Philippine Independence Day [June 12, 2015] 117th (1 Viewer)

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John Necir Rebellion

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"Ipinagmamalaki ko ang aking sarili dahil ako'y Pilipino, sa salita at sa gawa"
: Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies that no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech or of expression.
Translated: "I am Proud to be a Filipino, in word in deed." [by: John Necir Rebellion]

(CNN Philippines) – We all know – and celebrate – June 12 as Independence Day, the day President Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. But aside from the proclamation itself, the country actually celebrates two more anniversaries on June 12: The anniversary of the Philippine flag and the anniversary of our National Anthem.

And while every Filipino is familiar with the Philippine flag and Lupang Hinirang, very few people know a few significant things about the symbolisms and history of the country's flag and anthem. As we marked the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day, here are some facts you're not probably aware of about our national emblem and hymn:

  • Aguinaldo himself made the sketch of the flag that he personally submitted to Doña Marcela Agoncillo who was living in Hong Kong at the time.
  • It took Agoncillo and her two assistants five days of hard work to finish the flag which, as described by the maker herself, was "made from fine silk with a white triangle at the left containing a sunburst with eight rays at the center, a five-pointed star at each angle of the triangle, an upper stripe of dark blue and a lower stripe of red."
  • The three stars represent Luzon, Panay, and Mindanao — not Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Panay was part of what the Proclamation of Independence in Kawit, Cavite referred to as "the archipelago's three principal islands."
  • In 1907, the Philippine flag and any nationalist flags, banners, emblems or symbols, particularly those identified with the Katipunan, were once outlawed in the country under the Flag Law of 1907 or Act No. 1696. With the country under American rule, the three stars and a sun was then replaced by the stars and stripes of the U.S. It took the Philippines 11 years before the law was repealed and the country's flag to be raised anew.
  • The original Philippine flag hoisted in Kawit on June 12, 1898 was lost somewhere in Tayug, Pangasinan when Aguinaldo retreated to Northern Luzon during the Filipino-American war. Aguinaldo himself mentioned this incident in his letter to Captain Baja dated June 11, 1925.
Until now, the whereabouts of the original flag of 1898 remains a mystery.

As for the Philippine National Anthem, very few people know that the "Lupang Hinirang" that Filipinos sing today is actually just our second national anthem.

  • The very first Philippine anthem was titled "Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan," which national hero Andres Bonifacio commissioned in 1897. He requested musician Julio Nakpil to compose the anthem when they were encamped with Katipunan troops in the vicinity of Balara in November 1896.

The first national anthem "Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan" with its original lyrics performed by Inang Laya to mark the centennial of the Philippine revolution in 1996.

  • Despite the presence of Bonifacio's version of the anthem, President Aguinaldo, upon his return from Hong Kong, met with the composer Julian Felipe on June 5, 1898 and asked him to compose a national hymn.
  • Julian Felipe said in his memoirs that he used three other musical pieces as basis for our National Anthem: The Marcha Real, the Grand March from Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, and La Marseillaise.
Below is a comparison of the three pieces of what we now know today as the National Anthem of the Philippines.


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Independence Day (Philippines)
Philippine Declaration of Independence
Lupang Hinirang (Philippine National Anthem)
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What is it you do to celebrate independence day? Is it like Thanks Giving is the states where you have big meals and all that stuff? :)

John Necir Rebellion

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What is it you do to celebrate independence day? Is it like Thanks Giving is the states where you have big meals and all that stuff? :)
Not Really, but here if you are a worker you'll be given a day-off and if you are a student no classes. Specially as a Filipino you are free doing stuff, the Filipino way (Speak in Tagalog or in Native Filipino Language).
Facts about Philippines:
  • Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia.
  • Filipinos are said to speak in English fluently compared to other Asian country.
  • Philippines have the most (very many) Dialects and Languages.
  • Filipinos are the most polite persons because we ...<-(link)
  • Family
    The Philippines is known to be a family centered nation. The Filipinos recognize their family as an important social structure that one must take care of. They give importance to the safety and unity of one’s family. The Filipino family is so intact that it is common for members of the same family work for the same company. It is also common to find the whole clan living in the same area as that the Filipinos are afraid to be too far from their own family.

