After the parade, a short program was held where City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III and guest of honor Reynaldo Vea, president of Mapua Institute of Technology, talked on Rizal's advocacy on the importance of education.
"Education was so important to Rizal to reform the academe," said Vea
, a native of Balanga.
As the Bataan Peninsula State University brass band played, Garcia and Vea
led in the offering of flowers at the foot of the Rizal monument.