In commemoration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day on 12 June , IRRI’s sectoral organizations AIRESS, AISAS, IFSA and SINOP led a special flag raising ceremony on 11 June. For the 117th year, the celebration theme is Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan (Triumphs Through Reforms, Within Nation’s Reach), .
Dr. Violy Villegas gave the invocation, Ms. Bernadette Joven led the singing of Philippine National Anthem while Mr. Joseph Sandro led the pledge of allegiance to the Filipino flag.
The keynote speakers for the event were Mr. Eufracio “Jun” Domingo, representing the Municipality of Bay, host community of IRRI, and Dr. Bruce Tolentino, deputy director general for Communication and Partnerships.
Mr. Dehner De Leon, accompanied by Mr. Thor Roxas on guitar, gave a heartfelt rendition of the song Bayan Ko while Dr. Casiana Vera-Cruz provided the program’s closing remarks.
Also in attendance were Atty. Gingin Perez and Mr. Jojo Lapitan.
Ms. Aurora Hettel and Mr. Manuel Marcaida were awarded Best in National Costume while SINOP bagged the prize for the largest contingent.
Mr. Manuel Marcaida and Ms. Meggy Lou Katimbang served as emcees.
The program was followed by a Filipino breakfast at Kari’s Garden.
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