To my fellow Filipinos: be aware, be PROUD, of who and what you really are.
“To accuse the Spanish, over and over again, of having brought us all sorts of things, mostly evil, among which we can usually remember nothing very valuable, ‘except, perhaps,’ religion and national unity, is equivalent to saying of a not very model mother, that she has given her child nothing except life, for in the profoundest possible sense, Spain did give birth to us — as a nation, as an historical people. This geographical unit of numberless islands called the Philippines –this mystical unit of numberless tongues, bloods and cultures called a Filipino– was begotten of Spain, is a Spanish creation. The content of our national destiny is ours to create, but the basic form, the temper, the physiognomy, Spain has created for us.”
–Nick Joaquín (La Naval de Manila, October 1943)–
You can’t continue being a Filipino if you continue harboring a hatred of our Spanish past. That glorious epoch is what created us.
¡Feliz Día de la Hispanidad! 😀