After July 4, the celebration of the Philippines Independence day was moved to June 12 in honor of the declaration and flag-raising of the Philippine National Flag from the balcony of the residemce of the Aguinaldo’s in Kawit, Cavite in 1898.
June 12, 1898 was historically marked as the day when then General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the nation’s independence day. History books mentioned a crowd of thousands gathered to witness that glorious day as our country was born, free from the clutches of colonialism.
The Act of the Declaration was prepares by Ambrosio R. Bautista, who also read it.
120 years later, the truth about the declaration and proclamation of the Philippine independence is revealed through thorough researches and from the book “Proclamation, Philippine Independence: The Truth About August 1, 1898 Bacoor Assembly.” This book is authored by Emmanuel Franco Calairo, PhD, Professor of History, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Cavite and a project under City Tourism Development Office, Office of the Mayor, City of Bacoor, Cavite.
“This piece of history has been set aside and forgotten, which is unfortunate as it plays a significant part in the birth of oir nation. We hope to shed light on this legacy, and honor it not just as Bacoorenos, but most importantly, as Filipinos,” said Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla.
So what really happened between June 12 and August 1 of 1898?
We will tackle that on our next article in relation to the truth about the Philippines Independence Day.
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