"Today, Filipinos remember their homeland’s long road to liberation. In the wake of revolution, General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippines to be a free nation on June 12, 1898. However, it would not be until July 4, 1946, that the Philippines truly gained independence and took control of its destiny.
“The Philippines is now a proud and trusted member of the international community, and its people enrich Alberta each day with their traditions and culture.
“As Albertans of Filipino heritage reflect on the triumphs and tragedies of their ancestral history, it is tempting to celebrate as a community. This year, I encourage everyone to be responsible, avoid large gatherings and continue to observe existing measures for public health and safety.
“We live in difficult times, but there is always space for joy. Maligayang araw ng kalayaan! Mabuhay!”