Monthly Trivia: Philippine Independence Day

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Philippine history always depicts the Filipino people fighting against the oppression of past captors in order to obtain their freedom. But there are more to these stories of liberation than meets the eyes and ears, so check out these interesting stories of Philippine independence:
  • Filipino priests started the movement for independence, meeting with the country’s intellectuals to talk about the subject.
  • Philippine Independence Day used to be celebrated on July 4 before it was remade into Filipino-American Friendship Day. Starting 1964, the Philippines started to celebrate it on June 12.
  • Emilio Aguinaldo designed the Philippine flag himself.
  • The three stars in the flag stand for Luzon, Panay and Mindanao, the three regions of the Philippine archipelago.
  • The colors of the Philippine flag can be used to uniquely reflect the country’s state, with red up top meaning “at war” while blue up top means “at peace”.
  • The first Philippine anthem, “Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan”, was commissioned by Andres Bonifacio long before the “Lupang Hinirang”.
  • The National Library holds the original copy of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
  • It took Doña Marcela Agoncillo, the original flag maker who was living in Hong Kong at the time, and her two assistants to create the iconic Philippine flag.

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