History and Its Significance
Ernesto N. Yap Jr.
Rafael L. Lazatin Memorial High School
This August we celebrate the History Month as provided by Proclamation No. 339 signed by President Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino III on February 2013. The month of August marks a significant period in the history of our country. It reminds us about the beginning of the quest of the Filipinos to liberate our country from the tyranny of the Spanish regime. After the discovery of the Katipunan on August 19, 1896, Bonifacio called for a general assembly and on August 23, 1896 (an account of Pio Valenzuela on 1948) the Cry of Pugadlawin (also referred as “Cry of Balintawak”) happened where the Katipuneros tore their cedulas up which symbolizes their determination to to take arms and fight to the last. And the rest is history as they say. Another important incident happened in the month of August was the assassination of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., the archrival of the Asia’s strong man Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos. His assassination led to the awakening of the Filipino people from the abuses of the the dictatorship of Pres. Marcos. Some political analysts explained that Ninoy’s funeral which was attended by millions of Filipinos manifested the first “people power” against the late dictator. These stories became important turning points in our historical accounts. As we celebrate the month of history, let us contemplate on the importance of looking back at our past. As a teacher of history, I often ask my students in high school and even in college on how they feel studying on what went before. Typically, majority of the students does not care or they just consider history as a way to know what has happened but they do not see the significance of it in our lives, in our society and in our country. This maybe because most of us do not love to dwell on what has already happened? As formers lovers usually say “past is past”. But what can history really do that may...
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