The Local Government Unit of Maramag, together with the various government and non-government agencies and local officials, joined in the celebration of the 114th Philippine Independence Day on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
The crowd, comprised of students and local and national employees and officials, joined in the activity for the Independence Day program at Maramag People’s Park, which was started with a Civic-Military Parade.
The program was formally opened by Municipal Councilor Hon. Gaudioso P. Balansag who recognized the importance of the Independence Day celebration because it connotes what it means to be free as a people and what it means to be a Filipino.
Bukidnon National School of Home Industries (BNSHI) Principal, Dr. Cynthia Paulican-Abucayan, reminded the spectators about the history, symbols and value of the Philippine Flag.
“The flag serves as a beacon of our nation of which the colors and characters symbolized its essence. The royal blue field signifies peace, truth, and justice; the scarlet red field denotes patriotism and valor; the white triangle symbolizes equality and brotherhood; the three stars on the corners of the triangle stand for the three main geographical regions of the country namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; and the sun at the center of the triangle that has eight rays represent the eight Philippine provinces that started the revolt against Spain,” enumerated and emphasized by Dr. Abucayan in Filipino version.
Special guest in the program was Bukidnon Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director P/Sr. Supt. Rustom Carmona Duran. In his message, he recognized that the celebration is for the heroism, great courage and bravery of National Heroes who fought hard in the battle over the colonizers to achieve freedom in the past.
Director Duran also shared before the audience the message of the Chief, Philippine National Police, P/Director General Nicanor Bartolome, which was crafted in Filipino version to quote “Ipagpatuloy natin ang ating tapat na serbisyo upang supilin ang kriminalidad at katiwalian tungo sa mas maunlad na bansa. Pangalagaan natin ang karapatan ng bawat tao upang malaya tayong makapamuhay sa isang tahimik at maayos na pamayanan”. (Let us continue to serve truthfully to impede existence of crimes and corruption towards the betterment of our country. Let us help preserve human rights for us to live in a peaceful and healthy community).
The activity was highlighted with the 21 Gun Salute rendered by the 8th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army followed by wreath laying by the Heads of Government and Non-Government Organizations inside Maramag.
In reference to the occasion that day, the presentations of talents from schools and local employees that symbolize the celebration were also showcased during the commemorative program.
Towards the end of the celebration, the retirement of the flag was done through the joint oath of Panatang Makabayan led by Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Jose V. Obedencio, the community singing of Pilipinas Kong Mahal, and the release of doves and testimonial balloons done by the Government Officials, Civil Society and Private Organizations.
The program was ended by the singing of the Municipal Hymn-Maramag Kong Mahal.
This Independence Day celebration was headed by Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Francisco Y. Cipriano, Jr. who served as the Event Director, in collaboration with the Local Heads of Offices and Officials.
This year’s 114th Independence Day event was celebrated with the theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.” (Freedom: The Accountability of a Sovereign Nation of Responsible Citizenry).
It can be recalled that the annual June 12 observance of Philippine’s Independence Day came into effect after past President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Act No. 4166. This Act legalized the holiday, which is based on the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonization. The Philippines’ flag was raised and its national anthem was played for the first time in 1898. However, liberty was short-lived because Spain and the United States did not recognize the declaration.
The 1898 Treaty of Paris ended the war between Spain and the United States. Spain surrendered the entire archipelago comprising the Philippines to the United States. The Philippines started a revolt against the United States in 1899 and achieved national sovereignty on July 4, 1946, through the Treaty of Manila. Independence Day was officially observed on July 4 until the Republic Act No. 4166, which set out to move the holiday to June 12, was approved on August 4, 1964.