By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
CANDON CITY- The people of Candon cited the value of “Cry of Candon” (Ikkis ti Candon) as they joined the nation in celebrating the 119th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence on Monday here.
Candon City Mayor Ericson G. Singson said that the annual celebration of Independence Day is significant to the local residents to pay tribute to the valor of their forefathers led by Don Isabelo Abaya.
“We have our own revolution here through our popular ‘Cry of Candon’ and Candon is one of the few places in the country that declared Independence during the Spanish period that is why we easily tag ourselves as freedom fighters,” said Singson.
He reflected the values of “Cry of Candon” to the written messages offered to the fallen soldiers in the ongoing Marawi crisis in Mindanao such as “Honor, Service, and Patriotism; pray for those who fell so that we can live free.”
“Through these values, I’m enjoining all Filipinos to do our share to sustain our freedom. Let’s start it within ourselves, in our own family, and in our community for a change for the better,” he said.
“Let’s do our share to overcome our present struggle against poverty and lack of faith and love to further gain true independence,” he added.
Singson led the traditional flag raising rites in the observance of the 119th Philippine Independence Day at the city’s freedom park along with government employees, police, elements of the Army’s 81st Infantry Battalion, and the masons headed by retired Brig. Gen. Loreto Rirao.
After the flag raising ceremony, a message from a mason member explaining the importance of the Philippine Flag was held, followed by a wreath-laying at the Rizal monument as well as a 21-gun salute.
Shortly afterwards, Mayor Singson and General Rirao also laid wreath at the foot of the statue of freedom fighter Don Isabelo Abaya.
The celebration also coincided with the feast of Saint John De Sahagun, the patron saint of Candon.
Meanwhile, a Kalayaan Job and Business Fair initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was held at Candon Civic Center wherein at least 35 employers offered 2,800 job vacancies.#