June 12th or 4th of July?
When United States of America granted independence to the Philippines on July 4, 1946 through the Treaty of Manila, they chose July 4 as the date that also corresponds to the countries’ Independence day, and that day was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until 1962.
On May 12, 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation no. 28, which declared June 12 a special public holiday, celebrating Independence Day throughout the Philippines.
Now, apart from digging a piece of history, what does freedom mean nowadays?
Have you seen the North Korean girl how she managed to escape from her country?
How about the fight of the Ukraine?
And Aung San Kyi’s struggle for democracy in Myanmar?
As nelson Mandela says, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
With our country struggling to gain back land the terrorists are trying to occupy in South, the tension of claiming islands between asian countries, the terror of unknown attacks from left to right, aren’t we happy we see skies empty without any mechanical birds? Aren’t we happy to go out anytime we want to drink with our friends?
Life is simple yet day by day it gets complicated.
We see everyday not so lovely news but we can always find beauty in each and every details of our lives. Share positivity, smile! Take time to pause to pray for the lives of our soldiers, our president and all that contributes peace to our country.
Happy Independence Day Kabayan!