Rain showers likely to mar Independence Day celebration

MANILA — Some rain is possible this Sunday (June 12), when the country marks its 118th Independence Day, so experts reminded people to prepare for such possibility, particularly if they plan to attend activities for the celebration.
In its outlook released Saturday (June 11), weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country then will likely experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms.
“The southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ is prevailing,” said PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, citing basis for such forecast.
He noted the prevailing ‘habagat’ is weak so there’s lowpossibility for strong rain and severe thunderstorms, however.
Independence Day is a national holiday which the Philippines observes annually to commemorate the country’s 1898 declaration of independence from Spain.
For this year’s Independence Day celebration, government chose the theme ‘Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong.’
Government’s advisory shows Independence Day activities this Sunday will kick off at 8 a.m. with simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag in various areas.
In Metro Manila, the flag-raising will be in Quezon City as well as at Rizal Park and Musoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion both in Manila, Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan City and Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City.
Authorities will also raise the flag in Cebu and Davao cities, Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas in Pampanga province, Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite province and Museo ng Republika ng 1899 in Bulacan province,
The advisory further shows Philippine Coast Guard will spearhead at 8 a.m. nationwide simultaneous blowing of horns and fog horns.
Free medical, dental and optical services (7 a.m. to1 p.m.), job fair (8 am. to 4 p.m.), band exhibition and drill (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a cultural presentation (6 p.m.), lighting show (7:30 p.m.) and fireworks display are activities government likewise lined up for the celebration this Sunday at Rizal Park.
Government also announced offering this Sunday free MRT and LRT rides from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as free ferry rides in Pasig River from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In 1898. Spain ceded the Philippines to the US for some USD 20 million through the Treaty of Paris.
Such cession ended three centuries of Spanish rule in thePhilippines and placed the country under US control.
The US granted the Philippines independence on July 4, 1946 after regaining control of the country which Japanese forces occupied from 1942 to 1945.
Annual Philippine Independence Day celebration has been on that date since then until Congress passed RA 4166 in 1964.
RA 4166 changed the date of Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12.
Such law also declared July 4 as Philippine Republic Day.
The US annually celebrates its Independence Day on such date. Catherine Teves/PNAnorthboundasia.com