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Jun 02nd
Home Sections History Filipinos Ought Not to Celebrate this Year the June 12th Philippine Independence Day
Filipinos Ought Not to Celebrate this Year the June 12th Philippine Independence Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Saturday, 06 June 2009 10:30

What good is independence if the slaves of today are the tyrants of tomorrow?” Jose P. Rizal, as spoken through the fictional character of Father Florentino in his novel, El Filibusterismo


O nce again it is the month of June and Filipinos worldwide celebrate what is supposedly the birth of Asia’s first democratic Republic. Tomorrow is the big annual Philippine parade in Manhattan, New York, as Filipino-American community members from the Eastern Seaboard commemorate the June 12, 1898, Philippine independence from Spain. Yes, what good is independence if some of the “slaves” (as described by Dr. Rizal during his days) are now the “tyrants” that control and compose the much-despised “The Imperial Manila”?


Should Filipinos celebrate their independence from Spain, and on July 4th, their freedom from the United States, when their de-facto head of state, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has become the number-one tyrant in the land? Should Filipinos commemorate the declaration of independence from colonial powers when just some 200 families (that now control “The Imperial Manila”) have continued the tyranny? The 19th-century Filipino revolutionary heroes surely did not give up their lives in the fields of battle or in the foreign lands where they were exiled just to continue the slavery of their people under the new tyrants, even if the new oppressors are fellow Filipinos.


H ere are some published articles in this website about Philippine Independence:


Dynamics of the Philippine Revolution of 1898 (by Msgr. Winfred Vergara)



Reconciling the 1898 and 1946 Philippine-Independence Days



The Fourth of July Is RP-US "Interdependence Day" 


H ere are some articles about the banishment of Filipino revolutionary heroes to Africa and Guam, especially that about Isabelo de los Reyes, who was probably the only Filipino exiled twice (once by the Spaniards and then for the second time by the Americans):


Correcting Bicol History and Remembering the Bicolano (and Filipino) Heroes Exiled to Africa 


The Filipinos’ Unfinished and Coming Agenda in Guam 


Isabelo de los Reyes: Founder of the Philippine Labor Movement (Among Other Titles) # # #




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Last Updated on Saturday, 06 June 2009 10:50
Comments (2)
1 Friday, 12 June 2009 23:24
Hi Bobby,

I can't help responding to this article about "the slaves of today is the tyrant of tomorrow", and the "Imperial Manila".

I went back and lived in the Philippines for 10 years or so, I worked there too, after having lived and worked here in the US for 20 years straight. There are problems , as any country does with a system where there's so much "pakisama' to the point nothing gets done in public (even private) organizations. You cannot talk straight and speak your mind because others will think you are 'mataray" even if what you say makes sense and it's the truth. The experience I have while in the Philippine is not as bad as other kababayans here paint. We have gone a long way from way back when but some choose to see and say the negatives instead of the positives. Most want to critize but, really, if you look deeper and ask, "what are we really doing to help?" we come short, sort of, like, "tinimbang ka ngunit kulang". I can't help remembering a famous line from a famous person here in America, Jack Kennedy, "do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country", and, another important phrase, "if it's to be, it's up to me"

What do you think my friend? Quo Vadis? Where do we go from where we are now?
Our attitude determines our altitude. How high do you think our attitude will propel us? Hmmm......
2 Monday, 23 November 2009 11:05
Memories of where one has been (should) never look as good as where one is going.

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