Monday, May 28, 2012

28 MAY

1898 -  The Battle of Alapan in Imus Cavite marks the Second Phase of the Philippine Revolution against Spain, waged under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy as his camp returned from exile following the Truce of Biak na Bato earlier forged by him and other Filipino revolutionary leaders with the colonial authorities; more than a year earlier, Aguinaldo's camp was  accused by President Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, leader of the secret-society-turned-revolutionary-government  Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan of secretly negotiating with the enemy Spaniards before the former, a relatively new Katipunero, ordered the abduction and killing of the latter; within seven months from Bonifacio's assassination-cum-execution, Aguinaldo would sign the Biak-na-Bato truce and go into self-exile in Hong Kong;  in about five months, Aguinaldo would return to continue the second phase of the Revolution after imperialist-in-the-making United States convinced  Aguinaldo to resume the fight against Spain as part of what would be a short-lived alliance between the Filipinos and Americans, with Admiral George Dewey deceptively promising the Filipino revolutionary leader that the U.S. will honor Philippine independence; the Battle of Alapan will mark the first time the Philippine flag commissioned by Aguinaldo will be flown.

1906 - The Philippine leper colony in Cebu province, Philippines, is established during the American colonial rule amidst the continuing struggle against the imperialist Bald Eagles by the still un-co-opted Filipino freedom-fighters to protect their land and independence; as the bloody and protracted  Philippine-American War (1899-1914) rages on some seven years and three months after it first began, some 365 lepers land at the colony to form the nucleus of what is named the Culion Leper Colony, which would supposedly become known as the largest and one of the best institutions of its kind in the world. 

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