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Philippines celebrates 112th Independence Day

Filipinos in the UAE capital and the rest of the world celebrate their country's 112th independence

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    Grace R. Princesa, Philippine ambassador to UAE, (3rd from left), and Adelio Angelito S. Cruz, Consul General,Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
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    Anti-US protesters march towards the US embassy as part of action marking Philippine Independence Day in ManilImage Credit: AFP
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Abu Dhabi: Filipinos around the world celebrated the country's 112th Independence Day on Saturday as groups geared up for a protest against outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In the UAE, Filipino expatriates gathered at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the country's Independence Day.

Grace Relucio Princesa, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, hoisted the national flag at a  ceremony at the embassy premises in the presence of more than 200 community members.

The messages of the Philippine president, secretaries of foreign affairs, labour, trade and industry, and the head of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration were read out at the function.

A documentary film on a Filipino military general who fought in the Philippine revolution was a also screened.

Protest plans

In Manila, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and other allied groups staged a rally in Manila to condemn Arroyo, who will step down on June 30, according to media reports.

The protesters said the march will serve as a reminder of the Arroyo government's failure and as a challenge to President-elect Benigno Aquino III to solve the prevailing problems in the country. Read in-depth coverage of the Philippine elections

Message from US

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated Filipinos on their Independence Day.

In a video statement, Clinton also praised the Philippines successful election, and called the country's independence day a "momentous time" for the Philippines.

- With input from agencies

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Latest Comment

Happy 112th independence day to all filipinos around the globe. We're celebrating our independence for a long time but filipinos stil don't feel they are independent. l just wish with our new administration with the help of the newly-elected president there will be change in the present status of our country. We filipinos should help hand in hand to help philippines a better place, to fight for corruption and peace.

Raul B.

12 June 2010 17:52jump to comments