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[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

Police block protesters in 'grand mañanita' rally on Independence day

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:50 PM

Although hundreds of individuals manage to take part in the protest in UP Diliman, other protesters were barred from entering the campus

ON GUARD. Grand Mañanita protesters enter the UP Campus by bicycle as police block the University Avenue on Independence Day, June 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago

DOUBLE STANDARDS. Police personnel were seen taking pictures of anti-terror bill supporters in the same morning police in riot uniforms were stationed in UP Cebu. Screenshot from a video posted by Bayan Central Visayas

With impending anti-terror law, lawmakers urge Filipinos to guard freedoms

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms

PROTESTS. Thousands of brave the rain to protest the anti terrorism bill during the Grand Mananita Independence Day rally inside the University of the Philippine campus in Diliman, Quezon on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WATCH: Aling Marie attends grand mañanita on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:51 PM

She first gained popularity because of her viral video calling out President Duterte's diehard supporters

Never again, vow Filipino journalists on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:35 PM

At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'

LIST: 'Grand mañanita' and other Independence Day 2020 activities

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) Groups will take to the streets on Friday, June 12, to protest – inspired by the widely criticized mañanita for the Metro Manila police chief

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!

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

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

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

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.

#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

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

HIGHLIGHTS: Defending Democracy Summit 2017

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Watch the livestream of the Defending Democracy Summit on Rappler

The unsung heroes who fought for Philippine independence

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:15 AM

It’s high time we recognize some of the lesser-known Filipino heroes who fought for our sovereign nation

FILIPINO HEROES. Mariano Trias, Trinidad Tecson, and the 15 Bicol martyrs are among the valiant Filipinos to whom we owe our independence today.

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.

FAST FACTS: Philippine flag misconceptions and other trivia

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

May 28 to June 12 mark the Flag Days in the Philippines How much do you know about the country s national flag?

REPLICA. The original Philippine flag of 1896 at the headquarters of the International Flag House. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Help keep Pamana, the Philippine eagle, free

Jun 14, 2015 - 9:35 PM

Pamana a rehabilitated Philippine eagle was released to its natural habitat on Philippine Independence Day

FINALLY FREE. Kuya Kim of Matanglawin sets Panama free in Davao City. Photo by Pete Simpson

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

Quotes from PH presidents on independence

Jun 12, 2015 - 6:15 PM

We recall some past Philippine presidents who delivered speeches as they commemorated Independence Day and committed to protect the freedom we enjoy today

INDEPENDENCE DAY. The Philippine flag is hoisted during a ceremony in celebration of the 117th Philippines Independence Day in Rizal Park, Manila on Friday, June 12. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler