Today, Filipinos around the world are observing this very special day for we have achieved freedom and self-government from the dictatorship of foreign lands 112 years ago.
It was on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II (now called Kawit), Cavite when the declaration of Philippine Independence was officially made known. Filipino revolutionary forces under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo publicized sovereignty and independence of the islands from the colonial rule of Spain, which had just been vanquished at the Battle of Manila Bay. This day, the Philippine flag was raised and the country’s national anthem, Lupang Hinirang was played.
Then, the Act of the Declaration of Independence was arranged and written which was signed by 98 people. The event spread on August 1st, when towns had been planned under rules laid down by Aguinaldo’s Dictatorial Government. It was then modified upon Apolinario Mabini’s persistence who opposed to that the first proclamation placed in the Philippines under the protection of the United States.
President Aguinaldo’s proclamation marked a new beginning and also brought bliss beyond words to the Filipinos. This had been an inspiration for other lands to exchange blows to attain the most wanted freedom. Here in the Philippines, Filipinos traditionally celebrate the Independence Day to make people aware and take into account that freedom is the most valued and important right. A right now ours, obtained by courageous people who gave up their lives just to TAKE it back. I have read a line on one of my Social Studies book that states:
Only those who fight for their freedom deserve to be free. Freedom is what this day is all about.
Filipinos are officially called “Mga ibong may layang lumipad.”
In our forthcoming administration with a leadership paradigm, may the utmost love and unanimity flowing among the Filipinos dominate to be able to renew and continue the open living we have achieved in one blissful and strong republic under God’s guidance.