Independence Day news and updates

Rappler's latest stories on Independence Day

ARTICLE FINDER

3 U.S. carrier visits to Philippines show America cares – envoy

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The carrier visits show 'we care about developments in the South China Sea,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim as America celebrates its 242nd Independence Day

'AMERICA CARES.' The visits to the Philippines of 3 US carriers, including USS Ronald Reagan (in photo), show that America cares about developments in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo from US Indo-Pacific Command

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Sereno and the opposition, Trump-Kim summit, PH weather | Midday wRap

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

IN PHOTOS: 'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' cast join Independence day 2018 parade

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Paulo Avelino and Mon Confiado lead the parade at the Rizal Park

Photo courtesy of TBA and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral Facebook page

Filipino women take #BabaeAko movement from social media to the streets

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

'Women are a force to contend with and Duterte should be careful lest he bear the brunt of their force unleashed,' says Joms Salvador of Gabriela

#BabaeAko group led by Mar Paner aka Juana Paner march to Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to join pther militant groups to celebrate “HINDIpendence” their version of Independence Day. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Highlights: Araw ng Kalayaan 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets heckled as a 'traitor' in the first Independence Day rites he has ever graced, and most protest actions, statements, even online memes tackle his soft, almost subservient, approach toward China

THE PHILIPPINE FLAG. Workers of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines assist in fixing the national flag during the 120th Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The ousted chief justice calls on Tindig Pilipinas to join with other forces, but Senator Hontiveros says they still have a fundamental difference with the Left

TINDIG PILIPINAS. Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers the key address of the biggest general assembly yet of Tindig Pilipinas, a coalition of opposition groups. Photo by Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Poblacion, Makati's Independence Day 2018 party

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:41 PM

From food, to booze, to music, it was a celebration of all things Filipino

REPOBLACION NG PILIPINAS. The streets of Makati's nightlife district are resplendent in all things Filipino as the area hosts an Independence Day celebration on June 11. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Protester arrested for interrupting Duterte's Independence Day speech

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Francis Rafael is arrested after shouting 'Huwad na kalayaan!' (False freedom!) as President Rodrigo Duterte was about to deliver his speech in Kawit, Cavite

ARRESTED. Francis Rafael was not able to run away from apprehending officers, police said. PNP photo

#RP612fic: Netizens imagine PH heroes on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

IN PHOTOS: Groups seek return of comfort woman statue

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:17 PM

On Independence Day, #Flowers4Lolas reiterate demands for the reinstallation of the statue that 'gives a face to victims of war and militarization' and for the Philippine government 'to uphold the truth in our history'

THE MISSING STATUE. Women gathered at where the statue was once erect, along the baywalk of Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands seek jobs at Independence Day fairs

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:59 PM

As of 1 pm, a total of 184 jobseekers are hired on the spot on Tuesday, June 12

JOB FAIR. Applicants flocked the job fair at Rizal Park in Manila on June 12, 2018 despite the heavy downpour. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Independence Day, Father Nilo, Trump and Kim | Midday wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes 'fake freedom' brought about by injustices, in his Independence Day message for 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Featuring a lush aquatic scene, the 2018 Independence Day doodle is specific to Google visitors in the Philippines

Sotto on Independence Day 2018: PH should focus on 'independence from drugs'

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Some are worried about China, about the economy, when the real enemy is drug dependency. There is one or at least affected by one in every Filipino family,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Kapihan sa Senado with Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III at the Gloria Maris Restaurant in CCP Complex, Pasay City, May 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo urges Filipinos to fight modern-day threats to freedom

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'Sa pagdiriwang natin ng kalayaan sa araw na ito, nawa'y magkaroon ng panibagong lakas ang bawat isa sa atin na isabuhay ang diwa na ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Independence Day

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the 120th Independence Day held at Luneta Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by OVP

Duterte heckled during Independence Day 2018 rites

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:50 AM

A small but loud group shouts, 'Duterte, traydor! Duterte, patalsikin!' at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's speech in Cavite

With China in West PH Sea, lawmakers say Independence Day 'devoid of spirit'

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Opposition lawmakers say the country is not truly given the government's failure to assert the country's rights against China in the West Philippine Sea

FREEDOM. Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets with full of gladness in celebration of Independence Day in 2017.  File photo by SM City Tarlac

Duterte on Independence Day: Protect democracy, cherish PH sovereignty

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:50 PM

'May we also find the courage to defend our cherished democratic ideals now and in the years to come,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been criticized for weakening the country's democratic institutions

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with sideboy honors upon boarding BRP Davao del Sur as they sail towards the Philippine Rise for its commemoration on May 15, 2018. During the program, the President also signed the Presidential Proclamation declaring portions of the Philippine Rise and Eastern Kalayaan as Marine Protected Area and led the ceremonial send-off of the selected representatives of the 71 All-Filipino Maritime Researchers. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Where Duterte, Robredo, other officials will mark Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Here is a list of officials who will lead flag-raising events on Independence Day 2018, what time, and where

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Soldiers salute during a flag-raising ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial capital of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Traffic advisory for Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:39 PM

Bookmark this page for updates

Bank schedules for June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Bookmark this page for the operating hours of banks on Independence Day, a holiday

Free train, P2P rides on Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The PNR, MRT3, and LRT Lines 1 and 2 will give free rides on Independence Day during select times. Certain P2P bus routes will also be free.

IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Protesters in front of the Chinese consulate call on Filipinos to fight for independence, and demand that China should leave Philippine territory

'CHINA OUT!' Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, eve of Independence Day to protest China's alleged thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolk Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PHLPost releases commemorative stamps to mark Philippine Independence Day

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost has issued 50,000 copies of the single stamp design which can be bought at P12 each

DOLE: Over 125,000 jobs in Independence Day fairs

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:10 PM

A total of 63,426 local jobs, 53,636 overseas vacancies, and 7,770 posts in the military service are open for jobseekers

JOB FAIR. Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on May 1, 2018 to look for a vacant job at the job fair offered by the government. File Photo by Darren langit/Rappler

LOOK: Starbucks to launch Philippine island-inspired merch

Jun 06, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Want to collect all 3 mugs? Here's how

FACT CHECK: Only June 12 is a national non-working holiday

Jun 05, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Other mentioned dates on June 6, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, and 21 are special non-working holidays applicable only to certain municipalities, cities, or provinces.

The week in photos: December 30, 2017-January 5, 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Napolcom, Aguirre, Missile test | Midday wRap

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

The week in photos: June 10-16, 2017

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VEGAN ZOMBIES. Protestors dressed as zombies demonstrate in front of a KFC outlet in Sydney, Australia on June 15, 2017. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Resting Duterte in 'excellent health,' says Palace

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s schedule is cleared for another day to give him more time to rest

CAMP VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on June 11, 2017. Presidential Photo

Citizenship, identity and global Filipinos

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a world where Filipinos are everywhere where our diaspora has no boundaries it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 13, 2017

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Hello Here are the stories you must know this Tuesday

WATCH: PBA honors fallen Marawi heroes on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The league honors the soldiers and police who died fighting for Marawi City

TRIBUTE. The PBA pays tribute to the fallen heroes in Marawi City on Philippine Independence Day 2017. Photo from PBA Images

Marawi fallen, Calida, Sereno | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Netizens show support for Marawi soldiers, cops

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Responding to MovePH s callout social media users share words of encouragement and gratitude for security forces battling terrorists in Marawi City

FULL TEXT: 'Ang kalayaan ay patuloy na ipinaglalaban at inaalagaan'

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:14 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson a Caviteño leads the celebration in Kawit Cavite where Philippine independence was declared 119 years ago on June 12 1898

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017. Senator Panfilo Lacson was the guest speaker during the 119th independence day celebration in Kawit, Cavite. Photo from Senator Lacson's office

PH stars celebrate Independence Day

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Pia Wurtzbach Katarina Rodriguez Aiza Seguerra and other celebrities share messages of faith hope and courage

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: On using the term 'Filipino'

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Watch Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio on Rappler!

IN PHOTOS: Philippines marks Independence Day 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED From touching scenes in crisis hit Marawi City to protests in Metro Manila here is a look at how Filipinos celebrated the 119th anniversary of the declaration of the country s independence

PANATANG MAKABAYAN. A soldier takes an oath during a flag raising ceremony. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

WATCH: On Independence Day, artists' group raises PH flag in West Philippine Sea

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Dakila a movement for modern day heroism accomplishes what President Rodrigo Duterte has only promised since the campaign period

Surfers paddled out to bring the Philippine Flag to the West Philippine Sea.Photo by Charlon Kim

Robredo urges Filipinos to defend 'weakening' institutions

Jun 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

We are already seeing our institutions being eroded We must move swiftly and effectively to ensure that they are strong enough for our children s children says Vice President Leni Robredo

DDS. Vice President Leni Robredo attends a the Defend Democracy Summit (DDS) held on the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

FULL TEXT: Robredo's Independence Day 2017 message

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Read Vice President Leni Robredo s 2017 Independence Day message in full

119TH INDEPENDENCE DAY. Vice President Leni robredo leads the annual Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park in Luneta. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Dureza to Zamboangueños: Support martial law, but remain vigilant

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza leads the Independence Day celebration in a city that knows like Marawi how it is to be besieged by terrorists

VIGILANCE. OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza receiving a miniature vinta from Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar as token of appreciation for gracing the city's commemoration of 119th Philippine Independence. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler