| 4 Jul 2003 @ 10:51, by Letecia Layson|
I use to love celebrating this day when I was a child growing up in America. A day of good company, good food, fireworks at night and a midnight swim.
Now I wonder at the complexity of life and the paradox of feelings that arise in me about this day. Not only does this day represent Freedom from British Rule for the American Colonies, it also represents the Freedom of the Philippines from America as one of its colonies. The bittersweet irony of the day.
In 1946 America gave freedom to the Philippine people:
U.S. Proclamation of Philippines Independence, 1946
PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINES INDEPENDENCE
Washington, D.C., July 4, 1946
By the President of the United States of America
[Text is from the Bulletin of the Department of State. Washington, D.C., July 14, 1946]
WHEREAS the United States of America by the Treaty of Peace with Spain of December 10, 1898, commonly known as the Treaty of Paris. and by the Treaty with Spain of November 7, 1900, did acquire sovereignty over the Philippines. and by the Convention of January 2, 1930, with Great Britain did delimit the boundary between the Philippine Archipelago and the State of North Borneo; and
WHEREAS the United States of America has consistently and faith- fully during the past forty-eight years exercised jurisdiction and control over the Philippines and its people; and
WHEREAS it has been the repeated declaration of the legislative and executive branches of the Government of the United States of America that full independence would be granted the Philippines as soon as the people of the Philippines were prepared to assume - this obligation; and
WHEREAS the people of the Philippines have clearly demonstrated. their capacity for self-government; and
WHEREAS the Act of Congress approved March 24, 1934, known as the Philippine Independence Act. directed that on the 4th Day of July immediately following a ten-year transitional period leading to the independence of the Philippines. the President of the United States of America should by proclamation withdraw and surrender all rights of possession. supervision. jurisdiction, control. or sovereignty of the United States of America in and over the territory and people of the Philippines. except certain reservations therein or thereafter authorized to be made and on behalf of the United States of America. should recognize the independence of the Philippines:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, acting under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the aforesaid act of Congress, do proclaim that, in accord with and subject To the reservations provided for in the applicable statutes of the United States,
The United States of America hereby withdraws and surrenders all rights of possession, supervision, jurisdiction, control, or sovereignty now existing and exercised by the United States of America in and over the territory and people of the Philippines; and,
On beha1f of the United States of America, 1 do hereby recognize the independence of the Philippines as a separate and se1f-governing nation and acknowledge the authority and control over the same of the government instituted by the people thereof, under the constitution now in force.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America To be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this Fourth day of July in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-first.
HARRY S. TRUMAN
By the President:
Acting Secretary of State.
Take a look here for some very good information regarding Philipine History, the land and the people.
Moving beyond the past, not to forget, but to know what is and begin a new day, a new way with vision and commitment to a sustainable future for all. Today I am grateful to celebrate freedom. In a way it is celebrating me...my ancestors and the ancestors of the land I live on.
Joy Freedom (Letecia Layson)