ABS-CBN celebrates press freedom at Independence Day Commemoration

ABS-CBN celebrated the 118th anniversary of Philippine Independence by highlighting the importance of freedom of the press and its contribution to the country’s history at “Isang Pamilya Tayo: The ABS-CBN Flag Raising Ceremony” held last Sunday (June 12), which also marked DZMM's 30th anniversary.

ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes said freedom has been the foundation of the Kapamilya network's flagship AM radio station since it went back on air after the People Power Revolution in 1986, until its commemoration of 30 years of leadership in news and public service this 2016.

“As we celebrate the 118th anniversary of our independence and pay tribute to the Philippine flag, let us join in the celebration of DZMM’s 30 years and uphold media freedom, courageous reporting, and honest service,” she said.

Reyes recounted the events that shaped the history of the country – all covered by DZMM and ABS-CBN – including the MV Dona Paz tragedy, Central and North Luzon earthquake, Mt. Pinatubo eruption, Typhoons Ondoy and Yolanda, among others.

“DZMM presents the history of the Philippines as it is happening. It is a live witness to the country’s stories of success and failure, of tragedy and recovery. Over the years, DZMM has been a catalyst for change,” she added.

Reyes also highlighted how DZMM “led and set the trend” by introducing online livestreaming and launching the TeleRadyo format, first as a cable channel, and now as an exclusive free channel on ABS-CBN TVplus.

The event also debuted DZMM’s new music video, with the theme song sung by Piolo Pascual, showing the past and present anchors, memorable coverages, and programs over DZMM’s 30 years.

During the ceremony, “The Voice Kids” finalist led the singing of the Philippine national anthem, while Darren Espanto performed the song “Bayan Ko.”

“Isang Pamilya Tayo: The ABS-CBN Flag Raising Ceremony,” hosted by Atom Araullo and Zen Hernandez, also underscored the important role of millennials, or people aged 18 to 32, in nation-building.