CHICAGO (jGLi) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged Chicagoans Tuesday (June 12) to observe the 114th Philippine Independence anniversary in the city during the traditional raising of the huge Philippine flag.
Emanuel’s message was read for him by Jenny Cisner, chief of the city’s International Relations Protocol’s office, near the Chicago’s city hall at Daley Plaza at the corner of North Clark and West Washington streets.
Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim read the message of Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, who urged Filipinos to “uphold the spirit of hope and confidence that complements the momentum of change in our time. May we remain proud of our heritage and diversity, the foundations that distinguish our beloved Philippines. Inspired by the past, we now commemorate, we move forward to establish a future that accords with our rightful place in the community of nations.”
Deputy Consul General Orontes V. Castro read the message of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario, who said, “Love for country and deep faith in the Filipino people gave our heroes strength to fight for independence. As we celebrate Independence Day, may their patriotism inspire Filipinos, here and abroad, to become willing partners and dedicated collaborators of the government in attaining sustained growth and development.”
Vice Consul Alena Grace S. Borra read the message of Philippine Ambassador to U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., who said, “In 1898, the heroes of the revolution stood their ground and fought for the cause of freedom. This sacrifice and the determination to live in a free country gave birth to the first republic in Asia.“The theme of the 114th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence, “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan,” (Freedom: The Accountability of a Sovereign Nation of Responsible Citizenry) underscores the collective responsibility of all Filipinos, wherever they may be, to preserve and deserve our liberty.
“The Filipino-American community has been a source of pride for many Filipinos. Your individual success and collective strength embody a boldness of spirit and a persevering and dedicated heart.
“I thank you for your continued commitment to promote the Philippines’ rich heritage and for your unstinting support for the achievement of Philippine development goals.”
Several Filipino American community leaders led by Skokie, Illinois Commissioner Jelly Carandang, Director Eric Salcedo, representing the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Filipino American ABC TV Channel 7 producer, Don Villar, who recently passed the bar, also attended the ceremonies.
A Philippine cultural presentation followed the flag raising at noon at the Daley Plaza.
UNFURLING THE TRADITIONAL HUGE PH FLAG:
Philippine Consulate staff and Filipino American community and guests prepare to unfurl a huge Philippine flag before it was raised for the observance of this year’s 114th Philippine Independence Day ceremony at the Daley Plaza at the corner of West Washington and North Clark Sts. in downtown Chicago, Illinois. (jGLiPhoto by Joseph G. Lariosa)
MESSAGE FROM THE CHICAGO MAYOR:
Jenny Cizner, Chief of International Relations Protocol of the City of Chicago, reads the message of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, urging city residents to observe the 114th Philippine Independence Day during the flag-raising ceremonies Tuesday, June 12, at the Daley Plaza near City Hall at the corner of West Washington and North Clark streets in downtown Chicago. Looking on is Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim and his wife, Mrs. Fidelis C. Herrera-Lim. (jGLiPhoto by Joseph G. Lariosa)
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim (second from left) leads his consulate staff and members of the Filipino American community Tuesday, June 12, the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Chicago and the Midwest. Among those in photo from left are ABC TV Channel 7 producer, Don Villar, Mrs. Fidelis C. Herrera-Lim, Director Eric Salcedo of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, Skokie, Illinois Commissioner Jelly Carandang, Susan Silvano, Thelma Fuentes, R.N., Carmen Estacio of Illinois Sec. Jesse White’s office, Jenny Cizner, chief of International Relations Protocol of Chicago, unidentified couple, Deputy Consul General Orontes V. Castro and Mr. & Mrs. Maurice & Pina Mudlong (extreme right, backrow) and unidentified others. (jGLiPhoto by Joseph G. Lariosa)