In commemoration of the 122nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence, Commisioner Emmanuel F. Calairo of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), along with Cavite Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla, represented by Provincial Tourism Officer Elinia Imelda Rozelle S. Sangalang, Kawit Mayor Angelo Emilio G. Aguinaldo, and Cavite PNP Director PCOL Marlon R. Santos, led the flag-raising ceremony at the balcony of the Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo (MEA) in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 2020. An annual celebration of the historic declaration of the nation’s liberty from Spanish Colonization with this year’s theme, “Kalayaan 2020: Matatag na Bansa, Mamamayang Malaya; Kalayaan 2020: Towards a Free, United, and Safe Nation.”
The flag-raising ceremony was followed by a solemn prayer by Rev. Fr. Rainier Dumaop of St. Mary Magdalene Parish. Earlier, the laying of wreath from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the tomb of the Republic’s first president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, was led by Kawit Mayor Aguinaldo, aided by local tourist police unit.
In his letter, Gov. Remulla said, “As our country and the whole world face these strange and difficult times, our commitment to stand in solidarity with one another must remain stronger than ever. In fighting against enemies both seen and unseen, may we be inspired by the same love of the country that animated our forebears in their long battle to achieve the freedom we all enjoy today. On this day and in our daily lives, let us honor their sacrifices by being compassionate people in true service to our fellow Filipinos and by exercising our hard-won rights as upstanding citizens of this country.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was rather short and simple and limited to a small number of guests and expectators. The rites started promptly at 8:00AM and lasted for only 25 minutes. Attendees strictly followed the health and safety protocols being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Only those in the guest list were allowed to enter the venue, wearing the Philippine flag-inspired mask “Magiting” distributed by the NHCP. Kawit Tourism Office and MEA personnel took charge in providing sanitizers and implementing social distancing.
Other guests present from NHCP were DED-OIC Alvin Alcid and Commissioner Victorino M. Manalo, and PBGEN Vicente D. Danao, Jr., PRO4A Regional Director. — (PTCAO)
Photo credit: LGU Kawit