    People get strength from their family, thus a child may have several godparents to ensure his future in case his parents will not be there for him. They also do not let their elders live too far away from them. The Filipinos take care of their elders by taking them into their homes. Unlike the Westerners, the Filipinos do not send their elders to nursing homes to be taken care of. They believe that when their elders are unable to live alone, the time has come for them to pay their respects and to be able to serve their parents just as they were cared for when they were younger.

    Filipinos are taught to become respectful individuals. This is mainly due to the influence of Christianity that tells us to honor both our parents and our elders. The use of ‘’po’’ and ‘’’opo’’’ when in conversation with an elder or someone who is older is a manifestation of how Filipinos respect their elders.

    The Filipinos are very hospitable when it comes to their fellowmen. They will invite their visitors to come into their homes and offer them treats such as snacks and drinks after a long journey. There are also instances when the Filipinos will serve only the best to their visitors even if at times they may not be able to afford it. They also go the extremes as to give up the comfort of their own bedrooms for their guests and to the point of sleeping on floor just to ensure that their guests are comfortable.

    Gratitude or ‘’’utang na loob’’’ is a very popular Filipino characteristic. One does not forget the good deeds that others may have done to him or her especially at times of great need. This debt of gratitude are sometimes abused by those who have done well to others as they may ask favors or things that may either be unreasonable or beyond the means of the one in debt.

    Shame or ‘’’Hiya’’’ is a very common Filipino value. It is said that Filipinos would go to great lengths in order for one not to be ashamed. Hiya has a great influence on one’s behavior for one will do everything, even if it is beyond his means just to save his reputation as well as the family’s. Filipinos feel pressured to meet the status quo of the society when it comes to economic standing. One indication of this might be a willingness to spend more than they can afford on a party rather than be shamed by their economic circumstances.

    Flexibility, Adaptability, and Creativity
    Filipino's sense of joy and humor is evident in their optimistic approach to life and its travails. The ability to laugh at themselves and their predicament is an important coping mechanism that contributes to emotional balance and a capacity to survive. These are manifested in the ability to adjust to often difficult circumstances and prevailing physical and social environments. Filipinos have a high tolerance for ambiguity that enables them to respond calmly to uncertainty or lack of information. Filipinos often improvise and make productive and innovative use of whatever is available. These qualities have been repeatedly demonstrated in their capacity to adapt to living in any part of the world and in their ability to accept change.

    Loyalty or ‘’’Pakikisama’’’ is another Filipino value. Filipinos are said to be loyal to their friends and fellowmen in order to ensure the peace in the group. This is manifested in their basic sense of justice and fairness and concern for other's well being. Filipinos recognize the essential humanity of all people and regard others with respect and empathy. With this orientation, Filipinos develop a sensitivity to the nature and quality of interpersonal relationships, which are their principal source of security and happiness.

    Hard work and Industry
    The related capacity for hard work and industry among Filipinos is widely recognized. Filipinos are universally regarded as excellent workers who perform well whether the job involves physical labor and tasks or highly sophisticated technical functions. This propensity for hard work, which often includes a highly competitive spirit, is driven by the desire for economic security and advancement for oneself and one's family. This achievement orientation is further accompanied by typically high aspirations and great personal sacrifices.

    Trust in God or the concept of ‘’’Bahala na’’’ has been over-used time and again. This ideal is used when a person does not know what to do or is to lazy to do anything at all. This belief to put fate in God’s hands may be a sign of how religious Filipinos may be at the same time, it may show that the Filipinos are free-spirited and that they put their life in fate’s hands.
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