Being British I don’t have an Independence Day – we mostly outlived and absorbed our invaders, paid them off, or their empires collapsed from with and without out our help, or they simply got bored with us and went away.
So I adopt Philippine Independence Day to make up for it.
So here is my thought, merely a whisper beneath the noise:
History isn’t there to remind us about our past, but show us where we should be. Independence Day reminds us, surely, of what the Philippines should be and encourages us to make the Philippines the worthy nation that was once dreamed of, to reflect on why it isn’t, and become determined to make it so.
May you have a great Independence Day.