I am a person who deeply values tradition and rituals. Every year, I celebrate Independence Day by taking a walk in Intramuros or Ermita. This year, I took a break from that tradition to spend time with my family and celebrate Father’s Day a week early.

Bantayog ng mga Bayani
Eduardo Castrillo’s monument at Bantayog

Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Together with my family, I started the day with a quick trip to Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. We joined the silent protest against the president-elect’s decision to bury Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani.

About 500 people came to share stories about their experiences during Martial Law. Some brought sandwiches and lugaw for other attendees. A handful of people brought their children, which was very heartening.

Bantayog ng mga Bayani
Toym Imao’s sculpture

Marcos, Not a Hero

A personal note: I’ve always been very vocal about my views on the late dictator and how he terrorized and stole from his own people. In 2012, I even created a Facebook page to counter the lies about the Marcos regime that I read on the Internet. So to watch BBM’s brazen attempt to revise history is a bit depressing for me.

(If you love the Philippines, and if you agree that plundering megalomaniacs do not deserve to be called a hero, make your voice be heard and sign this petition.)

Lunch at Binondo

Binondo Church
Binondo Church

We had lunch at my favorite restaurant in Binondo, Lan Zhou La Mien, where we had a hearty meal for four for less than a thousand pesos. A bowl of noodles costs less than P200, and it’s already good for sharing. We also ordered a 15-piece platter of kuchay dumplings, which was basically a steal at P180.

Lan Zhou La Mien
Dimsum and noodles from Lan Zhou La Mien

Afterwards, we went on a short walk to San Nicolas, which is a few blocks away from Binondo Church. We paid a visit to Gen. Antonio Luna’s birthplace in Urbiztondo, right across Rajah Soliman High School.

Heneral Luna's birthplace
Gen. Luna’s birthplace in San Nicolas

Last on our list was the National Museum in Ermita. They don’t charge entrance fees on Sundays, so you can bring your whole family without worrying about your budget. Learn more about the National Museum on their website.

How did your family celebrate this year’s Independence Day?