This weekend,we have a three day weekend to celebrate Philippine Independence Day today (June 12th).
Every year, millions of Filipinos from all over the world gather together and celebrate this important day.
We learned in school that the Philippine Declaration of Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in
The declaration however was short lived as it was not recognized by the United States or Spain. The reason was because the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, in consideration for an indemnity for Spanish expenses and assets lost.
In the Treaty of Manila, the US recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 and it was observed in the Philippines until President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Act no. 4166 into law on August 4, 1964, designating June 12 (which had been previously observed as Flag Day) as the country’s Independence Day.
So all Filipinos will spend today celebrating and remembering the sacrifices made by our country’s heroes to bring freedom and independence to the Philippines.
It makes each and everyone of us proud of our history and to be a Filipino.
Have a great and safe weekend.