City celebrates 121st Independence Day

Zamboanga City joins the nation in commemorating the 121st Philippine Independence Day at the City Hall grounds today, June 12.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead government officials and delegates from different sectors in the Independence Day rites, set under the theme of “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan”, which will kick off at 8 AM today.

The Independence Day program will have a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the country’s independence from Spain in 1898.

This will be followed by a cultural presentation and the Mayor’s Independence Day message.

The observance is expected to gather government officials and employees, as well as delegations from different organizations, groups, and sectors, and to inspire Zamboangueños to remain united and committed to nation-building.

The Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 in Cavite. It was marked with the raising of the Philippine flag and the reading of the Act of Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People, wherein Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)