September 3, 1898, La Independencia Came Out with Its First Issue
On Sept. 3, 1898, La Independencia, the periodical organ of the Revolution, was founded by Gen. Antonio Luna, with Leon Ma. Guerrero, Cecilio Apostol, Jose Palma, Mariano del Rosario, Rosa Sevilla, Rafael Palma, Fernando Ma. Guerrero, Salvador del Rosario and Felipe Calderon as staff members.
On the same date, the periodical organ of the Philippine Revolution against Spain, came out with its first issue. It was edited and founded by General Antonio Luna, Supreme Chief of the Army under Emilio Aguinaldo.
It was the most prominent and widely-read newspaper at the period and continued publication even during the Filipino-American War, although General Luna was pulled out of its editorial staff because of his military duties and was replaced by Rafael Palma as acting editor.
On this same day in 1899, La Independencia first published the Spanish lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem titled “Filipinas” written by Jose Palma.
Palma a poet and soldier, was in the staff of La Independencia at the time he wrote his “Filipinas”.
The La Independencia came out with its last issue on November 11, 1900.