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Mayor Honey joins PBBM in leading Independence Rites in Manila

Independence Rites in Manila
Mayor Honey Lacuna welcomes President Marcos and all other guests to the city of Manila during the 125th Independence Day celebration in Luneta on June 12. (JERRY S. TAN)

A CALL for continued unity.

This was the message aired by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna as she welcomed President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and all other national officials who attended yesterday’s celebration of the country’s 125th Independence Day held at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta.

“Isang daan at dalawampu’t limang taon ng kalayaan at kasarinlan ang masigla nating ginugunita. Binibigyang-halaga natin ang kagitingan at matibay na paninindigan ng ating mga bayani. Nagpupugay tayo sa pangarap, pagsisikap, malasakit at pag-aalay nila ng kanilang sarili sa ngalan ng kalayaan,” she said in her welcome remarks.

The mayor said that looking back, many lessons were learned from the country’s colorful history over the years which guide Filipinos today.

“Sila ang ating inspirasyon kaya’t nagsusumikap din tayo sa pagbabahagi ng ating panahon, talino, galing at talento upang maitaguyod ang maayos at maunlad na lipunan,” Lacuna said.

She cited the united front put up by Filipinos during the pandemic which enabled the country to survive it.

Even if the world stood still and prevented everyone from holding face-to-face events and celebrations, Lacuna said that it was unity and cooperation in following set rules and protocols that the country was able to slowly return to normalcy.

“Sa pagsasama-sama natin ngayong umaga, nawa’y maipagpatuloy natin ang ating pagkakaisa, ang ating pagdadamayan, ang pagbabalikatan para sa patuloy na pagkakaroon natin ng buhay na malaya at pagtataguyod natin sa kasarinlan ng bansa. Muli, ang aming taos puso at masiglang pagtanggap sa inyong lahat dito sa Maynila, ang pangunahing lungsod at kapitolyo ng ating bansa, timbulan ng laya at lahing dakila,” the mayor said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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