JUNE 12, 2019 – Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo highlighted on Wednesday the significant contribution of her father in the celebration of Philippine independence.
In her speech at the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, Arroyo emphasized that it was former President Diosdado Macapagal who declared the return of June 12 as Independence Day.
Prior to 1962, the country commemorated its independence on July 4 – the day the United States government formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines. The same date also coincided with the American declaration of independence.
Macapagal decided to move the celebration to June 12 when former President Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the country from the Spaniards in 1898.
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“Damdamin din ng tatay ko noon na hindi sapat na inspirasyon sa kabataang Pilipino ang ika-apat na Hulyo kasi anong naaalala natin… ‘yung mga misyong diplomatiko, pagdulog sa Estados Unidos upang ipakaloob ang ating kalayaan. Inspiring ba ‘yung diplomatic mission?,” Arroyo shared.
The Pampanga representative further claimed that her father’s proclamation order was warmly received by Filipinos at the time.
“Sang-ayong sang-ayon ang mga Pilipino dahil sa unang selebrasyon ng Araw ng Kasarinlan noong 1962, ang taong dumalo sa Luneta ay isang milyon katao. Kaya tanggap ng mga Pilipino at masaya sila sa ating bagong araw ng deklarasyon ng kasarinlan,” Arroyo said.