ORMOC CITY -- All is set for the observance of the 117th Independence Day on June 12 in this city, with several activities to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Spain already lined up.

Councilor Eulalio Napomuceno O. Aparis II, chairman of the event’s working committee, said the celebration will begin with a 6:15 a.m. Holy Mass to be followed by a 7 a.m. program at the plaza.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay Na ng Bayan.”

In compliance with a memorandum of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the City will join the simultaneous flag-raising ceremony with the rest of the country at 8 a.m. A wreath-laying will be done at the Veteran’s monument.

During the wreath-laying, there will be a volley of fire, pealing of church bells, and blowing of horns by rescue vehicles and boats docked at the pier.

A civic parade around the city center will follow thereafter to be participated by government officials and employees, army and police, village officials and civilians.

The parade’s route stretches 2.6 kilometers and takes 32 minutes to walk at a regular pace. It will begin at the plaza, turn left to San Pedro, left to Carlos Tan, right to Rizal, left to Solidor, left to Real, left to Aviles, right to Bonifacio, then left to Imelda Blvd., leading back to the plaza.

Streets at downtown will be closed. Thus, public utility vehicles (PUV) entering the city from the north were advised to take the Dominador Tan Ave., then turn left to Veterans Ave. Upon reaching downtown, PUVs will turn right to Juan Luna St., then left to Ebony St., leading to the terminal.

PUVs coming from the south will have to take a longer route. Before reaching downtown, they will turn right at Agua Dulce St. then right to Hermosilla Drive. Upon crossing Anilao Bridge, they will turn right to Ramos, left to F. Ablen, right to Anubing, then left to Dominador Tan Ave. From there, the PUVs will take the same route as those coming from the north in reaching the terminal.

Incidentally, Independence Day marks the kickoff festivities leading to the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28.

Fiesta-related activities on June 12 include the opening of a plant and garden show at the plaza mini-forest, a grooming service (haircut, manicure, pedicure, makeup, massage) that is free to the public at the Superdome lobby, and the Association of Barangay (village) Captains Night. (PNA)