In Filipino it’s pronounced “Araw ng Kasarinlan” and means Day of Freedom, which signifies one of the most important dates in the history of the Philippines – Independence Day. Observed annually on June 12th, as it marks the national holiday celebrating the Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. On this very special day of recognition, join the International Family of ORGANO™ as we take a moment to reflect and respect the patriotism and valor shown by the people of the Philippines in their pursuit of independence.
The Chain of Islands On The Map Known as The Philippines:
The Philippines is an archipelago (large group or chain of islands), comprised of 7,107 islands located in southeastern Asia between the South China Sea and the Western Pacific Ocean and is Located near the present-day countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau and the island of Taiwan. The two largest islands in the Philippines, Luzon and Mindanao, make up for two-thirds of the total land mass area – imagine that! The capital, Manila, is located nearly 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco, California, U.S.A., and the two cities are separated by approximately 6,000 nautical miles of water.
The History Behind Independence Day in the Philippines:
Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, first landed in the Philippines in 1521. Shortly thereafter, Spain sent expeditions to conquer, and colonize, the islands. The Philippines was a colony of Spain from 1571 to 1898, and fought many battles in attempt to gain their independence from Spain. It wasn’t until the Spanish-American War, when the United States won a major naval battle in Manila Bay in 1898, that the Spanish rule came to an end in the Philippines. However, while gaining independence from Spain, the Philippines were surrendered to the United States as part of an agreement that ended the war. The United States granted independence to the Philippines on July 4, 1946, and the Republic of the Philippines was born. The Republic of the Philippines, however, recognizes the day that the rebels declared independence from Spain, June 12th, as their official independence day. And, the rest as they say is history!
The Flying Filipino Symbol of Patriotism & Valor:
The Flag of the Republic of the Philippines, which proudly represents the country, holds deep meaning and symbolization. Every strategically placed star, triangle and sun reflect the sacred virtues and pride felt by, and representative of, the people of the Philippines.
Royal Blue Field: Peace, Truth and Justice
Scarlet Red Field: Patriotism and Valor
White Triangle: Equality and Brotherhood
3 Stars on Corners of Triangle:
The Country’s Three Main Regions; Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Sun in Center of Triangle:
8 Rays Represent the 8 Philippine Provinces Initiating Revolt Against Spain.
Just like the OG Global Family of Distributors on six continents, the Philippines has a diverse population of residents boasting African, Australian, Asian, Arab and European descent – who ultimately migrated to the land and proudly call themselves Filipinos! There is no greater human right than to live a free and independent life, and at ORGANO™ it is the driving force of our determination to provide an opportunity for everyone to live a divine life. On this date in history, as we reflect and remember those who fought so hard to hear freedom ring – Happy Independence Day to our OG Family in the Philippines! #TasteTheGold