Rappler's latest stories on independence day
'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'
(UPDATED) Donald Trump calls on supporters to defend America's 'integrity,' accusing protesters calling for racial justice of 'a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children'
Although hundreds of individuals manage to take part in the protest in UP Diliman, other protesters were barred from entering the campus
Celebrate – and protect – freedom to the tune of these new songs by Dicta License, Carousel Casualties, Zild Benitez, and Martin Riggs
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
'Para sa Pilipinas,' the band says on Twitter
Janine Gutierrez and Mae Paner head to the ‘Grand Mañanita’ at UP Diliman, while Enchong Dee and Ebe Dancel join in Independence Day protest actions online
Emperor Naruhito and Chinese President Xi Jinping relay their Independence Day greetings to the country through President Duterte
Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms
'It is right to be vigilant to abuses, but it is wrong to see a conspiracy behind every action of government,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
Jose Rizal in a face mask, Katipuneros tearing their quarantine passes, Aling Marie leading the Philippine revolution are some of this year's #RP612fic entries
'Independence does not die. Not even when all freedom-fighters are murdered.'
She first gained popularity because of her viral video calling out President Duterte's diehard supporters
The state-run TV network airs a clip featuring a quick background on the Philippine Revolution led by Andres Bonifacio, but the screen instead shows a photo of Emilio Aguinaldo
(UPDATED) The program at UP Diliman wraps up without any arrests
Artist Zelina Baluyan says 'Malayang Maria' was 'formed from sleepless nights of fear and uncertainty'
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'
(3rd UPDATE) Kabataan Partylist Northern Mindanao says the protesters were arrested around 10 am on Friday
'Walang kalayaan ang isa kung walang kalayaan ang lahat... Ang tunay na kalayaan ay kalayaan para sa kapwa'
'Sa mga pagkakataong may banta sa kalayaan ng isa, kailangang lahat tayo pumalag dahil ang tunay na binabantaan ay ang kalayaan ng lahat,' Vice President Leni Robredo says on Independence Day
Air Force helicopters drop confetti and flowers over Rizal Park to commemorate the heroism of medical frontliners during the pandemic
'Iwaksi ang mga ma-anomalyang gawain dahil tayo ang pangunahing kagawaran na nagpapatupad ng batas,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa
President Duterte is in his home city of Davao, while students and sectoral groups will mount protest rallies and motorcades in key cities across the country on June 12
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The newly-formed Iloilo Live Events Alliance will present 'Go Live to Live' on Philippine Independence Day, a fundraiser for the benefit of members of the Iloilo live events industry who have been hard-hit by the pandemic
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(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
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'
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
'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
The world's tallest building in Dubai takes on the colors of the Philippine flag to mark the 121st Philippine Independence Day
In a speech in Lapu-Lapu City, the education secretary says Visayans also fought for Philippine independence
'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
Are we – as individuals, as a people, and as a nation – truly free? Netizens don't seem to think so.
Folk dances, lechon, OPM bands, and the determination to have a good time – Repoblacion 2019 was as Filipino as it got
A woman who lost her son due to 'Oplan Tokhang' chooses to head to the streets and protest on Independence Day
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
The display comes as the Philippines struggles to secure its territorial waters from China's expansive claims
Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings
Check out the Doodle for the 121st Philippine Independence Day!
'Nawa'y pukawin ng pagdiriwang na ito ang isang malalim na pagmamahal para sa bayan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Independence Day
President Rodrigo Duterte will commemorate Independence Day with soldiers in Malabang, Lanao del Sur
Groups will stage protests in various parts of Metro Manila to commemorate the country's 121st Independence Day
Let the Independence Day be a reminder to fight for your freedom at home, in school, and at work
Jollibee now sports a Barong Tagalog!
Grab your friends and save the date!
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
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
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Paulo Avelino and Mon Confiado lead the parade at the Rizal Park