Virac, Catanduanes – In the recent commemoration of our nation’s historic day, a simple program was held at the Catanduanes World War II Memorial Fountain by the provincial government of Catanduanes to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Philippine independence.

On June 12, Monday, a modest ceremony was led by Gov. Joseph C. Cua, which included the raising of the Philippine flag and the offering of flowers in honor of the celebration.

Joined by PNP Provincial Director PCOL. Benjamin Balingbing Jr. of the Catanduanes Police Office (CatPPO), members of the PNP, AFP, and other government agencies, they offered flowers at the Heroes Wall after the flag-raising ceremony.

This was followed by a 21-gun salute, with members of the Catanduanes Provincial Police Office participating, and the release of white doves as a symbol of freedom.

In his message, Gov. Cua shared the story of Col. Salvador “Phantom” Rodulfo Sr., who led the guerrilla forces in the province against the foreign Japanese invaders.

The local executive also reminded everyone of the importance of studying history, as it is through the blood, sweat, and lives of heroes that each individual enjoys freedom.

Members of the Philippine military stationed in the province, as well as officials and employees of the local government, including other government agencies, also participated in the celebration.

Furthermore, many establishments displayed the Philippine flag to show their solidarity with the commemoration.

This year’s theme for the celebration of the country’s independence is “Kalayaan, Kinabukasan, Kasaysayan” (Freedom, Future, History). (Richmon Timuat)