Today is the American Independence Day. In the Philippines this used to be our national holiday to commemorate the country’s independence, until then-Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal decided to move the date back to June 12, and since 1964 the Philippine Independence was celebrated on that date.
For some reason I did not like June 12 as the date of independence. While Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed that independence in 1898, no other country recognized it. The Americans eventually ruled over the Philippines in 1901. The second proclamation on July 4, 1946 was universally recognized by many nations. I rightfully think that July 4, not June 12, is our Independence Day.