Philippines Independence Day

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2021 DateJune 12, 2021
2022 DateJune 12, 2022
Philippines Independence Day

Philippines Independence Day History

Filipino Independence Day celebrates the Philippines liberation from foreign powers. On July 4, 1946, the Philippines gained independence from USA. However, the current date celebrated is June 12, which is the day of the declaration of independence by General Emilio Aguinaldo in 1896. This date was established by former Philippines president, Diosdado Macapagal, to remember Filipino heroes of the revolution.

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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.
  • The Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world.

Philippines Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • 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)

Philippines Independence Day - References and Related Sites

www.history.com: Philippine Independence Day
thefactfile.org: Facts about the Philippines

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