Happy 117th Independence Day Philippines!!!

P6122275t Cheers! Today marks the 117th Independence Day of our country. The Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 in Kawit Cavite (formerly Cavite El Viejo)at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo (now known as the Aguinaldo Shrine). The event saw the unfurling of the National Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the national anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang, which was composed by Julián Felipe (also a Caviteño)and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.
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The declaration, however, was never recognized by either the United States or Spain. After the World War II, the US finally granted independence to the Philippines on 4 July 1946 via the Treaty of Manila. July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country’s Independence Day.
P6122261t Since then Filipinos have been celebrating this very significant day by participating in special parades held in almost every part of the country. Participants include government officials, employees and students. Even the Filipino communities abroad are celebrating this important day.
P6122263t Students parading while wearing their colorful kimona dresses and KKK-inspired hat. KKK stands for Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng̃ mg̃a Anak ng̃ Bayan (Supreme and Most Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation)
P6122264t Another group of students carrying Philippine flags
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P6122273t Cavite’s Fire Department also joining the parade
P6122277t Efren Peñaflorida’s Kariton classroom. There’s also a slogan in front stating that the true independence and freedome can only exist by doing what’s right!
P6122281t Our future peacekeepers from Security and Peacekeeping Academy.

19 thoughts on “Happy 117th Independence Day Philippines!!!”

  1. mun says:

    Happy celebration day for you! I learn history here today. I did not know that your country has gained its independence for so many years already. 117 years is really a long time.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks Mun ^_^

  2. rochkirstin says:

    This reminds me of Philippine history which is very interesting. I didn’t know that it was Pres. Macapagal who signed into law marking June 12 as the day of our independence.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      very interesting indeed.
      thanks for dropping by Roch

  3. Buddy says:

    we already celebrated our 117th independence but until now we are not gain our independence against corruptions.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      so true… I guess we are not completely free yet…. conquerors were gone yet corrupt officials are still lurking around.

      1. Twilight Man says:

        I always think corruptions and prostitution are two incurable traits for over thousand years.

  4. Fred says:

    I have been to the Aguinaldo Shrine on one Independence Day, but it was already after the parade. It is really a place where we could feel the fervor of nationalism burning.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      they got a very nice 3d display this year.. so wonderful

  5. papaleng says:

    What’s new? Each year na lang puro tayo celebration. But up to now we are not still free from corrupt politicians running the government.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      indeed… hopefully we can free ourselves from this corrupt politicians

  6. Franc Ramon says:

    It’s nice to commemorate independence and we should always value lessons in the past.

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks for dropping by Franc

  7. used to participate in this celebration, seems like a long time ago hehe. happy independence day kaibigan, late na dalaw, late na bati..sensya naman. hehe

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      hahaha okay lang yun Tal,,, happy independence day din sayo cheers!

  8. [SK] says:

    happy independence day to Philippines!! now, i learn some history today, it’s the 117th independence day, wow.. Malaysia is only celebrating her 58th this year..

    1. Bluedreamer says:

      thanks SK.. oh only 58th year… who conquered Malaysia before??

  9. Twilight Man says:

    Happy Independence Day!
    MABUHAY!

  10. michelle co says:

    Nice to see the Filipino spirit during Independence day. Makes me proud to be one.

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