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2019, June 12.  Philippine Independence Day - Commemorative SelyoKo

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 13 1/2

Miniature Sheets of 4 - 17p x 4 with Designs on Adjacent Space at Right



150p -  Selyo Ko Commemorative Miniature Sheets of 4 (1,000)

          17p x 4 - Manila Central Post Office with Designs on Adjacent Right Space

First Day Covers:  Manila




The Philippine Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on 12 June 1898 in Cavite II el Viejo (present-day Kawit, Cavite), Philippines. With the public reading of the Act of the Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.

The event saw the unfurling of the Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the national anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang, which was composed by Julián Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.

The Act of the Declaration of Independence was prepared, written, and read by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in Spanish. The Declaration was signed by 98 people, among them a United States Army officer who witnessed the proclamation. The final paragraph states that there was a "stranger" (stranger in English translation—extranjero in the original Spanish, meaning foreigner) who attended the proceedings, Mr. L. M. Johnson, described as "a citizen of the U.S.A, a Colonel of Artillery".  Despite his prior military experience, Johnson had no official role in the Philippines.




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