BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) - The rains did not dampen the spirits of the Butuanons who wanted to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day here.
Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada led the Freedom Day celebration together with City Vice Mayor Jose "Joboy" S. Aquino II and other local officials.
The celebration commenced at 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 12, at the Guingona Park with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by the laying of wreaths at the monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, and a 21-gun salute by the Philippine Army soldiers.
Aquino, in his welcome remarks, recalled how the Filipinos attained the freedom from foreign rules because of the sacrifices of "our ancestors who fought for us and the country’s freedom."
Also, Lagnada stressed that real independence "should start within ourselves." He also enjoined the Butuanons to be united and do their share to sustain the freedom.
Meanwhile, interpretative dances depicting freedom, love and dedication to the country were also performed by the Amparo National High School, Taligaman National High School and Nongnong National High School.
Monday’s celebration of Independence day was attended by hundreds of employees from the city government, different government agencies and civil society organizations’ representatives, the academe and students, among others.
The celebration ended with the release of balloons to signify peace and prosperity for the entire country. (FEA/RCO/PIA Caraga)