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On 11 June 2024, Xavier Ateneo commemorated the 126th Philippine Independence Day with a grand celebration organized by the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) under the guidance and leadership of its Director, Dr Hobart P Savior. Hosted by Mr Samuel F Macagba, the event was a testament to its theme: Kalayaan. Kinabukasan. Kasaysayan.

The event began with the entrance of the honor guards (ROTC) accompanying University President Fr Mars P Tan SJ and new CSG President Mr Kyle Chester J Cotacte. This was followed by the singing of Lupang Hinirang, and a 21-gun salute.

The celebration featured captivating performances from the XU Glee Club, Xavier Philharmonia, The Xavier Stage, Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe, Xavier University Band, Dulaang Atenista, Class Act, Hot Males, and the XU faculty, staff, and students.

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In his insightful address, Fr Amado T Tumbali Jr SJ emphasized the profound link between history and the quest for true freedom, drawing on the philosophies of Hegel and Emilio Jacinto. He underscored the continuous efforts required for national development, highlighting the critical role of education and collective action. Fr Tumbali analyzed the current state of the country, stressing the need to address present challenges with unwavering dedication. The event's theme illustrated that history serves both as a reminder and an inspiration to pursue love and freedom, ultimately aiming for a brighter future for the nation.

Fr Mars reflected on his message about the country's history, commemorating the sacrifices of national heroes like Dr Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, who fought valiantly for freedom. He highlighted that the journey to independence was marked by struggle and perseverance, and he stressed the ongoing pursuit of justice, equality, and inclusivity. He then encouraged the current generation, particularly the students of the university, to embody the spirit of independence through education, resilience, and active participation in shaping a better future for the nation.

Newly elected CSG President Mr Kyle Chester J Cotacte pledged his commitment to action and social development, echoing the event's call for ongoing dedication to national progress.

The celebration concluded with another 21-gun salute and a stirring performance of "Mabuhay." 

06182024.Web Philippine Indepence 2Xavier University administrators during Mr Cotacte’s pledge

06182024.Web Philippine Indepence 3Guests were given ribbons in red, blue, and yellow to tie on the branches,
symbolizing their commitment and loyalty to the country.

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