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1935 Inauguration of the Philippine Commonwealth

Film | Accession Number: 2013.25.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1445 | Film ID: 2962

Inauguration of the Philippine Commonwealth (of the United States). The Commonwealth was created by the Tydings-McDuffie Act, which was passed by Congress in 1934. When Manuel L. Quezon was elected president in September 1935, he became the first Filipino to head a government of the Philippines. The Commonwealth Government was inaugurated on the morning of November 15, 1935, in ceremonies held on the steps of the Legislative Building in Manila. The event was attended by a crowd of around 300,000 people.

01:18:03 American flag. Large crowd (mostly Filipino) seated for the ceremony. High-level (cabinet/military) members proceed to their seats. View of the crowd, official news cameras, and military band. More high-level personnel take their seats. "Legislative Building" inscribed on building. More shots of the podium, crowds, and cameramen from the stage, where Alex Frieder was seated with his daughter Alice. 01:20:14 President Manuel Quezon shakes hands as he makes his way through the crowd after the inauguration. Parade with flag-bearers in the crowd below. 01:20:34 CUs, Filipino women in traditional dress pose with Corinne and Alice Frieder on the street.

Event:  11/15/1935
Manila, Philippines
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Alice Frieder Weston
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:42:40
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