A Toast to Our Independence and Alliance!

Updated: July 4, 2017

Ni Marcial Bonifacio

Pagsasalinwika ni Sari Aya Malaya

Mga kaibigan at mga kababayan ko, isang tagay ng tagumpay para ating matagal ng kapanalig, ang Estados Unidos, sa pagdiriwang ng kanilang pampulitikang kasarinlan noong ika apat ng Hulyo, 1776 at ang pansarili nating kalayaan noong ika apat ng Hulyo, 1946. Ang ika apat ng Hulyo ay hindi lamang isang araw na tagumpay mula sa pagdanak ng dugo ng ating mga magigiting na kababayan na tumuligsa laban sa koloniyalismo at imperiyalismong pamamahala.

Ito rin ay araw nang hindi maipagkakait nating karapatan sa buhay, kalayaan at sa paghahanap ng kaligayahan na ipinagbubunyi ng kapwa nating pamahalaan. Sa pagdiriwang na ito, gunitain at bigyang pugay natin ang ating mga bayaning nagbuwis ng buhay para sa ating kalayaan at ang mga magigiting nating sundalong patuloy na nagtataguyod ng ating kaligtasan bago ang kanilang sarili.

Karagdagan, dalawa sa mga ama na nagtaguyod ng Amerika ay namatay limang oras bago ang ika-limampung anibersaryo ng Deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ng Amerika noong 1826. Ang isa ay ang may akda ng deklarasyon na siya ring pangatlong pangulo ng Amerika, si Thomas Jefferson. Ang isa naman ay kabilang sa mga lumagda sa US Konstitusyon at ang pangalawang pangulo na si John Adams. Sa mga pananalitang pabaon sa kanyang lamay, nabanggit ni Senador Daniel Webster ang nabiting panahon para sa dalawa. Dapat sana ay natapos nila and taon upang masaksihan ang ika-50 taon mula sa pagkakatatag ng kasarinlan. Ang araw na ito ang tanikalang nag-uugnay sa kanilang kagitingan kaakibat ang dangal ng bayan. Ang langit ay magbubukas at kagyat silang tatanggapin.

Sa ating pagdiriwang, magbigay pugay at parangalan natin sina Jefferson at Adams, at ang lahat ng mga bayaning nagbuwis ng buhay para sa ating kasarinlan. Gayundin ang ating mga kasundaluhang patuloy na nakikipaglaban para sa ating kaligtasan bago ang kanilang sarili.

Mabuhay ang ating matatapang na mga sundalo! Mabuhay ang ating kalayaan at alliance!

Philippines Veterans Day

My friends and countrymen, I propose a toast to our oldest ally, the U.S., in celebration of its independence on July 4, 1776 and our own independence on July 4, 1946. July 4th is not only a day we both share in the bloodshed of our brave patriots, who opposed colonial or imperialist governance, it is also the day our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were announced on which both our governments are based.

Additionally, two of America’s founding fathers died five hours apart on the 50th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence in 1826.  One was the author of the Declaration and the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson.  The other was a signatory to the U.S. Constitution and the second U.S. president, John Adams.  In his eulogy about the timing, Senator Daniel Webster said, “It cannot but seem striking and extraordinary, that these two should live to see the fiftieth year from the date of that act, that they should complete that year, and that then, on the day which had fast linked forever their own fame with their country’s glory, the heavens should open to receive them both at once.”

As we celebrate, let us also salute and pay tribute to Jefferson and Adams, and all those past heroes who have died for our liberty and the current soldiers who continue to put our safety before their own.

Long live our brave soldiers! Long live our independence and our alliance!

