Duterte to lead 119th Independence Day celebration » Manila Bulletin News



By Genalyn Kabiling

The country will mark the 119th anniversary of proclamation of independence on June 12 with President Duterte leading the celebration in Manila.

This year’s Independence Day celebration carries the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin,” according to National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chair Rene Escalante.

Pedestrians walk past a 10-foot installation of the Philippine flag on Osmeña Highway in Pasay City. The presence of the flag in public places is a reminder of the coming Independence Day celebrated on June 12. 119 years ago, General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippines’ sovereignty from the colonial rule of Spain on June 12, 1898. (Czar Dancel)

Escalante said the President is scheduled to raise the country’s flag at the Rizal Park on Monday morning to kick off the Independence Day celebration. Vice President Leni Robredo is expected to attend the same event.

Selected senators and Cabinet members have been assigned to lead simultaneous commemorative rites in other key cities in the country.

From Rizal Park, the President is expected to deliver his Independence Day address in Malacañang.  He is expected to host the traditional Vin d’Honneur to be attended by diplomats, senior government officials, and other invited guests.

The June 12 celebration also includes job fair, medical mission, and government services deployed at the Rizal Park. The public can also avail of basic goods and other commodities at discounted prices with the deployment of a National Food Authority rolling store and “Diskwento Caravan” in the area.

Escalante said there will also be free MRT/LRT rides on Independence Day. Other activities include an Independence Day parade, human flag formation, cultural show, and fireworks display.

He said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has issued a circular encouraging government agencies and local government units to hold Independence Day activities.

A memorandum was also issued by Medialdea to department secretaries to lead the flag-raising activities in different parts of the country on June 12 “in the spirit of solidarity and patriotism.”

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