New York and Philadelphia Light Up with PH Flag Colors to Celebrate 126th Anniversary of PH Independence

The One World Trade Center (left) and Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (right) in New York proudly display the colors of the Philippine flag. (Photos through/by Earthcam and Boyet Loverita)

At least 17 iconic landmarks across New York and Philadelphia were illuminated with the vibrant colors of the Philippine flag on 12 June to commemorate the 126th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. This historic occasion marked the first time such a significant number of buildings participated in the illumination. 

Niagara Falls glows with the colors of the Philippine flag. (Photos taken through Earthcam)

In New York, the following landmarks displayed a dazzling array of red, blue, white, and/or yellow lights,creating a sight against the night sky:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal
  • Moynihan Train Hall
  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
The Moynihan Train Hall (left photo) and MTA LIRR - East End Gateway at Penn Station (right photo) light up in blue, honoring the 126th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. (Photos taken by Erik Aguilar and Nikka Arenal)

In Philadelphia, the iconic One Liberty Place, Two Liberty Place, and the PECO building also joined the celebration and were illuminated in blue.


Members of the Filipino community displayed immense pride as they witnessed the illumination, celebrating their heritage and the spirit of Philippine Independence. Photos taken by the community members and the Filipino-American media also circulated online. Other landmarks, such as the Bank of America Financial Center in New York City, were reported to have participated in the illumination campaign.


The illumination was made possible in coordination with the Office of Assemblymember Steven Raga, the first Filipino-American elected to any state-level position in New York, the Office of New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, the Niagara Parks Illumination Board, and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Philadelphia. END