Every 12th of June the whole country celebrates Independence Day. Originally Philippine Independence day was on the 4th of July, commemorating July 4, 1946 when President Manuel Roxas raised the Philippine Flag which signaled the Independence of the Island from the United States of America.
“..on August 4, 1964, I signed at Malacañang Republic Act No. 4166 statutorily prescribing June 12 as Philippine Independence Day. Special witnesses invited to the signing were children of Presidents, including Carmen Melencio-Aguinaldo, Manuel Quezon Jr., Maria Osmeña-Charnley, Gerardo Roxas, Tomas Quirino, and my sons Arturo and Diosdado Jr.” President Diosdado Macapagal
We all know what happened in the Katagalogan on June 12, 1898, but what about SUGBO?
Cebu only became independent from Spain on December 24, 1898, when the Spaniards unceremoniously sail away from the Island following the treaty of Paris, which sold Las Islas Filipinas to Estados Unidos.
I sent an Email to Dr. Micheal Cullinane Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mike is one of the experts on Cebuano History. I asked him if there was any significant event in Cebu on June 12, 1898. Herewith is his reply verbatim:
Great questions – I can see where you are going… maayo man…
So, some historical background… As you know, Tres de Abril 1898, Cebuanos revolted against Spain; by April 7th, the Spaniards retook the ciudad and forced the rebels, led by Leon Kilat and Luis Flores (ug uban pa) to the south (Carcar for Leon Kilat) and to the Luyong Dagat (contracosta) and bukid for Luis Flores, Emilio Verdeflor, Arcadio Maxilom, etc, with the latter grupo ending up by May at Sudlon. Leon, of course, was assassinated in Carcar. So, from Mayo to Diciembre 1898, the Cebuanos held out at Sudlon and continually challenged the Spanish control over many towns on both coasts. In June, there were several battles that took place between Spanish forces and Cebuanos, especially in the Toledo-Tuburan area (often involving Verdeflor & Maxilom and others) and in Pardo — down the mountain from Sudlon. So, for your turistas and others, you can say for sure that while Emilio Aguinaldo was declaring independence in Cavite, the Cebuanos were fighting the Spaniards in various places in Cebu.
The only actual event that you may be able to use is that on June 12, 1898 there was a famous battle in Pardo, when the Cebuano rebels, including Arcadio Maxilom, Potenciano Aliňo, Francisco Llamas, and Rafael Tabal, attacked the Spanish garrison in Pardo. I found a description of this event in the article “Ang Pardo sulod sa usa ka gatus ka tuig” by Onofre A. Abellanosa, published in the souvenir program: 1st Centennial Celebration: El Pardo Parish, 1966.
So, there’s a good one…
You can also included the series of battle that took place in Balamban under the leadership of Emilio Verdeflor, one of the leaders at Sudlon at the time.
Hope it works. Let me know.
So the Aguinaldo’s declaration of Independence was not really felt in Cebu.
We Should start decentralizing our History.
We should try to focus more on local History.
Every Town has his own story to tell.
For Philippine History is about all of the local histories and not just the story of select few.