Bohol Celebrates 119th Philippine Independence Day

In line with the theme “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin”, Boholanos led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, members of the Bohol Provincial Government, Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnel “Baba” Yap and city officials, and other members of the Local Government Units in Bohol in celebrating the  119th year commemoration of Philippine Independence in Plaza Rizal, Tagbilaran City, June 12, 2017.

The Celebration

The celebration started with a mass at St. Joseph The Worker Cathedral at 7:15 Am followed by simultaneous ringing of bells, blowing of horns and sounding of sirens at  around 8am in coordination with the same activity in other parts of the Philippines.


Photo credits: Bryan Jatico Agua

Wreath laying and flag raising ceremonies followed through with the special participation of the visiting University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors. They are also celebrating their 37th year anniversary with a concert for a cause later in the day.


Photo credits: Bryan Jatico Agua


A special dance number by selected Bohol students dancing Bohol’s  Kuradang entertains the crowd.

Kuradang, also known as Curacha is a native Bohol dance usually danced during special occasions and gatherings with the accompaniment of rondalla. Kuradang dance has three parts and three different rhythms with the male dancer chasing the female and ended with the dancers imitating birds in a mating scene.

Independence Day 2017

Independence Day

The first Philippine Independence Day happened last June 12, 1898 when General Emilio Aguinaldo hoisted the Philippine Flag for the first time signalling the Filipinos’ independence from Spanish colonization.


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