June 12 marks the day the Philippines celebrates its independence from centuries of Spanish rule in 1898. Philippines Independence Day is declared as a national holiday. Most Filipinos spend this holiday with family and friends to take a break from the bustling and hustling city life while others go on a trip down memory lane and reminisce the sacrifices that fellow Filipinos did for this long-fought-freedom.

This year, why not celebrate the Philippines Independence Day meaningfully by giving this list a try to show your love for the country even in small but significant ways.

Here are the things you can do to make the most out of the Philippine Independence Day!

1. Visit the National Museum

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If you have been meaning to take advantage of the perpetually free admission to the Philippines’ National Museum, now’s the time to visit! Open this June 12 particularly in celebration of Philippines Independence Day, the National Museum is a great place to honor our independence by surrounding yourself with the Philippine culture, history, and biodiversity on display. There are three must-visit sections here: Art, Archaeology, and Natural History. So be sure to prepare your mind and body for long and thoughtful walks!

2. Stroll along Luneta Park

Why not rest your weary self this week by visiting the Luneta Park with family and friends this holiday? Take advantage of the no work, no school day to be one with nature and grasp the Philippine history by spending the day in a monumental place. You can unwind here by flying kites or by having a picnic. Also, don’t forget to catch the changing of the guards for the Rizal monument.

3. Explore Intramuros

Intramuros was where Manila’s most influential and wealthy citizens of the Spanish colonial period had lived. Explore the historic Walled City of Intramuros without spending a lot! Intramuros is one of the cheapest but amazing places in Manila that you can tour. You can either bike or just join the walking tours in the area. And once you’re there, you’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled to the past. There you’ll find Fort Santiago where Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution in 1896.

4. Eat Filipino street food

There truly is nothing more Filipino than Filipino food so, indulge yourself this Philippines Independence Day with the treats that you can find just on the streets! Don’t miss the isaw (chicken and pork intestines), fish balls, balut, penoy, and everyone’s favorite: kwek-kwek (quail eggs covered with orange batter).

Top it off with dessert in the form of sorbetes; the street-peddled ice cream in the Philippines. Eat them picnic-like with friends or while taking a walk in the park.

5. Movie marathon of Filipino historical movies

Binge watch the all-time Filipino historical films this Philippines Independence Day. You can never go wrong with the films José Rizal (1998), El Presidente (2012), Heneral Luna (2015), Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (2016), Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018), and Quezon’s Game (2019). These are just some of the films to commemorate this holiday with. If you haven’t seen any of them, there’s no other perfect time than now, to appreciate the road to Philippine freedom.

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