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Vibrant Cebu to mark 116th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

June 12 is Philippine Independence Day as declared by Gen. E milio Aguinaldo in Cavite on 12th June 1898.

But June 12 was not the original Freedom Day.   From 1946 to 1964, Philippine Independence Day was celebrated on July 4th which signified 4th July 1946, when the United States granted Philippine liberty.

It was on 4th August 1964, when then President Diosdado Macapagal signed R.A. 4166 designating 12th of June as Philippine Independence Day.

So, today we commemorate our 116th Anniversary of Liberation.

Job fairs and medical missions are conducted to alleviate/ liberate us from unemployment and sickness.

The rich/vibrant culture of Cebu shall once again glimmer, with the series of activities being scheduled and undertaken from Day 1-June 12 till Sunday, the 15th. It is noted that Cebu’s best shopping, dining and entertainment destinations vie for attention and crowd approval, as they tender promising activities :

 AYALA CENTER CEBU honors the milestone with a “touch of love” by holding the following :


  • TATAK CEBU – showcasing local products/delicacies/specialties of homegrown brands ;


  • PASEO SOLANA – an exhibit featuring gears and equipment used by Philippine soldiers & defenders in the pursuit for Philippine Freedom. This is jointly undertaken by the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and Armed Forces of the Philippines ;


  • STYLISSIMO – showcasing masterpieces of Cebu’s top designers/ contemporary fashion, doned and paraded by Cebu’s promising models.


  • TUKAR BISAYA – on June 13th, to flaunt the love for Cebuano music and language by Cebu artists Mary Anchit, Freon, Wonggoys, Jewel Villaflores and rock band Missing Filemon.


THE CEBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY will likewise hold CEBU IN THE BAG : Island Madness Sale, from June 13 to 15, where participating establishments like airline, retail, dining, travel, hospitality and export outlets shall offer discounts on products and services.


  • Food and Fashion Bazaar ;


  • Shop till you drop ! “The Outlets” brags of genuine brands which are offered at big discounts, attracting local and foreign crowds since its launching in 2013 by Aboitizland.


Nike, Levis, Adidas, Dockers, Oakley, Timberland, Converse and Giordano items, to name a few, are 70% off then.


To get to “The Outlets” at Pueblo Verde, free shuttle services are available, from Ayala Center and SM City Cebu, to the complex and back, on June 13th to 15th , from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It is located along M. Patalinghug Jr. Avenue at Mactan Processing Zone II (MEPZ), Lapulapu City.


If you miss the free rides, options are :


–   Hop in a cab for P200 from Ayala to MEPZ or for P180 from SM to MEPZ:


– or via Public Utility Vehicle for 35 pesos, from Ayala Point to Gaisano

Mactan Terminal ; then get a connecting multicab to MEPZ for P8.


–        Or from SM City Cebu to Gaisano Mactan at P25, and P8 multicab fare to MEPZ.


  • Simultaneous flag-raising at SM Malls shall be joined in by mall employees, tenants, affiliates and agencies at 9:30 AM, at SM Cebu Entrance 3 open parking, and SM Consolacion.


  • Mallers and habitués may check out the exhibit at SM City Northwing Atrium depicting the heart-shaped Independence Day Centerpiece, patched using over 6,000 chocolate pcs ; and the native flag display at SM Consolacion Atrium.


Take your pick ! It’s Freedom Day !


(Sources :   Researches/Freeman/Sunstar)







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