Today is Philippine Independence Day! Filipinos commemorate the meaning of freedom and reflect on the cost it takes to enjoy it.
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MANILA — Today, Google launches its doodle in GIF (graphics interchange format) of the Philippine Independence Day. In commemoration, the tech giant included a few texts on Philippine history, seen below:
Jun 12, 2021
Philippines Independence Day 2021
On this day in 1898, a public reading of the Philippine Declaration of Independence in Cavite el Viejo (modern-day Kawit) proclaimed the archipelago a sovereign nation. Today’s Doodle commemorates this historic anniversary, celebrated annually as Philippines Independence Day.
This revolutionary event was followed by the first public performance of “Lupang Hinirang” (“Chosen Land”), the Philippine National Anthem, along with the first hosting of the Philippine national flag, which is featured in today’s Doodle artwork. Filled with symbolic meaning, all of the flag’s colors stand for a unique element of Philippine pride. Blue represents the peace and justice earned from Philippine leaders’ heroic sacrifice, red signifies their courage and bravery, and the white triangle symbolizes unity and equality.
Emblazoned on the far left of the flag glistens a symbol of freedom, a radiant sun with eight rays shining out of its center. Each ray symbolizes the first eight Philippine provinces to seek independence: Nueva Ecija, Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Bataan. In the corners of the flag’s white triangles are three stars that represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the three main regions of the Philippines.
Happy Independence Day, Philippines!
The doodle’s reach is within the country. (BG/Headline PH)
Featured image: /Google doodle by Google