The Philippine flag was raised in Wahington D.C. and Australia to remember the 119th celebration of the First Philippine Republic Day.
It was at the historic Barasoain Church where Filipino leaders gathered on the 23rd of January 1899 to broadcast the Philippine Constitution that gave birth to the first republic in Asia.
The Constitution was drawn up by delegates to the Malolos Congress on Sept. 15, 1898 after President Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippine independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.
Speaking in an event in Bulacan, Undersecretary Marjorie Jalosjos of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the celebration was to commemorate the country’s independence from Spain.
Jalosjos noted that foreign colonizers are not the ones hunting the Philippines now but country issues like illegal drugs, corruption, and terrorism.
The US and Australia are some of the countries that recognized the Philippines’ Republic Day.
“We celebrate the Chinese New Year but we have yet to celebrate as a nation the day when we crafted all the laws that created the First Republic,” Mayor Christian Natividad said.