Our Humble Independence Day Commemoration

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    Puto cheese, pichi pichi, cassava pudding, pansit, lumpia shanghai and kuchinta. :)

Are We Really Free?

Some of my friends back home in the Philippines were saying that this year’s Philippine Independence Day seemed like an ordinary day. Though It was declared holiday, they felt different. No rush, or that little excitement we used to have on the previous years.

So many things happened that affected all of us Filipinos. First, the political bickering which resulted to the historical impeachment of a Chief Justice, Renato Corona and made us constituents questioning the rectitude of our justice system and to our government as a whole.

Second, the somewhat orchestrated defeat of the supposed to be historical American Idol winner Jessica Sanchez. Seems like we Filipinos are still being looked down by many and are still unaccepted in the mainstream society.

Third, the controversial loss of the world’s number one pound for pound boxer Manny Pacquiao which put us into perdition.

With all these, it goes back to the same question of our fathers’ fathers long time back;”are we really free”?

But just to forget all these unpleasant truths, all of us Filipino expats in our company here in Dubai commemorate the 114th Independence Day of our beloved The Philippines in a very humble way. Our own way of remembering those brave people who fought against the Spaniards century ago.

Puto cheese, pichi pichi, cassava pudding, pansit, lumpia shanghai and kuchinta. 🙂 Nice KKK shirt bro!

As a Filipino, I felt honored and grateful to Google Philippines for honoring our dear Las Islas Filipinas with their ever popular, ever creative and ever fun doodle.

Mabuhay and Pilipinas!




A Filipino expat in Dubai, an online ad specialist, a social media influencer, a photographer wannabe, a music lover, a loving husband and a loving father, a movie freak, a gadget geek, a foodie etcetera

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23 Responses

  1. sarah says:

    Despite its crab mentalities and corrupt governance, the Filipino race, without a doubt is one of the best group of people this world ever had.

  2. True it feels nothing but like an ordinary day here in the Philippines. Well, glad to know that even outside the country you recognize a call for commemoration. I am also a proud Filipino, I believe we’re one of the talented people in the world.

  3. On the side of the coin, if asked me about this question, Are we really free? Literally, we are free from colonial period. Our government run by a Filipino. Philippines is ruled by Filipino. But in thoughts about patronizing our own products, as compare to Filipino products, we always choose the foreign products. Why is that? We always patterned our system from foreign policies, but I admired that, since we adopt the good ones. Our books in college, we used foreign authored books. Rarely we use our own.

    We say that we are nationalistic? I doubt. That just only in words, and not in action. There are so many things that we, Filipinos should improve and face the path to change. There’s nothing wrong in adopting foreign policies, character like n Japan, as long as we are serious and sincere to change.

    For example in Japan. Discipline, Cleanliness and orderliness and the basic in their culture. One child, alone with bike, cross the pedestrian lane when the red light is on. BEcause of discipline, the driver at full stop, waited the child to fully cross the street.

    Another thing. In a mall. 3 baggages were just left outside without a lookout, no one picked that baggages, until the owner had returned to pick those.

    How nice if we are like that also. We need to first change our “hearts” and practice this kind of culture. Philippines will surely, if not a step ahead, but a big leap of difference will happen.

    I guess, in this line, we are still not totally free. :-).

    • Very well said Bonzenti! Yup you are right, we are free from colonial period but not in discrimination, belittling, and even to the extent of abuse. We Filipinos do have this great “hospitable” gesture that we kept saying we are proud of, but with this, most people from big nations always taking advantage of it, reciprocating in a away that only brings good to them.

      Though we need big changes like changing our hearts as you have said, one thing I like most about us Filipinos is that bonding we have been sharing, in Filipino communities outside the Philippines etc, which I think will remain until eternity. This I also think, is one great factor in changing our hearts for a better and truly FREE Philippines!

      Mabuhi Ka Pilipinas!


  4. We have our Independence Day coming up here in the US in a few weeks. I wonder how many Americans really feel connected to our own day of “freedom” too?

    • I have no doubt about that Greg, Americans are all patriotic and enthusiastic especially on that special day, the Fourth of July! 🙂

      Happy Fourth of July then! Cheers!

  5. Olga says:

    I also felt a sense of pride when I saw how Google commemorated our Indepence Day. It’s nice how you and your friends love our country though you are miles apart. We here didn’t really put much effort in celebrating it.

    • Yup, ever since I started seeing Google’s doodle, It always amazes me when a big company like them, is giving at least some unique way of commemorating an icon, an inventor, a hero, a country and so many others.

      Philippine celebrations are usually observed by Filipino expats everywhere in the world, this is our way of keeping and instilling into our minds of who we are and where we’re from. 🙂


  6. Vera says:

    I think we are free, and this is a free country. But we are still bounded by a lot of chains. I think our socio-political landscape is such that power and money lies in the hand of a few families. they do their best to prevent the spread of this power. We need to be free from that.

  7. looks like a grand and happy time, i wish i can have someone to celebrate the holiday but i just stayed at home.

  8. Bee says:

    It was nice of (all of) you to celebrate Independence Day even if you’re not here in the country. It’s good that you guys keep yourselves grounded. Unlike some people na sandali pa lang nasa ibang bansa, may accent na pagbalik ng Pilipinas.

    • LOL! Acquiring a new accent is I think normal. But showing your newly acquired accent in an overly manner is not.

      We really have to be grounded and it’s just awesome to be grounded always. 🙂

      Cheers Bee!

  9. Aileen says:

    That’s a really good question to ask ourselves…at the same time, it’s also good to always go back to that time when freedom was a privilege we didn’t enjoy as a nation. I have observed that those nations who have just come from a war are the ones who truly understand what it means to be free…decades or centuries later, generations who have no understanding of war tend to squander on the freedom they enjoy…like our generation now.

  10. I couldn’t agree more Aileen. Thanks for that one! Cheers!

  11. anygen says:

    Even here in Norway, we do celebrate Independence day and with salo-salo together too. I am proud to be pinoy despite of everything.

    Hope to see u back: http://www.iconnectworld.com

  12. Paula says:

    We are physically free but we are not free from poverty, corruption, and all the bad things that we see in our society today. 🙁

    • Absolutely right Paula. Modern day slavery, domestic violence and oppression, discrimination etc. Whew!

      🙂 BC Bloggers Meme: Things That Make Me Happy, it made me thinking about those things. I’ll be writing this also, soon.

      Cheers Paula!

  13. verna says:

    I think the answer to your question is obvious. Haha. But it’s still nice to commemorate this day with our fellow Filipinos. I honestly think that the best companions in this world are the Filipinos.

  14. anygen says:

    Proud to be pinoy. Just a bit sad, I did not able to attend Independence day celebration here last two weeks ago. Filipino’s were gathered in Oslo to celebrates. But I wasn’t there. Maybe next year will do!

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