President Benigno Aquino III will lead on Wednesday the celebration of the 115th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Liwasang Bonifacio on P. Burgos St., Manila.
Upon arrival at the Liwasang Bonifacio, the Chief Executive will be accorded full military honors. The President and other government officials will walk towards the flagpole for the flag-raising ceremony.
After the flag-raising ceremony, President Aquino and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel T. Bautista will lead the wreath-laying ceremony.
The President will join the brief program which has for its theme "Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran" as guest of honor and speaker.
Joining the President during the event are Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Maria Serena I. Diokno, NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, Philippine Postal Corporation Board Chairman Cesar Sarino, Postmaster and Chief Executive Officer Josefina M. dela Cruz, among others.
There will be simultaneous flag-raising and wreath laying ceremonies on the Independence Day (June 12) at the Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila; Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park, Manila with Vice President Jejomar C. Binay leading the ceremonies; General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite with Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya;
Barasoain Church, Malolos City, Bulacan, with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario; Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion, Manila North Cemetery with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City with Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., and Pamintuan Mansion, Angeles City, Pampanga with Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes P.A. Sereno.
After the program at the Liwasang Bonifacio, the President will proceed to the Malacanang Palace for the Vin D’ Honneur with members of the Diplomatic Corps, Cabinet secretaries, government officials, Congressional representatives of various districts, Manila Mayor Lim and city officials, representatives of the local government units, non-government organizations and other sectors, veterans, teachers, students, among others.
The country celebrates the Independence Day each year to raise awareness among the Filipinos that freedom is the most precious right of every citizen.
The holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo and the Filipino revolutionary forces from Spanish colonization. (PND)