Spain maintained control of the Philippine Islands for more than three centuries and a half. During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines we Filipinos lived in misery, exploitation, slavery and suffering. Because of misconduct and abuses of the Friars and the Civil, exhausted the patience of the natives and caused them to make a desperate effort to shake off the unbearable system then commencing the revolution to the Spanish colonial.
The Philippine Revolution (Filipino: Himagsikang Pilipino) was an armed military conflict between the people of the Philippines and Spanish colonial authorities began in August 1896, upon the discovery of the anti-colonial secret organization Katipunan which lead by Andrés Bonifacio whose goal was independence from Spain. This action leads other provinces to revolt and fight against Spaniards which in some events they won early victories but because of Bonifacio’s death, Emilio Aguinaldo led his own revolutionary government.
Because of Spanish–American War and the US defeated the Spanish navy. Emilio Aguinaldo, unofficially allied with the United States, returned to the Philippines and resumed hostilities against the Spaniards then the rebels had gained control over nearly all of the Philippines with the exception of Manila. Then Aguinaldo issued the Philippine Declaration of Independence and the First Philippine Republic was established. American helps the Philippines in so many ways. All this happened because of all the sacrifices of our countrymen that offer their lives in order to give us our freedom.
Being a Filipino is important, we should not be afraid to fight for our own rights and country, to express what we feel and to be free. We should treasure being who we are because being true to our self, being a Filipino is enough to protect everything we have. It would be nice to live freely and practice ourselves to be more responsible in our own country. The hope of our countrymen is dependent on our dedicated group of leaders.