“Our unity makes us invincible, our hardwork secures a better future for our city”.
-Hon. Mayor Marie de Lara Guingona
“Pagkakaisa, pagaambagan, pagsulong” is this year’s theme for the 118th celebration of the country’s independence, Titled; “KALAYAAN 2016” held on the 20th of June at the Rizal Park of Gingoog City. The annual celebration was spearheaded by City Mayor Marie de Lara Guingona along with the City Council and City Tourism Office. A number of Patriotic citizens and members of public and private sectors attended the said event along with the Philippine National Police, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, and the Criminology students of Christ the King College. As a tribute to the occasion the patriotic celebration the entire Plaza was adorned with the colors of the Watawat symbolizing Purity, Strength and Love.
The event started with “Pagimok” the evolution of the Philippine national flag and followed by the tableau presentation called “Hulagway” performed by the SPA students of GCCNHS, it was followed by the Parade of Colors and hoisting of the national flag which was lead by the PNP, BFP, BJMP and Mrs. Tita Gonzales Garrido, CPA in behalf of Hon. Marie de Lara Guingona. The singing of the national anthem was again lead by the PNP and PO1 Earl Adrales Cultura presided the “Panunumpa ng Watawat” as an exaltation of loyalty and respect to the incumbent flag of the Philippines.
A salute was then given by the PNP and of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines accompanied by 21 Gunshots symbolizing recognition and Honor to the tall standing flag of the nation. Rev. Rene M. Mission offered an Ecumenical Prayer for the nation, strengthening the relationship of man and God aiding us Filipinos in our desires of freedom and independence.
A rendition of Philippine “Kalayaan” songs were offered by Princess Xyra Lictao and Cherrie Laurene Uba, 2016 Stairway to the Stars Grand champions as an Ode to the Historical event. Illuminating the spirit of patriotism, Hon. Mayor Marie de Lara Guingona prepared an Independence Day address but due the the circumstances, Mrs. Tita G. Garrido CPA, read her address in her behalf, after which started the highlight of the event ~ the Wreath Laying Ceremony to the monument of the Country’s National Hero Gat. Jose Rizal and to the Monument of the War Veterans. The City Mayor’s Office was the first one to offer and followed by local offices, civic organizations, non- government organization and private sectors including Christ the King College with the presence of our Dean of Student Affairs Engr. Al-Monte Vince M. Calo, Institutional Quality Assurance Officer Mr. John Paul C. Palad, Ms. Elieda L. Apor, Mrs. Sheila P. Abatayo from the Basic Education Department and select Criminology students, the celebration ended with a performance from the City Tourism Office which presented the folk dances of the Philippines.
This year’s celebration is no different from the past excluding the program and embroidery, but different or not the goal and pride stays the same. June 12 marks a historic change in the course of our country’s era, together we will keep the independence through “Pagkakaisa, pagaambagan, pagsulong”. We may not fight like the way our heroes did but surely we can do as great as them in our own ways. Honor the country, respect the national flag. Mabuhay Pilipinas!