Saturday, 23 January 2010

111th Anniversary of the First Philippine Republic

Manila Bulletin

The First Philippine Republic was proclaimed on January 23, 1899, after President Emilio F. Aguinaldo's declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. It adopted the Constitucion Politica de la Republica Filipina and replaced the dictatorial government established by the Truce of Biyak-na-Bato on December 15, 1897. The First Philippine Republic existed from January 23, 1899, to July 4, 1902, when United States President Theodore B. Roosevelt proclaimed the official end of the Filipino-American War.

The establishment of the First Philippine Republic is a great day in Philippine history and in the histories of colonial Asia. The revolution launched by Andres Bonifacio in August 24, 1896 gave birth to the first nation-state in Asia – the First Philippine Republic. This nation-state was the first republic in Asia. President Aguinaldo's proclamation of the republic on January 23, 1899, in Malolos, Bulacan, capped the Filipino people's fight to preserve their freedom, a fight that was begun in 1521 by Kalipulako, Chief of Maktan.

"Without the past," French President Jacques V. Chirac once declared, "there is no future." The First Philippine Republic was bequeathed to us by our patriotic forefathers.

In strengthening the nation-state founded by Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Andres DC. Bonifacio, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, Apolinario M. Mabini, and their generation, we nourish this legacy and show the world that we have kept faith with our forefathers and our heroes.

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