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President Marcos Jr. Celebrates Filipino Resilience on 126th Independence Day

By: SDOQC/gnatelan

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. highlighted the strength and hope of the Filipino spirit as the Philippines celebrated its 126th Independence Day on June 12. In his speech, he emphasized the true essence of freedom and the hardworking nature of Filipinos amidst daily challenges. "The theme may be generic, but one cannot deny the relativity that comes from being a Filipino and witnessing the legitimate fight of the Filipino spirit in everyone that acts fairly in their daily lives,” Marcos said. 

He paid tribute to hardworking farmers, dedicated teachers, and brave soldiers, commemorating the historic declaration of independence in Kawit, Cavite, 126 years ago. “A century and a quarter ago, we freed ourselves from the bonds of oppression, and the fire of nationalism still glows unabated in each one of us. Today, we proudly continue to hold in our hands the freedom won at such a great price by our ancestors,” he added. 

The celebration began with a flag-raising ceremony at Luneta Park, led by President Marcos and attended by prominent personalities. Their presence underscored the collective effort needed to achieve this significant milestone. Notable attendees were Dr. Ederlina D. Balena, Dr. Leonilo C. Angeles, Dr. Isabelle S. Sibayan and Dr. Carleen S. Sedilla from the Schools Division Office of Quezon City, and Director Joyce Andaya from the Department of Education National Capital Region (DepEd NCR). Their presence signifies a united commitment to preserving and building upon the vision of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

The ceremonies included a wreath-laying to honor the heroes who fought for Philippine independence. This year’s celebration not only commemorated June 12 but also highlighted the contributions of everyday heroes in various fields who continue to strive for independence in their daily lives. President Marcos’s speech and the presence of honored guests underscored that Independence Day is not just a historical event but also a living testament to our enduring struggle for freedom. It is a day to reflect on the ongoing fight for liberty and rights in modern society, celebrating the invincible spirit of the Filipino people.




By: SDOQC/ppdepatillo

Col. Francel Margareth Padilla Taborlupa, the first female spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, dellivered an inspirational message at the Schools Division Office Quezon City's launching of its 2024 National Women's Month celebration during the flag raising ceremony on March 4, 2024. Her message encouraged the audience, the women especially, to break ceilings, be persons of value, and mentors, no matter how challenging it is to be in a male-dominated world.

Col. Taborlupa, one of the ASEAN's top cyber security development practitioner, described herself as a simple provincial girl who was not a stranger to male-dominated realms. Firstly, she was the only girl among 4 siblings. She also started her tertiary education at the University of Sto. Tomas in the College of Engineering, another field dominated by men. Her older brother, Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Engr. Marc Voltaire A. Padilla, then pushed her into taking the qualifying examinations for entry into the prestigious Philippine Military Academy - still another bastion of the males.

Her experiences have helped shape her into the woman she is now, a foremost expert in cyber security, a pioneer in the 4th domain of operations in the AFP - the cyber realm. She has placed the Philippines on the global map of cyber security through her project named Cyber for Peace Initiative, which among other things enables the gathering of data in the field for accurate input for research in various fields, thereby contributing to learning and nation building.


With God’s grace and guidance, SDO QC is poised to continue its rich tradition of goodness and to charge forward to make DepEd’s MATATAG aspirations a reality, under the new leadership of Dr. Carleen Sedilla.

SDO QC family is committed to supporting her and walking with her on this journey as she leads us to expand and enrich our lives together, for the greater good of our resilient learners.

Mabuhay! Superintendent Dr. Carleen Sedilla.

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