It also has the date "13 Agosto 1898" engraved on the scabbard. (The fall of Manila?).
August 13, 1898 is the date of the "mock" battle between the Americans and Spanish(the fall of Manila and the islands)which took only a few hours.
Declaring independence is one thing, but that doesn't mean the Spanish are gone from the islands. August 13, 1898 is the official date when Spain released its power over the Philippines...this may be why the Philippine Army felt this date was significant.
I know this is a late reply, sorry about that, I never saw this thread 6 months ago. It looks like there is more writing on the scabbard. What does that say?
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2008 11:05:51 GMT -5 by dimasalang