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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.