More than 500 government officials and employees La Union participated in the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2019. (PIA La Union)
SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 12 (PIA) -- The city government of San Fernando and the provincial government of La Union led the celebration of the
Philippine Independence Day today, June 12, in front of San Fernando City Hall.
The activity, which started at exactly 8 o'clock in the morning, was attended by more than 500 government officials and employees.
Dulaang Elyu, a theater company based in La Union, performed a heartfelt re-enactment the Philippine Independence Day proclamation while provincial and city officials, regional government executives, and the members of the Masonic Lodge led the wreath-laying for national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
This was shortly followed by a 21-gun salute by personnel of the La Union Police Provincial Office.
Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III, in his message read by Board Member Reynaldo Mosuela, said the whole province joins the nation in celebrating the country's independence.
"In La Union, our passion for the people is very much the driving force in our vision for the future. We have started our own revolution. We have brought deep change that is first and foremost for the people," Ortega said.
He also said the province "is one with San Fernando's vision to become a People's City."
"We share the love for the people and the dream to provide a better life and brighter future for all," he added.
For his part, Acting San Fernando City Mayor Alfred Ortega relived the historic significance of the attainment of the country's freedom.
"How lucky are we that Filipinos long, long time ago were willing to take up arms and fight for liberty and were willing to pay the price for Philippine Independence."
The community singng of Pilipinas kong Mahal led by Koro Azul ended the activity.
Meanwhile, jobseekers can catch the Kalayaan Job and Business Fairs jointly organized by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union Christian College, this city. (JNPD/PIA La Union)