Despite the ongoing battle in some parts of the country, a lot of Filipinos still found a few things to be proud of during the country’s 119th Independence Day this June 12th. For instance, members of non-government organization DAKILA rushed to the harsh waters of the West Philippine Sea to raise the Philippine flag.
“We express our nationalism through our pledge in the continuous struggle for freedom,” the group said in a Facebook post.
According to reports, the group planted the country’s flag in the sea at sunrise and was later allowed to float on the water as a sign of freedom. The crowd who was present at that moment also sang the Philippine national anthem.
The flag-raising event was done to culminate the three-day Kamp Kalayaan celebration which was held in Zambales. The event was attended by artists and youth groups as they discussed art, music, community, environment, rights, and freedom.
“Here at Kamp Kalayaan, we commemorate Philippine Independence Day by sparking discourse on freedom and human rights in the Philippines, as well as fostering bayanihan through creative and collaborative community events,” said Micheline Rama, Dakila’s Executive Director.
Rama added by saying:
“This symbolic gesture is an expression of our nationalism and our pledge in the continuous struggle for freedom. The Katipuneros who fought for our Philippine Independence believed that kalayaan, could only be truly achieved when each one has attained kaginhawaan, kapatiran, and kabutihang-loob. Today, when many in our nation are still living in abject poverty, caught in the crossfire in conflict zones, immersed in a culture of hate and violence, and deprived of their civil liberties and human rights, can Filipinos still claim true freedom?”
Aside from Independence Day talks, the group also discussed political issues which concern the current state of the country.
“We wanted to create a safe space where discourses about freedom and human rights are done in a respectful manner. We want to listen to each other instead of simply talking against each other,” stated Ralph Eya, Dakila’s Education Director.
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SOURCE: GMA News