PGMA to cite RP gains in final Freedom Day message

June 11, 2010 8:28 pm 

MANILA, June 11 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will lead tomorrow’s nationwide observance of the 112th Philippine Independence Day which will be highlighted by a grand celebration at the Rizal Park (Luneta ) in Manila and her final Freedom Day message in her nine-year incumbency as President.

The Rizal Park celebration will feature, among others, the resumption after two years of the traditional civic-military parade and a spectacle of 11 floats that each depicts the sectoral achievements of the Arroyo presidency since 2001.

Bold reforms and initiatives by the Arroyo administration in the economy to include the sector’s resiliency during the global financial meltdown in 2007-2008 will be depicted in the lead float.

Dubbed “Budget Reform,” the first float conveys the President’s sound fiscal management policies, through which the country withstood economic challenges, and at the same time delivered development and progress to the countryside.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Press Secretary will host an unprecedented two-hour live streaming of the 112th Independence Day event from 3 p.m. to 5 pm in cooperation with Smart Telecommunications. This means that Smart cellphone subscribers can view the events wherever they are through their cellphones, or through the OPS website.

The 11-float show will also depict the gains in pro-poor programs over the nine years of the Arroyo leadership.

Each float will symbolize a particular legacy of achievement summed up in the acronym BEAT THE ODDS which encompasses the President’s Ten-Point Agenda enunciated in her first state-of-the-nation address in 2001.

In her Independence Day message to be delivered from the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park, President Arroyo is expected to elaborate her legacies to the nation.

A five-minute historical tableau in poetry and music condensing the struggles and victory of the Filipinos in attaining freedom and sovereignty will immediately follow the President’s message.

Adding color to the celebration is a bevy of movie and television stars and reigning beauty queens who will ride the floats, along with other celebrities including a handful of world-renowned “outstanding Filipino achievers.” Another highlight of the whole-day affair is a rendition by noted songstress Bituin Escalante of the day’s theme song entitled “Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng Bayan” composed and written specifically for the occasion.

Ms. Escalante and a 112-member choir, representing various choral groups of government agencies, will accompany the 11th and last float appropriately named “INANG BAYAN/Outstanding Filipino Global Achievers.”

Aboard this float are current Ms World Czarina Gatbonton, Ms. Universe Venus Raj, 1st Runner Up Diane Necio, 2nd Runner Up Nicolette Henson, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, Trade and Industry Secretary Jesli Lapus, along with “outstanding global achievers” CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, Jollibee owner Tony Tan Caktiong, and youthful chess sensation Wesley So.

The BEAT THE ODDS float parade consists of:

B – Budget Reform

E – Education for All

A – Automated Elections

T – Transportation and Digital Infrastructure

T – Terminate Hostilities with MILF and NPA

H – Heal the Wounds of EDSA 1, II, and III

E – Electricity and Water for All

O – Opportunities for Livelihood and 10 Million Jobs

D – Decongestion of Metro Manila

DS – Develop Subic and Clark

A two-hour musical extravanga will be featured after the parade, including a 15-minute fireworks display dubbed “Siklab ng Kalayaan.”

According to the National Historical Commission, head organizer for the celebration, the historical and cultural components of the affair are “exemplified in the parade’s opening tableaux Bandila ng Inang Bayan, a poetry-dance-drama presentation of the Filipino’s history and heritage” are showcased along with the legacies of the Arroyo administration. (PNA) RMA/OPS/ssc

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