With independence comes a greater bondage.

Is there really independence in each corner of the earth? We claim to be free yet we are grounded by rules — rules that people had set according to the standards of the society.

But what is it that we are free from?

Americans celebrate their independence every 4th of July.  People from Brunei, Haiti and Sudan celebrate independence on New Year’s day.  The Hindu had their independence from the United Kingdom back in August 15,1947. Us, Filipinos believe that we had ours back on June 12,1898 from Spain while the Americans acknowledged our freedom on July 4,1946 which for years was observed until Diosdado Macapagal officially made June 12 as the Philippine Independence Day.

With Americans not honoring the June 12 proclamation back in 1946 and Macapagal changing it back to the date when Emilio Aguinaldo proudly declared our freedom, when were we  really free?

What if then the Japanese had another date for Philippine independence, would it be confusing in choosing when our Independence day is? Can’t we have three independence days since we were colonized by different nations?

How about now?

Do we still embrace the things our so called heroes fought for?

Is it not just hypocrisy for us to celebrate independence day while those dreaming of running our country are fighting for what they claim is best for the Filipinos?

I see a lot of people planning things on what to do on this “special” day that they are making it as an entertainment. I have nothing against those people organizing events on Independence Day. However, it is ironic that they use nationalistic concepts for such events when I wonder if they really know or even care for what is going on in the government.

Event posters have those yellow, blue and red colors on it to present it as Filipino as it should be on the day of our so called independence.

Pre-independence or events on independence day itself, would they tackle national issues during the event? I dare not. It would just spoil the fun and party going on.

But why party when the country is facing if not a lot but some issues? I guess that is their freedom to do anything on this day. And my freedom to speak up my mind.

I admit, I wanna join in the party for whatever events there are on this day, but definitely I would not be bringing a flag, wear something red, blue, yellow and white or greet people Happy Independence Day!

But what can I do? I have duties to work on in the job that I have fully gave up my party life for.

Freedom is just more complicated than falling in love. At least you are not getting in jailed for loving a person who doesn’t even care you exist rather than getting all the boos and blahs for even trying to have a Charter Change.

Oh yeah, so how is it going for Con-ass today? And how about Hayden Kho’s freedom to take recorded shots of his sexcapade? And the freedom of the press in Thailand for publishing the dead body photos of David Carradine?

It is funny that the other day, a text message had been forwarded and the “news” spread so fast that a Korean boy died of swine flu and was last spotted in Ayala cinema on June 3 yet they didn’t even bother to check their sources if this was really true or just another message of those chain messages that says forward this or something bad will happen to your mother. What the eff!

It is funny how people can post a lot of those notes in facebook where the user will answer silly questions and tag their friends along and have them comment on it.

See what freedom can do?

It is funny that I’ m writing this blog today and I wonder if I am making sense.

Oh well, it’s Independence day, that gives us the freedom to celebrate it inany way that we want.

I am no perfect Filipino who practices the virtues of freedom. And for that I commend those people for living up to the essence of freedom and being a Filipino.

But what is it then that we are free from?

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