COMPOSTELA VALLEY— The province of Compostela Valley celebrates the 121st Independence Day of the country today, June 12, 2019 at the provincial capitol. 

This year’s theme, “Kalayaan 2019: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan.”, signifies the challenges and progressions the country has gone through the years as to how it is visioned in the present as well as the observance of the country’s economic advancements and success.

The proclamation was signed by 98 delegates in 1898 at the home of General Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite, and was authored by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, entitled as the Declaration of Philippine Independence.

Prior to the flag raising ceremony, a wreath-laying was spearheaded by Vice-Governor Manuel Zamora as it offers with solemnity good thoughts and conveying victory, bravery, peace and eternity for the National Flag and the country.

“There is no need for martyrdom to become heroes. Our times call a different form of it. The heroes of today are those who understand the plight of the poor, those who feel their struggles, those who have the heart to help, those who have enough compassion to enter the chaos of another,” Gov. Tyron Uy said.

After the flag raising, the provincial government officials and employees, representatives  from the national government agencies, and other guests attended  a short program at the capitol lobby. 

“With gratitude to our freedom fighters and heroes of the past, let me take this opportunity to encourage each of us to be a hero. A hero who can touch the lives of others; a hero who can make a difference and be relevant to others,” 1001st Infantry Brigade Commander Gilbert F Saret said. BGen Saret  is the guest speaker of the celebration.  

All government offices are closed for the day as well as the suspension of classes in all levels, with some private establishments also being closed in observance of the national holiday. (Sean Seismundo, ID Comval)

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