Philippine Independence Day

Philippine Independence Day

Philippine Independence day is celebrated to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Spain on June 12,1898.  Philippine revolutionary leader led by Filipino nationalist General Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite and it marked the end of 333 years of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. 

The Philippines did not immediately gain full independence as the Treaty of Paris was signed on December 1898, between the United States and Spain. This resulted in the transfer of the Philippines from Spanish to American control.  The Philippine-American War followed.  In 1907 the Philippines convened its first elected assembly, and in 1916 the United States announced their intention withdraw as soon as stable government is established.  It became an autonomous commonwealth in 1935 and it wasn't until July 4, 1946 the Philippines officially gained independence from the United States.

The Philippine Independence Day is a significant event in the country's history. It is time for Filipinos' to celebrate their identity as a free sovereign nation and to honor the sacrifices of the country's heroes.  Mabuhay Philippines! 

 

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