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By: Erwin Beleo


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(Photo by: Erwin Beleo)


National, regional and local government offices in Region I braved the rainy weather to honor the 120th Philippine Independence Day at the People’s City of San Fernando, La Union.

At exactly 8:00AM, the program started with an invocation performed by Koro Azul. A theatrical performance was presented by the Dulaang Elyu soon after to remember how we gained our independence. This was followed by a flag-raising ceremony led by officials, regional directors, and police officers while singing the Pambansang Awit led by the PNP PRO-1 Marching Band.


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(Photo by: Erwin Beleo)


To pay homage to our fallen heroes a 21 gun salute was performed by the La Union Provincial Police Office. Symbolic Wreath Laying ceremonies were also offered to the monuments of Dr. Jose Rizal and Francisco I. Ortega, a former public official in La Union.


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(Photo by: Erwin Beleo)


City Mayor Hermenegildo Dong Gualberto in his speech reminded the community that “the real essence and meaning of our Independence Day – [is] our sense of community, our sense of unity, and our sense of oneness.” He invites the people to “journey with us to fulfill our common aspirations for our country and for our people. Sana katulad ng ating mga bayani, handa rin tayong i-alay ay ating pawis, oras at kakayahan. Isang pamilya po tayong lahat dito, walang mataas, walang mababa. Pare-pareho tayong tinawag at pare-pareho din po dapat ang ating tugon. Let us support and take good care of each other.”


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Officials from the City Government of San Fernando headed by Honorable City Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto and Vice Mayor Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega along with Honorable Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III, ABONO Partylist Representative Vini Nola Ortega, Association of Regional Executives headed by Mr. Menchito M. Castro, uniformed personnel from PNP, PAF, Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, BJMP, BFP and government employees celebrate one of the most significant date in the Philippine history.


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A sense of solidarity filled the City Hall grounds as officials and employees stood and wave together their Philippine flags to commemorate our freedom.



(Photo by: Clifford Mercado)


The Araw ng Kalayaan is an annual joint activity by the Provincial Government of La Union and the City Government of San Fernando, La Union.




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