2017, June 12. Independence Day
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Perf 14; With Gold Foil Stamping
Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of
12p Rizal Monument
12p Barasoain Church
12p Aguinaldo Shrine
12p Bonifacio Monument
Miniature Sheets of 16 (6,400)
First Day Covers: Manila
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY
The bronze-and-granite Rizal monument is among the most
famous sculptural landmarks in Philippines.
Located on the monument is
not merely the statue of the national hero, but also his remains.
On September 28, 1901, the United States Philippine
Commission approved Act No. 243, which would erect a monument in
Luneta to commemorate the memory of Dr. José Rizal, Philippine
patriot, writer and poet. The
shrine was finally unveiled on December 30, 1913 during Rizal’s 17th
death anniversary. His
poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" ("My Last Farewell") is inscribed on the
memorial plaque. The site is continuously guarded by ceremonial
soldiers of Philippine Marine Corps’ Marine Security and Escort
Roman Catholic Church built in 1888 in Malolos, Bulacan.
As tensions were brewing between the Filipino revolutionaries
and the Americans, the Philippine Revolutionary Government under the
leadership of Emilio Aguinaldo moved the capital north from Cavite
to Malolos in Bulacan. Plans were made to write a new constitution
for the soon to be proclaimed Philippine Republic; Barasoain Church
was chosen to be the site of the First Philippine Congress,
otherwise known as the Malolos Congress, which convened on September
15, 1898 to draft what would become the Malolos Constitution.
Ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, officially the
first President of the Philippines, and the only president of
the First Philippine Republic. On
June 12, 1898, the independence from Spain was proclaimed from the
window of the grand hall. The Declaration of Philippine
Independence was read by its author, Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista and
ratified by the Malolos Congress on September 21, 1898.
Located in Grace Park, Caloocan, Bonifacio Monument recalls
the Philippine Revolution which was spearheaded by Andrés Bonifacio
who urged his men to raise against the colonial rule of Spain. His
call to take arms against the Spanish rule was given on 23 August
1896, which is widely known as "Cry of Pugad Lawin." Bonifacio
"founded" the Katipunan, or, Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan
ng mga Anak ng Bayan ("Highest and Most Respected Society of the
Country's Children"). The secret
independence from Spain through armed revolt.
It was influenced by
Freemasonry through its rituals and organization, and several
members including Bonifacio were also Freemasons.
Bonifacio is often called "The Father of the Philippine Revolution".