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Our Mission

To promote and provide cultural and historical events of the Philippines, not limited to the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day during the month of June each year.

To create and provide recreational programs beneficial to the youth in the local community.

To organize, educate, and train young people on various Philippine cultural arts, native music, and dance.

To provide scholarship awards to well deserving high school graduates.

To provide charitable assistance to families who are victims of unforeseen calamities or disaster in their respective areas.


122 nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence


Mga mahal ko’ng Kababayan,


On behalf of the Officers and Trustees of the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF) and the City of Carson, CA, I am extremely proud to present to you the largest celebration of the 122nd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence here in Southern California!

An event of this size and magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the help of numerous individuals, organizations, and companies. We’re fortunate that we have so many who have tirelessly provided such generous gifts of their time, their talents, and their treasures to ensure our success. It is therefore with deep gratitude and appreciation that I would like to express my utmost appreciation to all of the dedicated PIDF Officers & Trustees, the amazing City of Carson City Council & Staff, our tireless volunteers, our vendors, community partners, & sponsors, and everyone else who played an important role in making this grand celebration such a smashing success.

Thank you all so very much, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat, and daghang salamat sa inyong tanan!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!

Frederick Alain Docdocil
President
Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc.



The Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines (Republika ng Pilipinas) is a country located at South East Asian Region and is bounded by the South China Sea in the west, the Philippine Sea in the east, Celebes Sea in the southwest. It shares the maritime borders with Taiwan in the north, Vietnam in the west, Palau in the East, Malaysia and Indonesia in the south. It has an area of 300,000 sq km and is composed of 7,641 islands, over three geographical island grouping known as Luzon, VIsayas and Mindanao. Being in the Pacific ring of fire and between the Tropic of Cancer to the north and the Equator in the south, it is the third most affected country by the trifecta of the most frequent natural disasters—Earthquake, Typhoon and Volcanic Eruptions. And, being a tropical pacific island group, it is one of the countries that will be most affected by global warming.

As of 2018, it is the 12th most populated country in the world at 110 Million with the 10 Million residing in other countries (ranked 8th in Diasporas). More than 12% of the population lives in the Capital City of Manila, while the National Capital Region of 14 cities where Manila belongs to hosts 34% of the population. Its inhabitants are commonly called Filipino for male (gender neutral) and Filipina for females. The Philippine government is a Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic. In so far as Human Development Index as rated by the United Nation the Philippines is 0.699 or at Medium category and ranked 113th of the 195 sovereign states in the world. The Philippines is basically still a developing agriculture-based country. It is also the 34th largest economy in the world with an economy transitioning from agriculture to industrial. The Philippines is ranked 102 in terms of the number of people living below the poverty line at 21.6% and ranked 25th in the number of billionaires at 14 Billionaires.

There are 4 international airports in the Philippines handling about an average of 106 flights a day. In 2018, there were about 7.7 Million tourists from around the world that visited the Philippines and more than 1 Million of those are from the US. The Philippines boasts of its tropical beaches, diving spots, rich eco-tourism spots and luscious food aside from the rich cultural shows of its year round festivities. Its blend of western influences, rich cultural presence and roughing it up kind of tourist activities makes it an ideal tourist destination for a balanced vacation with the right number of daily fun activities and the quiet relaxation at night as if you are enjoying the comforts of home. English is also one of the 2 recognized national languages in the Philippines making it easier to communicate and move around with minimal formal assistance from the locals.

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History of the Philippines

A site in Kalinga Apayao have established that, as early as 777,000 years ago, Homo species that used tools have been present in the Philippines (Thomas Ingicco, France's Museum of Natural History, 2018). In 2007, a 67,000-year old human remains found in the Callao, Cagayan established that Hominins—human like species—have already established settlements in the area. This pre-dated the 47,000-year old Tabon man found in Palawan in 1962. The presence of the same bone structures of these discoveries in other parts of Asia gives more credence and foundation to the migration theory of H. Ottey Beyer. Most particular of these are the discoveries that started in India, Mayanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
There was no unifying central government in the entire archipelago during this period. What existed are loose tribes and ruling state headed by datus, rajas and sultans. Be that as it may, the people of the archipelago were engaged in trading, farming and even piracy. In March 1521, the first European, Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese under the Spanish flag landed in one of the eastern islands of the Philippines called Homonhon. In 1543, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos claimed the entire archipelago for the Spanish Crown and named it Las Islas Filipinas in honor of the ruling King of Spain King Philip II.
1565

