Today, June 12 my country is celebrating its Independence Day. It’s the day when Philippines was freed and got liberated from centuries of Spanish colonial rule. All forms of media here in my country today seem to rejoice and acclaim the freedom my country had 121 years ago. It’s not bad. But such commemoration seem so 121 years ago that it failed to level-up and be upgraded in a more current and present-day perspective about freedom.
My country’s celebration is still so stuck about the freedom from political and social control by the Spaniards. Every Filipino shouts that it really feels good to be free and independent! But are we really free and independent in the true sense of the word today?
Spanish folks definitely has moved on and would not really care anymore about the goings-on in the Philippines today. Yet still here we are, still so stuck with the thought of being freed and be independent from these folks from Europe.
Can we simply upgrade our thoughts on today’s celebration? I would rather rally about true freedom and true independence today in the context of the present-day Filipino situations and circumstances. I guess it would be better if Filipinos would rather contemplate on whether we are really free and independent socially, politically, morally and (wallet-wise) economically.
Yeah we have our own government but are we really free from shameless politicians and government officials? Yeah we have freedom of expression, but are we really free and be accepted by fellow Filipinos on who we are regardless of skin color, dialect, physical attributes and sexual orientation? Yeah we are free from economic control by other countries but are we really independent money-wise that we no longer have to worry on where to source the dough needed for tomorrow’s food, clothes, medicine and shelter? Are we really free from traffic congestion, bad education and racial discrimination? Parang hinde! (Translation: It seems not)!
I don’t want to spoil today’s revelry. Besides, bakasyon ngayon or it’s a non-working day today! The last time I checked, Spain has no plans of recolonizing us. And I guess we Pinoys still have a lot to work on regarding the true meaning of freedom and independence.
Ismayl lang yata ang libre! Pridom ka dyan!