Sunday, 9 June 2013

Philippine Independence Day is on June 12, '13

The Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite Philippines. With the public reading of the Act of the Declaration of independence (Spanish: Acta de la proclamaciĆ³n de independencia del pueblo Filipino), Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo some 30 kilometers South of Manila. The event saw the unfurling of the National Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong.
The Declaration is currently housed in the National Library of the Philippines. It is not on public display but can be viewed with permission like any other document held by the National Library.

During the Philippine-American War, the American government captured and sent to the United States about 400,000 historical documents. In 1958, the documents were given to the Philippine government along with two sets of microfilm of the entire collection, with the U.S. Federal Government keeping one set.

Sometime in the 1980s or 1990s the Declaration was stolen from the National Library. As part of a larger investigation into the widespread theft of historical documents and a subsequent public appeal for the return of stolen documents, the Declaration was returned to the National LIbrary in 1994 by University of the Philippines professor Milagros Guerrero.

source: Wikipedia

We Filipinos are about to celebrate the day that we have been set freed. I can actually feel the spirit now as I read the daily newspaper, recent events in a lot of sites in the internet and a lot more. Is this occasion really that salient to all Filipinos? I guess for most it is and I am one of those people who joins in celebrating the Philippine freedom from any other nation's colonial rule. Indeed, we must be a part of this celebration and we must indulge ourselves to related activities that would manifest and ascertain to all Filipinos that we consider this a great deal in behalf of all our fellow Filipinos who sacrificed their personal interests in fighting for our country's FREEDOM. Without them, we Filipinos wouldn't have been able to express ourselves freely though newspapers and magazines, internet sites and media. Thus, alas to those Filipinos who have fought for Philippine Independence.

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