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