june 12
june 12 marks "philippine independance day", a day filipinos at 'home' and abroad consider as the official birth of the philippines as a nation. why june 12th? why was it changed from july 4th (originally in concert with the u.s.a.)? diosdado macapagal, former president of the the philippines writes,
    "A nation is born into freedom on the day when such a people, moulded into a nation by a process of cultural evolution and sense of oneness born of common struggle and suffering, announces to the world that it asserts its natural right to liberty and is ready to defend it with blood, life, and honor."

long live the philippines, even with all of its struggles.

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