Today was the kick off event of the Mariano Ponce Exhibit in SM City Baliwag. The event was organized to commemorate the local hero’s 149th birthday. Issa Gonzalez, one of the descendants who were in attendance and a partial contributor to the exhibit, made an appearance. Issa was in charge of enhancing the photographs to be used in the exhibit. The exhibit will remain in SM City Baliwag’s events center till next saturday. This event hopes to create enough buzz about this usually overlooked hero, enough to make his 150th birthday to be a grand one.