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On June 12, the Philippines celebrated 100 years of nationhood. A century before, revolutionary leader Gen. Emilio Famy Aguinaldo stood on the balcony of his home south of Manila, unfurled the new national flag and declared independence from Spain after 333 years under Madrid's yoke. The celebration was a chance to put aside for a moment the financial Crisis and concentrate instead on feeling p roud - few people, after all, know how to party more enthusiastically than the Filipinos. The centennial party also ushered in the new administration of Joseph Estrada, former movie star, mayor and legendary creator of malapropisms.

Photograph by Edwin Tuyay for Asiaweek

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