Sunday, June 12, 2011
June 12, 2011 is a very special day of the year to every Filipinos. It represents another remarkable year to celebrate the Philippines Independence from the Spaniards ruler in 1898. As usual, the biggest celebration always takes place in the nation’s capital- Manila- where the president lives in the white house so called Malacanyang Palace. And as part of the celebration, most government (public or private) agencies will join and unite for a street parade.
Here’s an article I found about the 113th Philippines Independence Day from Xoom Blog posted on June 3, 2011:
General Emilio Aguinaldo and his revolutionary forces declared their independence from the Spanish colonization on June 12, 1898. This marks the first day that the Philippine's national flag was unfurled and the first time the nation's anthem was played. However, Spain and the United States did not recognize the country's claim to sovereignty
The Treaty of Paris turned over control of the nation to the United States at the end of the Spanish-American War. Filipinos revolted the following year and fought for their independence for nearly 50 years.
In 1964, former President Diosdado Macapagal signed a bill that made the June 12 the country's legal Independence Day celebration. Until the legalization of the holiday, Filipinos celebrated their Independence Day on July 4 to commemorate the day the Treaty of Manila was enacted and the Philippines officially became a sovereign nation.
Since Independence Day is a national Filipino holiday, all government offices and schools are closed, along with a vast majority of businesses, excluding shopping centers. Many Filipino people who live in other countries still celebrate the holiday and send money to their relatives in the Philippines.