Events  Philippines Independence Day
12/06/201400:00 TV5MONDE
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One of the most significant dates in Philippines history is the Independence Day as it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule in 1898.
 
Independence Day is a day when people including government officials, employees and students participate in organized parades. Many Filipinos spend the day in parks and malls. Police and the military parade (followed by a speech and 21-gun salute) in Manila are seen as the main highlight of the day.
 
Background:
 
The annual June 12 observance of Philippine’s Independence Day came into effect after past President Diosdado Macapagal signed the Republic Act No. 4166 regarding this matter on August 4, 1964.  
 
This Act legalized the holiday, which is based on the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo from the Spanish colonization.  
 
The flag of Philippines was raised and its national anthem was played for the first time in 1898.  However, this liberty was short-lived because Spain and the United States did not recognize the declaration. The Independence Day was officially observed on July 4 until the Republic Act No. 4166, which set out to move the holiday to June 12, was approved on August 4, 1964.
 
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