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Marcos Jr. leads Independence Day rites, calls for a ‘Bagong Pilipinas’


— President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday, June 12, led the Philippines in celebrating its 126th Independence Day, urging Filipinos to work towards a “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines).

In his message, Marcos emphasized the need to build a brighter future for the nation.

“Let us dedicate ourselves to the challenging but rewarding task of realizing the full potential of the Filipinos and building a Bagong Pilipinas – one that truly embodies the ideals of a just, progressive, and independent Republic,” he said.

The President led two events–a simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park,

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. leads the 126th Independence Day rites as he calls for a ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ (New Philippines) (Photo by

followed by the Araw ng Kalayaan Grand Parade at the Quirino Grandstand.

The simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag was also held at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, symbolizing the birth of the Philippines as a sovereign nation; the Barasoain Church Historical Landmark in Bulacan;

the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City; the Mausoleo de los Veteranos dela Revolucion in Manila; and Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City.

Similar flag-raising activities were also conducted at the same time in various government agencies and local government units.

During the event, the

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Philippine Embassy London celebrates Philippine National Independence Day

AMBASSADoR LoCSIN joined the various Filipino religious and non-sectoral community organizations in their celebration of the 126th anniversary of Philippine Independence at our Lady of Victories church in Kensington, organized by the Filipino Chaplaincy of London.

In his remarks, Ambassador Locsin said such celebrations of Philippine Independence Day is a demonstration of the strength and unity of Filipino communities abroad.

Photos courtesy of the Philippine Embassy London

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CALLED THE House of History, Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite is the place where the historic declaration of Philippine independence was publicly read by its author Ambrosio Bautista at the front window of the grand hall on June 12, 1898. This house is the center of unfolding Philippine history. Its hidden compartments for documents and weapons, concealed doors, camouflaged shelves, secret passageways, tunnels, and its overall structure leave a mark on the sanctity of the house of Filipinos at the beginning of a new

Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit: Unfolding Philippine History

century and a revolution that gave the world Asia’s first republic.

It was during this declaration of Philippine independence that the Philippine flag, sewed in Hong Kong by Marcella Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, was first officially raised as the local marching band of San Francisco de Malabon — now called General Trias — played Julian Felipe’s composition, “Marcha Filipina Magdalo” — now the Philippine National anthem.

In 1845, Aguinaldo Shrine was constructed using nipa and wood materials. It was reconstructed using a variety of Philippine hardwoods

after four years. A major renovation happened in the 1920s when the tower and balcony were constructed. In that year, the house was renovated with architectural details of nationalistic themes: art nouveau, art deco artistic style, and masonic symbols, that were popular during the early 20th century.

Meanwhile, Proclamation No. 374, issued on March 6, 1965, declared May 28 of each year as the National Flag Day, to commemorate the date when the Philippine flag was first unfurled after the historic ‘Battle of Alapan’ in Imus, Cavite in 1898. Fast forward to 1963, “to perpetuate the spirit of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 that put an end to the Spanish colonization of the country,” Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo donated

the mansion and its lot to the Philippine Government.

In 1964, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Republic Act No. 4039 declaring the property a national shrine and placing it under the care of the National Museum of the Philippines.

In 1972, Executive order No. 370 transferred the shrine under the care and maintenance of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. A few days before the 146th birth anniversary of Aguinaldo, it was reopened as a museum.

As a matter of fact, Aguinaldo himself designed his mansion and divided it into the main house, family wing, and lookout tower areas. It has seven levels, including the mezzanine and turret.

The ground level has a museum that reveals the role of Cavite during the revolution, including the life of Emilio Aguinaldo, the state of Cavite during the Spanish colonization, the revolution against Spain, and the aftermath of the revolution until the war against the United States.

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President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. arrives at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at 3:58 a.m. on Saturday (June 1, 2024) after his state visit to Brunei and working visit to Singapore. The President embarked on his first state visit to the Sultanate state while he made history by being the first Philippine president to deliver a keynote message at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. (Photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Office)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. vowed on Saturday to build on the gains of his successful trips to Brunei Darussalam and Singapore to advance the country’s economic and security agenda.

Marcos made the commitment after arriving at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at 3:58 a.m. on 1 June 2024.

“My promise to all Filipinos, we will use every opportunity and continue to build bridges that will ensure a long-lasting peace and stability in our region,” he said in his arrival speech.

