Philippines Independence Day

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Philippines Independence Day History

Philippines Independence Day commemorates the country's declaration of independence from Spanish colonial rule. The observance celebrates the rich history, culture, and traditions of the Philippines, as well as the bravery and sacrifice of its people who fought for freedom. The day is marked with festivities including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural events, and fireworks displays throughout the country, drawing locals and tourists alike to participate in the colorful celebrations.

The history of Philippines Independence Day dates back to June 12, 1898, when Filipino revolutionary leader General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from Spanish rule in Kawit, Cavite. The declaration marked the end of 333 years of Spanish colonization, though the Philippines would not achieve full sovereignty until the Treaty of Paris was signed later that year, officially ending the Spanish-American War and ceding the Philippines to the United States. It wasn't until July 4, 1946, when the Philippines was finally granted complete independence by the United States, and in 1962, then-President Diosdado Macapagal declared June 12 as the official date to celebrate the country's independence.

Today, Philippines Independence Day remains an important event for Filipinos, reaffirming national pride and the values of freedom and democracy. The main highlight of the celebration is the flag-raising ceremony in Rizal Park, Manila, attended by the President of the Philippines and other government officials. Various activities and programs showcasing the Filipino heritage are held throughout the day, culminating in vibrant fireworks displays in major cities. Philippines Independence Day is observed annually on June 12th.

Philippines Independence Day facts

  • In 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established with U.S approval. Manuel Quezon became the country’s first president. Full independence was granted to the Republic of the Philippines in 1946 by the US.
  • There are about 184 different languages spoken in the Philippines but Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the country’s official languages.
  • Independence Day in the Philippines was originally celebrated on the 4th of July to match the U.S. In 1962 however, President Diosdado Macapagal declared June 12th Independence Day instead to commemorate the anniversary of the end of Spanish rule in the country.
  • There are over 120 languages spoken in the Philippines. Filipino and English are the two official languages in the Philippines.

Top things to do for Philippines Independence Day

  • Watch 2020's Philippine Independence Day Commemoration if you missed it.
  • Enjoy traditional Filipino dishes like Adobo(marinated meat), Sinigang (sour soup cooked with tamarind), and Lechon (roasted pig).
  • Watch a movie celebrating Filipino culture and independence. Here are our suggestions:
    Heneral Luna (2014)
    The Guerilla Is A Poet (2013)
    Independencia (2009)

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