Monday, June 15, 2009

My World 27# Independence Day Celebration

June 12 is Philippines' Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan). We were asked to attend the city government's celebration of the country's Independence Day last Friday, a holiday. A flag ceremony was done at exactly 8am even if it was drizzling a little bit. City government officials and embassy representatives from Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia were there.

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This is the wreath laying ceremony for the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal at Rizal Park after the flag ceremony.


Prayers from different religions were made by a Catholic priest, a Protestant reverend, a Muslim priest and an indigenous tribal leader.

There was a short programme after the flag ceremony. The programme included a performance from the public school teachers' performing guild was presented. This shows the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish government and the couple depicts Dr. Jose Rizal and Josephine Bracken before Dr. Rizal's execution.

Performance by teachers depicting the creation of the Philippine flag.

Another Independence Day related post here.

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16 comments:

SandyCarlson June 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

Happy Independence Day!

Sylvia K June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

Yes, indeed! Happy Independence Day! Terrific photos, thanks for sharing!
Have a great week!

Luiz Ramos June 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

Traditions, History. Beautiful your World.
Luiz Ramos

Mary Elizabeth June 15, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

Happy Independence day!
Lovely photos.
Now and Then

Sally in WA June 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

I like seeing the different traditions from around the world.

There is a park named after Dr. Jose Rizal in Seattle. I found it by accident earlier this year.

Paul June 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM  

thank you for sharing some of your unique history of your country with us.

James June 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

Happy Independence Day. Thanks for sharing the pictures
Salamat!

Annie June 15, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

Happy Independence Day. I was fascinated by the story you told in the pictures. I also stopped in at Sto. Rosario Church. What an impressive building. The driftwood inside was beautifully used.

Marja June 15, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

What a beautiful, colourful photo's of such a special day

Irene Toh June 15, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Interesting skit and sharing. Happy Tuesday!

Carver June 16, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

Happy Independence Day! Great post and looks like a good celebration of that important day.

Arija June 16, 2009 at 8:44 AM  

Any country that has suffered under another's yoke is proud to celebrate the liberatin of being free. Very colourful.

Elisabeth's bright side June 16, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

Happy Independence day!

Gaelyn June 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

Happy Independence Day! What a diverse and colorful celebration.

Karen June 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

What a wonderful celebration !!

Happy Independance Day !!!

Martha June 20, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

Looks like a wonderful celebration!

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