The President embarked on his first state visit to the Sultanate state while he made history by being the first Philippine president to deliver a keynote message at the Inter-

PBBM: Brunei, PBBM: Brunei,

Singapore trips to advance PH economic, security agenda

national Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore.

In his two-day state visit to Brunei, Marcos said he met with His Majesty Sultan Haki Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and discussed strengthening the 40-year-old bilateral ties between their countries.

“This year marks 40 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries and our conversation covered many facets

of our relations, from defense and security, maritime cooperaers (STCW), and maritime cooperation.

tion, economic cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges,” he said.

“We aspired for stronger bilateral cooperation and to work together to ensure that peace and security reigns in the ASEAN region.”

A letter of intent on agricultural cooperation was also signed.

Marcos likewise expressed the Philippines’ support for Brunei to establish the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Center for Climate Change.

He said while in Brunei, the country’s key government players and business sectors engaged in productive dialogue with their counterparts.

“The Philippine Busi-

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OFW APP. OFW Party-list Rep. Marissa Magsino (center) leads the signing of the memorandum of understanding on the mobile application OFW App in Parañaque City on Tuesday (June 4, 2024). The OFW App aims to provide comprehensive assistance and information to overseas Filipino workers. (Photo courtesy of OFW Party-list)

Launch of mobile app providing assistance to OFWs set in July

MANILA – A mobile application providing comprehensive assistance and information to overseas Filipino workers (oFWs) globally will be launched in July.

oFW Party-list Rep. Marissa Magsino said the oFW App will synergize the digitization efforts of government agencies and provide access to welfare assistance, various benefits, and a crucial emergency button that connects directly to the overseas Workers and

Welfare Administration (oWWA).

Magsino, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Uy and oWWA Administrator Arnaldo Ignacio signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the oFW App at

their fingertips,” Magsino said.

“The oFW App aims to provide our oFWs access to services, emergency assistance, and vital information in just a few clicks. I have been pitching this idea to IT experts before, but it was only throught DICT’s technical assistance, which allowed us to move forward with the project. And today, here we are with signing the MoU on this significant initiative,” she added.

Magsino said the evolving features will later include services of government agencies with frequent transactions with oFWs, with the DMW signifying its intent to link vital services to the oFW App.

The simulation of the app will commence through the participation of select oFWs all over the world for their feedback. The app will be formally launched after finetuning of the interface and its services through consultation with end-users.

the oFW Tulong at Serbisyo Center at Ayala Malls Manila Bay in Parañaque City on 11 June 2024.

Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac and DICT Undersecretary for E-Government David Almirol were also present during the signing to express support for the initiative.

“The oFW App will revolutionize the way oFWs access vital services and information, bringing essential support right at

“I would like to thank DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy and Undersecretary David Almirol for walking hand in hand with the oFW Party List to bring our idea to life,” Magsino said.

“I am also thankful that o WWA accepted our invitation to collaborate on the delivery of services, especially welfare assistance. o ur world is fast evolving through digital technology and we should be in sync with the innovations in how we bring our services to our o FWs,” she said. (PNA) n

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Converge provides free WIFI at OFW Lounge in NAIA 1

LEADING PHILIPPINE fiber broadband

provider Converge is providing free, fiber-fast connectivity to thousands of overseas Filipino workers (oFWs) who will be served by the oFW lounge in NAIA Terminal 1, in an effort to enhance their digital experience at the Philippines’ transit hubs.

Inaugurated in January 2024, the oFW lounge serves as a relaxing, contemporary facility especially dedicated to the country’s modern-day heroes, and now with Converge’s connectivity, is equipped with 500 Mbps upload and download speeds.

“We laud this project of the House of Representatives, overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and Manila International Airport Authority (MIIA) to provide a designated place for our hard-work-

ing kababayans while they await their flights. To contribute to this effort, we have provided our fiber broadband connectivity for their use for 2 hours. If they are a Converge FiberX or Surf2Sawa subscriber, they have an additional 6 hours of internet access,” said Converge Chief Sustainability officer Benjamin Azada.