– Miguel Lopez de Legaspi Settled landed and in Cebu


1565

– Galleon Trade between Acapulco and Manila was established


Colonial Philippines (1565 – 1898)

The Colonial Philippines as managed by Spain though Mexico up until 1821.
1571

Juan de Salcedo under orders from Legaspi attacked Manila after winning the seat of power of the largest Sultanate in the archipelago. Legaspi made it the Capital of the Spanish Colony in the Philippines.


1578

– Spanish dominance in the archipelago was challenged by the Brunei Sultanate. The Christian led allies together with the rajahs of Mindanao and some parts of Visayas successfully attacked the seat of power of the Brunei Empire Kota Batu. However, due to illness that plagued the expeditionary forces, the Spanish led contingent abandoned the Brunei capital and went back to Manila.
– Established the University of Sto Tomas
– British invasion of the Philippines, The British held the Philippines for two years however, after a long drawn out battle with the Spanish colonials with the aid of local tribesmen from the north of Luzon, Spain was able to retake the Philippines.
– The Philippines is now governed directly from Madrid, Spain after Mexico was granted Independence. The termination of the Galleon Trade also paved the way for other countries to directly trade in the Philippines.
– Governor General Narciso Claveria – ordered all local officials to register and assign surnames to their constituents for easy identification and taxation purposes.
– The Autocratic rule of Queen Isabella II was replaced by the more liberal government of General Francisco Serrano.
– Cavite Uprising that resulted to the death sentence of Gomburza—Fr. Gomez, Fr. Burgos and Fr. Zamora—all Filipino priests who were suspected of leading the uprising.
1880

– Start of the Propaganda Movement whose aims were the following:

A permanent Philippine representative in the Spanish parliament (Spanish Cortes)
Reforms in the clergy mainly its secularization
Recognition of the Spanish and Filipino equality
Creation of a public school system independent of Catholic friars
Abolition labor service and the forced sale of local products to the government
Guarantee of basic freedoms
Equal opportunity for Filipinos and Spanish to enter government service


1889

– La Solidaridad was first published in Spain with copies distributed in the Philippines. Among the prominent founders of the paper were Marcelo H. del Pilar, Mariano Ponce, Eduardo Leyte, and Antonio Luna. Graciano López Jaena, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and José Rizal were among its pioneering editors.
1892

– The Katipunan was born in Manila on July 7, 1892. Andrés Bonifacio, Deodato Arellano, Ladislao Diwa, Teodoro Plata and Valentín Díaz were the founders of the Katipunan (“Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan” - Supreme and Venerable Society of the Children of the Nation). Andres Bonifacio was it supreme leader.


1895

– Jose Rizal Founded the La Liga Filipinas


1896

– August – Andres Bonifacio declared its open rebellion against the Spanish rule in a small community in Caloocan. He established the Katipunan as the Revolutionary Government.


1897

– March – Emilio Aguinaldo was elected by the War Convention held in Tejeros, Cavite as the President of the Revolutionary Government.


The Filipinos did not decide to rebel against Spain overnight after being under the Crown for nearly 350 years. Sporadic violent resistances were recorded all over the archipelago in response to the injustices and excesses of government officials experienced in some parts of the Philippines. It should be noted that the entire Philippines was not entirely controlled by Spain in the 333 years they colonized and stayed in the Philippines. Except for Zamboangga city, the rest of the Mindanao island group was never effectively colonized the same is true for the Cordillera region in Luzon both remained in the control of the ethnic tribes of the area during the Spanish rule. Attempts to establish colonies in these areas resulted in heavy casualties for Spain. Being a Naval Power at the time, actual occupying force was never effectively deployed since the cost of such deployment outweighed the potential gains it might give to Spain. Since no geographic survey was conducted in these areas, the gold and other mineral deposits remained a myth thus only a few Spaniards was willing to invest on a myth at that time.

The Philippine Independence Day June 12, 1898 – was declared by the First Internationally recognized President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite. The Independence was from Spain’s 333 years of colonization.