We can now wake up in the morning, do everything we want, decide for ourselves, go on with our dreams, or sleep anytime we want—isn’t that something to be grateful about?

The freedom we have right now may not be appreciated by some youth, but looking back, freedom was only a dream the Filipinos can only wish for.

Remember the cries of the oppressed Filipino people, the brave who fought for their rights and the truth, and the artists, poets, and writers who entombed their yearnings through art and literature.

We have the privilege right now, we should not only make the most out life and this freedom, but also remembering to dedicate a portion of ourselves and our works to influence the next generations and to help in making the world a better place to live.

Filipinos, happy 121st Independence Day!

“The flag itself is a powerful symbol of the independence movement: blue representing truth and justice, red symbolizing patriotism, and white standing for equality. The stars at the flag’s corners represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the three main regions of the Philippines. The eight rays surrounding the sun stand for the first eight provinces that battled against Spain.”—Google Doodles

Poetry Books
The Murmuring Embers
The Sailors of the Skies

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© 2019 Onie Maniego and The Paper Drafts

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