2007, October 16. First Philippine Assembly
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FIRST PHILIPPINE ASSEMBLY
CENTENNIAL (1907 - 2007)
Assembly was established in the Philippines pursuant to the Act of
Congress of July 1, 1902 otherwise known as the Philippine Bill of
1902. A general election of members of the Philippine Assembly was
held on July 30, 1907. The Nacionalista Party, the party that
advocated "immediate and complete independence" headed by Sergio
Osmena, captured the majority of the 80-seat Assembly.
On October 16, 1907,
the inaugural session of the First Philippine Assembly was held at
the Manila Grand Opera House in Sta. Cruz, where William H. Taft,
U.S. Secretary of War, delivered the inaugural address. Right
Reverend Jorge Barlin, first Filipino bishop of Nueva Caceres,
delivered the invocation. Its first session was held at the
Ayuntamiento de Manila in Intramuros in the afternoon of the same
day. Sergio Osmena of 2nd District, Cebu, founder of the
Nacionalista Party, was unanimously elected Speaker of the
The establishment of the Philippine Assembly is the realization of
the Filipino people's aspiration for self-determination.