The Philippines celebrates its Independence annually on June 12 and continues to symbolize its sovereignty as years go by. Independence Day in Philippines is an important event in the Philippines’ history as Filipinos celebrate its freedom from the numerous oppressors that came centuries ago. See also The Philippines independence day Pictures
Philippines independence day 2015
This years’ Independence Day will be celebrated on June 12, which falls on a independence. This year’s celebration marks the 117th year of Philippines’ Independence. And this year, people have organized some programs and activities for the said celebration in different parts of the country.
The Independence Day celebration in the United States is usually held on the First Sunday of June. This year, it will be celebrated on June 7, 2015 (Sunday).
The Independence Day is not only celebrated in the Philippines. It is also celebrated by the Filipino community in other countries. This is to create awareness of the Philippine culture and traditions. Filipino-Americans see this as an opportunity of rekindling with their roots and heritage. An Independence Day Parade is also done to raise money for charity project in the United States and the Philippines.
Independence Day in Philippines y Ceremonies and Parade
The Filipino independence day ceremonies and parade is considered as the highlight of the celebration. During this day, it is a tradition to raise the Philippine flag simultaneously in different historical landmarks in the country. In Manila, this is held in Rizal Park and is usually attended by the President, Vice President and other national officials.
In the afternoon, a military parade is held. This is headed by the Philippine president and is attended by other government officials and the representatives of the uniformed services. Also, a 21-gun salute is given. To conclude the celebration, the president shall give his speech.
Independence Day Parade – United States 2015
An Independence Day Parade is also organized by the Filipino community in the United States. This is usually celebrated every First Sunday of June. This year’s celebration shall take place on June 7, 2015 (Sunday) at Madison’s Avenue. The biggest celebration is held in New York City and is anchored every year by The Filipino Channel (an international cable channel which features Filipino TV shows) and GMA Pinoy TV (a local Filipino channel).
History of Philippine Independence
The Philippines was under the reign of different oppressors for a number of years. On June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines’ Independence. On this day, the flag was raised and the national anthem was played for the first time. Unfortunately, the celebration was cut short because Spain and the United States did not acknowledge this declaration.
The Treaty of Paris of 1899 ended the war between Spain and the United States. Soon, the control over the Philippine government was under the power of the United States. But the Filipinos did not allow their country to be once again be ruled by the aliens and revolted against the Americans in 1899 and achieved sovereignty on July 4, 1946. Through the Republic Act No. 4166, Philippine Independence was officially observed on June 12.
An annual philippines independence day celebration is held in Kawit, Cavite where they observe the flag raising ceremony and reading of the Philippine Declaration of Independence at the Aguinaldo Shrine.
The Independence Day is not only celebrated in the Philippines. It is also celebrated in other countries, which is organized by the Filipino community there.
The grandest Philippine Independence celebration in the United States is held in New York City and usually attracts more than 100,000 people every year.
This year’s (2015) Independence Day celebration marks the 117th year of Philippines’ sovereignty.
National Holiday: Please be guided that Independence Day is considered a National Holiday. All government offices are closed during this day.
Heavy Traffic: With the simultaneous celebrations and Independence parade and ceremonies, expect heavy traffic on the day itself. Also, some roads might be closed to accommodate some of the programs. So, better look for an alternative route before leaving your homes.
Location: Nationwide. This event is celebrated in the whole country.
An Independence Day ceremony and parade is usually held in Rizal Park in Manila.
Date:Independence Day in Philippines is celebrated on June 12. This year, the celebration falls on a Wednesday.