Last Monday, June 12, Gumaca joins the entire nation in commemorating the 119th Philippine Independence Day. The celebration started with the Flag Raising Ceremony led by Mayor Erwin Caralian and Vice Mayor Elchor Caralian at the municipal grounds. This was followed by a Civic Parade participated by municipal officials and employees along with the DepEd, various government and non-government organizations and the people of Gumaca.
A program was also held right after the parade at the municipal gymnasium. Holy Child Jesus College was the over-all in-charge of the entire activity with support from the Kalilayan group. Msgr. Del Lontok gave the welcome remarks followed by an inspirational message from Mayor Erwin Caralian.
Guest of Honor and Speaker was Mr. Carlo Vinci B. Villafranca, a former Gumaca councilor who now holds office at the Office of the Vice Governor in Lucena City. Sir Carlo's memorable line that he left for everyone to ponder: Kalayaan = sakripisyo + pagibig!