June 12 truly holds a special place in every Filipino’s nationalistic heart as it serves as one of the most important dates in Philippine History. Independence Day is a celebration of freedom and triumph of the Filipino heroism and courage. However’ it’s more than just a red-letter day, but rather, it’s a celebration passed on from generation to generation. Although, we couldn’t help but wonder, what is the essence of June 12 and what went down in what can be considered as the pivotal moment in Philippine history?
Each year, Filipinos adorn the streets and their houses with red, blue, white and yellow ornaments and decorations to represent the country’s national colors.From street parties along the busy streets of Metro Manila, to the annual gun salute at Rizal Memorial in Luneta, and the President’s speech, these are some of the festive celebration June 12 has been known for over the years. It is also this time of the year the that some of the heroes that paved way to our country’s independence are celebrated in provinces where they came from.
But after a century, it’s time to assess how well you know the history behind our much celebrated freedom. Aside from the late-President General Emilio Aguinaldo’s 1898 proclamation, what else do we exactly know about the Philippine independence? Generations passed and to date 65% of the population fall below the 40 y/o age bracket. It marks the time when Filipinos officially broke free from Spain’s 333-year rule. How well do the youth know their history? Do they know which accounts are accurate and not?
As we mark yet another year of our country’s freedom, M2.0, a public relations firm in the Philippines, brings you an infographic on what went down in one of the pivotal moments in Philippine History 118 years after, symbols of Philippine independence plus some interesting facts that most Filipinos aren’t aware of.