June 12 marks the day the Philippines celebrates its independence from three centuries of Spanish rule in 1898. Independence Day as a national holiday is spent by Filipinos with family and friends, a break from the busy and annual reminder of the value of this long-fought-for freedom. Celebrate meaningfully by giving this list a try and have yourself a memorable Philippine Independence Day!
Visit the National Museum
If you have been meaning to take advantage of the perpetually free admission to the Philippines’ National Museums, now’s the time to visit! Open this June 12 particularly in celebration of Independence Day, the National Museum is a great place to honor our independence by surrounding yourself with the culture, history, and biodiversity on display. There are three museums to visit: Art, Archaeology, and Natural History so be sure to prepare your mind and body for long and thoughtful walks!
Stroll along Luneta Park
Rest your weary self this week by visiting the Luneta Park with family and friends. Use this holiday to be one with nature and history by spending the day in a monumental place. Unwind by flying kites and having a picnic, and don’t forget to catch the changing of the guards for the Rizal monument.
Celebrate with street food
There truly is nothing more Filipino than Filipino food so indulge yourself this holiday! Top it off with dessert in the form of sorbetes; the street-peddled ice cream in the Philippines, which means you will almost always chance on it on your strolls. Eat them picnic-like with friends or while taking a walk in the park—there’s no one way to enjoy Filipino delicacies.
Movie night by having a marathon of Filipino historical movies
Tune in to Luna and del Pilar for Independence Day and relive the road to Philippine freedom. José Rizal (1998), El Presidente (2012), Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (2016), Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018), and Quezon’s Game (2019) are just some of the films to commemorate this holiday with. If you haven’t seen any of them, there’s no other perfect time to get in the know on some of the best of Philippine cinema.
Book yourself a trip at the best value
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