Ambassador Medardo G. Macaraig leads the flag-raising ceremony at TripleOne Somerset, marking the 126th anniversary of Philippine independence.

SINGAPORE, 12 June 2024 – In celebration of the 126th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence and Nationhood, Ambassador Medardo G. Macaraig led the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore and its partner agencies in a flag-raising ceremony held this morning at its temporary office in TripleOne Somerset.

During the ceremony, video greetings from President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique A. Manalo were played on the TV screen. Additionally, heads of the Embassy’s partner agencies read messages from their respective Department Secretaries in celebration of Kalayaan 2024. Atty. Eduard Ferrer, Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Labor Attaché of MWO-Singapore read a message on behalf of Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac, while Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Capt. Sherwin E. Respeto, PN, delivered a message on behalf of Department of National Defense Secretary Gilbert C. Teodoro Jr.

The multi-year commemoration of Philippine Independence Day (2023-2026) highlights the birth of the Filipino nation from the proclamation of Philippine independence on 12 June 1898 in Kawit, Cavite, until the end of the first Filipino government with the capture of President Emilio Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela on 23 March 1901. The theme, “Kalayaan (Freedom), Kinabukasan (Future), Kasaysayan (History),” aims to raise awareness among the Filipino people of their place in history as the earliest modern democracy and republic in Asia.

As part of the Philippine Independence Day celebration, the Philippine Embassy is bringing back Food Trek, launched in 2023. Food Trek aims to showcase Filipino culture through the presentation of authentic Filipino cuisines and food products available in Singapore. It promotes Filipino restaurants and establishments that feature Filipino cuisine or dishes on their menu, highlights the skills of Filipinos within the food and beverage (F&B) and hotel, restaurant, and cafe (HoReCA) industries in Singapore, and provides a platform for Singapore-based Philippine companies, entrepreneurs, and enterprises to promote their businesses, food services, and products. For more details, click here.

This year also marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore.

Source: Philippine Embassy in Singapore