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Bauang celebrates 119th Independence Day Anniversary

Written by Bauang Pio   

With this year’s theme, “Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin,” Bauang celebrated 119th Independence Day Anniversary at the town plaza.

Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. de Guzman III, addressed the Sangguniang Bayan Members, barangay captains, public school principals, elementary and high school, Local Government Unit (LGU) department heads and employees, Philippine National Police headed by Major Joel P. Lagto, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Fire.

“Independence is not about ideologies. It is about ourselves. If there is peace in our hearts, there is independence,” de Guzman said.

He recalled how Bauang, La Union and Taebaek City of South Korea renewed their friendship ties last May 29, 2017 at Taebaek City explaining that despite of language and cultural barriers, these two LGU’s friendship remained strong and steadfast for the past four years.

“This was very ironic,” de Guzman added because of what happened at Marawi City when Filipinos kill their fellow Filipinos.

De Guzman before he continued his message asked the audience to pray for the fallen heroes at Marawi City, who fought for independence and for the whole of Mindanao.

He asked some questions like “Do we deserve to be hurt, our own families and children? Do we deserve war?”

He further challenged the Bauangenios by saying, “Let us not give an inch especially terrorism to be in our town. If we want peace, it should begin with ourselves and with our own families. Let us pray that peace and order will always reign in our town.

“Isang bansa, isang dugo, isang lahi, isang musika, pangarap ko’y bansang payapa…,” went the lines of the song sang by Baggak Municipal and Youth Choir as they ended the celebration.

The Special Program in the Arts, Vocals of the Don Eulogio de Guzman Memorial National High School made the celebration more meaningful as they sang the doxology, Pambansang Awit, La Union Hymn and Bauang Hymn

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