I took this shot after the launched of PHL 360 at Pilipinas Heritage Library. It was the reflection of trees and big Philippine flag place at the center of Ayala Triangle Garden that caught my attention. For sure, the flag was placed in commemoration of 114th years Philippine Independence.
June 12, 1898, the independence and sovereignty of the Philippines from the colonial rule of Spain was proclaimed by General Emilio Aguinaldo and its supporters at the General’s ancestral home in Kawit, Cavite. The Act of the Declaration of Independence was modified by Apolinario Mabini because the original proclamation stated that the Philippines was under the protection of the United States of America. The struggle for independence continues because of the Treaty of Paris, which marks the start of Philippine-American war and the invasion of Japanese during 1942-1945. United States of America granted independence to the Philippines on July 4, 1646 because it corresponds to their Independence Day. It was observed up to 1962, until President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation, stating June12 as Philippine Independence Day.
I would like to think if our country is really independent now?
Where and When: Makati City – June 16, 2012
Gears: Panasonic Lumix LX5
Settings: 30mm, 1/4 secs, f2.2, ISO 400, 16:9 mode