“Why do we need to celebrate the Philippine Independence Day?” asked an eight year old to me as I was leaving the classroom. A simple question that almost ruined my entire day. It was kind of frustrating to explain the importance of such holiday when we just had an activity, reflection and a heart to heart discussion about the topic and here comes that little boy asking that question as if we didn’t at all talk about it inside the classroom. But before I could consume all the negative vibes in the world, he continued, I need to explain it well to my Mommy. No matter what I do and how hard I try to explain it to her, she couldn’t understand why we need to celebrate it. I need more explanation so that she will buy a Philippine flag and have it hang outside our house. That changed everything.
This taxing world has busied us so much that celebrations of this like pave of no more importance – aside, from the fact that it gives a time for people to relax, chill out or go for an outdoor adventure as it has been declared as a holiday. We forgot the true essence of this celebration and forgot the revolution and evolution that had happen. Who among us know that:
- the original Philippine flag had the color red on top and not blue;
- the three stars in the flag does not symbolizes the current three big group of islands but rather represents Luzon, Mindanao and the Panay island;
- the “Lupang HInirang” is not the first national anthem but rather the “Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan” which was charged by Andres Bonifacio to Julio Nakpil;
- if in a hanging position, the blue color should always be on the right;
- everything that concerns the proper use and any other legal matters concerning the flag has been stipulated in the Heraldic Code.
Why do we need to celebrate the Philippine Independence Day? Why not? With the advent of countries trying to threaten others’ sovereignty and countrymen, we could only hope for the democracy that we are exercising to continue. For all we know, this might be the last time a child can ask on such inquiry. This might be the last time we can unceremoniously and freely hang the Philippine flag outside our houses. This might be the last time. We’ll never know.
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