The Act of Declaration of Philippine Independence can be read here.
Apolinario Mabini, to put it mildly, was not happy with the proclamation. Read what Onofre Corpuz has to say about it here: O.D. Corpuz to receive top UP honours
But there it is. The story of our nationhood has been one of trying to emerge from wanting to be a protectorate, and risking all that it takes to be free. We are still trying to make that choice.
The Independence Day That Wasn’t is an interesting article, and one I agree with partially.
If we follow the articles above, our independence day should be the one proposed by Dr. Corpuz; but also, we should make the date the senate rejected the RP-US bases treaty a national holiday, too.
Incidentally, today, we will be waving Philippine flags the colors of which were changed in 1998. The problem is, the flag manufacturers can’t make the exact shade of blue mandated by law. Which means both government and people are all flouting the law in waving a flag whose colors do not match the colors mandated by law.
How typical of our country. Faults, failings, failures and all, it’s the only country we have. And I’m sure you, as I do, loves the country.
We have been free for 58 years; but it was 106 years ago that that freedom was proclaimed for all the world to know.