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Ochoa calls for unity at Philippine Independence celebration
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS – As Bulacan commemorates the 115th anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence at the Barasoain Church, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., the event’s guest of honor, emphasized that unity is the best weapon to fight for freedom.

“Hindi rin dapat limutin ninuman ang nagpapatuloy pang kabayanihan ng ating lahi, silang mga di mabilang na bayani ng bagong panahon,” Ochoa said after honoring the veterans for their struggle for freedom.

He added that heroes taking roles of being the vanguards of democracy emerged not only in the past but also in each generation.

“Bawat henerasyon ay may kani-kanyang taya para sa bayan, ngunit hindi natin kailangang dumanas ng rebolusyon o digmaan para lang may lumitaw na mga bayani. Ang pagpapanatili ng kalayaan na may dignidad sa pamamagitan ng pag-aangat ng antas ng kabuhayan, edukasyon, kalusugan at kaunlarang panlipunan ay mga dakilang ambag nating mga Pilipino sa ating bayan, dahilan upang masabi nating bayani tayo sa sarili nating kaparaanan,” explained Ochoa.

ES Ochoa also said that not all events are written in history. He also encouraged everyone to write their own stories of heroism.

In line with the theme “Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado acknowledged the immeasurable contribution of history in achieving freedom but stressed that it doesn’t stop there.

“Ang ating kasarinlan ay di nagsimula at nagwakas noong 1898 sa Kawit, Cavite. Lumaya na tayo sa mga Kastila, Hapon at Amerikano ngunit nariyan ang mga bagong nagpapahirap sa lipunan, ang climate change, gutom, kahirapan, mga dahilan upang bumagsak ang inaasam nating kalayaan. Ang bola ay nasa ating mga kamay, kailangan natin itong i-shoot, hindi tayo pwedeng magmintis, not this time,” the governor said.

Alvarado also challenged everyone to continuously fight for freedom, underscoring that it is vital to gain true independence.

The governor and Es Ochoa together with other government officials led the simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag at the patio of the Barasoain Church followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the First Philippine Republic.
The event was made possible in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan) is an annual national holiday in the Philippines observed every June 12 as a commemoration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. ###

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