Today we celebrate Araw ng mga Bayani or National Heroes’ Day in the Philippines. This national holiday is held on the last Monday of August and honors the Filipino heroes and their contribution to the struggle for freedom. This day also commemorates the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the start of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish Empire in August 1896.

From 1896, an anti-colonial organization called the Katipunan, led by Andres Bonifacio. Bonifacio is considered the “Father of the Philippine Revolution.” During the 1890s, contemporary Jose Rizal was a writer that contributed to the rise in Filipino nationalism. His works greatly influenced Andres Bonifacio. Both men are key revolutionary figures and remembered for their contributions and sacrifices each year on National Heroes’ Day.

The journey toward Philippine independence continued, and it wasn’t until after World War II that the Philippines achieved true sovereignty. On July 4, 1946, the United States granted independence and recognized the Republic of the Philippines.

Interesting Facts about the Philippines

  • The Philippines is the second-largest archipelago in the world and consists of 7,100 islands!
  • It is known as the “texting capital of the world.”
  • The Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches and is the world’s largest producer of coconuts.
  • This Southeast Asian country is the 13th-most populous country, home to more than 108 million people.
  • Three of the ten largest shopping mallsin the world are in the Philippines.
  • The Philippines is the largest supplier of nurses worldwide. According to Reuters, nurses are among the more than 10 million Filipinos who work and live overseas, with annual remittances in excess of $30 billion a key driver for the country’s consumption-driven economy.

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