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:
Happy Philippine National Heroes Day! Whoever your hero is, never forget what they did! Mabuhay! https://t.co/CNAGkCvaaj #NationalHeroesDay — Mikey Bustos (@MikeyBustos) August 29, 2016
@manilabookworm posted the music video for "Saludo" by Filipino hip-hop artist Quest:
In honor of all the heroes of old and modern times, kami ay saludo! https://t.co/EeyfYH1aMz #NationalHeroesDay — Nina (@manilabookworm) August 29, 2016
@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:
@MillennialOfMNL Jose Rizal - late magpasa ng test paper kasi mahaba pangalan - expert sa Tinder - smol friend™ pic.twitter.com/bM8RGdA1ut — Gabriela Silang-Leav (@MillennialOfMNL) August 29, 2016
@MillennialOfMNL Andres Bonifacio - laging beastmode - hindi tumutumba sa inuman - nang-aaway ng teacher pic.twitter.com/j7mIq7bsuz — Gabriela Silang-Leav (@MillennialOfMNL) August 29, 2016
@MillennialOfMNL Apolinario Mabini - brains of the examination™ - nagpapakopya lang pag nasa mood - nerd pic.twitter.com/kvBxcWF1Cl — Gabriela Silang-Leav (@MillennialOfMNL) August 29, 2016
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:
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." Happy #NationalHeroesDay pic.twitter.com/pQpro66F7G — Lakasdiwa EHS (@LakasdiwaEHS) August 29, 2016
Heroes are those who make this country a better place for our children. #NationalHeroesDay #MotivationMonday pic.twitter.com/ka4jpkl3PM — WFP Philippines (@WFP_Philippines) August 29, 2016
To be a man is one thing, and to be a hero is another. Happy #NationalHeroesDay — NINA (@ninanuguid) August 29, 2016
We need to make heroes of the ordinary people. We need to make heroes of ourselves. #NationalHeroesDay pic.twitter.com/2Wv2AF1s9m — Tricia Robredo (@jpgrobredo) August 29, 2016
These were 3 of the heroines we featured in our "10 Female Philippine Heroes You Should Know About" series:
Learn more about Misamis Occidental's Josefa Capistrano here: https://t.co/08KQ9agqqx #NationalHeroesDay pic.twitter.com/R6TQKmqVBR — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 29, 2016
Learn more about Batangas' Gliceria Marella Villavicencio here: https://t.co/08KQ9ay1i5 #NationalHeroesDay pic.twitter.com/hHzBq6p53h — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 29, 2016
Learn more about Lanao del Sur's Princess Tarhata Lucman here: https://t.co/08KQ9ay1i5 #NationalHeroesDay pic.twitter.com/zFl7qlhRHs — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 29, 2016
And here's an example of a more recent kind of hero:
Cheers to our bayanis from the Phil. Navy patrolling the West Phil. Sea! #bayani #nationalheroesday #proudlyFilipino pic.twitter.com/PuoIVLyjZS — Bayani Brew (@bayanibrew) August 28, 2016
Does this anthropomorphic insect count?
Happy #NationalHeroesDay!! pic.twitter.com/X80UBHmte8 — Gabriela Silang-Leav (@MillennialOfMNL) August 29, 2016