Lobregat, Iturralde lead Independence Day rites PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:55

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday led in the City celebration of the 115th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence at the Plaza Rizal fronting City Hall.

With the theme Celebrating a Legacy of Filipino Creativity, Talent and Ingenuity, the simple celebration served to honor the Filipino heritage, and the heroism and sacrifice of the Filipino people who made it possible.

The long blast of the City Hall siren kicked off the local Independence Day celebration, heralding the entrance of the colors and the hoisting of the Philippine Flag by City Mayor Celso Lobregat and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde.

This was followed by the wreath laying ceremony led by Mayor Lobregat and the different officials of national agencies, military commands, schools and barangays.

“As we celebrate 115 years of independence today, I join the entire Filipino nation in praying for the Philippine’s continued growth,” said Lobregat.

Lobregat encouraged the participating crowd to work with all levels of government to fight the chains that shackles our society today – corruption, unemployment and poverty. Poverty, according to Lobregat, can be beaten if Filipinos have access to education. Relative to this, the City Government, in a separate ceremony, formalized a MOA creating two new national high schools in the City.

He also acknowledged the Filipino people for their contribution to the country’s growth and cited Jose Rizal and different modern day heroes as examples. “I hope all of us will emulate the examples of these remarkable individuals,” said Lobregat.

Gracing the celebration were different officials from local and national agencies, including councilors Luis Biel III, Rudy Bayot, Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubakar and VP Elago, Division of City Schools OIC Supt.  Pedro Natividad. Also present were the commanders of the different military commands in the City, heads of schools and universities, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, the Knights of Columbus and other organizations. — Jasmine Mohammadsali