During the anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence two years ago, the local social media scene was notably awash with posts showcasing the trademark Filipino ability to find humor in all things. 2018 seems to be but a continuation of this annual tradition, with Twitter users taking once more to the hashtag #RP612fic in varying degrees of historical accuracy, meme integration, and actual funniness.
As per usual, there was no shortage of recycled jokes from previous years:
Like in previous years as well, there were amalgamations made with the nation’s latest movies, television shows, and Youtube sensations, often necessitating “rare colorized photos” and images along the lines of life imitating art. (Or is it art imitating life?)
Then there were jokes made out of online blunders, meme templates, and controversies that had cluttered Filipinos’ timelines in previous months:
The best ones from this year’s set, though, were those that in this writer’s opinion masterfully demonstrated the full spectrum of Filipino humor, from the intelligent pun to the petty slapstick to the tiring absurdity that is living in and with the Philippines.
On a final note, a reminder from one Millennial of MNL casts a sprinkling of realism on this yearly tradition that Filipinos would do well to remember, especially in light of recent events that genuinely threaten the independence we enjoy:
#RP612FIC was fun today but let us all remember that even the freedom and independence the Philippines has now can be called “fiction”. The Filipino is not truly free until we break the chains of US imperialism and the fascist Duterte administration.