Aquino to lead Independence Day rites on Sunday, June 12

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead on Sunday, June 12, this year’s 113th Independence Day celebration that will start with a flag-raising ceremony in Kawit, Cavite.  After the flag-raising rites, the President will proceed to the Palace for the Vin D’ Honneur at
10 am at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall. At 4 in the afternoon, the President will then proceed to the Quirino Grandstand for the 113th Philippine Independence Day celebration and parade.

The President had earlier directed the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to lead the organization and implementation of the Independence Day celebration this year.

The country celebrates the Independence Day each year to raise awareness among the Filipinos that freedom is a most precious right.  Independence Day is simultaneously celebrated nationwide with Filipino communities worldwide.  The holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and the Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonization.

Malacanang announced that P10 million was being set aside to defray the expenses for the activities commemorating this year’s Independence Day celebration chargeable against the  NHCP budget for Fiscal Year 2011.

The Palace earlier called on Filipinos to display the Philippine flag at their respective home, offices, schools, public buildings and plazas, as well as embassies and consulates overseas beginning May 28, in celebration of the National Flag Day, until June 12, 2011 in preparation for the Independence Day. (PCOO/PIA)

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