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Doodles and Dissenting Disruptions: The Philippines on #HINDIpendenceDay 2018
The cast of Jerrold Tarog's 'Goyo' turned up in costume today.
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Perhaps you've been enjoying Independence Day from the comfort of your home, wrapped up in a blanket and catching up on Westworld. No one can blame you, with this weather, and you could even argue that exercising your freedom to do so is itself a celebration of our independence. After all, how else could we have enslaved ourselves to Grade-A American video streaming if we didn't first have our sovereignty?

But elsewhere in the Philippines, Filipinos are celebrating Independence Day in other ways. Here's a bit of what's going on:

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The malls, of course, are festooned with all manner of Filipino pride:

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And celebrities are out there proclaiming their love for country in different ways, from the trite:

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...to the egregious:

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...and the pathetic:

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Even the cast of Jerrold Tarog's upcoming film, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral showed up in costume at the Kalayaan Parade at Luneta Park to celebrate:

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But on a more serious note, our country's leaders commemorated the day as well. Vice-President Leni Robredo led the flag rites at Luneta:

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While the other guy did it at the Emilio Aguinaldo Museum in Kawit, Cavite:

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In Kawit, the President was met by rallyists who disrupted his speech:

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Apart from the Kawit demonstrations, groups also assembled at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila to march for women's rights with the #BabaeAko movement:

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Plus protest actions denouncing the removal of the comfort women statue:

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and one denouncing China's encroachment, at the Chinese consulate in Makati:

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And lastly, a small fact of this year's Independence Day: today's commemorative Google Doodle showed the Philippines from underwater:

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Many have taken this to be a subtle expression of support for the assertion of our sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea. It seems like a bit of a stretch, until you think of all the other doodles they could have done. Katipuneros, Spanish Era illustrados, even a tear-jerker OFW-themed doodle would've been easy go-to's for Independence Day. But no, they chose an underwater image. Twitter concurs:

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Of course, Google itself neither confirms nor denies this:

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Whatever you say, Google. Whatever you say. *conspicuous wink*

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