Metro Manila · Independence Day Celebrations 2013
Filipinos celebrated the 115th anniversary of the country's declaration of independence on June 12 with rituals, leisure time, and reminders of the Filipino virtues and history.
Traditionally, the president of the republic leads the flag rising ceremony at Rizal Park on Independence Day, to honor national ikon José Rizal. This year though, President Benigno Aquino III left this to his vize-president Jejomar Binay. Aquino led the flag rising and wreath-laying ceremony at Liwasang Bonifacio instead, in front of the statue of Andres Bonifacio, as the Philippines also celebrate the 150's birthday of this revolutionary leader in 2013.
Many people spent their time with family and friends in malls, restaurants and cinemas, where the new 'Man of Steel' movie has started showing recently.
The temporary 'Philippine Flag Bamboo Museum' in Ayala Triangle was opened just a day before Independence Day. It gives a short overview over Philippine history and virtues, comparing the nation's people with the bamboo, a plant that secures its strength through flexibility. The museum is made entirely of bamboo and looks like the Philippine flag. It shows, among other things, musical instruments made of bamboo and the evolution of the national flag. It can still be visited until July 31, entrance is free.