Friday, 13 June 2014 08:58
Calbayog City, Samar, June 12, 2014 - The City Government of Calbayog joins the nation today in celebrating the 116th Philippine Independence Day, one of the most significant dates in the Philippine’s history which marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898 when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines at his ancestral home in Kawit, Cavite.
As a free country today, the city government also actively takes part in the annual commemoration of this event, with today’s observance started with a Thanksgiving Mass at 6AM at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, the usual flag-raising ceremonyat 7AM at the city hall compound, and of course, the City Mayor’s Independence Day message.
In his message, Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquinorevisited our country’s unfortunate past specifically during the early ‘70s when our economy went into sluggish, torpid state because of political instability it experienced under Martial Law. This, for the long period of time, made our country earn an embarrassing label as “the sick man of Asia”.
Today, the Philippine economy is already taking a leap into bringing our country to prominence. This was when the local government units were called to become front liners in the task of nation building.
Influenced by this invitation to actively support and do our share in making great things happen in our country, Mayor Aquino, addressing to his constituents, called for a total change intheir characters and attitudes toward the task of city building in order for our country, as a whole, sustain the gains of our national economy.
Another highlight activity of the celebration was the traditional wreath-laying at the monument of our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal and Calbayognon’slocal hero, BenedictoNijaga. After which was the 21-gun salute which hails the legacy of the two, as well as, pay homage to their heroism.
Sr. Don Benedicto P. Nijaga was one of the thirteen Filipino martyrs shot to death by musketry in Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) after the Spanish Government accused them of treason, sedition and rebellion. This happened twelve days after the tragic execution of Dr. Jose Rizal.
Furthermore, the blessing of the “Casa Real” Souvenir Shop at the Handumanan Building (a Spanish Government building) after the wreath-laying made the celebration more festive as it again gathered in together the city officials, the department managers and other guests, not only to get a peek on the locally produced displays at the shop, but alsoto take aluscious brunch prepared also for them.
This annual June 12 observance of Philippine’s Independence Day came into effect after past President DiosdadoMacapagal signed the Republic Act No. 4166 regarding this matter on August 4, 1964.
This year’s observance of the 116th Philippine Independence Day is anchored on the theme, “Kalayaan 2014: PagsunodsaYapak ng mgaDakilang Pilipino, TungosaMalawakan at PermanentengPagbabago”.
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