CONVERSATIONS: What is Independence Day for the OFW?
MANILA, Philippines – On June 12, the Filipino nation will celebrate 117 years of Philippine independence.
On June 12, 1898, the Philippine revolutionary government led by Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the nation’s independence from Spain in Aguinaldo’s Cavite el Viejo residence.
While the Philippines has officially been independent since 1946, some have argued that this independence has been titular, given the economy’s heavy dependence on other countries.
Netizens joined MovePH's Independence Day conversation and keyed in on what independence means to OFWs.
Is the meaning of Independence Day different for Filipinos living outside the Philippines? What does being independent ultimately mean for an OFW? Is the country truly free or not? And given all of this, what kind of leader do OFWs want to be elected in 2016?
Check out online sentiment on #PhilippineIndependenceDay below:
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Miguel Sevidal is a Rappler Intern.