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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

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 13:09 June 12, 2010

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  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
  • Grace R. Princesa, Philippine ambassador to UAE, (3rd from left), and Adelio Angelito S. Cruz, Consul General, (4th from left), with Embassy officials and community members at an Independence Day ceremony in the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi on June 12, 2010.
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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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Comments (15)

  1. Added 17:12 June 12, 2010

    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., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:59 June 12, 2010

    It is sad sad to note that after 112 years theres alot of filipinos degrade and ungrateful to their own country. For most of them are people who have something in life. People who chooses to denounce being Filipino instead of being proud of being one. Despite of it all I am proud to be a Filipino. To those who are ashame......."MGA ENGRATO!" [hypocrites]

    jhel Villaruel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:36 June 12, 2010

    I am a Filipino… Show it to the world…. That you can… "PROUD TO BE PINOY"

    NOYPI, Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan

  4. Added 15:40 June 12, 2010

    Happy 112th independence day to all Filipinos out there. Let's celebrate this historic event with proud in our hearts and minds. Mabuhay Ka Pinoy!

    Roger A., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:24 June 12, 2010

    We've been celebrating 112 years of our Independence, but in reality we are still the same country ruled by Foreign people. We cannot own a house, have our own land, have our own business, etc. Try to visit Divisoria, most of the business owners are Chinese. Try to check BPO companies, most of their boss are foreigners and Filipinos are the staff. Take note, they are in the Philippines. Farmers are still in the same status quo and millions of Filipinos choosing to work abroad to survive poverty.

    Pauline, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:50 June 12, 2010

    I am celebrating Independence Day by literally wearing my national pride - a shirt with the design of the Philippine archipelago. And then I will head to a Filipino restaurant to eat. :-)

    Paul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:48 June 12, 2010

    I am celebrating Independence Day by literally wearing my national pride - a shirt with the design of the Philippine archipelago. And then I will head to a Filipino restaurant to eat. :-)

    Paul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:38 June 12, 2010

    Happy 112th Independence Day to our dear Homeland... I am so proud that we've reached far. Long Live Beloved Philippines.

    Kathrine, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:17 June 12, 2010


    Jacob, Dubai, Philippines

  10. Added 14:13 June 12, 2010

    Independence Day? I don't think we deserve this celebration, for all I know we are still a dependent state. We may claim that we have full soverieghnty but still other countries dictate us on what to do and let us not be blind, our country is controlled by selected rich and influential families. Wake up Filipinos for as long as we are blind with what is happening in our society the utmost independence is just but a dream!

    JB, Doha, Qatar

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