The Aguinaldo Shrine
June 12, 2015 is the 117th year of Philippine independence, and you’re probably planning on spending the long weekend at home or going out of town for a quick getaway. But if you’re interested in celebrating the event in a more nationalistic manner, here are a few activities you should include in your schedule:
An audio-visual show at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite
Located in the city of Kawit in Cavite, the Aguinaldo Shrine is the historic landmark where the Philippines was officially declared free after three hundred years of Spanish rule. The heritage mansion of Emilio Aguinaldo’s family is a 14,000 square foot property, its most prominent feature being the “Independence Balcony”, where the Philippine flag was waved as Aguinaldo announced the beginning of the First Philippine Republic.
This year, the Department of Tourism and the Kawit local government are working together on a lighting and video mapping technology that will bring life to the monument by showing an audio-visual narrative of the country’s history. You can catch the shows at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM beginning today, June 11, until June 15.
The Independence Day ceremonies at Santa Barbara, Iloilo
If you’re in the vicinity, you’re in luck because Santa Barbara has been chosen for this year’s Independence Day ceremonies for being the site where the Philippine flag was first raised outside of Luzon.
To be led by President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III, the event will start with a flag raising ceremony at the Santa Barbara Municipal Hall in the town plaza, where he is also expected to give a speech. The President will then head to the Iloilo provincial capitol for the vin d’ honneur (wine of honor), and will also lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of General Martin Delgado, who led the revolution in the area.
He is also expected to visit the Santa Barbara Church and Convent, which was used as the headquarters and military hospital of the Visayan forces during the revolution in the late 1800, to inspect its restoration.
A charity concert at Rizal Park in Ermita, Manila
Independence day actually coincides with the World Day Against Child Labor, so if you feel like rocking for a good cause, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging you to head to the Rizal Park Open Auditorium on June 12 for a concert to raise awareness on child labor. At 5:30 PM, you can watch local artists like The Dawn, Ebe Dancel and Noel Cabangon take the stage and fight for freedom from child labor.
The free concert is the initiative of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in partnership with RockEd, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC).
A seminar at the NCCA in Intramuros, Manila
If you’d like to turn your Independence Day celebration into a learning experience, you can attend the free-for-all colloquium to be conducted by the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) on June 13,2015 at the Arch. Leandro Locsin Hall in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in Intramuros, Manila.
Themed “Independence and Legacy”, the event will feature lectures from experts such as UP Diliman’s Prof. Kristoffer R. Esquejo on the life and legacy of historian Gabriel F. Fabella in relation with the Declaration of Philippine Independence celebration; DLSU-Dasmariñas’ Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo on General Emilio Aguinaldo’s rightful place in Philippine History; and Kalinga Apayao State College’s Prof. James S. Guidangen on the Cordilleran experience of celebrating Independence Day.
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