MAY 20, 1898
The Revolutionary Navy started on this day when the Filipino flag was hoisted on the ship Magdalo. U.S. Commodore George Dewey turned over Admiral Patricio Montojos’ Reina Cristina’s small pinnace which the navy renamed Magdalo. President Emilio Aguinaldo formed the Revolutionary Navy during the second phase of the Philippine Revolution. It operated with eight steam launches captured from the Spaniards while wealthy Filipino patriots donated bigger ships. The navy’s flagship, Filipinas was purchased in China and naval stations were built.
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