“Happy Independence Day Pinoys!” And Pinoys reply, “Maraming salamat!”

The Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 is celebrated today as the National Day of the Philippines. So when I returned from Pulau Ubin today, I looked for my two kakis in campus, JC and Mingko and managed to find JC , thumping away on his keyboard.

I looked for a Filipino flag and took this selfie of us to commemorate the day:

20140612 Filipino Independence Day

Well, the duck thought this was pretty cool!

What little I know of the history of Philippines I read mostly from online accounts, usually arriving there by way of the Pacific War (WW II), and of course through major news from the 70’s. I have been fortunate to learn more from conversations with friends in Singapore. It is wonderful having a living person to ask questions of, and we learn about humanity in this ongoing process.

I tweeted this photo and J C Mendoza reposted this on Facebook to say

“Singaporean colleague N. Sivasothi tweets “Happy Independence Day Pinoys!” To which we Pinoys say, “Maraming salamat!””

He added,

“Today we honor the sacrifice of the men & women who fought for our freedom. May we never take it for granted. Happy Independence Day, Philippines.

“Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo!”

Indeed.

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