BAGUIO CITY, June 13 (PIA) - - The City Government of Baguio joined the nation in the observance of the 119th anniversary of Philippine Independence with a program at the Baguio Convention Center and a parade around the city’s main thoroughfares yesterday .
City officials Congressman Mark Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, in their respective messages, called for a continuing patriotism not only in preserving the country’s freedom and independence but also for meaningful change towards peace, unity and sustainable development.
With this year’s Philippine Independence Day theme of “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong, sama – samang balikatin”, Domogan stressed that every Filipino regardless of status or ethnic/religious affiliation has a responsibility, a role to play, task to do to help preserve the freedom that our heroes fought for as well as in bringing in significant and inclusive change to the country and the Filipino people.
The theme speaks of change that must be pursued through unity and cooperation towards the direction of peace, unity, development and prosperity, he said.
Go, in his message delivered by his wife, Soledad, also outlined that the celebration must always ‘remind us of our heroes that gave the country’s independence and our soldiers that continue to fight to preserve such freedom so that they continue to inspire us to work with unity and cooperation, not only preserving our freedom against terrorists and oppressors but also in bringing a better life to every Filipino’.
“We hope that our celebration will continue to serve as an inspiration in bringing to life our spirit of unity and determination in overcoming any challenge, which is the true meaning of our independence”, Go emphasized.
Bilog, for his part, said that as the nation celebrates its 119th Independence Day anniversary, it is also the right moment for the people of Baguio to unite both mind in spirit, to work as one primarily on addressing the city’s concerns and to move forward as one city towards nation building.
Joining the city officials and employees in the Independence Day celebration were officials and representatives from law enforcement agencies and regional line agencies, barangay folks and officials, civil society organization, academic institutions, and the public. (JDP/CCD/M. Jimenez & J. Dar- PIA CAR/UC Interns)