Filipinos to mark 123rd PH Independence Day at MHS

Posted on Jun 11 2021


Saipan’s Filipino community will celebrate the Philippines’ 123rd Independence Day tomorrow, June 12, with a flag-raising ceremony and other proceedings at Marianas High School at 7:30am.

According to Philippine honorary consul to CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago, he expects to see many members of the Filipino community at MHS on that day.

The event will have Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP), and TanHoldings CEO Jerry Tan as guests.

Part of the celebration will be the signing of a proclamation of a CNMI-Republic of the Philippines Friendship, which Torres will sign.

United Filipino Organization president Marcelo Masilungan will also speak.

When asked for comments and his hopes for this Saturday, Arago sympathizes with his countrymen battling the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourages the CNMI’s Filipino community to help one another. Arago also hopes that all Filipinos keep the “Bayanihan spirit” alive this weekend, referring to a communal spirit of unity and helping others.

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.

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