Independence Day was blah in the localities. It’s a disturbing reality for LGUs to have launched lavish fiestas, parades, and ceremonial what-have-yous but nothing at all to commemorate an independent nation and to give thanks to the country’s heroes, known and unknown, who have laid down their lives in order that we today could enjoy freedom. In this contrary display of behavior, the word authenticity comes to mind. Also, Filipinos’ belief that “ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan” (native translation of Santayana’s dictum: “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”).
I’m not saying that localities hold lavish independence day celebrations. But for LGUs to lead a simple gathering with the community. To collectively recall what happened on this day and what it means for us today, especially today when this country remains sharply divided, socially. To set aside all other cares, worries, prejudices, and differences, even for just today, and to collectively be one. To collectively feel pride in the Philippine nation. To collectively reaffirm the Filipino. To collectively renew our roles in nation building.
But nothing (maybe the celebratory inputs online but that’s too easy). How come even in this we are silent? If we keep on like this, we’ll soon forget what our flag looks like.