Mapping the Philippine-American War

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To commemorate the anniversary of both the Battle of Manila Bay and Philippine-American Friendship Day, the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS), in partnership with Yuchengco Museum, is presenting a special exhibit on the Philippine-American War. Entitled The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907, the exhibit will be on view at Yuchengco Museum from May 2 to July 4, 2015.

The First Philippine Republic & the United States covers maps from the period of 1898, when the Americans arrived in the Battle of Manila Bay and the First Philippine Republic was established, to 1907, when the First Philippine National Assembly was convened. A must-see for map collectors and history students, the exhibit is an interesting and educational representation of early American colonial presence in the country. On display are not only century-old maps, but also books, photographs, lithographs, war medals, flags and other memorabilia pertaining to the Philippine-American War.

The First Philippine Republic & the United States covers nine significant years of Philippine history—a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. The exhibit explores historical events such as the Battle of Manila Bay, the Malolos Congress and proclamation of General Emilio Aguinaldo as President of the Philippines, the First Battle of Manila, the Philippine-American War in northern Luzon and Mindanao, Aguinaldo’s capture in Isabela, the Philippine Exposition at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, William Howard Taft’s visit to the Philippines, and the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly of 1907. The exhibit is dedicated to the Filipino Revolutionists who sacrificed so much for our country’s liberty and freedom.

Exhibit catalogue, lecture series

A beautifully illustrated bilingual (in English and Filipino) catalogue published by PHIMCOS will be sold at Yuchengco Museum’s Book & Gifts Corner beginning May 2015. PHIMCOS will also present a series of lectures related to the exhibit, focusing on the impact of the Treaty of Paris on the making of the Filipino nation, the Philippine-American War, the role of General Emilio Aguinaldo, as well as life and politics as Filipino society was transitioning during this era.

The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907 will be on view at Yuchengco Museum from May 2 to July 4, 2015. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.

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