Ang Mabangis! . . . Kalbo nga Agila kag ang Duha ka Adlaw nga Pisu!
(By: dinggol araneta divinagracia -IlonggoNationMovement- Dec.27,2007)
On December 27, 1898, the ferocious bald eagle swooped down to Madya-as, waited for awhile, then attacked and began the emasculation of the two-day old chick.
Thus, was the "manifest destiny" of our short-lived nationhood, the Estado Federal de Bisayas or “Ang Republika Federal sang Kabisay-an“ --at the turn of the last century.
Adding insult to injury, the new foreign invaders branded our forebears; the brave revolucionarios and fearless patriots as superstitious cultists, brigands, bandits, insurrectionists.
Maybe “Uncle Sam” was ignorant of the fact that we were an infant but already a sovereign Nation-State with a legitimate form of government a few days earlier. Or perhaps, knew but still refuse to know as the onward march of greed and modern imperialism substituted centuries of colonialism.
To entertain the negative notion, a mindset that today we cry over spilled milk over this unfortunate encounter, this travesty of history is not only absurd but sheer ignorance. The objective is not only to remind the whole world of this historical blunder, this diplomatic faux pas ---but more importantly, to instill in the minds and enshrine in the hearts of the young and future generations of Ilonggo and Visayan, a legacy of their proud and noble heritage --nipped in the bud by a socratic irony of fate. That, notwithstanding insurmountable odds, our forefathers valiantly fought with dignity against those who trampled our sacred shores.
And that we accepted defeat as a victory with a smile; knowing that once upon a time, we as a people in the Visayas, spearheaded by Ilonggos, have won our freedom in the fields of battle and formally achieved a truly legitimate independence after almost 400 years of foreign subjugation under Spanish colonial rule and made world history as the first Republic in all of Asia --the Federal Republic of the Visayas!