ILOILO CITY: The local government plans to showcase the best products in the province when it hosts the 117th Independence Day national celebration for the first time.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd will lead the celebration with early morning flag raising rites at the historic plaza of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo City to be followed with the traditional vin d’honneur’ to be attended by the President, top Cabinet officials and members of the diplomatic community.
Aquino is expected to arrive in Iloilo City on June 11, 2015 or a day earlier to oversee the development projects from the Iloilo airport up to the city proper including the road widening project, the Iloilo Convention Center and the new bridge crossing the Iloilo River to Lapuz district.
In an interview with Bombo Radyo, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the event will be attended by about 450 guests including about 100 foreign ambassadors and chiefs of mission.
Drilon said all governors and lawmakers from the Visayas are coming to Iloilo including the Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, House Speaker and Quezon City Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and the country’s big business players.
Some of the guests will be coming on June 11 and some will be staying until June 13 to make the Iloilo event a three-day affair.
Drilon said that with all eyes on Iloilo in June 12, “let us make use of that momentous event to show this nation the soaring aspirations of Ilonggos that with our past, present and near future achievements, we are poised to reclaim Iloilo’s rightful place as Queen City of the South.”
He added that Iloilo’s hosting of the Independence day rites is not just about a celebration of a key moment in the nation’s history, but is also a national affirmation and acknowledgement of Iloilo’s rise as a progressive and developing center in the Visayas.”
The Senate President reiterated that the Ilonggos should unify as one and work and cooperate together to present Iloilo’s story “of revival and redemption from a depressed locale with little development, to a bustling and investor-friendly economic hub that is not afraid to take on major development projects.”