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City of Tagum commemorates 111th anniversary of Philippine independence

Davao City (16 June) -- City of Tagum Mayor Rey T. Uy and his Behalf Madam Alma L. Uy led the Tagumeņos Citizenry in the celebrations of the 111th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence Pilipinas Kong Mahal 2009 with Theme: "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan." The commemoration is organized by the City Government of Tagum and the City of Tagum Tourism Council in partnership of Department of Education (DepEd), Tagum City Division.

As early as 6 a.m., Independence Day Mass was held at Parish of Christ The Eucharistic King after of which followed by Ceremony Proper of the Philippine National March in front of the City Hall, Tagum City by Tagum City National Trade School Brass Band (TCNTSBB).

Regional Ambassador of Goodwill Bright Child Mary Marbee G. Rico delivered her Opening Independence Statement. Go after by the Singing of the Tagum City Mabuhay Ka March conducted by Tagum City National Trade School Brass Band, La Filipina National High School and Laureta National High School Brass Band. An interpretative dance performance offered by Tagum City National High School Dance Theater Guild of Tagum for the Evolution of the Philippine Flag.

The Wreath Laying and Formal Hoisting of the Philippine National Flag and Raising of the Participants Individual Philippine Flag lets and the Community Singing of the Philippine National Anthem is led by City Mayor Rey T. Uy, Madame Alma L.Uy, City Officials, All Barangay Captains, DepEd Officials, City Hall Head of Offices and Employees, NGO's, GO's and the Veterans, Senior Citizens, Resevists, BSP, GSP, Evangelical and Religious Group, Tagum City Council, Tagum Muslim Federation, Independence Day 2009 Executive Committees and Ms. Jackylyn Garzo- Ambassador of Goodwill of Tagum City.

Today, we all commemorate another year of our country's "freedom." Today, we all remember the day when our country eventually got its liberty, a message from City of Tagum Mayor Honorable Rey T. Uy.

"The Philippine Declaration of Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in the Philippines, where Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo (later to become the Philippines' first Republican President) proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain after the latter was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. The declaration, in the form of a proclamation, in the presence of a huge crowd, was done on June 12, 1898 at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo."

"From good followers come great leaders. Transparency and leadership by example leads to good governance. The voice of the people is the voice of God. And those who have less in life should have more in law. United we stand, divided we fall. Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan is our key for the true freedom, as mentioned by SP Chairman on Education Councilor Raymond Joey Millan during his Closing Independence Message." (eblfoa/CIO Tagum) [top]

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