ANGELES CITY- This city has once again joined other hosts historical sites throughout the country in celebrating the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Museum of Philippine Social History (formerly Pamintuan Mansion) on June 12.
With this year’s theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-samang Balikatin”, the observance was spearheaded by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO), the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Kuliat Foundation, Inc (KFI).
The annual celebration aims to remember and appreciate the people who fought for the sovereignty of the Philippines, as well as for the soldiers who continue to risk their lives in service of our country.
The ceremony began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the equally historic Holy Rosary Parish Church (Pisamban Maragul) which was followed by a civic-military parade dubbed as “Parada ng Pagkakaisa”, that traversed the city’s heritage district.
The flag raising rites began at 8:00 am simultaneously with six other historical sites in the country such as the Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit, Cavite), Barasoain Church (Malolos, Bulacan) Rizal National Monument (Rizal Park, Manila), Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine (San Juan, Metro Manila), Mausoleo De Los Veteranos de la Revolucion (Manila North Cemetery), and Bonifacio National Monument (Caloocan City).
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, as guest of honor, led the city’s observance of the historical event.
Pamintuan and Briones also led the wreath-laying ceremony to the marker of the historic Pamintuan Mansion which was followed by a 21 gun salute from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
During her speech, DepEd Secretary Briones lauded the city in hosting the “well-staged” event with praises for including cultural numbers in presenting the commemorative program.
“It is important to not forget our country’s history, and that the most powerful medium in learning it is through art,” said Secretary Briones.
Mayor Pamintuan, for his part, expressed oneness with President Rodrigo Duterte’s brave decisions and way of running the country saying that “he is the only president who really gives his constituents a taste of freedom.”
Meanwhile the Sinukwan Kapampangan Center for the Arts exhibited a soulful dance interpretation of the country’s current state involving the security crisis in Marawi followed by a theatrical play led by the Uyat Artista, a group performing the reenactment of the first anniversary of the nation’s celebration of independence day in Angeles City.
A community singing of “Pilipinas Kong” Mahal” led by the City College of Angeles (CCA) Choral capped this year’s Independence Day celebration.