June 12, 2019, is the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence and the Philippine Consulate on Guam has several activities lined up to commemorate the occasion.
In the morning of June 12, there’s a flag-raising ceremony at the Guam Reef hotel attended by consular officials, Guam dignitaries, and members of the Filipino community on Guam.
Later in the evening, a Vin d’Honneur diplomatic reception will be held 7 p.m. at the Micronesian Room, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.
And on Saturday, June 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, Resolution No. 149-35 (LS) will be presented by Sen. Amada Shelton to the Filipino Community of Guam (FCG) on the occasion of its 65th year anniversary and the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence.
The resolution also recognizes the FCG for keeping Philippine culture and pride strong among Filipinos on Guam and congratulates the incoming officers and board of trustees of the FCG “for their unselfish love and devotion to the people of Guam.”
Earlier, a proclamation signing ceremony was held in Adelup where Governor Lou Leon Guerrero proclaimed June as Philippine Independence Month.
According to the proclamation, Guam and the Philippines have a shared historical and cultural connection and the bonds of friendship and brotherhood remain strong to this day.
Philippine Consul General Marciano De Borja said the theme for this year’s celebration is “Independence 2019: Courage of the Nation, Compassion for the People.”
De Borja encouraged Filipinos to remember and honor their revolutionary forefathers who fought, sacrificed and died for freedom, breaking the chains of colonialism and bringing forth the first independent, democratic republic in Asia.