ART: Celebrating Philippine Independence Day through art: Reflections on a revolution that ended colonial rule

This Friday, June 12, marks 122 years of Philippine independence from the Spanish Empire.

In 1898, the Philippine Revolution helped end more than 300 years of colonial rule which saw the introduction of Christianity and the seizure of lands in order to establish plantations for tobacco, abaca, sugar cane and coffee, which were then exported abroad.

The colonists also expanded their trade networks through the Manila Galleons, which carried exchanges of porcelain, silk, ivory spices and goods with New World silver, with items shipped from China to Mexico via the Philippines.

Though the Spanish colonisers faced many clashes with local populations over the years, it was a secret society of revolutionaries and intellectuals that eventually took them down.

Formed in 1892, the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, also known as the Katipunan or KKK, aimed to gain independence through rebellion.

Check few other notable works that tell the story of the Philippine Revolution and the country’s road to independence in this link:

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