Phl Independence Day celebrated with “fire” in San Juan
“Paigtingin natin ang apoy at tapang sa ating puso; nawa’y ang ating buhay ay maging isang malaking ‘pinaglabanan.’”
This was the call made by Senator Teofisto Guingona III during the 113th Philippine Independence Day celebration in the City of San Juan.
With audience from various sectors, government agencies, and San Juan residents at the city’s Pinaglabanan Shrine, Sen. Guingona, who is also the guest of honor in the said event, said that “Filipinos must emulate their forebearers who fought courageously to free the country from the shackles of colonialism.”
He said that poverty, and graft and corruption aren’t the real enemies of our country. Rather, it is “sawa” (lack of enthusiasm) and “awa” (self-pity) that are the enemies of the people. “Sawa” in doing what is right, in helping fellow citizens, and in searching for truth. “Awa”, he explained is being contented with what is provided, and just asking for alms from others.
The two mentioned, according to the senator, “are barriers to achieving independence which was fought by our grandfathers, and only by setting fire in our hearts, by acting with passion, and by being fearless in the fight for the country will not put the struggle and sacrifices of our heroes to vain.”
He admitted that it would be difficult to undertake the same task done by our forefathers (our national heroes), but we can emulate their courage and burning love for the country.
“Nawa’y magsilbing paalaala sa atin ang bantayog na ito, ng Pinaglabanan ng kagitingan ng ating mga lolo. Ang buhay natin ay sana’y maging isang malaking ‘pinaglabanan’ at ang bawat Pilipino ay sana maging palaban para sa pagtataguyod ng ating kalayaan—para sa bansa, para sa lahat,” the Senator said as he ended his speech.
The Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan is one of the venues for the simultaneous flag-raising activity which is part of the celebration of Philippine Independence Day.
Also present in this activity are Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito, San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, SJ Vice Mayor Francisco Zamora, Architect Reynaldo Inovero of the Historic Preservation Division, representatives from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and other government agencies.
Part of the ceremony are the offering of flowers to the Pinaglabanan Shrine led by Sen. Guingona III and Rep. JV Ejercito, followed by the lighting of Torch of Independence.