Filipinos worldwide celebrate Independence Day

World Wednesday 12/June/2019 17:35 PM
By: Times News Service
Filipinos worldwide celebrate Independence Day
Manila: Filipino communities around the world gathered to celebrate their country's Independence Day on Wednesday.

They were led by President Rodrigo Duterte in commemorating the event, which pays tribute to the country's independence from Spain on June 12 1898 after 333 years of colonial rule.

In his Independence Day message, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to ensure that the dream of “a truly independent Philippines” was achieved within their lifetime.

“A hundred and twenty one years have passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people,” Duterte said.

“Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation."

Duterte described the country’s proclamation of independence as the “most significant event” in Philippine history, but noted that a price was paid for it to be realised.

“But the freedom we achieved back then was not without a cost. The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes, and martyrs,” Duterte said.

“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines--whose people live freely in a secure, stable, and prosperous society--will be achieved within our lifetimes."

A number of celebratory events were held throughout the country, including mass rallies, parades, and flag raising ceremonies.