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Trump celebrates U.S. might, avoids politics in Independence Day speech

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a trickling rain, he repeatedly ascribes a singular greatness to the US, declaring it 'the most exceptional nation in the history of the world'

INDEPENDENCE DAY. A screen projects a video feed of President Donald Trump as he delivers remarks during the 'Salute to America' ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, producer-president, makes July 4th his own show

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The US commander-in-chief and erstwhile Manhattan showman plans to tear up another norm, critics say, by hijacking traditionally non-partisan Independence Day as he seeks re-election

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Members of the U.S. Army finish parking an M1 Abrams tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration on July 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

DepEd hails Filipino heroism in art exhibit

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We can be living heroes: serving our country, serving our people, taking risks – it’s not the glory, it’s not the money, it’s not wealth, says Education Secretary Leonor Brioner as DepEd unveils the 'Bayani, sa Lupain ng Ginto't Bulaklak' exhibit

HEROISM. The Department of Education hails Filipino heroism during the unveiling of a mural exhibit. Photo courtesy of Department of Education

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

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

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

Screenshot from Google


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!

Celebrate Independence Day with a Filipino film marathon at Cinema Centenario

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Grab your friends and save the date!

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

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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