Area residents of Filipino descent mark victory with ally U.S. over Spain

Special to the Sentinel—The Filipino flag is designed to honor the island nation’s independence from Spanish rule in 1898, with the sun denoting a new era and the three stars representing the three principal islands or island groups, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.



061312 2A Philippines flag

Special to the Sentinel—The Filipino flag is designed to honor the island nation’s independence from Spanish rule in 1898, with the sun denoting a new era and the three stars representing the three principal islands or island groups, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Americans have to wait another month, but for Grand Valley residents of Filipino descent, Sunday was Independence Day. That’s the day in 1898 when Filipino and American forces booted…




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