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Tag: Emilio Aguinaldo

Double-sided Gesture

Double-sided Gesture

Letters
  Double-sided Gesture by Dianne Alyssa A. Aguirre Let your thumb speak your judgment about the past in a coin toss, when He was more than a right-sided face in every five-peso, and led the Motherland in its first republic year. A thumbs up could be as double-sided as a flipped coin, when heads and tails fight for dominance in mid-air and two opponents are left hoping to win in silence. The gesture could be an act of approval to the freemason fighting for independence, the politician who created truce with Spain, the president of the revolutionary government. It could also be an act of condemnation, wherein you make a fist as if holding a lighter, with the thumb ready to roll the spark wheel. From its flame you would smell contempt for the man who declared s...
Philippine Independence: Are We Celebrating on the Right Day?

Philippine Independence: Are We Celebrating on the Right Day?

Culture
IN 1965, President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Act No. 4166, declaring June 12 as the official Philippine Independence Day. While it is commonplace for Filipinos to celebrate the country’s independence on June 12, confusion on the rightful date to celebrate the Independence Day  still remains. Was it Aug. 1 or Sept. 9 after several modifications? Or should it be celebrated every July 4—the same date its former colonizer celebrates its own? One of the most important days in our history changed dramatically over time. What actions in the past contributed to these changes? And do they make any difference? Emilio Aguinaldo: June 12, 1898 The Philippine Act of the Declaration of Independence or Acta de la Proclamacion de la Independencia del Pueblo Filipino, written by Ambro