Friday, June 12, 2009

Independence Day

Today, Philippines celebrate its 111 year of independence from the colonial rule of Spain for 377 years. A Spanish expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, was first landed Philippine archipelago in 1521. Spanish regime ended when the Filipinos revolt last June 12, 1898. The Spanish-American War and the colonial rule of Spain was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay headed by Gen. Emelio Aguinaldo and later became the first Philippine Republican President.

Do you feel the essence of Independence Day?

First thing in the morning I asked myself, why do people fought for their freedom. Why do people in the streets raising their sentiments on how the present government officials govern the country. Is there really freedom in our country? Why do people fighting and asking for changes? Is it good enough to get distracted by trying to fight a battle? Is that battle worth fighting? Why should we allow ourselves distracted on others offenses? Instead, we need to stay focused on what God wants us to be. He wants us to turn away from those distractions and choosing our battles wisely so we can fulfill the destiny He has prepared for us.