Rizal Park, City of Manila
June 12, 2022

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the commemoration of the 124th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Rizal Park in the City of Manila.

The President, joined by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Rene Escalante, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Andres Centino, as well as several Cabinet Secretaries and other officials, led the flag raising ceremony during the historic occasion.

Likewise, the Chief Executive offered a wreath and rendered a salute in front of the Rizal Monument during the program.

Bearing the theme, ‘Kalayaan 2022: Pagsuong sa Hamon ng Panibagong Bukas’ (Rise Towards the Challenge of a New Beginning), this year marked the last Independence Day celebration led by President Duterte as the country’s 16th Chief Executive.

On 8 June 2022, President Duterte urged Filipinos to emulate the bravery displayed by Filipino heroes who fought for the Philippines’ freedom in a video message during the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.’s (FFCCCII) celebration of Philippine Independence Day and Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day.

Various flag raising and wreath-laying rites were simultaneously conducted in different historical landmarks throughout the country.

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