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Friday, June 11, 2010

Commemorating Philippine Independence


Today marks the 112th Philippine Independence Day! Just in time for the President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III was proclaimed as the winner of this year's presidential election 3 days ago. I bet, it's about time for us to be free from the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime!

Today is a holiday but ever since GMA became the President, whenever the holidays fall on a weekend, she moves it on Mondays so everyone gets to spend long weekends with families and friends. A decision which President-elect Noynoy Aquino resent especially moving Independence Day. This is what he said:

“What we were yesterday, what we are today, and whatever we will be in the future are made possible only because of our freedom to live our lives to their fullest potential. No other day but Independence Day reflects the common aspirations of past, present and future generations of Filipinos... For those who willingly offered everything to country – even fight to death – Independence Day embodies our proud achievements as a people. As inheritors of the patriotic legacy of exemplary forebears, we now seem to take Independence Day for granted – which is absolutely deplorable and inexcusable.”


“Moving Independence Day is a sin”


Being the son of the 2 Filipino icons (the late Ninoy Aquino, Jr. and the late Pres. Cory Aquino), and have been through a lot during the Marcos regime, I can clearly understand President-elect Noynoy Aquino's sentiment.

Philippine Independence Day is the country's annual celebration of our freedom from the Spanish colonization in June 12, 1898 which was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was the day when the Philippines' flag was raised and our national anthem was sang for the first time. It's also the day that we remember those people who fought for their lives for our countries liberation from the colonizers.

Freedom is indeed the best gift that our ancestors have given us. It should always be remembered and cherished!

Resources:
http://www.asianjournal.com/aj-magazine/something-filipino/5752-the-112th-philippine-independence-day.html
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/independence-day

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/260703/philippine-independence-day-patriotism-or-tourism

5 comments:

Cel said...

korek ga! only in the philippines nga lang yan. nawawalan na nga ng essence e.. haay!

bingkee said...

There's really nothing wrong on prolonging the "celebration " to have a longer weekend....that's the practice here in America. When the holiday falls on a weekend , it automatically moves to a Monday so people can have a longer weekend and enjoy the holiday more.
Yang si Noynoy , wala bang ibang masabi o magawa yan....pati ba naman holiday and sigarilyo pag-aaksayahan nya ng laway at oras....Mao jud ning mga politiko sa Pilipinas uy.

ally said...

@Cel,

hehehe.. ganun talga. ang advantage lang we (call center agents) get to enjoy the holiday pays, di ba?

thanks for commenting ga! ingat!

@bingkee,

hehehe... relaks lang te. hapit na baya ka uli diri. ma experience jud nimo changes under the new admin.

ayo2x pirmi! God bless!

ally said...

@Cel,

hehehe.. ganun talga. ang advantage lang we (call center agents) get to enjoy the holiday pays, di ba?

thanks for commenting ga! ingat!

@bingkee,

hehehe... relaks lang te. hapit na baya ka uli diri. ma experience jud nimo changes under the new admin.

ayo2x pirmi! God bless!

William K Wallace said...

Hopefully one of these days my country Scotland will have it's own Independence day, when we finally get our own identity back..!