113th Independence Day

This was my first time to attend the June 12th Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park, It was fun because the weather was cooperating as well as the quality of light. I also had the chance to take a photo of the WWII veterans  who attended the celebrations, It was overwhelming for me to see these people who fought for the country and lived to tell the tale. I was also awed with the parade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, despite the fact that they have a lot of controversies with huge amounts of money involved but let's not delve deeper into these topics, what irked me is that the presentation was very inconvenient because only the VIPs, LGUs and other government sectors are the only people who get to enjoy in watching the different presenters (dancers and such) without the heat and the crowd and also the presenters are facing them. I mean c'mon! this is a celebration of our independence everyone is entitled to a cozy seat or a nice spot for them to see all the action, not in some dusty and crowded area blocked by photographers, cameramen as well as their ov-vans. Wait let us not forget the fireworks, I wonder why did they have it shown while there is still the sun up? Fireworks display is best watched at night and everyone will agree with me. Bah! Oh well hopefully next time everyone gets the same chance to watch and enjoy the celebration.

Onwards the Le Femme Fatale of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Man that is a lot of leg power

The Flag Bearer, I forgot how much was the flag
because I was busy taking his photo

The real crowd who wants to watch and enjoy the presentations
but to their dismay the view was blocked by a stage with photographers
and cameramen on top.

Does Juan Dela Cruz know why are they there at Rizal Park 
apart from celebrating independence?

Poor Lola she slipped and slide hurting her back, good thing
there were medics on alert, Wait is that mangga and bagoong?

A foreign tv crew interviewing a family about
the independence day celebrations.

The men and women who sacrificed half of their life to
give us what we are enjoying right now.


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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.