Today is The Philippines’ Independence Day!

Like in many countries in the world, local commemorations will be underway in several parts of the archipelago. People of all walks in life will try to remember all the heroes who sacrificed their lives fighting for our freedom.

But, what does it really mean to be an independent nation? Has the common folk on the street learned of its true significance to himself?

Yes, independence is always equated to freedom. Walking freely on the streets, free to speak responsibly, free to practice one’s religion, and most of all, free to breathe the air.

Yet, when the government that is supposed to govern the people and its bureaucracy to serve with utmost dedication fail their responsibilities, does that mean we, the masses, are being shortchanged?  Our independence from corruption and other nefarious activities of those we elected and those they appointed is being stolen from us. Our independence becomes an empty rhetoric.

Technology helps us discover the crooked ways of those shenanigans in power. On the same level, the same wicked functionaries use the media to overpower our independence to weed them out of office. The ever-continuing battle for the truth is hampered by enacted laws by the same notorious crowd of self-serving individuals.

We are defeated. We are lost. Indirectly, we helped them reached the positions they are occupying now. We let them lulled us into indifference, patronizing our most mundane interests in self-promotion in social media circles and other networking sites. We gave them the independence to fool us at any given time, citing national security that best serves us all to protect our so-called freedoms.

We are to blame because we, who have the real power for change, shirked our duties to prevent evil entities to make a mockery of our cherished dreams. We let ourselves down.

Is there still hope?

Every day is a chance. In every small way, we can overcome our failures to unite. For every good deed as an upright and model citizen, we will infect the bad people with the positive virus. Every one of them will eventually join us in our crusade for a better world.

Utopia, they said, is a figment of our imagination. Can’t we claim a lesser state, more realistic but peaceful than today’s chaotic world?

I believe we can.



12 thoughts on “Meaning

    1. I am having problems with the Reader since yesterday morning. Can’t see other blogs. 😦 Can’t blame me for being incensed. If you could only watch the local news, you will get high blood when you hear how inept (or in collusion) our authorities in stopping corruption. Moro-moro na naman sila at tayo entertained sa mga palabas nila sa investigations kuno. Grrr! Got to try reloading. I hope I would have luck soon! Blessings, belsbror.

      On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM, belsbror wrote:


      1. Sorry about the reader. Try clearing your browser. I had that problem before. The news can be aggravating when it comes to politics. We are having the same problem right now in the education sector. We (me and the support workers) are in the middle and thick of it. I just have to roll with the punches. Good Luck.

      2. It is only the Reader that’s not loading. I can post. Hope and pray everything will turn out great at your end. Education is a positive front where we all could benefit. Hang on!

        On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM, belsbror wrote:


      1. Yeah good luck with that my friend:) What ever happened to Imelda Marcos with her room of shoes?

      2. Imelda is always Imeldific as they call her. Her shoes had been displayed in a museum. (laughs) I am not sure if they are still there. For your information, her son is an elected senator. Weird, isn’t it? The political telenovela entertains us all. Now tell me if we could hope for a better future.

        On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM, belsbror wrote:


  1. Part of the problem, and in many countries, is that when we vote we give away our power to those for whom we vote and may have to wait another four or five years for another chance. We do not live in democracies but in representartive democracies, giving away our power to those who represent us. Or who mis-represent us.

    1. Yes, you are correct with your conclusions. I agree. 🙂
      In our country, that’s the rule and not the exceptions. The brightest people either work abroad and become important in their adopted nations or they stay in the sidelines because they will never be voted in office due to the lack of financial backing from the oligarchy who chooses their own dummies that could be easily controlled once elected.

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