As a result of the Spanish American War of 1898, as per The Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, the Phillipine Islands and Guam to the U.S.A. On March 2, 1917, The Jones - Shafroth Act was signed granting collective U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship. Puerto Ricans do not need Passports to travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S.A.
June 12, 1898 was the proclamation of the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from #Spain's colonial rule. Spain was defeated at the mock Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. Spain later ceded the Philippines to US in 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. The US recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila until August 4, 1964 when a law designated June 12 as the country’s Independence Day. #ProudToBePinoy