Something to Think About this June 12th

Our friends over at Ugnayan have organized an event on June 7 that should make us think twice about the "Philippine Independence Day" celebrations that happen every year around this time.

For me growing up, PND was always about pork barbecue sticks, super-soaker battles in the park and meeting Filipino girls from Scarborough... but now that I'm an adult, its time to think critically. I hope you agree. Events like this one are one way to open that up.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Location: MAGKAISA CENTRE Street: 1093 davenport road City/Town: Toronto, ON

Here's the original message from our buds at Ugnayan:

"Philippine Independence Day is typically celebrated on June 12th, but ever wonder what is the significance of this date and the story behind it? Two weeks after Emilio Aguinaldo made the proclamation on June 12th, the Americans arrived, which soon led to the Philippine-American War for control of the archipelago! As part of a series of events asking Are We Really Free? in honour of Philippine "Independence Day", UKPC/FCYA-ON will be holding a Philippine-American War History Workshop to empower our youth by reclaiming our history.A discussion on the mis-education of Filipino youth, America's presence in the Philippines today, and the current situation will follow.

The workshop is free and open to all, but if possible, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE VIA EMAIL TO: ugnayanontario@gmail.com."

What are YOUR impressions of June 12th? Do you know what the significance of the day is? If so, what is your take?