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Leyte all set for Philippine Independence Day fete

Tacloban City (June 11) -- The provincial government of Leyte under the leadership of Governor Petilla is all set to celebrate the 112th anniversary of Philippine Independence through simple but meaningful rites.

At least 10 employees from each of the different departments of the Provincial Government are scheduled to attend the flag-raising ceremony which will be conducted at exactly 7:00 o?clock in the morning of Saturday, June 12.

The Independence Day rites will be conducted at the picturesque Leyte Provincial Capitol Terrace with the provincial government officials including the devolved national agencies and other provincial government employees in attendance.

In the afternoon of June 12, the province of Leyte will also mark the Grand Opening of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park at the RTR Plaza. This will proclaim the start of the nightly activities and programs at the said Park.

Meanwhile, the City of Tacloban will have its flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at 7:00 o?clock in the morning at Plaza Rizal. Before these rites, a Mass will be celebrated at the Santo Nino Church.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and the other official of the City Government, has also scheduled a Clean Up Drive activity in connection with the I Love Tacloban program of the City Government.

Incidentally, June 12 is also celebrated as the Charter Day anniversary of the City of Tacloban.

The same scenario will be replicated in the different municipalities in Region 8 as the Department of Interior and Local Government has issued a memorandum circular on the suggested activities for the 112th celebration of Philippine Independence.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the national celebration which will be held at the Luneta Park in Manila.

According to a Malacanang report, President Arroyo is expected at the flag-raising rites at 7a.m. in front of the Rizal Monument, then at 4 p.m. at the Luneta to deliver her Independence Day message and view from the Quirino Grandstand the traditional civic-military parade.

The civic-military parade will have floats featuring President Arroyo's achievements under her Ten-Point Agenda called "Beat the Odds".

"Beat the Odds" stands for: balance budget, education for all, automated elections, transportation and infrastructure, terminating hostilities in all fronts, healing the wounds of EDSA, electricity and water for all, opportunities for livelihood, decongestion of Metro Manila, and developing Subic and Clark.

"Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng Bayan" is the theme of this year's celebration. (PIA 8) [top]

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