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LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Check out the Doodle for the 121st Philippine Independence Day!

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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

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

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

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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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

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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

#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

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

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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

PH honors 'heroes of Marawi' with noontime salute

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The names and photos of 58 fallen soldiers and police are flashed on television and read out on radio at noon on Independence Day

FALLEN HEROES. Families grieve after a mass was celebrated in honor of the 13 fallen Marines at the Philippine Marines Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on June 12, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Tearful flag-raising in Marawi as PH celebrates Independence Day

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:50 AM

The provincial capitol and the city hall in Marawi hold simultaneous flag raising ceremonies for the first time since May 23

Independence Day flag raising ceremony in MArawi City. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 12, 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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Senate minority to Congress, SC: Preserve independence, democracy

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The Senate minority bloc also urges the public to fight for democracy amid the proliferation of fake news

DEMOCRACY. Minority senators urge the Supreme Court and Congress to preserve its independence.

Duterte skips PH Independence Day rites in Luneta

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

3rd UPDATE This was supposed to be Duterte s first Independence Day as president

INDEPENDENCE DAY RITES. Vice President Leni Robredo led the flag-raising ceremony with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano beside her, representing the President. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Duterte on Independence Day: Let's preserve PH sovereignty

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:18 AM

UPDATED The country faces challenges to its sovereignty including the Marawi crisis and the West Philippine Sea dispute

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine national anthem during the 75th Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan on April 9, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Philippine Independence Day 2017 events

Jun 11, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Here are the events lined up as the Philippines celebrates the 119th anniversary of its independence on Monday June 12

119TH. June 12, 2017 is the Philippines' 119th celebration of its independence from Spanish colonization.

Duterte, Robredo to attend Independence Day rites in Luneta

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Lawmakers and Cabinet officials will lead Independence Day activities in other parts of the country

IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young, Kylie Verzosa mark PH Independence Day in New York

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:21 PM

The 3 beauty queens are part of the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York

'PH at war?' Filipinos react to Facebook's Independence Day error

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED The social network greets Filipinos on Independence Day but gets the Philippine flag wrong

Stories from the diaspora: PH Independence Day for young Filipinos abroad

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:16 PM

For Filipinos who grew up miles away from their home country does Independence Day mean anything?

Aquino to Filipinos: Continue defending our freedom

Jun 12, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Aquino in his last Independence Day speech as President says Filipinos should always be vigilant and actively defend their freedom

President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day Celebration at the Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park in Manila, June 12, 2016. Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

INFOGRAPHIC: PH Independence Day 2016 activities, services

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Check out the free activities and government services on Sunday June 12 as Filipinos commemorate Independence Day

Pinoys in KL celebrate Independence through music, fashion

Jun 22, 2015 - 11:32 AM

The Philippine Independence Day parade in Kuala Lumpur comes back bigger and better for its 4th year

Happy birthday, Pilipinas!

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:16 PM

A lot of Filipinos took to social media to celebrate the country’s Independence Day

CONVERSATIONS: What is Independence Day for the OFW?

Jun 13, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Netizens joined MovePH s conversation and keyed in on what independence means to OFWs

#RP612fic: What if Philippine heroes were on social media?

Jun 12, 2015 - 7:52 PM

What if Philippine heroes lived in the 21st century? Netizens try to imagine using RP612fic on Twitter

PAST TO PRESENT. Jose Rizal goes on a dance craze through #RP612fic! (Screengrab courtesy of Twitter)