House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez led the commemoration of the 124th Independence Day at its birthplace General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite on June 12.
Romualdez, who is a cousin of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., spearheaded the wreath-laying rites at Gen. Aguinaldo’s monument and a flag-raising ceremony at the balcony of the historic shrine.
He was joined by Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Mayor Angelo Emilio Aguinaldo, and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Commissioner Dr. Emmanuel Calairo.
Also present were Jonvic’s brother Cavite 7th District Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Revilla, Kawit councilors, and several other local officials.
The event started with a socio-civic parade held along the stretch of Tirona Highway and ended with the cultural performances featuring well-known folk dances.
In time for the celebration, some activists held a demonstration at the Binakayan Public Market denouncing the country’s supposed dependence to the United States and China.
On June 12, 1898, Gen. Aguinaldo — the first president of the Philippines — proclaimed the country’s independence from Spain from the window of his former abode-turned-shrine in Kawit.