kontrobersyal at delikado ang katanungan kung sino yung ‘bayani’ dito sa Norte, ika nga ‘The North Remembers,’” she said.

[Translation: Thank you to the President even though it’s controversial and dangerous to ask who the ‘heroes’ are in the North. Like they say, the North remembers.]

A mass and simple ceremony were held on Sept. 10 led by the president’s widow Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos (2nd District), and her son former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr..

“It looks like the longer Marcos is dead, the clearer his message is. And the clearer his message is, the easier for our country achieve his dream that this nation will be great again,” Rep. Marcos said after the mass.

Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos’ son, Sandro, told reporters he respects criticisms against his family in the wake of the commemoration of the late president’s birth anniversary.

“It's their right to criticize and I completely respect that. At the end of the day, I'm really just honoring my grandfather. Everyone has a lolo and everyone always feels the same way towards their lolo. We have to respect our elders, respect the people above us and that's just how I feel,” he said.

The Marcoses unveiled the historical marker of the late president’s statue, which is in front of the ancestral home in Batac town.

The celebrations in Batac began on Sept. 6. Activities included literary and art festivals to celebrate Marcos' achievements and entertainment competitions.

The Marcos family remembers the late president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sept 11.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Camille Abadicio contributed to this report from Ilocos Norte.