Simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying will be conducted in some national historical sites as the country marks its 124th Independence Day today, June 12.
124th… National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) senior researcher Francis Kristoffer Pasion said the sites where the flag-raising and wreath-laying will be held include the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City; and the Mactan Shrine in Cebu.
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the commemoration of Independence Day at Rizal Park.
In a video message released earlier this week, Duterte said Independence Day is “a testament to how our forefathers fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today.”
Duterte urged Filipinos to “take to heart all the humbling learnings from the past, especially the countless hardships that we had to endure as a people.”
“May it inspire us to take after the courage of our heroes as well as encourage us to use our ability, skills and knowledge for the benefit of our community,” the outgoing President said.
Close to 150,000 local and overseas jobs will be available at the nationwide job fairs while the riding public will also enjoy free MRT3
and LRT rides today.
Meanwhile, a socio-civic parade, some cultural shows, and a job fair will be held in Kawit, Cavite, the municipality where Emilio
Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president, declared Independence Day on June 12, 1898.
Portions of Roxas Boulevard will also be closed to vehicular traffic today for the Independence Day celebration and the inauguration of the
Dolomite Beach and Heritage Canon.
In its advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said both northbound and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak
Drive to Kalaw Street in Manila will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. onwards.