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Category: Today in Philippine History

April 1, 1901, Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States

On April 1, 1901, Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States, formally ending the First Republic and recognizing the sovereignty of the US over the Philippines. He signed an oath of allegiance to the United States, nine days after his capture, in return for his release from incarceration. Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans in his secret headquarters in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.

March 25, 1986, Cory issued Proclamation No. 3 establishing a revolutionary government

Today in Philippine History On March 25, 1986, newly installed president, Corazon Aquino, issued Proclamation No. 3, abolishing the 1973 Constitution, the Parliament, the Supreme Court, the office of the Prime Minister, and all national and local positions, creating a revolutionary government under what she called the "Provisional Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines".

March 25, 1521, the Magellan-Elcano expedition left Homonhon

Today in Philippine History On this day, exactly 500 years ago, the Magellan-Elcano expedition left Homonhon (an island now part of Guiuan, Eastern Samar) after nine days in the area since 16 March 1521, recuperating and brought provisions from the people of Suluan, also an island under Guiuan.

March 22, 1915, the Sultan of Sulu relinquished his sovereignty over Sulu

Today in Philippine History On March 22, 1915, the Sultan of Sulu, Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram, in behalf of his adherents and people of the Sulu Archipelago, signed in Zamboanga, a mutual agreement with the Governor General, represented by the governor of the Department of Mindano and Sulu, Frank W. Carpenter, renouncing his sovereignty over the Sulu archipelago.

March 16, 1521, Magellan Saw the Island of Samar in the Easter Part of the Philippines.

On March 16, 1521, the Magellan expedition saw the island of Samar in the eastern part of the country, after almost two years of voyage and hardship at sea. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese sailor defected to Spain after he was rejected and had some disagreement with the Portuguese king. He managed to convince King Charles of Spain to provide him with men and ships in his ambition to launch an expedition that would circumnavigate the world.