Because of the “Holiday economics” being implemented by President Arroyo, the Independence Holiday (No work, no class) has been moved last Monday, June 9, 2008. However celebrations for Independence Day are still being done today, June 12, 2008.
Some protested the transfer of the Independence Holiday, the say that it will cause confusion as to what is the actual date of the Philippine Declaration of Independence. For me personally, I support the President when it comes to imposing Holiday economics. The reason for holiday economics is that it will give more time for workers to have a long vacation since there are those who do not have work on Saturdays and Sundays. If a holiday is moved to a Friday or Monday then workers will have a chance to pack up their luggage and go somewhere else for a vacation (Perhaps visit the place where the Philippine independence was first declared at Aguinaldo’s residence in Kawit Cavite – see picture below). Proponents of holiday economics say that holiday economics will help boost domestic tourism.
But I also agree with the view that there must be holidays that should be exempted from the implementation of Holiday economics. There are holidays that should be regarded as “sacred.” For example, you don’t just transfer Christmas to another date just because of Holiday economics. December 25 is a sacred day for some people and throughout the years, this holiday has never been subjected to the holiday economics law. (R.A 9492)
Independence Day is a sacred day. This is the day that our forefathers and heroes have fought and shed their blood for. This is the day that made us a free independent country. This is the day that defines who we now as a people and what we will be capable of accomplishing. Hence, this holiday (The no work, no class part of the holiday) should not be transferred to any other day.
Anyway, this post is not about Holiday economics. This post is about giving tribute to our heroes who fought for our independence. May the youtube video below help you reflect on the sacrifices made by our national heroes on this 2008 Philippine Independence day celebration.