By Minka Klaudia Tiangco 

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said this year’s commemoration of Independence Day is dedicated to the frontline workers battling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

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122 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE — Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso leads a “solemn” Independence Day ceremony at the Rizal Park Friday morning. The Manila mayor said that this year’s commemmoration of the 122nd year of Philippine Independence is dedicated to frontline workers who are battling the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in the country. (Photos courtesy of Manila Chief-of-Staff Cesar Chavez via Minka Tiangco / MANILA BULLETIN)

Domagoso, along with other government officials, led a “solemn” flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in remembrance of the 122nd year of Philippine independence Friday morning (June 12).

The local chief executive said all Filipinos, and not only frontline workers, should work together to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He pointed out that even during the Independence Day celebration, physical distancing and other safety protocols were observed to honor the efforts of frontline workers.

“The sun will shine again on the country,” he assured. “It’s only a matter of time.”

This year’s theme for the Independence Day celebration is “Kalayaan 2020: Tungo sa Bansang Malaya, Nagbabayanihan, at Ligtas (Freedom 2020: Towards a Free, Collectively Cooperative, and Safe Nation).”

The Manila mayor was joined by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Philippine Medical Association President Dr. Jose Santiago Jr., National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Rene Escalante, and Navy Captain Gregory Gerald Fabic.

Meanwhile, Manila Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan also led a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at Mausoléo de los Veterános de la Revolucion at the Manila North Cemetery.

The mausoleum is said to hold the remains of patriots who fought for Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution from 1896 to 1898 and the Philippine-American War from 1899 to 1902.

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