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Scenes from yesterday’s Kalayaan activities at Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite and the Quirino Grandstand at Luneta in celebration of the 113th anniversary of Philippine Independence.
The celebration started with the simultaneous flag-raising throughout the historical sites in the country: Aguinaldo Shrine, Rizal Park, Barasoain Church, Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion in Manila North Cemetery, Andres Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City, Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City, Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles City, Davao City, and Cebu City; with President Benigno Aquino as Guest of Honor at the Wreath laying Ceremony in Aguinaldo Shrine, site of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in June 12, 1898.
The Parada ng Kalayaan or Parade of Freedom kicked off at 4PM in the Quirino Grandstand with President Aquino and other government officers, dignitaries, and the general public in attendance.
Sandigan ng Kalayaan, a military parade by the AFP, PNP and PCG, exemplifying the strong and continuing loyalty and allegiance of our Vanguards of Freedom to the Republic.
Panunumpa: Iniibig ko ang Inang Bayan performed by Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation, Inc., is a 7 minute historical tableau in dance, poetry and music putting forward a collage of the greatness of our heroes – Filipino men and women, who struggled victoriously in our quest for democracy.
The Legacy by PhilStagers, Inc. is a theatrical interpretative staging of Filipino excellence and responsible citizenhood , individually and communally for future generation.
The Inang Bayan Float, the only float in this year’s celebration was represented by sectors of The Transformed Filipino Society, United and Committed to the Liberation from Poverty and Corruption – was dramatically presented with an accompanying finale tableau exhorting the theme Kalayaan: Paninindigan ng Bayan.
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