It’s that time of the year where I get to be patriotic in my own little way.
Today marks the 114th year of Independence, and I must say that I am lucky to not have experienced the hardships of being held captive by foreign nations. Many of my countrymen have shown courage and bravery in their quest for the country’s freedom. For that, I’m grateful and yes, I am very proud of them, they will forever be our country’s heroes.
Here’s an excerpt from the Speech of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, during the 114th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence:
True democracy for all Filipinos: this is the essence of our Constitution; this is the lifeblood of our free State. Cognizant of the mandate enshrined in our Constitution, we will not allow it to be infected, sullied or used by anyone who seeks only to best his fellow men, or wallow in power.
History’s blessings teach us: we will only achieve true freedom when each of us is ready for his soles to be callused, when each of us is ready to give his blood and sweat for our country. With heads held high, we will forge on towards a Philippines free not only from the clutches of foreign oppression, but also and more importantly, from corruption, hunger and injustice. Let us dismantle the bars of selfishness and disunity; let us break free from the culture of finger-pointing and indifference. This is the meaning of true freedom.