Philippines’ 110th Independence Day

Today is the 110th Philippines Independence Day. Looking back, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos have died fighting for our independence. Heroes were executed and died showing their patriotism until the last minute of their lives.
To refresh our minds:
“The declaration, in the form of a proclamation, in the presence of a huge crowd, was done on June 12, 1898 at the ancestral home of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, some 30 kilometers south of Manila. The event saw the unfurling of the national flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Mrs. Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the country’s national anthem, today known as Lupang Hinirang, made by Julian Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.The Act of the Declaration of Independence was prepared and written by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in Spanish, who also read the said declaration. A passage in the Declaration reminds one of another passage in the American Declaration of Independence. The Philippine Declaration was signed by ninety-eight persons, among them an American army officer who witnessed the proclamation. The proclamation of Philippine independence was, however, promulgated on August 1, when many towns had already been organized under the rules laid down by the Dictatorial Government.The June 12 proclamation was later modified by another proclamation done at Malolos, Bulacan, upon the insistence of Apolinario Mabini, who objected to the original proclamation, which essentially placed the Philippines under the protection of the United States.” – Source
We should not forget our Independence Day. We should not forget the people who sacrificed and died to achieve what we are enjoying now.

Happy Independence Day!