Cebu leaders recall heroes of revolution-A A +A
Thursday, June 12, 2014
LOCAL government officials in Cebu led the celebration of the 116th Independence Day by raising the Philippine flag and laying wreaths at the monuments of heroes.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide urged Cebuanos to remember those who gave their lives for the country’s freedom.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama used the occasion to talk about other forms of bondage: indifference and corruption. He then led other officials in releasing doves and butterflies to symbolize independence.
Before holding a short program at the Rizal-Bonifacio stage across the City Hall, City employees and officials in Mandaue heard mass at the St. Joseph National Shrine.
Officials and employees of 27 barangays also participated in the celebration.
Aside from the usual flag-raising and wreath-laying, public high school students performed a seven-minute play on the Filipinos’ struggle against the Spanish colonial rule.
During his speech, Davide said his administration recognizes the importance of protecting civil liberties, citing Capitol’s openness to the media and the public.
“It is our duty and obligation to preserve this freedom,” he said.
Newly installed Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Prudencio Bañas and Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Noel Gillamac joined the Capitol’s celebration of Independence Day.
At Cebu City Hall, Rama urged local government officials and employees to help in the fight against corruption.
“We should be emancipated from the bondage of arrogance of corruption,” he said in his speech. He said that it is time for Cebuanos to stop being indifferent and help fight corruption.
“Kung dili kita, kinsa man? Kung dili karon, kanus-a man? (If not us, who will? If not now, when?) he asked.
He warned City Government officials and employees that the public is always watching so they should strive to be honest, hardworking and efficient in serving the people.
Cebu City celebrated Independence Day at Plaza Sugbu, located in front of City Hall, together with members of the Philippine Veterans Federation, the Cebu City Police Office, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the Knights of Colombus among many others.
The event was organized by the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission.
In Mandaue City, Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede led the celebration as Mayor Jonas Cortes is still recovering from a fever. In his message, read by Bercede, Cortes asked public servants in Mandaue to help in nation-building by fulfilling their duties in the government.
In Lapu-Lapu City, officials and employees of City Hall led by Mayor Paz Radaza witnessed a flag-raising ceremony at the Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base.
In the afternoon, students from public and private schools in Cebu City joined a parade from the Plaza Independencia to the Cebu City Sports Center.
Ricky Ballesteros, Executive Director of Sinulog Foundation, said the parade shows that nationalism is still alive among today’s youth.
Aside from students, Miss Cebu titlists also participated in the parade.
Other participants include the Department of Education, Cebu City Traffic Operations Management, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Commission on Indigenous People, Department of Interior and Local Government and the University of Cebu.
(Rosedelyn S. Catalan, USJ-R Masscom Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 13, 2014.