State of Filipino Independence

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This June 12, the Filipino people will be celebrating the 114th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippines Independence from the long sovereignty of Spain. Days before the big event, you can witness vendors selling small versions of Filipino flags everywhere, cars with Filipino flags mounted on some parts of their car and also at the gates of houses. On Independence Day, the government officials, employees and students involve themselves in a nationwide parade. The most awaited part of the big celebration is when the nation’s president together with the police and military, will march in Manila followed by an inspirational speech and a 21-gun salute.
The Filipino people have been through a lot of troubles and mischief since the colonial rule from the Spaniards. The poor ones were treated as slaves of their own fatherland. The middle class were not merely given their privileges and opportunities as citizens of the country. The higher class saved themselves from their positions through graft and corruption.
If we try to see and understand the big changes that happened long before since Spaniard rule and today’s situation, would you say that we are already independent? Would you say that we have gained most of our rights, privileges and opportunities? Would you rather say that even though we have gained independence through writings and documents but through actions have we really achieved it?
The Philippines was not able to gain its freedom if it wasn’t for the Americans. It was more of a sad fate when America took the place as the Philippine’s ruler after Spain sold the country for a sum of US dollars. Until now, the Philippines is still hiding under the skirt of the United States of America unable to be fully independent when it comes to military and diplomatic matters. The US usually has some words to say about certain matters.
Our country, after WW2, was one of the most developed countries in Asia next to Japan until the nation’s daily issues only rotated on political affairs. The whole country progressed very slowly from most of its Asian neighbors after then. When will the country focus less on political issues and more on economic development? History repeats itself when the poor and down trod are treated little less than humans and the rich are the ones who gains from the money of the people.
That is why, during Independence Day, we need to re-learn and re-understand the essence and significance of the sacrifices of those who lived and died for the country’s bright future. The ones who died for freedom left their hopes and dreams of a better country where every citizen is treated as equal and where the government is fully steadfast for the growth and development of its people. Walk forward, my dear Filipinos! You are a nation of great potentials! Remember your ancestors who have lived and died for your future! Live on with that dream!

“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or home-grown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under an authoritarian leader because he does not want to be burdened with the freedom of choice? Is he unprepared or, worse, ill-suited for presidential or parliamentary democracy?


I have carefully weighed the virtues and the faults of the Filipino and I have come to the conclusion that he is worth dying for because he is the nation’s greatest untapped resource.” – Ninoy Aquino




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Adventure & Tranquility at Mila’s Hill Inland Beach Resort

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Summer has finally ended thus say hello to cold and rainy days. There are others who want to stay at home and recollect those fun and enjoyable memories during their summer vacation. While it’s perfectly clear that the rainy season has finally come due to several days of strong winds and dark clouds with a chance of frightening lightning strikes, I still wanted to maximize my remaining time with my family relatives. When they asked me if I wanted to come with them for an outing at Mila’s Hill Inland Resort, I immediately said YES with a big smile on my face.

The day of the outing was not what I had expected. The weather was bad due to heavy rain and strong winds and I thought to myself, this trip will surely be cancelled. Yet, I was wrong. My family relatives, regardless of the bad weather condition, still went on with the plan. We went to the resort riding a private car to Mila’s Hill Inland Resort, located at Pasil, New Lucena, Iloilo. It took a 30-45min. worth of travel time via private car from Jaro Plaza as our starting point to the resort.
Upon arriving at the resort, most of the things you will see are green and land. Less big buildings and developed pavements. For those who want to go to the resort in the near future, you should truly consider either renting a van or securing a private car. Travelling via public utility vehicle is troublesome. The resort is not yet fully developed because I can still see a lot of construction and renovations being done in the area. Besides that, witness a peaceful and exciting spot loaded with many pleasurable and thrilling activities to execute.
They had five different pools for different people. There was one that looks like a big tub, another one that was small with a pool depth of 5-ft., good for barkada swimming. The other two are for the kiddies that looked like bowls, and finally the big pool that increases depth as you go nearer the area of the slide. YES people, there is a BIG SLIDE!

I tried all five but mostly stayed in the small pool with my cousins. It was truly a cold swimming experience due to heavy rain and chilly gusty winds. Yet, I enjoyed it like its still summer.
There are lots of cool things which you can do, as well, in the resort. You can try taking a small hike and take photos of different animals. You can go inside the aviary to see the many different types of pigeons and rabbits. You can also ride the breathtaking Zipline, 100-m. in length. You may also want to try out horseback riding for a couple of minutes or so.
Ostrich
Aviary at the back
Golden Pheasant
Peacock
Persian Cat
Phil. Eagle
Sea Eagle
Guinea Fowl
Dear
Parrot
Civet Cat
Crocodile
Me holding an Ostrich Egg
Me with a Parrot
Python
Me holding the python
In conclusion, this resort is an awesome place to relax and have some fun with family, friends and loved ones. It is a thumbs-up travel destination for adventurers.

Such a lovely place, such a lovely face!


Contact details of Mila’s Hill Inland Resort:

  •         Landline: (033) 396-9698
  •         Mobile: 0999-7797-387 / 0919-9310-260
  •         Website: http://milashill.blogspot.com/
  •         E-mail add.: milashill.inlandresort@gmail.com