OD Corpuz on the real independence proclamation

O.D. Corpuz Commencent Speech.

Fascinating read. The proclamation of independence on June 12 upset Apolinario Mabini, and presents one side that has always existed in our search for independence. There are those who viewed independence merely as local autonomy, and were happy with our being a foreign protectorate; others prefer a country that embraces the world and looks outward, and not just inward.


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    • Shirley Ann Angeles on June 27, 2004 at 11:09 am

    Please send me a copy of Manuel L. Quezon list of people who he had trusted to lead every region in the Phillipines spreading and practicing TAGALOG as our National Language. I really can’t find it in the web. Thanks


    • Rank Merida on February 7, 2004 at 10:26 am

    IMHO, our independence should be dated starting with the pullout of the Americans from their Phil. bases. Before that, we were always dependent on the Americans for everything. When the British left Singapore on their own that’s when the Singaporeans started fending for themselves. And look where they are now. This means we are still in our infancy as an independent nation. Not to worry, once we learn to walk on our own, we’ll get there and find our place in the sun with the rest of the world.

    • boom on February 4, 2004 at 5:40 pm

    Funny that all these years we have been celebrating our declaration of protectorate status rather than independence.
    Thank you for the heads up and hemceforth I will celebrate August 1 as the real declaration of independence day

    • PARI on June 15, 2009 at 10:42 am

    is this document open for public viewing?

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