Saturday, June 13, 2009

freedom

today marks the 111th anniversary of philippine independence.

i know to some people it will sound corny but i have always felt proud knowing that amidst the hardships and difficulties we are facing today as a nation, at least we are not living under suppression and tyranny anymore. we can always hold our heads up high and shout to the world that we are, indeed, free.

however, the past 111 years should have given us the proper lessons already. heroes come and go but it seems the filipino people still does not know which direction to take. the youth are the hope of the nation, one famous adage that i have heard countless times before. thing is, generations after generations of youth has already been born and died but we always go back to squre one. that's harsh. squre two perhaps, if there's such a thing.

blame it on crab mentality, yes, i can imagine a lot of gleeful nods. shame on us. why not blame ourselves? that's one part of the problem. we always look for something or someone else to blame.

but regardless of everything, i still have high hopes for this nation. everyone is leaving, i know; to put food on their tables, i know; to search for greener pastures, i know. but i don't want to be the one who turned my back on my country.

the way towards national empowerment is still foggy. what lies ahead, we are not sure but going forward is always the best option. i hope to see the day that filipinos once again are united, but not only in a manny pacquiao match.

hmmm, i know i'm getting too serious already. on the lighter side, holidays are good. that means no work, or if there is, bigger pay. but what i have observed lately is that we are now on the habit of moving holidays. i don't think its cool. i mean, come on, imagine moving christmas, or worse, imagine moving your birthday.

well, maybe its always the thought that counts. but let me just say this, freedom is more than just displaying our flag during this day. we've earned it. let's use it to march forward.


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a year after this entry was written, i see no visible indication that we are moving forward as a nation. in fact, events of recent days show otherwise. but like i said, it is never too late. hope springs eternal.

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