Despite of the problems that our country is facing today, magkakaiba man ng pananaw at opinyon ng bawat mamamayan idagdag pa ang ilang political difficulties, we are still enjoying the privilege of having a democratic nation.
Sarap maging malaya.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
The original Flag raised by President Emilio Aguinaldo in declaring the independence in 1898
The Philippine Declaration of Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite,Philippines. With the public reading of the Act of the Declaration of Independence, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain, which had been recently defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.
The declaration, however, was neither recognized by the United States nor Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paristhat ended the Spanish-American War. The United States finally recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in 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, PresidentDiosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country's Independence Day.June 12 had previously been observed as Flag Day and many government buildings are urged to display the Philippine Flag in their offices.