Pinoys overseas to mark PH’s 123rd Independence Day – Philippine Canadian Inquirer
MANILA – It has been 123 years since the Philippines was freed from the weight of Western power, and yet Filipinos here and elsewhere never forget to look for different ways to celebrate the country’s independence.
Filipinos have celebrated Independence Day every June 12 since 1962. But before that, they celebrated the country’s independence on July 4.
It was July 4, 1946 when the United States officially recognized the independence of the Philippines.
However, the late President Diosdado Macapagal decided to move the Philippine independence date from July 4 to June 12.
Macapagal has taken the position of historians and political leaders that the Philippines gained independence with the establishment of the Philippine Republic by the revolutionary government of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
Aguinaldo, the country’s first president, proclaimed the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.
Until this date, Filipinos continue to remember how their ancestors met the challenge over a century ago to defend the country’s freedom.
Filipinos around the world typically hold big Philippine independence celebrations ahead of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Since the movement of people remains limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many have chosen to celebrate Independence Day through online platforms.
Ephesus Teatron Group Inc., to celebrate the 123rd Independence Day, featured on its official Facebook page a collection of traditional folk songs that reflect the country’s rich history and culture.
The Bayanihan Council in Abu Dhabi also organized a photography, painting and song contest on the theme “Kalayaan sa Gitna ng Pandemya (Freedom in the midst of the pandemic)” for the Filipino community in the host country.
Ungayang Bayan Switzerland is also expected to hold a virtual Independence Day commemoration on Saturday.
The New York-based Philippine Independence Day Council also held a virtual ceremony on June 6 to keep the country’s culture and traditions alive.
In celebrating the freedom of the country, The SM Store is also offering its customers a 10% discount on select items from June 12 to 13 with every purchase valued at minimum PHP 3,000.
Max’s Restaurant is also celebrating Philippine Independence Day by offering its customers a PHP 123 discount when they purchase a regular or family-friendly whole fried chicken from June 11-13.
Restaurant patrons can also take advantage of Max’s-All-You-Can which allows them to enjoy unlimited servings of Max’s selected favorites like Fried Chicken, Spicy Tofu, Chicken Sisig, Lumpiang Shanghai and Rice for PHP499 by head. They can also add PHP99 for unlimited Halo-Halo Solo, or PHP49 for up to two drink servings.
Metro Manila Rail Transit is also offering free rides to commuters from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 12 to commemorate the country’s 123rd Independence Day.
President Rodrigo Duterte is due to lead the Independence Day rites on June 12 “outside of Metro Manila,” President Harry Roque spokesman said Thursday.
The location, however, was not disclosed for “security reasons.”