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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Philippine Declaration of Independence

Today (June 12) is the 113th anniversary of our national independence from Spain.

People wonder why we celebrate June 12, 1898 as our independence day and not the internationally recognized July 4, 1946. For me, June 12 represent more heroism than July 4. Filipinos fought and died before and after June 12, 1898 for the sake of achieving and later, defending that independence.

The July 4, on the other hand, is just a clear reminder that we are once a colony and commonwealth of the United States. Of course, it was an honor to achieve independence at the 170th anniversary of American independence but Filipinos did not fought and died to achieve that independence in July 4. As a commonwealth, we are already a functioning nation for ten years before 1946. As a commonwealth, we have a functioning Filipino government and run our domestic affairs. Internationally, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was an associated member of the League of Nations while the United States was not a member at all. During the founding of the United Nations (UN), we were a recognized signatory of the UN charter. We even sent athletes to compete in Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Anyway, June 12 is more than just independence. It is also a remembrance day. It’s a day to remember that our forefathers fought and died so that future generations enjoy the freedom that we are enjoying today.

Philippine Declaration of Independence (June 12, 1898)

2 comments:

  1. How long no see and sorry long time absent, anyways, I already updated on my favorite links added your blog, as well as thank you for your partnership just looking for English tips or on my blog you'll see the banner on my FB's profile. Happy Monday for you and your sweet readers. Carlos English Tips.

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  2. hehehe no probs Carlos.. and thanks! :)

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