How Filipinos on Twitter celebrated #NationalHeroesDay
MANILA, Philippines – National Heroes Day commemorates the valiant Filipinos who fought for Philippine freedom, honoring all Philippine national heroes, specifically those who do not have their own national holidays. It's also a commemoration of the Cry of Pugadlawin on August 23, 1986, which signaled the official start of the Filipino insurrection against Spanish colonial rule.
More than 120 years after, it's through these heroes' efforts that we now enjoy a measure of freedom – such as that seen on Twitter where people can voice out their thoughts without the threat of being executed, not physically at least.
On the social network, Filipino netizens allowed their #NationalHeroesDay thoughts to flow. Many offered their salute, some offered inspiring tweets, and a few injected some humor into the matter. Below, we've collected some of these, along with our own effort to highlight heroic Filipino women you might not have heard of.
Internet personality Mikey Bustos performed a rap tribute:
@manilabookworm posted the music video for "Saludo" by Filipino hip-hop artist Quest:
@MillennialOfMNL kicked off an "If Filipinos were in high school" thread:
"If Filipino heroes were in highschool" thread— Gabriela Silang-Leav (@MillennialOfMNL) August 29, 2016
A few examples:
Messages of gratitude popped up here and there:
before today ends, i salute all the heroes out there! #NationalHeroesDay— ㅤtrisha (@marielleolarte) August 29, 2016
Happy #NationalHeroesDay!!!— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) August 29, 2016
Thank you to all of our heroes; in the past and present, who sacrificed their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy today. #NationalHeroesDay— Gem Bandiola (@gemmedgem) August 29, 2016
What's a hero or who should be a hero? Some attempted to answer those questions:
To be a man is one thing, and to be a hero is another.— NINA (@ninanuguid) August 29, 2016
These were 3 of the heroines we featured in our "10 Female Philippine Heroes You Should Know About" series:
And here's an example of a more recent kind of hero:
Does this anthropomorphic insect count?
For more #NationalHeroesDay tweets, click here. – Rappler.com