Google’s #Kalayaan2013 animated Doodle
The 2013 homepage graphic is Google's latest Doodle honoring Philippine Independence Day

Screenshot of the homepage, June 12, 2013.

MANILA, Philippines – Internet search giant Google again joined the Philippines in celebrating the country’s Independence Day with an animated Doodle, depicting the historic declaration back in 1898.

The Doodle, which was put up on the search engine’s front page Wednesday, June 12, shows an animated version of the scene from June 12, 1898, when the Declaration of Philippine Independence was made in Kawit, Cavite.

KALAYAAN DOODLE. Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day, 2013. Image courtesy of Google

The two letter O’s were replaced with the image of the ancestral home of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president, and the eight-rayed Sun from the Philippine flag. An animated person is seen waving the flag from the home’s balcony, as a row of people sporting native hats look on from below.

The logo’s other letters are colored blue and red, based on the Philippine flag’s dominant colors.

This is the 3rd time Google released a Doodle in honor of Philippine Independence. The first one was during the country’s 111th Independence Day in 2009, with the Google logo sporting colors of the Philippine flag.

Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day, 2009. Image courtesy of Google

The second one was in 2010 (112th Independence Day), followed by another one in 2012 (114th Independence Day).

Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day, 2010. Image courtesy of Google

Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day, 2012. Image courtesy of Google 

The site also marked the May 13 elections with a Doodle.

Google said the Doodles are “fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.”

The concept, Google said, was born back in 1998, even before the company was incorporated. Over a thousand Doodles have been made for the site’s homepages around the world, the company added. –

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