June 11, 2012
Freedom is in You
Dina Abad and Rep. Jun Abaya
As the Philippines celebrates its 114th Year of Independence, we
ask ourselves “are we really free enough?
On June 12, Filipinos commemorate the day of their freedom from
Spain who colonized the Philippines for more than 300 years. Filipinos
also observe another date of independence from the United States
– it was in 1945 when Filipinos started running their own
country. Given these periods in history, the Philippines must
claim that it is free.
But then the country is still entangled in corruption. It is
struggling out of poverty. It is in quagmire on education and
health issues. People have yet to enjoy the real benefits of freedom.
It is in this light that The Freedom Project is launched.
The Freedom Project aims to recognize outstanding initiatives
in the Philippines that promote, safeguard and maximize freedom.
It seeks to translate freedom from a mere concept to actual programs
that influence how individuals perceive themselves in relation
to their role in society. The
Freedom Project fosters appreciation of freedom as it
relates it to issues that affect people and communities, and to
solutions where one can be part of.
Participatory democracy, good governance, human rights and competition
exemplify freedom. The Freedom Project is looking for initiatives
that bear these standards. Ultimately, through recognition, public
awareness on these principles will heighten, and people will experience
The Freedom Project is organized by the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German liberal foundation. It
is part of FNF’s campaign It’s
All About Freedom