The City of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, celebrates its 451st Founding Anniversary on Araw ng Maynila (Manila Day) today, June 24, 2022.
Various activities are lined up this year as part of the week-long celebration. They include float parades, street dancing, sports fest, job fair, and various awarding ceremonies.
This year’s highlight of the celebration is the Nilad Festival 2022.
“Nilad is a cultural icon and a representation of the journey and history of Manila; a budding plant that is trying to trace and find its origin so it can once again bloom and be visible not only to the country, but also to the rest of the world,” the Manila government said in its website.
Different departments of the Manila local government unit are expected to join in the said competition.
“The Nilad is not just a plant that we are trying to revive, but also all the stories of Manila that are worth sharing and experiencing,” it added.
“Let’s make Manila claim its place as the center of festivities, arts, and culture in the Country,” it said.
Manila annually holds colorful festivities such as music and dance contests, pageants, and parades to pay tribute to the city’s rich culture and heritage.
There will also be an invitational gala concert called “Maynila: Ang Himig ng Ating Lahi” today at 7:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theater.
The newly-constructed Ospital ng Maynila will also be inaugurated today.
The “Manila Day 2022 Mega Job Fair” was launched on June 20 at the Arroceros Forest Park in Ermita, kicking off the weeklong celebration.
On June 23, the city also held the awarding of “Outstanding Manilans 2022” to honor those who have contributed to the progress and development of the city.
An awarding ceremony for the City Service Loyalty employees with 30, 35, 40, 45, and above years of service was also held last June 22.
This is the last Araw ng Maynila celebration of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso as the chief executive of the city.
Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna will take his role as the new leader of the capital city.
Under the leadership of Domagoso, a series of rehabilitation projects — from bridges, parks, to public spaces—was launched to bring Manila back to its old glory.
As soon as he assumed his post, the Manila mayor immediately ordered the clean-up of the filthy streets and sidewalks of Carriedo, Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, Recto, and Divisoria.
The people of Manila also showed admiration for the Juropean-style lamp posts that are now lining both sides of Jones Bridge in the city.
One of the city’s major projects was the rehabilitation of the Manila Zoo.
Domagoso also ordered the restoration of Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, the children’s park and playground across the Manila Zoo, and the redevelopment of Arroceros Forest Park, long considered as Manila’s last lung.
Manilans were also amazed at the facelift of the once filthy and dark Lagusnilad Underpass.
An old parking and dump space located at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Lawton, Manila was also transformed into a “hidden garden” with a coffee shop.
Unlike before, residents and tourists coming from Intramuros can now safely walk around the open garden space.
Domagoso also refurbished the city hall clock tower in an aim to turn it into a tourist attraction.
Manila was founded on June 24, 1571 by Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the country’s first governor-general.