113th Philippines independence day
MANILA, Philippines — On June 12, 1898, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, in the presence of a huge crowd, proclaimed the independence of the Philippines at Cavite el Viejo, now Kawit, Cavite. For the first time, the Philippine National Flag was hoisted in public and the Act of the Declaration of Independence was read.
On Sunday, 113 years after the declaration of independence, the Philippines has traversed quite a long and arduous route to become a respected member of the assembly of independent states. Immediately after the declaration of independence, our leaders had to fight another war that, although we lost it against the more powerful colonizer, subsequently ushered in greater participation for our people in a civilian government that also laid the ground for regaining independence after World War II.
At the end of World War II, our nation again struggled to rebuild itself from the destruction of the war. Our industries were re-established and expanded, institutions that were to train a new generation of workers and leaders were re-established and expanded, and a political order that would secure representative government became operational. […]