Today is the Philippines’ Independence Day.

We have been colonized by Spain for 333 years, 48 years by the Americans, and 3 years by the Japanese.

As you can imagine, it took us a very long time to become independent so for most Filipinos, Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it is something we cherish as it was a gift given to us by our heroes who fought for our freedom.

I’m proud to be a Filipino and to all my Filipino connections and friends, Maligayang araw ng kalayaan (Happy Independence Day)! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Even if I am a thousand miles away, my heart will always be in the pearl of the orient.

Be happy!