Independence Day in the Philippines — A momentous date in Philippine’s modern history is of sure the Independence Day. Because…
it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. The Filipinos celebrate “Pagpapahayag ng Kasarinlan ng Pilipinas” annually – on June 12. In 2017 it’s a Monday.
The Philippine’s Independence Day is a national holiday and therefore all government offices are closed. There are also no classes in schools. Many business establishments are closed except shopping centers and the MIFUNE Japanese Restaurant (10 AM – 10 PM).
Be also advised that public transport (such as buses, passenger jeeps, and tricycles) still operate – but surely their routes may be limited: due to the closure of some streets used for different parades.
Usually, the parades are held in the downtown area and most of them end up at the Silliman University (e.g. Ballfield). Many parades kicked off from Quezon Park (also at the Sta.Catalina Street) and went further to the Dumaguete Boulevard (Rizal Boulevard) en route (if it isn’t the Silliman Uni) most at the Lamberto Macias Sports & Cultural Complex, or Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol, Kagawasan Ave (km 0), or to the Freedom Park (in front of the Capitol).
(And how about the USA?
Following this event, on December 10, 1898, the ”Treaty of Paris” was signed which ”hand over” the Philippines from the Spain to America. On the other hand, the ”Treaty of Manila” has been signed on July 4, 1946. This treaty granted the Philippines “full independence” from the United States of America.)