RIYADH — In commemoration of the 118th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence with the theme, “Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong”, the Philippine Embassy here held a program with the Filipino community at the Liwasang Bonifacio Philippine Embassy multipurpose grounds.
In his speech, Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago encouraged the Filipino community to be united and to take pride in their identity as Filipinos. He conveyed his hopes for Filipinos to look beyond their ethnicity, religion, gender, social-economic status to define his or her being a Filipino and instead highlight our oneness as a people.
During the program, Independence Day messages from Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Rene D. Almendras, Secretary of Labor Rosalinda M. Baldoz and Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Jasmin Busran-Lao were read.
In keeping with the tradition, Embassy personnel themselves participated during the program: A medley of Philippine Folk Dances from the three major islands of the Philippines were presented. Salidumay (Luzon), Kuradang (Visayas) and Sagayan, Kapamalong-Malong, Singkil and Kulintang (all from Mindanao). — SG