In dependence day
Today the Philippines celebrates its Independence day and since the
holiday was moved to Friday... I wasn't able to go to the celebrations
today because of work.
Fortunately, I was able to get off from work a bit late.. hence the
timing was great for shooting the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC). The QMC
is a tribute to Manuel L. Quezon, first president of the Philippine
Commonwealth under the American Occupation... erm... I think.
I was asked before on how I felt about our Independence. I answered that
I am very grateful to our national heroes for laying their lives down
for their country. Unfortunately, I quickly pointed out, its quite
obvious that we are not completely free. We are still bound by forces
outside our control. Economics, trade, world affairs, terrorism, there
are a lot of forces that bind our dependence to the world. Our
dependence on oil, exports to other countries, membership to the World
Trade Organization (WTO), all of this bind us in some way or another to
other countries... hence the question begs, are we truly independent?
Discounting discussions on society, I wish all Filipinos here and around
the world a happy ID12. See you all on Saturday, because there
will be no broadcast on Friday (13 June 2003). I will be going to Bataan
and Pampangga, provinces just North of Manila for a short 2 day
vacation. See you all Saturday!