Independence Day Philippines 2019 - updates

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WATCH: Burj Khalifa lit in Philippine colors for Independence Day

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The world's tallest building in Dubai takes on the colors of the Philippine flag to mark the 121st Philippine Independence Day

BURJ KHALIFA IN PHILIPPINE COLORS. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is lit up in Philippine colors on June 12, 2019, Philippine Independence Day. Screenshot from Burj Khalifa

Briones urges teachers to include local heroes in history lessons

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

In a speech in Lapu-Lapu City, the education secretary says Visayans also fought for Philippine independence

HEROES TOO. Education Secretary Leonor Briones delivers a speech during the Independence Day celebration in Lapu-Lapu City on June 12, 2019. DepEd photo

Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Filipinos on Independence Day 2019: 'We’re far from free'

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Are we – as individuals, as a people, and as a nation – truly free? Netizens don't seem to think so.

IN PHOTOS: How Poblacion in Makati celebrated Independence Day 2019

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Folk dances, lechon, OPM bands, and the determination to have a good time – Repoblacion 2019 was as Filipino as it got

LUPANG HINIRANG. Early on in the night, revelers took a solemn moment to sing the Philippine national anthem. Photo by Gio Ramon/Rappler

On Independence Day, mother who lost son to Oplan Tokhang calls for 'true freedom'

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:28 PM

A woman who lost her son due to 'Oplan Tokhang' chooses to head to the streets and protest on Independence Day

IN PHOTOS: Celebrations, protests mark Independence Day 2019

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Government officials proudly raise the Philippine flag in celebration of 121 years of independence, while protesters angrily lift their placards to call for 'true freedom' in the country

LOOK: PH Coast Guard displays assets on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The display comes as the Philippines struggles to secure its territorial waters from China's expansive claims

EXHIBITION. Philippine Coast Guard held an open house at the South Harbor, showcasing the new motor boats and jet skis on Independence Day, June 12, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM

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

Robredo to Filipinos: It's our duty to ensure a 'free, just, humane' society

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:25 AM

'Nawa'y pukawin ng pagdiriwang na ito ang isang malalim na pagmamahal para sa bayan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony during the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Monument in Manila on June 12, 2019. Photo by OVP

Duterte hopes for 'truly independent' Philippines

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will commemorate Independence Day with soldiers in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on April 9, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: 2019 Independence Day rallies

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Groups will stage protests in various parts of Metro Manila to commemorate the country's 121st Independence Day

Background photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Small but significant ways you can fight for freedom

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Let the Independence Day be a reminder to fight for your freedom at home, in school, and at work

LOOK: Jollibee Funko Pop wears a barong for Independence Day 2019

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Jollibee now sports a Barong Tagalog!