Independence Day in the Philippines Date in the current year: June 12, 2016

Independence Day in the Philippines Independence Day is a national holiday in the Philippines that commemorates the establishment of the First Philippine Republic in 1889. It is celebrated on June 12.

The Philippine Islands were discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 and were subsequently colonized by Spain. In 1896, the anti-Spanish revolutionary society Katipunan initiated an armed revolt against the colonial authorities that evolved into the Philippine Revolution.

On June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine Declaration of Independence, establishing the First Philippine Republic. The declaration was written by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista.

However, neither Spain not the United States recognized the independence of the Philippines. This led to the Philippine-American War. When the United States won the war, the First Philippine Republic was dissolved, and the Philippines were occupied the US.

Philippine Independence Day was originally celebrated on July 4, because on this day in 1946 the Philippines achieved independence from the United States. The date was chosen by the United States because it corresponds to its Independence Day. In 1964, President Diosdado Macapagal moved Independence Day to June 12. It is considered the national day of the Philippines.

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