Freedom, that is everybody's right. Isn't it? But, not everybody has it. Freedom of speech, freedom to love, to hate, to achieve their goals, and the list can be endless.
For many many years ago, the Filipinos were under the Spanish rules. But thanks to our former President Emilio Aguinaldo who fought for our freedom and declared the independence of the Philippines from the Spanish rule. It all began on June 12, 1898 and now we can celebrate our " 115th Indenpence Day" .
Here in Norway, we filipinos try to remember the day by celebrating it on our on way. And we are so thankful because we live in this country where freedom rules. We held our celebration yesterday and I wore a Filipino dress to honor the day.
And also some of the ladies: Tessie, Jolly and Josephine
Jolly explained to the guests of more than one hundred people why we celebrate the day and what is the meaning of our flag:
The eight-rayed sun symbolizes the first eight provinces (Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan,
Laguna, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija) that revolted against the Spanish colonial government.
The three five-pointed stars represent the three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The white equilateral triangle stands for equality and fraternity.
The blue stripe means peace, truth and justice while the red stripe represents the Filipino’s patriotism and valor.
And of course they prepared entertaining for everybody.
Hawaii- Five -O dance by : Marilyn, Jessa and Camilla
Maria Stella sung: You've got a way
Gentlemen dance: Marilyn, Minze, Melanie and Jessa
Duet by Ingrid Marie Berg and Mia Grøven: Broken strings
Pearly shells ( hawaiian dance) Melanie, Minze, Marilyn, Jessa and Camilla
Song by Stephen Hepsø: Bruno- Mars- Grenade
Subli ( Folk dance) Julie, Minze and Maricel
But what touched our hearts the most was when Mary- Ann Nalda Hoff translated the famous filipino song of Freddie Aguilar " Anak" into a norwegian text and sung the song for us. It made me almost cry. She is half Norwegian and half Filipino.
Another folkdance: Dayang dayang by Maricel And Ma. Estella
And Bulaklakan by Julie, Maricel, Camilla, Ma. Estella, Jolly, Jessa and Melanie
But this dance was the winner! These girls really knows how to dance:)
Time to take a break girls because its time for calorie bombs:)
One more cake from Betty the birthday celebrant this day!
Anyway, after eating the cakes, we have to burn the calories. So time to play a game with the kids and the grown ups:)
Paper dance game:
Trip to Jerusalem for kids.
For young once
Penyata game for kids: Oh, they love candies:)
And for the lucky winners of the lottery tickets that had been sold:
Geir won two boxes of fruits
And Betty too! Nice gift for her birthday. It will be a fruit party!
Some of the happy guests....
I wish I could post all the pictures, but have to end this post.
Happy Independence day to all!