Something to Think About this June 12th

Our friends over at Ugnayan have organized an event on June 7 that should make us think twice about the “Philippine Independence Day” celebrations that happen every year around this time.

For me growing up, PND was always about pork barbecue sticks, super-soaker battles in the park and meeting Filipino girls from Scarborough… but now that I’m an adult, its time to think critically. I hope you agree. Events like this one are one way to open that up.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Street: 1093 davenport road
City/Town: Toronto, ON

Here’s the original message from our buds at Ugnayan:

“Philippine Independence Day is typically celebrated on June 12th, but ever wonder what is the significance of this date and the story behind it? Two weeks after Emilio Aguinaldo made the proclamation on June 12th, the Americans arrived, which soon led to the Philippine-American War for control of the archipelago! As part of a series of events asking Are We Really Free? in honour of Philippine “Independence Day”, UKPC/FCYA-ON will be holding a Philippine-American War History Workshop to empower our youth by reclaiming our history.A discussion on the mis-education of Filipino youth, America’s presence in the Philippines today, and the current situation will follow.

The workshop is free and open to all, but if possible, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE VIA EMAIL TO:”

What are YOUR impressions of June 12th? Do you know what the significance of the day is? If so, what is your take?


~ by Leonard on June 4, 2008.

3 Responses to “Something to Think About this June 12th”

  1. wow that looks awesome… unfortunately i’m gonna be in tagalog class and then prepping for the fringe fundraiser for our production of “baggage”.

    if anyone goes… it’d be nice to get their feedback and perhaps a blog post about the session.

  2. I won’t be able to make it as I’ll be at the PND picnic at Earl Bales to promote KPC…

    But I’d definately love to hear opinions on this. I remember the shock and disgust I felt when I first started reading up on Fil history.

  3. Yup Alex, it’s pretty brutal when you dig in… seriously there is SO much tragedy by so many external forces that it almost seems like the Philippines is cursed!

    You could spend all your reading time just reading about the Spanish, the Japanese, the Americans that you’d have no time for any other reading. Then it gets real depressing.

    But then again, there’s something to be said about moving beyond the past and seeing how we can learn from what happened.

    Workshops like Ugnayan’s and the ones that Tita Martha give us awareness but the real benefit comes when we exercise it in our speech and actions in our daily lives.

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