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September 15, 1898

MANILA, Sept. 15 (PNA) — On September 15, 1898, La Republica Filipina, an independent and nationalist newspaper founded by Pedro Paterno, was published in Mandaluyong.

La Republica Filipina, which was written in a refined style and was an example of “editorial excellence and direction,” hoped to achieve national unity under a democratic Philippine Republic. It ceased publication in early 1899.

Notably, other nationalist newspapers came out, including La Independencia, which served as the mouthpiece of the Philippine Revolution, and El Heraldo dela Revolution, which was General Emilio Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government’s official publication.

La Independencia, edited by Antonio Luna, was first published on September 3, 1898 and it continued to appear daily until November 11, 1900.

El Heraldo dela Revolution had its name changed three times – Heraldo Filipino, Indice Official and Gaceta de Filipinas. Its first issue came out on September 28, 1898, publishing the official text of government decrees, along with relevant news items. It ceased publication in October 1899.

Also on this same day in 1898, the Malolos Congress opened in Barasoain Church with 95 delegates from various parts of the country gathered to begin the national convention of the Philippine revolutionary government.

One of the important tasks of the Congress was to write the Constitution of the Republic.

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