The 56th anniversary of the 1898 Declaration of Philippine Independence was marked on November 30, 1954 with the release of a pair of commemorative stamps engraved by the English firm of De la Rue.
First Day of Issue Cachet
Philippine independence was officially proclaimed on June 12, 1898 with the reading of the Proclamation of Independence in Kawit, Cavite. The Proclamation was prepared and read by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista and was signed by 98 delegates, including General Emilio Aguinaldo. The event saw the National Flag of the Philippines, designed by General Aguinaldo and made in Hong Kong by Mrs. Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza unfurled for the first time. This was followed by the performance of the “Marcha Filipina Magdalo” now known as “Lupang Hinirang”, the National Anthem.
First Day Covers
Unpainted and Painted