According to the late former Philippine president, Ramon Magsaysay, this country is like a pyramid, like a tower. It is made up of millions of stones and the foundation stone of this pyramid is the common man. This was proven true last June 12, 2016, the Municipality of Dalaguete gathered in front of the Monument of Rizal to prove that it’s the people that made up this strong municipality and adheres to the Constitution and respect the freedom our heroes of long time ago fought for all their life. The local government unit commemorated the 120th Independence Day celebration with the theme: “Isandaan at Dalawangpong Taong Kalayaan ng Pilipinas”.

The local government unit of Dalaguete was successful in bringing out the commemorative tradition of the Philippine Independence Day last June 12. The flag raising ceremony was leaded by the ever dynamic Mayor, Hon. Ronald Allan G. Cesante together with the Sangguniang Bayan, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and High Ways, Dalaguete Water District, National Police, Bureau of Fire and other related government and inter-related offices in the municipality. All the agencies offered flower wreaths as a tribute, a symbolism of respect and love to our national hero for being the great force of the kalayaan that we have now.

Hon. Judge Thelma Delos Santos of the Municipal Trial Court- Dalaguete gave the theme message about freedom. She shared how the judiciary has been very objective and careful in bringing out their decisions for the common good. She further added that men cannot be totally free and freedom is not total freedom at all without the sets of rules, regulations and standards of the country. The freedom that we have now, no matter how easy it is to get, will never be absolute and we have to value it. In conclusion to her message was for us to take care of the freedom that was being earned in a paradoxical battle of calm and angst that our ancestors had to go through 120 years ago.  Ms. Danica Osorio led the prayers of the faithful together with the representatives of the different agencies.

Added to the activity was the unleashing of the new face of the Casa Real or the Municipio. Last year, the Mayor decided to uplift the renovation process of the old Casa Real for the sole purpose of preserving its glory as the seat of governance and power. Local residents believe that the Municipio must have been built around 1832. This building was the seat of government of the town from the Spanish era until the present.  The original structure was L-shaped with a symmetrical facade and clay tiles roofing while the wall are made up of coral stones. As time goes by, it has become brittle and needs to be renovated for two reasons. First is for safety purposes and second is for maintaining its original form and structure. At that moment, the Mayor himself revealed the face of the new Casa Real to the amazement of the audience.

The program ended with the closing remarks of the Vice-Mayor, Hon. Jeffrey B. Belcina acknowledging everyone who in one way or another attended the memorable event. Truly, the event modified that the past is already written in a book. We cannot blot out the records. But if we choose to learn from the past, the past will actually teach us its lessons.