The declaration of independence is one of the most important milestones in Philippine history. The country was colonized by many nations for hundreds of years. Imagine achieving your freedom after all the hardships you’ve been through. It is priceless.
Philippine Independence Day has been celebrated every June 12 since 1962. The original celebration used to be on July 4, but then President Diosdado Macapagal changed the date to June 12, in commemoration of Emilio Aguinaldo’s declaration of independence from the Spaniards.
In turn, July 4 was declared as Philippine Republic Day or American-Filipino Friendship Day, when a treaty was made declaring the freedom of the Philippines from the United States.
The celebration of the Philippine Independence is from May 28 to June 12, where all government establishments, residences, and other public squares are encouraged to display the country’s flag.
The country begins its celebration by displaying the national flag in various historical places nationwide. In Rizal Park or any other national historical landmark, the President, Vice President and other members of the government together with the Armed Forces and the general public, sing the national anthem Lupang Hinirang, while raising the national flag at 7 in the morning. It is followed by the wreath laying ceremony and the presidential speech. This practice has been observed since 2011.
As we enjoy the holiday, may we not forget its significance in our country’s history. Before our heroes achieved our independence, they offered their talents and wits, and put their lives at risk. May we learn from them as citizens of the Philippines.