If you’re a true-blooded Filipino, you know how significant June 12 is to the Philippines. For those who don’t know, it’s only the country’s Independence Day. June 12, 1898 was the day Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite. Witnessed by a huge crowd, this day was the first time the Philippine flag was raised in public. Emilio Aguinaldo then became the first president of the country.