Philippines Independence Day – Araw ng Kalayaan (Pilipinas)

Philippines Independence Day – Araw ng Kalayaan (Pilipinas)

Last year, on June 12th, 2016 we were in Toronto, Canada celebrating the Philippine Independence Day. Filipino-Canadians gather at Toronto City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square to raise the Philippine Flag with the most Honorable Mayor John Tory of Toronto and some Filipino officials from the Consul Office and Filipino Organizations in Toronto.  Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising at TO City Hall 12June2016#02

Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising at TO City Hall 12June2016#03

Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising at TO City Hall 12June2016#04

There’s also a parade to celebrate the memorable day and then a huge picnic at the Earl Bales Park this weekend. There are programs of Filipino dances exhibition, Filipino songs and everybody brings their own picnic food or buy from the vendors at the park offering native dishes. Some of the politicians join in the celebration and the Philippine Consul is also at the park celebrating with lots of the Filipino-Canadians in attendance on this sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon picnic celebration at the park.

(Images Courtesy of CTV News Toronto)

In honor of our valued freedom and celebration of independence here’s the National Anthem of the Philippines:

The Philippine National Anthem (in Español,English & Tagalog)

Published on May 29, 2013
The ASEAN Community Organization

The Philippine National Anthem “Filipinas” was originally written in Spanish by Julian Felipe in 1898 and in English during the American Commonwealth Era in 1938 entitled “The Philippine Hymn” and in 1958 in Filipino (Tagalog) entitled “Lupang Hinirang”.

Philippine National Anthem – “Lupang Hinirang”

Uploaded on Oct 28, 2011

National Anthem of the Philippines – “Lupang Hinirang” (Chosen Land / Land of the Morning)
Includes lyrics in both Filipino (Tagalog) and English.


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