Filipino community preps for biggest PH Independence Day celebration in NY

admin   •   April 24, 2018   •   3410

File Photo: Philippine Independence Day parade in Manhattan New York

NEW YORK, USA — Japanese Shigemasa Nakano and Ernest Lanetti have always seized the opportunity to take part in any celebration hosted by the Filipino community in New York.

They will join the community in the biggest Philippine Independence Day celebration outside the country.

For the two of them, they have grown closer to the Filipino community because of the group’s values.

“I’ve been meeting a lot of Filipinos and you guys are really nice people. I love you guys,” Nakano said.

“Well, we’re looking forward for the Independence Day parade. We always go and the Filipinos are among the friendliest and loving people I know, so I always enjoy it,” Lanetti said.

Nakano and Lanetti were among the foreign guests at the tribute event, “A Knight to Remember” sponsored by the Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI) and held at the Philippine consulate in New York.

The night signaled the preparation for the Philippine Independence Day parade in June.

“We have the usual participants but it promises to be bigger, more colorful and more festive,” PIDCI Pres. Antero Martinez said.

Every year, the Independence Day parade is held in New York. Honorary Grand Marshall Ambassador Marion De Leon said the event is a good opportunity to present the Filipino community to the city of New York.

“Ang interest natin is for us as a community na makilala dito sa America (Our aim is to be recognized as a community here in America.) For us to be known as an ethnic group that is respected,” De Leon said. — Sonny Cos | UNTV News & Rescue



#RP612Fic: PH Independence Day reimagined

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2019

If today’s generation were to retell our history, it will surely be through memes.

In celebration of the country’s Independence Day, netizens posted their funniest memes on Philippine history with “Republic of the Philippines June 12 fiction” or “#RP612Fic”

The #RP612Fic gives a modern and witty take on the retelling of Philippine history. It is currently one of the top trending topics on Twitter.

There are posts that are relatable especially if you are one of the commuters who have experienced a train breakdown.

The #RP612Fic posts also mix history with fictional characters or other famous personalities.

Others posted memes to imagine the reactions of historical figures. This was when Josephine Bracken got kilig.

A historical take on the country’s public transportation.

#RP612Fic never fails to entertain netizens and has even become a popular staple now in the celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

PH Independence Day: Robredo calls for equal opportunities for all Filipinos

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday called on the public to fight for equal opportunities for all Filipinos as the country celebrates the 121st Philippine Independence Day.

In her message, Robredo urged Filipinos to draw inspiration from forebearers who fought for the country’s freedom from colonizers.

“Sa paggunita natin ngayon ng ating kasarinlan, sana ay balikan natin kung paano, bilang isang lahi, ay pinili nating sundin ang sarili nating landas, magtayo ng sarili nating gobyerno at magtatag ng sariling estado,” Robredo said in her message released on Wednesday.

The Vice President underscored that in choosing freedom from foreign oppressors, Filipinos have the responsibility to establish a nation where everyone would have an opportunity to live peacefully and prosperously.

“Sa pagtutulak ng interes na ito, inako natin ang responsibilidad na gumawa ng isang lipunang malaya, makatarungan at makatao. Isang lipunan kung saan ang bawat Pilipino ay may oportunidad na mabuhay nang sagana at mapayapa,” she said.

“Hanggang sa araw na ito, nakaatang ang responsibilidad na ito sa bawat isa sa atin. Ito ang pinaglaban ng mga nauna sa atin at ito na rin ang tungkuling iniwan sa atin upang gampanan: ang masigurong nabubuhay tayo sa isang Pilipinas kung saan umaangat ang bawat isang mamamayan,” she added.

Robredo continued with: “Bilang mga lingkod bayan, nasa ating pananagutan ang pangarap na ito para sa bawat Pilipino: na lahat ay kabahagi at walang maiiwan; na lahat ay may pantay-pantay na oportunidad sa pag-unlad.”

In her message, she also gave honor to the sacrifices made by the country’s heroes.

“Kinikilala natin ang lahat ng nagsumikap at lumaban para matupad ang pangarap ng isang malayang Pilipinas, at para sa karapatan ng bawat Pilipinong panghawakan ang sarili niyang kinabulkasan,” Robredo said.

She also expressed hope that as Filipinos celebrate the country’s Independence Day, it would make them remember their love and responsibility for the Philippines and the things that could be attained through unity.

“Nawa’y pukawin ng pagdiriwang na ito ang isang malalim na pagmamahal para sa bayan, at maging paalala s abawat isa ng kung ano ang kaya nating marating sa ating pagbabayanihan,” she said.

Robredo led the 121st Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park on Wednesday, along with outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Duterte wishes for ‘truly independent’ Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019

As the country marks its 121st Independence Day, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to honor the sacrifices of the nation’s heroes by realizing their dream of a truly independent Philippines.

“A hundred and twenty-one years has passed since our forefathers bound their fates, their lives and their fortunes to proclaim the independence of the Filipino people,” Duterte said in his message on Wednesday, June 12.

He said the proclamation marking the Philippines’ liberation from the Spanish Colonial rule was the “most significant event in our country’s history.”

“Not only did we put an end to more than three centuries of subservience but we also resolved to determine the course of our own destiny as a nation,” he said.

The President reminded Filipinos that the country’s freedom was achieved “not without cost.”

“The tree of liberty blossomed on these lands because it was nourished by the sweat and blood of our patriots, heroes and martyrs,” he said.

“Let us commit ourselves to ensure that their sacrifices have not been in vain and that their dream of a truly independent Philippines – whose people live freely in a secure, stable and prosperous society – will be achieved within our lifetimes,” the chief executive added.

Duterte is set to attend the Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Lanao del Sur later Wednesday.

When asked why Duterte chose this venue to commemorate the Independence Day, Malacañang said, the president has his own special reason in leading the rites in Lanao del Sur.

In 2018, Duterte led the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite where a small group of anti-Duterte slipped into the crowd and caused a momentary distraction during his speech at the balcony of the house of former President Emilio Aguinaldo. (with details from Rosalie Coz)


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