OLIDAY ECONOMICS in the form of a three-day weekend is the reason given by the President for having moved today's June 12 Philippine Independence Day holiday which falls on a Tuesday to Monday, June 11 this year. No matter what incremental economic activity is generated by the long weekend, however, it doesn't seem right to a lot of people to be commemorating historic events on the wrong day. It's a mockery of commemoration. By sheer coincidence, Christmas (December 25) will also fall on a Tuesday this year (2007) just like today--Philippine Independence Day, June 12. Yet it would be inconceivable that the President would do to Christmas (and the Infant Jesus) what she has just done to Emilio Aguinaldo (and the Infant Philippine Republic.) I suppose the President has bigger problems on her mind right now, what with the House and Senate leadership battles already fully joined and the midterm elections not yet quite concluded, but already a major debacle.
At times like this, I wish I were an Englishman, with no need for or respect for such inventions as Declarations of Independence -- given what happened in 1777 (or was it 1776?), when colonialism and imperialism got its first shove into the dustbin of history.
FYI: THE LANGUAGE WARS continue tomorrow, Wednesday as Manuel L. Quezon III Squares Off with Dean Jorge Bocobo on ANC's formal but friendly debate program with Ms. Twink Macaraeg moderating. Resolved: That English Be The Primary Medium of Instruction in the Public Schools. 8pm on ABSCBN News All News Channel (ANC).