Independence Day in photos
How did the Philippines mark Independence Day 2012?

MANILA, Philippines – Festivities in different provinces highlighted the Philippines’ 114th Independence Day on Tuesday, June 12, with President Benigno Aquino III spearheading the celebration.

Aquino led the flag-raising ceremony in Malolos, Bulacan while other government officials took charge in other parts of the country. In Kawit, Cavite, the site of the proclamation of Philippine independence in 1898, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas led the flag-raising.

Here are scenes from the 2012 Independence Day festivities.

FLAG-RAISING. President Benigno Aquino III leads the Independence Day flag-raising at the Barasoain Church historical landmark Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Malacañang/PCOO

WREATH-LAYING. The President leads the wreath-laying before the Gen Emilio Aguinaldo Monument. Photo courtesy of Malacañang/PCOO

RELIVING FREEDOM. The Philippine flag is also raised at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, where Philippine independence was declared in 1898. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong

CAVITE RITES. Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas leads the Independence Day celebration in Kawit, Cavite. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong

FREEDOM DANCE. A young performer dances for the Kawit, Cavite Independence Day festivities. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong

LEADER'S TOMB. The tomb of Emilio Aguinaldo lies at the back of his house in Kawit, Cavite. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong

PAYING TRIBUTE. Cavite officials lay a wreath on the tomb of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, who proclaimed Philippine independence in 1898. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong

SYMBOLIZING FREEDOM. Badges designed like a Philippine flag serve as souvenirs for Independence Day 2012. Photo by Matthew James Balicudiong