Bacolod City and Negros Occidental will celebrate the 121st Independence Day today in separate venues in the city.
DICT Assistant Secretary Ivin Ronald Alzona will be the guest speaker during the Independence Day program of the city at the Bacolod City Public Plaza.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will deliver their messages for the Independence Day at the Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon during a program at 8 a.m.
The program at the Bacolod City Public Plaza will start with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to be attended by the guest of honor, war veterans and city officials led by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.
This will be followed by ecumenical prayers to be offered by Imam Abdul Malik Gareza of the Islamic Society of Bacolod City, Rev. Dir. Jessie Albestor of the Bacolod Evangelical Church, and Rev. Fr. Chris Gonzales, director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod.
Councilor Renecito Novero will lead the Pledge of Loyalty to the Philippine flag, while the wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier will be joined by Alzona and city officials, as well as the war veterans led by their district president Jerson Juarez, Bacolod City Police director Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, and 303rd Infantry Brigade Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo.*CGS
The provincial government of Negros Oriental and Dumaguete City will join the country’s celebration of the 121st Independence Day today, a government press release also said.
The province will gather national and provincial government officials and personnel in front of the provincial Capitol building, while City Hall employees and invited school officials and non-government organizations, will be at the Old Presidencia for the local commemoration that will start 6 a.m. today.
Gov. Roel Degamo and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo are expected to lead the local independence rites.
The program will start after the simultaneous ringing of church bells, taps, and sounding of sirens and raising and waving of flaglets at 7 a.m.
Some offices were asked to bring bouquets of flowers for the wreath-laying ceremony.
The highlight of the activity is the raising of the Philippine Flag and singing of the National Anthem after the floral offering. The Knights of Columbus are assigned as honor guards for the celebration.
Both the province and city invited religious leaders of the Diocese of Dumaguete, along with the Silliman Church and the Muslim community for the ecumenical invocation during the event.
The celebration will also include the singing of “Bayan Ko” and reciting of the Pledge to Allegiance to the Philippine Flag, the press release added.*
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