Philippines Independence Day
On June 12, 2015, the Philippines will celebrate the date of the Declaration of Independence from Spanish colonial rule, effective from June 12, 1898.
This independence was not recognised Internationally and not by the Spanish either, who gave the Philippines to the United States after the Spanish-American war. This then led to the Philippine-American war.
On July 4, 2015 the Philippines will also celebrate independence from the United States, which was effective from 4 July 1946.
As the Philippine’s Independence Day is a national holiday the Philippines government offices are closed.
Independence Day was officially observed on July 4 every year until 1964, when the Republic Act No. 4166, was approved and which set the national holiday to June 12.
July 4th has now become the Philippines Republic Day
Republic Day change in 1987
During the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino, the practice of celebrating Philippine–American Friendship Day and Philippine Republic Day as a non-working holiday was formally abolished. The Administrative Code of 1987 specified a list of non-working holidays that did not include July 4.