Comments
Figo Cantos no offense guys, but i’d rather have my flag on the top.. hehehe..
Marcial Bonifacio Hahaha! Figo, iyong perception ng mga bandila did not occur to me. Datapwa, still, ang Constitution at gobyerno ng RP ay American-based, kahit hindi precisely. Also, naisip ko ang model ng U.S. (without Aquino’s American twin brother, Obama) is still the best model for other democratic republics to emulate, due to the emphasis sa limited, separate, at balanced gobyerno. Talaga, America ay exceptional.
Lyn Cerdan Ka Marcial, pinapangalawahan ko ang sinabi ni Figo.. Mas higit kong nanaisin kung ang ating bandila ang nasa itaas ng Amerikano.
Alma Nemis tama ka Lyn.,,,,
Pamee a bird’s-eye view; two flags nicely arranged & positioned parallel to each other
Gretchen Mae Ortega i don’t celebrate it…haha
Marcial Bonifacio Angel, kaibigan ko, may ang pinakaobjective punto ka.
Marcial Bonifacio Gretchen, it is not too late to start, especially considering your potential.
Marcial Bonifacio Lyn, kaibigan ko, I have been seriously considering writing a blog tungkol sa ang importance ng American Founding Fathers, ang Declaration of Independence, at ang U.S. Constitution sa RP. An overview of the American Revolution and its context are vital, para our kababayans can truly understand America’s importance not only sa ang independence at Constitution ng RP in particular, nguni’t sa history ng world sa panlahat.
Lyn Cerdan maganda yang pinaplano mong yan Ka Marcial. I will look forward to that.
Gretchen Mae Ortega i can make some articles if i’d be vacant….i couldn’t think anymore..so stressed…
Gretchen Mae Ortega but i think U.S. is too condescending towards the Philippines…She’s treating the Philippines like a first-grader as if it doesn’t have mind on its own….

Marcial Bonifacio Gretchen, you must simply know how to manage stress more effectively, when it cannot be prevented.

How is the U.S. being condescending towards RP? Kung totoo ito, is it not plausible? Does not the presidential election of 2010 sa RP reflect such a potential, negative view of the U.S.? Gayunpaman, the U.S. has much to deal with domestically and internationally. Samakatuwid, it must be cautious in its decisions which could have negative repercussions sa future, hindi ba?

Gretchen Mae Ortega too much work, it is…still finishing the final copy of my thesis and i have to read about 300+ pages just for this week..i wonder of you could teach me yoga just relieve my tired spirit..
Gretchen Mae Ortega anyways, that’s what i learned from my four-year stay in college being a political science student…that U.S. had some ill-meant reason why Phil. was under its tutelage for many years and still seemingly dependent towards the U.S. in its foreign policy…btw, am interested about the effects on the capture of bin laden because a classmate mentioned it it to me…can you send me some articles about it?:)

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Marcial Bonifacio Gretchen, kaibigan ko, that sounds like more than a handful of things for me to study. Marahil it would’ve been ideal had I attended school and finished with you, sapaka’t we could’ve coached each other and I would’ve advanced in my studies sooner, hindi ba?

Tungkol sa paksang yoga, I would be honored to teach you some basic techniques para sa stress relief, halimbawa, meditation at malalim na breathing. It would also improve your concentration with consistent practice. Just buzz me sa YM.

Tungkol sa paksang U.S. colonialism, it was only a temporary condition just as sa Afghanistan at sa Iraq ngayon. Once political stability is reached, the Americans will give complete autonomy to them just as it did with RP.

Tungkol sa paksang capture ni Bin Laden, I will find a few good articles para sa iyo and E-mail them, marahil bukas. It is notable that Bush was largely responsible for finding and killing Bin Laden, dili si Obama.

Gretchen Mae Ortega tnx in advance…i’m still cramming here because i have two hundred pages more to read…

July 28, 2011 at 6:45am

Lynne Adam Happy 4th of July!

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Jeffry Dy Great read Marcial and i wasnt online last july 4.The change of the date started when Macapagal signed the proclamation no.To say that it was been celebrated the same day in the us and there r a lot of nationalist bleeding hearts crying and begging to make this as a change of date and month

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Marcial Bonifacio You are correct about Pres. Diosdado Macapagal changing the date under a false premise. Intriguingly, July 4th was also the day American Pres. Teddy Roosevelt considered a victory over the Philippines in 1902. However, independence was fixed for July 4th, 1945, which was delayed one year later due to WWII. Therefore July 4th is a significant day in our history.

On the same subject, the historian Felizado Pagsanhan, considers anyone a liar, who observes our independence day on June 12th.

http://www.philstar.com/…/phl-independence-july-4-not…

Therefore those “bleeding heart nationalists” need to start being rational.

An 83-year-old student of history believes…
philstar.com

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Rudy Mercado IN NEW YORK, JUNE 12 IS CELEBRATED BY PUERTO RICANS AND FILIPINOS BECAUSE THAT IS THE DAY AMERICA BOUGHT THE TWO COUNTRIES FROM SPAIN. JULY 4TH IS THE DAY AMERICA DECLARED INDEPENDENCE FROM EUROPE. JULY 4TH USED TO BE CALLED FRIENDSHIP DAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

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Marcial Bonifacio That is correct, Rudy. Which day do you think we should use to celebrate for our independence?
Rudy Mercado Independence Day (United States) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Independence_Day_(United…
Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation,

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to…
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