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Valencia City Celebrates 118th Independence Day

The City Government of Valencia spearheads the 118th Independence Day Celebration with the theme, "Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong" at Plaza Rizal on June 12, 2016.

The celebration was attended by City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, Vice Mayor Hon. Rolando P. Laviña, City Councilors, Department Heads of Local and National Agencies, employees, Barangay Officials, Veterans, Civic Society Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations and People’s Organizations.

The program started with a motorcade from Oval Grounds to Plaza Rizal. The objective of this year’s commemoration is to celebrate our freedom and embrace our heritage and roots.

The Invocation, National Anthem and Bukidnon Hymn were rendered by the SP Chorale while the 21-gun Salute was executed by the officers of Valencia City Police Station led by PSUPT. Benbo P. Jumalon.

The wreath-laying by the heads of the government agencies then followed.

City Vice Mayor Hon. Rolando P. Laviña gave the welcome address and he emphasized the importance of celebrating our freedom.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, in her message, she highlighted the sacrifices and journey of our ancestors in achieving Philippine freedom. She also thanked the veterans and the members of the Valencia City Bukidnon Historical and Cultural Society for gracing the occasion.

Twenty-two (22) lovely couples from the LGU departments then joined the fashion show of Filipiniana gowns and Barong Tagalog. The top three pairs who bagged the top spot are Ms. Razel Rosal and Jessie Ongue Jr. of Sangguniang Panlungsod, Ms. April Joy Oro and Mr. Chuck Flores of Human Resource and Management Office and Ms. Yolanda P. Esteban and Engr. Michael Talado of City Economic Enterprise Office as judged by Mr. Efren Leo John V. Aribal, Ms. Lolita L. Garcia and Mr. Rey Dimar O. Lagadlad.

Winners of the poster-making contest in line with the Independence Day Celebration were also awarded during the program: Mr. Ree Anthony M. Verde of Brgy. Sinabuagan bagged the 1st Place, Mr. Deither M. Pacapat of Brgy. Sugod got the 2nd Place and Ms. Ana Marrie V. Aurit of Brgy. Pinatilan got the 3rd Place.

Doves and balloons were then released by the City officials and heads of offices to signify freedom and liberty.

City Administrator Atty. Genaro C. Cadigal, Jr. in his closing remarks thanked the City officials, guests and attendees for attending the 118th commemoration of the Philippine Independence of the City Government of Valencia.

June 12, 1898 is a very significant date in Philippine History as the whole nation commemorates our freedom from the Spanish regime.