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Looking Back to the Ground

PILIPINAS_by_luigi09 I watched the celebration of 111th Independence Day Celebration at Koronadal, South Cotabato at the local channel this morning. It was unusual for GMA to hold such celebrations outside Luzon when all memories lurk around the 8 provinces that fought the Spaniards during the 1896 Revolution. Though quite peculiar, I found the celebration very significant since independence is ought to be celebrated all throughout the country; not to mention, of course, the job packages that GMA had given the people of Koronadal.

Perhaps a lot of bloggers have posted the same topic over the net and my entry might seem a mere replica, if not, an elaboration of other posts. But I swear I haven’t read any of those yet and the thing that most intrigued me about our Independence Day may either be accepted or refuted. It is of the reader’s opinion which side he decides to camp with.

Does June 12 serve as authentic date of our independence? You may have encountered this query as often as the debate between Rizal and Bonifacio during college days; there is always the dispute between the June 12 and July 4 as to which should be the prime date to mark. Even the Philippine Historical Institute had found this very compromising and left the case to the national government to declare which date should be marked as the national holiday, and after a thorough consultation with historians and experts, June 12 was formally declared. And as far as my memory doesn’t betray me,  it was President Diosdado Macapagal (father of the current President) signed Republic Act No. 4166 into law, returning the Independence Day observance to June 12.Pilipinas kong mahal

The declaration was all based on one premise: June 12 was fought by Filipinos while July 4 was granted by Amboys. But we all know that the Aguinaldo’s declared republic in Kawit, Cavite didn’t last long when Americans took over our country. In fact, his government was never recognized outside the revolutionaries’ domain. One irony about it is the existence of a prior government that even Aguinaldo himself knew, and that could not be other than that of Bonifacio’s.

Andres (the Great Plebian), who existed in the other pact of KKK, had founded a government which he called “Katagalogan” far before Aguinaldo declared his own. Sad to say, only few know about this. I guess that Aguinaldo’s declaration became popular because of no complex reason except that the historians who wrote the first account of revolution were all Aguinaldo’s men. If ever there were independent chroniclers, they were too lazy to excavate the whole truth regarding the plight of the revolutionaries. So which is which? Should we not also consider the declaration of Bonifacio valid? If yes, then should we also consider Bonifacio as our 1st president?

Then came the Amboys. After the WW II, our country was finally given independence to start with the Philippine Second Republic which was eventually headed by Manuel Roxas. Unlike the 1st Republic, it wasn’t curtailed by colonization and this was the time Filipinos drafted a new constitution, though tinged with an American prototype. Although this was just granted and not fought for, it gave rise to what we have right now and that somehow shaped us as a country. I am not against June 12 so to say, but rather how it is implemented and how history should be “re-written” to make everybody critically understand about our past. Only then shall we redefine what constitute us as a nation with a profound past to start with. And lastly, if this conjecture is accepted, wouldn’t July 4 (Filipino-American Friendship Day) deserve to be marked red in our calendars too?

P.S. If Bonifacio’s presidency is accepted, then GMA is our 15th president. And if July 4 is marked as our Independence Day, then GMA falls as our 10th president.

  1. Bartolome Panes
    June 14, 2009 at 7:33 am

    …”to hold such celebrations outside Luzon when all memories lurk around the 8 provinces that fought the Spaniards during the 1896 Revolution”.

    This remark in my opinion is divisive. Mindanao has been alienated by the imperial Manila gov’t for sometime now bereft of opportunities bestowed upon provinces that lies within its proximity. Hence the sentiment by the people of the region feeling treated like third class citizens. Shouldn’t the gov’t reach out and embrace the whole archipelago for once and start reaching out to unite the country? I am no Muslim but I see the disparity being perpetrated by the leadership since the country gained its independence from foreign invaders.

    • totomel
      June 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

      i know how you feel Sir though i don’t take it as decisive act of the government but de facto a start of recognition. yet, i share the same sentiment with you when i was still working with the badjaos. however, instead of throwing the whole blame to the national government, one needs to consider the responsibility of local politics, whom i deem are keeping that sentiment flowing. sometimes, it is up to the local executive to push through recognition and development in the locality. I believe SOCSARGEN has done that very well.

      in one point, i also agree with what you said about disparity which i see to be associated with seemingly unfair distribution of the national wealth. almost 70% of national projects are poured in Luzon as seen in majestic and maze-like flyovers in NCR. it’s a good thing though that the current administration singles out the necessity of other regions in boosting the country’s economy; thus projects such airports and economic corridors are set-up strategically in various provinces.

      you might wonder why i am saying this. since you were talking about unification, i guess it can only be achieved when development for progress is pursued nationwide. just when will you feel left out when you have all the benefits like Makati? hence, a concerted effort between the national and local government is needed.

      …and of course, we too have the big responsibility to help. 🙂

      thank you for dropping by 🙂 you posted a very interesting question there 🙂

  2. June 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    If I am not mistaken, we have declared our independence 6 times… 😀

    Thus, I think this is the reason why the National Historical Institute made the national government decide on this issue. 😀
    We really like to declare our independence, much as we really like to have our cedulas torn (as this was done several times in different places).

    I was about to make a similar comment with Mr. Panes above, but you have done a comprehensive response so that suffices… Hehehe… 😀

  3. totomel
    June 15, 2009 at 2:30 am

    really Sir? wow interesting. i’ll look for that. 🙂

  4. AC
    June 16, 2009 at 6:13 am

    onga. baket ang 4th of July America lang ang nagcecelebrate (tsaka ang mga nasa call centers kase wala sila pasok.. nyahahah!).

    pero salamat sa post mo na to, nadagdagan ang aking kaalaman. hate ko pa naman ang History nung ako ay estudyante pa lamang. hehehe. joke lang. ibig ko lang sabihin wala ako masyado matandaan/alam sa history. hehehe. 😆

    • totomel
      June 17, 2009 at 2:10 am

      hahaha…ok lang yan. ako nga dapat magpasalamat dahil sa muniting paraan, nakatulong ako sa iyo.hehehe

  5. AC
    June 16, 2009 at 6:13 am

    ay salamat din pala kay Mark, may added info sya.;)

    • totomel
      June 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

      Marks claim needs to be verified AC. when you look at it, it all depends on how one defines independence. 🙂 but i’m still grateful. at least i have something to excavate for my search of true answers. 🙂

  6. June 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hi totomel…

    Thank you for supporting Nooks and Crannies for the year that passed. In return, I have something for you. You might want to check this out.

    • totomel
      June 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

      thank you for inviting me Sir. i am very interested to answer your questions had the time for me is less stringent. as you have insinuated, time is the prime factor to answer ’em all. unfortunately, i have more things to do these days so maybe next time lang. busy gid abeh.hehehe.

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