Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy 111th Philippine Independence Day!

Tomorrow is a special day for all Filipinos as we celebrate the Philippine Independence Day. It is a public holiday in the Philippines so some employees will have to spend a long weekend. However, for us who work in the call center industry, we still have to go to work. Anyway, we will get double pay for work rendered tomorrow.

Based on historical accounts, it was June 12, 1898 when General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence and sovereignty of the Philippine archipelago from the colonial rule of Spain.

However, the declaration was not recognized by the US government or Spain due to the 1898 Treaty of Paris where Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States in exchange for an indemnity for Spain’s expenses and lost assets.
The US government finally recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 under the Treaty of Manila and we have been observing Independence Day during this day until President Diosdado Macapagal signed RA No. 4166 into law on the 4th of August 1964 designating June 12 as the Philippine Independence Day.

I just hope that tomorrow’s celebration of the Independence Day will become more meaningful to all Filipinos as we are in the brink of economic and political recession. Let us not forget that our country’s Independence was not given to us in a silver platter. Our ancestors fought hard to free us from bondage sacrificing their own lives in the process.

Happy Independence Day to all my Filipino countrymen!

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betchai said...

sorry you do not have a long weekend, but at least, you get double pay :) Happy 111th Independence Day.

Arlyna said...

Mabuhay - Happy Independence day to all the filipinos!

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Juliana said...

happy independence day! Sorry, that you have to work, though, while the rest of the work force are on vacation.

have a fab weekend na din!

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Badong said...

at may history lesson talaga a? hehe

maligayang araw ng kalayaan!

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femmepower said...

yay!double pay.yes, i'm working too but at least the pay justifies it, lol.mabuhay ang pilipinas!thanks to our brave forefathers.

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nobe said...

good luck sa ating mga pinoy.


Seiko said...

Maligayang araw ng kalayaan sa yo kabayan!

janicephil said...

well all i can say is that happy independence beloved philippines u will always be the only pearl of the orient seas and that you are. hope filipinoes will better learn to appreciate that ins spite we are a third world country we indeed felt our liberty. that is very very important.

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