ARAW NG KALAYAAN. Philippine flags welcome motorists entering Vigan City via Quezon Avenue in this file photo from 2018. This Wednesday marks the 121st celebration of Philippine Independence day. The Philippine Declaration of Independence took place on June 12, 1898 in present-day Kawit, Cavite, where Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain. (photo by Imelda Castro-Rivero/PIA Ilocos Sur)