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Independence Day

We have posted additional placemat colors, and now have the story behind our place mat in the “Our Story” section.

Happy 4th of July Independence Day weekend!

Did you know…

Up until 1964,  Philippines Independence Day was also celebrated on July 4th?

This date originated when the Philippines was a colony of the U.S., and the Tydings-McDuffie Act in 1934 set the date for Independence as July 4, 1946.

It was later changed to June 12th, at the urging of historians and nationalist.

The date June 12th, 1898 was the original date that Filipino General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed independence from the colonial rule of Spain, shortly after General Dewey’s defeat of the Spanish navy during the Spanish-American War in April, 1898.

The U.S. gained control of the Philippines through the Treaty of Paris, signed in December 10, 1898.  The treaty included Spain ceding the Philippines, Guam and other Pacific island for the sum of $20,000,000.


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