By Anthony Giron
Kawit, Cavite — Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson will lead the 119th Independence Day celebration here as guest of honor and speaker, Aguinaldo Shrine Development and Activities officer Gina Geronimo Ayran said, as Cavite prepares for the June 12 festivities.
Lacson, who hails from Barangay Bayan Luma III in Imus District, will lead the traditional wreath-laying at the Aguinaldo Tomb and the ensuing flag-raising at the Shrine veranda at 8 a.m.
The Freedom Day celebration is set along with the May 28 National Flag Day and commemoration of the “Battle of Alapan” in Imus where the new Philippine flag was first waved by the fighting revolutionaries under General Emilio F. Aguinaldo.
The Imus and Kawit local government units have prepared programs of activities for the twin events.
Local and provincial officials, descendants of General Aguinaldo and other luminaries will also grace the event.
Thousands are expected to witness the program proper that will be participated in by municipal officers and employees, war veterans, civic groups, students and other organizations.
Program and activities
Ayran said that the local government and other concerned agencies have organized a simple program with the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin.”
The program, prepared by the organizing committee, include an early morning parade and band playing and cultural commemorative activities later in the day.
Trade and job fairs, lights and sounds presentations and other historical activities are also set during the celebration.
Philippine flag’s history
The Aguinaldo Mansion’s balcony, which used to be a window, on Tirona Highway (then called Calle Real) was the site where the declaration of independence, the band playing of the first Philippine national anthem composed by Julian Felipe and the Philippine flag was also waved in victory on June 12, 1898.
Meanwhile, the Flag Day celebration in Imus District started on Monday, May 22 with a colorful parade of the giant Philippine flag and float of Inang Laya (Mother Freedom), police, employees, students, civic groups and some private organizations.
The Wagayway Festival fun run, concert and other activities were also set for the celebration.
Imus was named as the country’s “Flag Capital” following historical events in Alapan I on May 28, 1898.
It was in the hard-fought battle against the Spanish force that the new Philippine flag, designed by Gen. Aguinaldo, and made by seamstress Marcela Agonillo and two other heroines, was first waved by the revolutionaries.
Flag Day program
The Flag Day program proper on May 28 (Sunday) will be held at the “Dambana ng Pambansang Watawat (Shrine of the Philippine flag) at the New Heritage Park in Miguel Santo, Alapan II-A, Imus.
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