Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Independence All Year Round

For years many Filipinos have argued about the REAL date of our declaration of independence. Some still believe we should celebrate it on the 4th of July (not just as a product of colonial mentality) to commemorate our absolute political freedom from the United States on July 4, 1946. While others pushed for the 12th of June (the so-called fictional independence) — this was the day when Emilio Aguinaldo assumed dictatorship for the country and declared it free from Spanish rule on June 12, 1898.

The argument remains though; how could we consider June 12th to be our independence day when the provinces of Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Vigan, Legazpi, and several towns nearby were still very much under the control of the Spaniards in June 12, 1898?

I’m no history buff nor do I enjoy nitpicking on details such as accuracy of dates and such. I guess the cause of celebration is simple — we’re free now, aren’t we? Yeah, last time I checked we had our own Filipino president, Filipino cabinet members, Filipino congressmen and senators, all climbing their way to the top of the political chain. Sure, we’re free as a bird in the open sea.

As far as every Filipino is concerned, we should celebrate our independence every single day. Just like we do Christmas and Mother’s Day.

Let’s party.

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