What Is Philippine Independence Day?

Philippine flag on top of a pole, waving in the wind

June 12 marks the day that the Philippines gained their independence from Spain after 333 years. 

We call this “Araw ng Kalayaan,” translated in English as the “Day of Freedom,” a holiday that holds a very special meaning in all Filipino hearts. 

“Lupang Hinirang” which means “The Chosen Land,” is our Philippine national anthem and was first sung on June 12 of 1898. 

This was the day that the first President of the Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo, unfurled the now-iconic Philippine flag for the first time, famous for its golden sun and eight rays symbolizing the first first eight colonies that fought against Spanish colonial rule. 

Philippines Independence Day Celebrations

Philippines Independence Day is celebrated across the country and the world with everything from patriotic ceremonies and fireworks to big family dinners and parties. It is the world’s biggest celebration of Filipino culture. 

Manila hosts the largest celebrations with parades and food festivals in the week leading up to June 12. And every year, the city of Kawit, Cavite, where the original declaration of independence took place, raises a flag at the Aguinaldo Shrine, General Aguinaldo’s burial place, while local officials recite the 120-page Proclamation of Independence.

In many Filipino communities, you can find local commemorative events, see the flag of the Philippines flying proudly, and even watch some parades. June 12 is a day that many Filipino families gather together and celebrate the holiday with a large feast including popular national dishes like adobo and lechon. 

Pili Ani is proud of its Filipino heritage and we are honored to share in the celebration of Philippine Independence Day with all of our friends and family.

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan! 

Shop our proudly Pinoy products now.