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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'

As U.S. struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:18 PM

(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'

SOLID ROCK. The Mount Rushmore National Monument is seen from the visitors center in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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

LISTEN: These Independence Day releases will inspire you to raise your voice

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Celebrate – and protect – freedom to the tune of these new songs by Dicta License, Carousel Casualties, Zild Benitez, and Martin Riggs

SURPRISE DROP. IV of Spades frontman Zild Benitez releases an unexpected new song on June 12. Screenshot from Zild Benitez on YouTube

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

LISTEN: Ben&Ben releases full version of 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin' on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:24 PM

'Para sa Pilipinas,' the band says on Twitter

BEN&BEN. The band releases the full version of a new song for Independence Day. Rappler screenshot

Artists, celebs join Independence Day rallies online, in the streets

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:02 PM

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

PROTEST. Artist Mae Paner joins the mañanita-themed protest at the University of the Philippines Diliman on June 12, dressed as NCRPO chief Debold Sinas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan Emperor, Xi Jinping convey Independence Day greetings to Duterte

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito and Chinese President Xi Jinping relay their Independence Day greetings to the country through President Duterte

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. - Thousands of people gathered in Tokyo on November 10 for a rare open-top car parade featuring newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, with heavy security in place for the event. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

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

On Independence Day, Cayetano tells Filipinos 'freedom always comes at a price'

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'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

Best of #RP612fic memes: 2020 edition

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:40 PM

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

[OPINION] Independence in a time of terror

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:54 PM

'Independence does not die. Not even when all freedom-fighters are murdered.'

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

PTV apologizes after mistaking Emilio Aguinaldo for Andres Bonifacio

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:24 PM

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

Fearful but defiant: Independence Day rallies push through despite warnings

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) The program at UP Diliman wraps up without any arrests

RALLIES PUSH THROUGH. Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for an Independence Day protest. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | Artwork] Malayang Maria

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Artist Zelina Baluyan says 'Malayang Maria' was 'formed from sleepless nights of fear and uncertainty'

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'

16 students arrested in Iligan City during Independence day protest

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Kabataan Partylist Northern Mindanao says the protesters were arrested around 10 am on Friday

'Ang duyan ng magigiting': Mensahe ni VP Robredo sa Araw ng Kalayaan 2020

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:48 AM

'Walang kalayaan ang isa kung walang kalayaan ang lahat... Ang tunay na kalayaan ay kalayaan para sa kapwa'

Robredo on fight for freedom: Resist, because a threat to one is a threat to us all

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'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

SALUTE. 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. File photo by OVP

Duterte on Independence Day: Use courage of heroes to battle COVID-19

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Air Force helicopters drop confetti and flowers over Rizal Park to commemorate the heroism of medical frontliners during the pandemic

Gamboa calls for end to ‘anomalies’ in PNP on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:43 AM

'Iwaksi ang mga ma-anomalyang gawain dahil tayo ang pangunahing kagawaran na nagpapatupad ng batas,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

DISTANCED. A photo of General Archie Gamboa leading one of the Philippine National Police's flag raising ceremonies under the coronavirus quarantine. PNP photo

Independence Day 2020: Gov’t rites, freedom protests in the time of physical distancing

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:02 AM

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

ALL SET. Workers clean the statue of General Emilio Aguinaldo at the Freedom Park in Kawit, Cavite, in preparation for the 122nd Independence Day celebration. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

On eve of Independence Day protests, DOJ says rallies 'temporarily banned'

Jun 11, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Is it legal to ban rallies during quarantine?

DISTANCE IN RALLIES. Protesters observe physical distancing during the anti-terror bill rallies on June 4, 2020. Photo by Anjo Lapresca

June 12 is 'freedom from COVID-19' for Iloilo's events industry

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:51 PM

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

DINAGYANG. Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on January 26, 2020. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Share the #StoryOfTheNation: What does freedom mean to you?

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Tell us the #StoryOfTheNation through photos or videos!

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

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