June 16, 2017 - The morning rain did not hinder General Santos City from commemorating the nation’s independence last Monday, June 12.
The Local Government of General Santos City (Gensan LGU), led by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, celebrated the 119th year of Philippine independence.
Contemporary dancers from the Department of Education General Santos City Division performed during the ceremony, which was followed by the presentation of the evolution of the Philippine flag.
Mayor Ronnel Rivera led the ceremonial wreathing of flowers and the flag-raising activity. In his speech, he reminded the audience on the freedom which our nation’s heroes have courageously fought for.
Present at the event were all employees of the local government and its departments, the honorable councilors, staff, and division heads and employees of the 18th Sangguniang Panlungsod, representatives from the Department of Education General Santos City Division, and the city’s Pioneer Descendants, among many other organizations. Also present were members of the Joint Task Force–Gensan, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the General Santos City Police Office.
Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles closed the event by thanking the guests for gracing the event. She called for a minute of silence after thanking our ancestral heroes and praying for the safety of the soldiers currently fighting in the besieged Marawi City.
She added that the courage of our heroes has inspired Filipinos to “persist in the face of many an overwhelming force, from the hardships of our daily lives to the real threats to our nation’s democracy and our freedom.”
- Hezekiah Kit Canlas