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SM City San Jose del Monte Celebrates Pinoy Pride on Independence Day


CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE – A respectful and meaningful celebration of Pinoy Pride was held at SM City San Jose del Monte as an observance of the 120th Philippine Independence Day.


The FCPC Baliktanaw Performing Arts dancing the ‘Jote De Paragua’, a traditional dance originated from Cuyo, Palawan where ladies wave their manton, or decorative shawl, while the gentlemen keep brisk pace with bamboo castanets.

At exactly 9 o’clock in the morning of June 12, mall employees, tenants, affiliates, and partner agencies were all dressed up in their Barong Tagalog and Filipiñana costumes as a tribute and sign of their nationalistic gesture for the Independence Day celebration.

The invocation was led by the members of First City Providential College (FCPC) Baliktanaw Performing Arts by singing the Tagalog version of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli’s ‘The Prayer’, followed the entrance of colors commanded by SM City San Jose del Monte’s security forces together with the San Jose Band.


Bulacan X-Factor grand champion, Famela Anne Aglabtin is giving the breathtaking performance by singing the patriotic song of Anthony Castelo, ‘Daking Lahi’ during the 120th Philippine Independence Day.

The ceremonial singing of Lupang Hinirang was led by the grand winner of Bulacan X Factor, Famela Anne Aglabtin. She also gave a breathtaking performance by singing the patriotic song of Anthony Castelo, ‘Daking Lahi.’


(L-R) Tungkong Mangga Brgy. Captain Bernardo Medina; San Jose del Monte Deputy Chief of Police Chief Inspector Romeo Gahid; SM City San Jose del Monte Assistant Mall Manager, Arch. Nelson Lopez; Customer Relations Services Manager Leandro Rosario Jr.

The Baliktanaw Performing Arts constantly showcased the world class talent of Filipinos as they gracefully twirled to the traditional dance called the “Jota de Paragua”, originated from Cuyo, Palawan wherein ladies wave their manton, or decorative shawl, while the gentlemen keep brisk pace with bamboo castanets. Jota, coming from once popular Spanish capital of Seville and adapted by the local dancers of Palawan.

SM City San Jose del Monte employees, tenants, affiliates, and partner agencies are waving their flaglets during the celebrations of the 120th Philippine Independence Day.

Moreover, the group continuously promote the Philippine culture by having a series of cultural show at the mall’s atrium, swaying to the different Filipino traditional dances.

Gracing the event was Tungkong Mangga Barangay Captain Bernardo Medina who gave thanks to SM Supermalls for always giving importance to the country’s independence 120 years ago. “Bawat isa sa atin ay may kanya kanyang kalayaang nais makamit, indibidwal man, komunidad man, isang bayan, o isang bansa. Ang kalayaan po ay hindi natatamo kung walang pagkakaisa.” Medina added.

Furthermore, Assistant Mall Manager Arch. Nelson Lopez said that we Filipinos should always be grateful and should always honor our Philippine Flag for it is the symbol of our triumph and independence. “Huwag nating kalimutang magpasalamat sa kalayaang tinatamasa natin sa kasalukuyan. Hangga’t nananatili ang pagmamahal sa bayan, ang Pinoy Pride ay patuloy na magniningning sa buong daigdid” Arch. Nelson said.

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