MANILA, Philippines – On the 115th independence day of the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III is in a combative mood. Making subtle references to the territorial disputes involving the Philippines, he reminded Filipinos that fighting for independence means “we must also show the true qualities of the Filipino.” (READ: Aquino: Unite, fight like a Filipino)
The mood is different in other parts of the country.
Baguio City showcased creativity by presenting a large Philippine flag made of 14,000 roses and 6,000 Malaysian mums. It measures 22 feet by 11 feet. The city is a major producer of cut flowers.
In Kawit, Cavite — where the Philippine flag was officially raised for the first time in 1898 — Senator Franklin Drilon and Cavite-born Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya led the celebration.
There are those who spent the day in a cemetery or chose to join the Independence Day job fair in Luneta.
But for protesters in Manila, there is no reason to celebrate. Anti-U.S. marchers want U.S. troops out of the country. They also belittled the economic growth under the Aquino administration.
Check out photos from various independence day events around the country. – Rappler.com