June 9, 2012 · Posted in: General
FREEDOM MEANS different things to different people. To some, it may mean democracy and free and honest elections. To others, it may mean respect for human rights and the rule of law. And to some others, freedom from hunger and want.
On Tuesday, june 12, we mark the 114th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. And still the question haunts us all: what, dear readers, does FREEDOM mean to you?
We ask you now to answer the question “Ano ang Kalayaan para sa iyo?” with a single photograph you believe captures best the essence of freedom. Even better, you might please send it to us so we can share it online.
Is Freedom the flying of flags and the rituals held every year on June 12 at the Rizal Park in Manila and at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite? Or is it, more than the ceremonies of state, some things we have and want to find at school, work, and home, in our daily lives?
Grab your camera or phone and freeze-frame the image of Freedom in your mind! Other than the speeches, the pomp, and the routine, capture the day with a photo that speaks a thousand more thoughts about Freedom!
Your photo need not focus on the parades alone. Neither does it have to be shot in the Philippines only, or on June 12 itself. For all we know, you may be in Afghanistan or Angola or Arroceros in Manila, and that’s all right. All we ask is that you take the photo yourself, and express yourself in it.
Here’s how you can contribute your photos:
Starting June 11, Monday, you may post Freedom photos on your favorite online image hosting services (Twitpic, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, etc.) and share them with us, so we can share them with our fellow readers. You may share them through Twitter.com by using the #anoangkalayaan hashtag and we’ll take it from there.
We ask that you place your watermark, if any, on the lower right corner of your image for uniformity’s sake. Also please make sure that the watermark does not in any way diminish the beauty and message of your photo. If possible, ensure that your uploads are at least 900 pixels wide so it can be viewed better in larger screens.
We will upload the most compelling photos on the PCIJ institutional blog, http://www.pcij.or/blog, with full credit to their authors. We will begin sharing your photos on Tuesday, June 12, Independence Day.
One of the many images from previous Independence Day celebrations, this one courtesy of the Malacanang Photo Bureau. Is this what Freedom is to you, or is it something else?