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A Tribute to Philippine Independence Day – 12 June!

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“Our liberty will not be secured at the sword’s point… We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.”
~ Dr. Jose Rizal

 

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On the 12th day of June 2018, the nations will commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Philippine Independence Day through the conduct of various meaningful activities.

 

The Philippines was ruled by Spain for more than 300 years until the Philippine Revolution took place in 1896. This occurrence led the Spaniards to sign an agreement with the revolutionaries, but not long after a war ensued between Spain and the United States. The Americans defeated the Spaniards and thus the first Philippine Independence was declared on 12th of June 1898, by then General Emilio Aguinaldo at the Cavite II el Viejo (Kawit, Cavite). However, neither the Americans nor the Spaniards recognised this newly proclaimed independent nationhood so the  Philippines was eventually surrendered to Americans in the 1898 Treaty of Paris.

 

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Knowing how Filipinos then were adamant of their fight for freedom, they did not recognise the treaty and so another war occurred, but this time between the Philippines and the United States. American colonisation lasted for nearly 50 years until they granted Filipinos independence on the 4th of July 1946, which corresponded to the American Independence Day. It was a momentous day for the country as the crowd cheered upon lowering the American Flag, and raising the Philippine flag in its place while the national anthem was being played.

 

The 4th of July was observed as a National Day in the Philippines until President Diosdado Macapagal signed the Malacañang Republic Act No. 4166, marking the 12th of June as the official Independence Day of the country – the date declared by Aguinaldo as liberation from Spanish rule.

 

At present, the Philippines basks in the glorious independence hard-earned by our ancestors. We commemorate this significant time in our history to remind us of the strife and fortitude of the Filipino people who have to fight and live through the tyranny of colonisers to obtain a free nation.

 

As Filipinos of this generation, we hold the responsibility of keeping the precious worth of liberty by developing our nation further and propagating interminable peace.

 

 

Author: Expatch Editorial Team 

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Philippine flag – http://grandtuhonsupremo.com/74th-birthday/attachment/11/
Children with Philippine flag – http://www.101pinoy.net/pinoy-gallery/2667/philippine-independence-day/
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