Exciting things are happening this month at Bonifacio High Street!
There are tons of reasons to celebrate this month. Aside from Pride, the Philippines will also commemorate Independence Day on June 12. To mark this momentous occasion, why not go to Bonifacio Global City this weekend? They’re holding their biggest sale yet, the Freedom Sale. It will last until Sunday, June 12.
With over 60 participating stores, you can get what you need for a fraction of its original price. Get up to 70% off from Bonifacio High Street, Central Square, and One Bonifacio High Street stores. These include Certified Calm, Fully Booked, L’Occitane, Sole Academy, Under Armour, and more.
Check out the BHS Facebook for more information on this exciting Independence Day event!
How we got here (no, this isn’t about the sale)
In the second half of theÂ 16th century, Spain colonized the Philippines. The Spaniards’ oppression compelled Filipino intellectuals to fight for freedom. This awakening led to the Katipunan revolutionary movement. Andres Bonifacio (the man Bonifacio Global City got its name from) sparked it. Emilio Aguinaldo took over as its leader much later.
But the road to independence was long and winding. The Spanish-American War began in April 1898. A month later, the United States defeated Spain in the Battle of Manila Bay. At the time, Aguinaldo was in Hong Kong, exiled by the Spaniards. He made plans with U.S. officials to return to the Philippines. He promised to aid them in battle against Spain.
Upon his return, Aguinaldo immediately declared Philippine independence on June 12, 1898. But the U.S. asserted its dominance and set up its own government in the country in 1902. Decades later, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established under President Manuel Quezon.
After World War II, the Philippines finally achieved real independence in 1946.