(7th UPDATE) Malaybalay City marks 115th Philippine Independence Day

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/12 June) The City Government of Malaybalay is spearheading the anniversary rites for the 115th Philippine Independence Day at the City Plaza with officials and employees of different government agencies in attendance.

Upon the arrival of Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri, the program started at 8:20 a.m. The Bukidnon State University Chorale sang the invocation. Zubiri, vice-mayor-elect Roland Deticio, provincial board member-elect Manuel Dinlayan, and city councilors  led the ceremonial flag raising at 8:23 a.m.

The Panunumpa sa Watawat, led by Ms. Lou Ann J. Cultura, followed. The BSU Chorale then led the singing of the Kanak ha Banuwa, the Bukidnon provincial hymn.

Vice mayor-elect Roland Deticio gave a welcome remarks (See related story). Mr. Rizalino Talatala,mason representative fro the Mt. Musuan Lodge #253 gave a salutary flag declamation.

The BSU Chorale also rendered an intermission number at around 8:45a.m. entitled “Kalayaan Nating Lahat” (Independence of All).

Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri gave the keynote message for the convocation rites (See related story).

City officials led the symbolic floral offering at the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero, As the flowers were offered, Jose Alejandrino’s “Bayan Ko” played on the audio system. Then at around 9a.m. soldiers from the 403rd brigade rendered the traditional 21-gun salute as city officials stand before Rizal’s monument.  Personnel from the BFP sounded of their siren to accompany the salute. The program ended at around 9:05 a.m.

The government scheduled a flag caravan from barangays Dalwangan and Aglayan early in the morning to converge at the Plaza. 

The theme of the celebration is: “Ambagan tungo sa malawakang kaunlaran.”

Among the agencies present include the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and local government units. Also present were the Brotherhood of Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Columbus, Boys and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, and the Bukidnon State University. (Iyren Dalipe/Bukidnon News)