THE 113TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION OF 1896
23 August 2009
The date is disputed, August 23, 24, or 26 and the site where it took place is disputed as well, Balintawak, Pugad Lawin, Pasong Tamo, Bahay Toro.
What is not disputed is that Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto led their fellow Katipuneros in expressing their desire to be free from Spanish oppression, that they did it with a public proclamation accompanied by the tearing of their cedulas, that it happened between August 23 and August 26 of 1896 and that it took place in an area part of old Caloocan.
Thus, whether we celebrate it on August 23, 2009, August 24, 2009 or August 26, 2009, what is more important is that we celebrate it in our hearts and safekeep it in our beings.
The birth of freedom in the Philippines took place in Caloocan, third week of August 1896 when men of humble birth but bearing lofty ideals sounded the call for independence by force of arms thus ushering in Asia's first national uprising against European rule.