Tagumenyos celebrate Philippine Independence Day

To commemorate the declaration of Philippine independence, the City Government of Tagum joined the whole nation in celebrating the 121stPhilippine Independence Day, taking pride in our country’s liberation from its colonizers.

Following annual tradition, the celebration kicked-off with a flag raising ceremony led by City Mayor Allan L. Rellon along with the other city and provincial officials, followed by a symbolic release of doves which signified the spirit of freedom, and a short but significant program intended to stir Filipino pride in the hearts of Tagumenyos.

The patriotic celebration was made more meaningful as the program highlighted the once unknown history of Tagum through a theatrical portrayal performed by SPA (Special Program for the Arts) students from Tagum City National Comprehensive High School, IP youths and some local government employees.

This theatrical play depicted the story of how the Moro Heroes of Tagum were able to plot the assassination of a high-ranking Spanish official, Governor General Jose Pinzon y Purga, who came to possess the early Tagumenyos’ land. With the cunning wit of our ancestors, Governor Jose Pinzon was ultimately killed by the Moros at the Tagum Rancheria in 1861.

Furthermore, making his first public appearance in Tagum as the newly elected governor of Davao del Norte, Honorable Edwin Jubahib graced the celebration as the guest speaker of the event and talked about the bright future that awaits our beloved province.

In time as well for the culmination of the National Flag Days, the celebration concluded with a ceremonial burning of worn-out Philippine flags led by the BSP Tagum City Council, to avoid misuse or desecration of such flags as specified under the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.

The City’s commemorative celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day was initiated by the City Historical, Cultural and Arts Council. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum

 

 

Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the flag raising ceremony that opened the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration of the City Government. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

 

SPA (Special Program for the Arts) students from Tagum City National Comprehensive High School, IP youths and some local government employees perform a theatrical play that depicts the story of how the Moro Heroes of Tagum were able to plot the assassination of a high-ranking Spanish official, Governor General Jose Pinzon y Purga, who came to take over our land. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

 

The celebration concludes with a ceremonial burning of worn-out Philippine flags led by the BSP Tagum City Council, to avoid misuse or desecration of such flags as specified under the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum