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Interesting things 119th Philippine Independence Day 2017

Philippine Independence Day 2017

119th Philippine Independence Day 2017 Interesting things Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo some 30 kilometers South of Manila. The event saw the unfurling of the National Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the national anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang, which was composed by Julián Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.

The Philippines was a colony of Spain for 300 Years, and 30 years under the Americans and 3 years with the Japanese. 12 June 1898 is the official Independence of the Philippines from the Spaniards. When we were under the Americans they changed it to 04 July but it was changed back to 12 June. This year marks the 114th year of Freedom for us 🙂 Despite the cranky weather, I went to the Quirino Grandstand, walking towards Luneta Park in Manila to see what went on in Manila

In Luneta park you will see the Rizal Monument which is still visited pretty often by foreign and local tourists.
 The Independece day was celebrated in 3 places simultaneously. One in Kawit, Cavite where the first president, Emilio Aguinaldo’s shrine and old home stands, and in Bulacan. Before, there used to be parades of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Quirino Grand Stand but now, they don’t do that anymore which is a little sad. But they do have Static Displays of the different branches of service but I was only able to catch the booths of the Navy, and most specially, my buddies from the Naval Special Operations Group.
 My favorite part of Parades and Precessions in the Philippines is the music. Whether it’s by these xylophone players, or by singing nuns or lay people, that’s the part I enjoy the most 🙂

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