The oFW passengers may log on to the Converge landing page and then enjoy complimentary internet access. A separate page will appear for existing Converge subscribers,

NAIA Terminal 1 OFW Lounge opened this January, offering a place for OFWs to stay and relax while waiting for their flights. Converge extended its free wifi to the lounge in time for the opening. Photo from Converge.

and they may further avail of additional hours of connectivity.

This free wifi project is aligned with the company’s fourth pillar in its Sustainability Agenda, Creating Positive Community Impact. Further, according to Azada, efforts such as these dovetail with the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 (specifically the strategies of Reinvigorating Services and Enhanced Connectivity) two very relevant outcomes are:

(1) enhancing inter-sectoral linkages through increasing internet speed, coverage, and network, and

(2) seamless and inclusive connectivity by addressing universal mobility and connectivity needs.

“We are proud to be a partner of the government in providing free

wifi in public spaces, including this latest facility in NAIA Terminal 1. our oFWs deserve no less than this seamless, high-quality connectivity to keep them connected to their loved ones and their employers abroad,” added Converge CEo and Co-Founder Dennis Anthony Uy. Converge recently completed the roll-out of its Free WIFI project in all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Eight more airports nationwide are slated to be powered up with Converge fiber broadband in the next several months. According to the Manila International Airport Authority or MIAA, oFW lounges in other terminals are being considered. Free food and beverages are offered at the lounge. n

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en, notable mesa altar, large dining table, Ah Tay bed, and secret compartments can be seen on the second level. There’s also a bomb shelter to help the general escape to the nearby church or cemetery by

going through a tunnel.

one hundred twentysix years have passed, yet this mansion still shows a clear glimpse of Filipinos who fought to make the Philippines free from the colonizers. Museum shrines like the Aguinaldo

Shrine are a constant reminder that they’re significant to the national landscape and are a big part of history.

The remaining displays in the Aguinaldo Shrine, such as the preserved artifacts and tangible objects

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President, his Cabinet, and other officials sang the Bagong Pilipinas (New Philippines) hymn and recited the Bagong Pilipinas pledge.

Marcos also highlighted the enduring spirit of freedom among ordinary Filipinos who overcome daily challenges.

“While the times may be different, our struggles remain the same. We continue to witness the true spirit

of freedom in every Filipino who fights fairly in their day-to-day lives,” he said.

The chief executive praised Filipino farmers, fishers, teachers, soldiers, and others for their resilience and dedication. Marcos stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices of past generations and continuing the fight for freedom.

Throughout the day, Marcos attended various events, including a grand parade from the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds to Roxas Boulevard up to the Burnham

Green across the Quirino Grandstand. The celebration culminated in a free concert.

The festivities also included a job fair offering over 7,000 positions and a diplomatic reception hosted by the President in Malañang.

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PBBM: Brunei, Singapore trips to advance...

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ness Forum highlighted agribusiness, renewable energy, halal development, and opportunities in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-MalaysiaPhilippines East ASEAN Growth Area) and BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao),” he added.

Marcos said the established connections between the Philippines’ and Brunei’s business sectors are expected to yield significant commercial benefits, including increased trade and investment, enhanced market access for goods and services, and sharing of technology innovations and best practices.

He said he also met with executives of Bruneian oil and gas companies, such as the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sendiran Berhad, Brunei LNG Sendiran Berhad, Total Energies in Brunei, Serikandi oilfield Services Sendiran Berhad, and the Adinin Group of Companies.

He likewise met with the Filipino community in the Sultanate state.

Two-day working visit to Singapore

Meanwhile, during his two-day working visit to Singapore, Marcos met with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and newly appointed Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

He said President Shanmugaratnam has accepted his invitation for the latter to visit the Philippines in August.

“This is very important, especially because 2024 marks 55 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. We committed to work hard in pursuing the signing of three near-completion MoUs by the time the Sin-

gaporean President visits Manila later this year,” he said.

The President also delivered a historic keynote address at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, where he expounded on the realities and constants in the current situation of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

“As a responsible member of the international community, I took the opportunity of the Shangri-La Dialogue to tell the representatives of at least 48 countries in front of me that the lines we draw on our waters are derived not from imagination, but from international law. Unlike others, we submitted our assertions to rigorous legal scrutiny by the world’s leading jurists,” he said.

Marcos also had a bilateral meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte and met with some members of the US Congressional Delegation to discuss future ways to improve collaboration and cooperation with other countries. (PNA) n

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