DirectRooms – Get together to celebrate Philippines Independence Day on 13 to 15 June 2011
There will be partying all over the Philippines in June as the country celebrates Independence Day. Phillipino communities all over the world will also be staging their own celebrations.
On 12th June 1898 General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonisation in Kawit, Cavite, and every year since then Independence Day has been declared a public holiday. DirectRooms are pleased to announce that this year the celebrations will extend to the whole weekend of 13th to 15th June.
Government offices and schools will be closed, but in general retail centres will be open and public transport will run but some routes may be limited. Most of the commercial centre of Manila, known as Makati will be open for business with its well known shopping malls which contain large department stores, trendy boutiques and up-market restaurants.
Hotels in Makati (http://directrooms.com/philippines/hotels/manila-hotels/makati-price1.htm) will be busy over the Independence Day weekend as the people of the Philippines get ready to celebrate with nationwide parades, the main highlight being the large military parade in Manila, followed by speeches from the President and other dignitaries and ending with a 21 gun salute.
Manila, Cavite and other historical sites will be re-enacting the proclamation of independence and Baguio City will be holding a parade through the main street.
Baguio City has a statue of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and a museum housing the personal memorabilia of Gen. Aguinaldo, the first elected president of the independent state of the Philippines, so the celebrations here are particularly meaningful.
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