Judge Joseph Elmaco of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 of Negros Oriental will be the guest speaker in the 114th Independence Day celebration of Dumaguete City at Quezon Park today.
The celebration will kick off with the simultaneous ringing of church bells, taps and sounding of sirens, and raising and waving of flaglets at 7 a.m., the City Information Office said.
A floral offering and wreath-laying will be held at the Rizal Monument, to be led by Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Negros Oriental Reps. Jocelyn Limkaichong (1st District), George Arnaiz (2nd District), and Pryde Henry Teves (3rd District), and Gov. Roel Degamo.
Other city and provincial officials, the Philippine Army, Negros Oriental Provincial Police, and representatives from the academe and the private sector are also expected to be present during the program, the PIO added.
Marie Crizabelle Merto, gold medalist in the Philippine National Games archery, will lead the recitation of the “Panatang Makabayan (patriotic oath)” pledge; while Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, administrator of the Diocese of Dumaguete, Rev. Jonathan Pia, minister for Christian Witness and Services of Silliman University, and Jamal Tiburon of the Muslim Community, will do the ecumenical invocation.
The singing of “Bayan Ko (My Country)” will be led by Hannah Nicole Tesado, Dumaguete Got Talent grand winner. The celebration’s love offering will be for the Dumaguete Youth Home in the outskirts barangay of Talay in Dumaguete, the PIO said.*JFP
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