111 Years of Philippine Independence
June 9, 2009 8:48am CST
The establishment of the first Philippine Republic by the Revolution Government under General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898, marked our peoples declaration and exercise of their right to self-determination, liberty and independence. The historic action was a legitimate assertion by Filipino nation of its natural and inalienable claim to freedom and independence, which is an inherent right of every people, not dependent upon the will and discretion of another. Philippine independence was the supreme purpose of the Philippine Revolution. Right after a torrential downpour in the afternoon of June 12, 1898, General Aguinaldo solemnly proclaimed on the historic balcony of his house on Calle Real in Kawit, Cavite, the independence of the Philippine. He then proudly waved the Philippine flag, sewn in Hongkong by Dona Marcela Agoncillo, amidst thunderous applause.