Davao City celebrates 115th Independence Day

Subscribe Now June 12, 2013 at 08:33pm

Davao City commemorated the 115th anniversary of the country's independence with its annual rites held at the city's Quezon and Rizal Parks.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and guest-of-honor Philippine Navy Commodore Antonio Habulan Jr., commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao led the flag-raising rites at the Quezon Park around 7 a.m. which signaled the start of the morning independence day rites.

Afterwards wreath-laying ceremonies, a 21-gun salute, TAPS for the fallen veterans were held at the nearby Rizal Park.

During her speech Mayor Sara Duterte urge Dabawenyos to use the freedom in working towards a meaningful livelihood and also towards the aspirations of nation-building.

Commodore Habulan meanwhile said that challenges abound from outside and also within which tries to undermine the freedom once secured by our gallant forefathers. He urged Filipinos to show selflessness, love of country and unity as a people to be able to face surmount these challenges. He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is committed as ever to secure the freedom we are enjoying today.

Apart from the independence day rites at the city's main parks and plazas, other independence day activities include the yearly Kalayaan Jobs Fair organized by the Department of Labor and Employment held today at the Abreeza Mall and NCCC Mall in the city.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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