Monday, September 21, 2009

A September To Remember

I was looking at the date today and wondered why it sounded important, like a birthday or some anniversary. And I'm usually very bad at these things.

And then, yes.

September 21, 1972. Proclamation 1081: The declaration of Martial Law.

I wonder how many of us consider this as just another holiday, one in a series of long weekends we've been having of late. I won't preach because I've never been a political animal and, like most of us, seem content to merely spew political commentaries without taking any concrete action.

I'll make this a short entry because discussing politics, while enlivening, is often like gargling with sewage. I'll also leave intelligent and learned discourse on the matter to qualified experts such as MLQIII. His blog is most informative and thought-provoking, but I must admit that while I follow it, I can only take small doses of The Daily Dose. Just reading about the reprehensibility and repugnancy of our local political players leaves me feeling ill and soiled.

So I'll stick to what I know, and what I know is this: the fact that I had to remember that today marks the day a shadow enveloped this country and held sway for 20 years is very telling, and very disturbing. The fact that I had to remember means I had begun to forget.

We must never forget. Especially in these dark days when the spectre of Marcosian Rule looms over a new generation.

We cannot be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. For if we do, then we truly have no future.


  1. well if Estrada wins, we really never learn

  2. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, doc: "The more things change, the more they stay insane."

  3. the reason this date is memorable for me, is that this is the date that my parents got married about 30 years ago.

  4. Imelda just said on TV news that the Martial Law era saved the Philippines and in fact it was a 'golden period' for the country. She should know... she got a lot of gold that time :D

  5. this day will forever be a hell day for me. the eve of the fiesta! sans me wearing apron and clogs busy preparing batches after batches of food!

    and come to think of it, martial law was declared today? my mum always declare martial law on this day as well .... she's my boss in the kitchen after all! >*<

  6. @ engel : Wow, congratulations to your parents on their Diamond Anniversary! I wonder how they felt when Macoy declared Martial Law on their special day.

    @Rygel : Madame can stick her heels where the sun don't shine.

    @i am beki : Ahahahahah! That's great. Thanks for lightening the mood by reminding me that, while this was a dark day for most of the country, it can still mean something bright and positive. Like your fiesta.