TODAY IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY:
The Battle of Manila Bay or the so-called Mock Battle of Manila occurred.
The battle was considered “mock” because it was already pre-planned from the time the first gun would be fired as well as to what time the guns would stop firing. The surrender of Spanish forces to the Americans was theatrical as the raising of the white flag was already expected.
These events were planned and seconded by U.S. General Wesley Merritt and Spanish Governor General Fermin Jaudenes respectively.The Fall of Manila to the American forces on August 13, 1898 marked the start of American colonization of the Philippines.
(Ref: Philippine News Agency)