June 12, 2012: The Philippines is celebrating in today's very significant 114th Philippines Independence Day.
President Benigno Aquino III Message
President Benigno S. Aquino III today stressed that upholding the constitution is the true essence of democracy as the ideals and aspirations of the nation are embodied in it.
In his Independence Day message, Aquino imparted that "even in the early years, our forefathers were already cognizant of the principles underlying democracy- that absolute power lies on the Filipino people. This served as the guiding principle of the 70 statesmen from various provinces of the archipelago that gathered here in Barasoain Church and drafted our first Constitution."
The Chief Executive added "it is the responsibility of every public official to read, understand and lived by the Constitution, thinking of the general welfare of his/her constituents more than his/her own."
Aquino narrated that when he was just starting his political career as representative of the second district of Tarlac, he already had the Constitution as the pillar of his public service, guiding him in fulfilling his mandate.
That is why the President bared he sometimes gets dismayed over some public officials who use their constitution-given powers to satisfy their personal interests even to the point of circumventing laws and neglect their duties.
This led to widespread corruption brought about not only by greed but also of muteness of the constituents and institutions that are tasked to enforce punishment to these lawbreakers.
Aquino underscored that during his administration, which has taken off to the straight path, will never allow detours to the grim roads.
As the constitution provides, the President noted "the strength of the nation stems from its people. That is why it is just that they benefit from the fruits of our labor."
"That's why with all the reforms that we push- from jobs to enforcement of social justice; from improving the social system to prudent fiscal reforms- should reflect the principles adopted right in this church in 1898" the Chief Executive ended. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)
VP Binay leads flag raising in Luneta
Vice President Jejomar Binay and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim led the flag raising and wreath laying ceremony today at Rizal Monument to commemorate the 114th Araw ng Kalayaan.
The weather cooperated during the flag raising as rain abruptly stop shortly before the program starts.
Simultaneous flag raising ceremonies were also held in different historical sites in the country as part of the celebration of the Araw ng Kalayaan.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines executive committee prepared several events fitted for the occasion to make it more meaningful and memorable.
This year's theme for the 114th Araw ng Kalayaan is "Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng bayan para sa tuwid na daan." NHCP will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The celebration shall stress on accountability and responsibility of the citizenry.
A mega job fair is also being conducted today, led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). More than 40,000 jobs are being offered in the said activity to assist Filipinos land a job. Different line agencies also set up their respective booths to serve the general public who wants to avail of their services.
A program dubbed "LUZVIMINDA: A kalayaan cultural dance drama musicale" will also be at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00PM at the Luneta Grandstand. It is a three-segment cultural show featuring renowned folkloric, cultural, ballet and modern dance groups, classical, indigenous, alternative and contemporary song artists and musicians and it will be capped by a 25-minute firework display with music titled as Pailaw ng bayan. (PIA-Central)
OFW – Celebrates 114th Philippines Independence Day 2012-06-12
10 Million OFW around the world celebrates the 114th Philippines Independence Day. From USA, to Middle East back to East Asia in Japan and South Korea to Canada and around the world.
Though many are still in their work but the spirit of Philippine independence day is still celebrated in each and everyone's OFW heart.
"Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.. Mag malambuon- ug mag madaugon ang Pilipinas"