The Philippine Embassy headed by Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap together with the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy and its attached agencies, as well as members of the Filipino Community in Singapore, held a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence on 12 June 2019 at the Philippine Chancery.
A Panagbenga or flower festival theme set the festive mood of the Independence Day celebration.
The Independence Day messages of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana were read, respectively, by Consul General Adrian Bernie C. Candolada, Consul J. Anthony A. Reyes, Labor Attaché Saul T. de Vries and Defense Attaché Col. Virgilio F. Luna.
Ambassador Yap then delivered his Independence Day message to the Filipino Community where he highlighted this year’s theme, “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan,” as capturing the very essence of how the country wants to achieve its strategic goals and objectives as a people.
“It indeed takes tapang or courage to address the challenges and face the uncertainties of the future. Our malasakit or compassion for our people should hold us together and strengthen our resolve to successfully overcome the challenges ahead,” Ambassador Yap said
A simple salu-salo of Filipino breakfast then capped the event for the guests of the celebration.