116th Philippine Independence Day
The nation celebrates its 116th Independence Day this June 12, 2015. Revolving around the theme “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago” commemorating nationalism and lasting Filipino identity through the years.
Goods.ph online shopping joins the nation in celebrating this most auspicious event in Philippine history where brave men and women risked life and limb to give future generations of Filipinos freedom from tyranny and oppression. This yearly celebration of Independence Day has made many Filipinos proud of the country’s past.
Going back to history, on June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo (The first president of the First Republic of the Philippines) declared independence from Spanish rule and unfurled and raised the very first Philippine flag from the window of the grand hall of his mansion (Not from the balcony as many usually assumed which was actually constructed a few years after) with the playing of the Philippine national anthem (Lupang Hinirang, music composed by Julian Felipe and lyrics written by Jose Palma) by the marching band of the San Francisco de Malabon in Aguinaldo’s hometown in Kawit, Cavite. Within a few months, the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Malolos Congress in September 21, 1898. This important act of congress cemented this auspicious event in Philippine history.
There may be a lot historical people we are unfamiliar with, unnamable places and indescribable events that are lost in the depths of history. Yet, some stick out to mould the Filipino psyche and nationalism: Andres Bonifacio, Marcelo Del Pilar, Diego SIlang, Tandang Sora, places such as Tirad Pass, Dapitan, Kawit, even events such as the garrote of Gomburza, the murder of the Bonifacio brothers and Antonio Luna, the last two events filled with conspiracy and betrayal! These are part of Philippine history that helped shape the nation!
Goods.ph joins the whole country in commemorating its 116th Independence Day celebration!