The idea is always that we can be heroes of today, as much as the Filipinos before us were heroes of the past. The tasks of today may be differently formed, but require the same love of country that ensured we had ours free in the first place. The heroism of today is much more personal, but no less grand. And we all can be heroes of today, not by doing anything other than being excellent. Excellent, Proud, Amazing World-Class Filipinos. Sure, the idea has been repeated countless times, but there’s something about the times of today that makes heroism all the more possible among Filipinos. Maybe it’s a government willing to lead by example. Maybe it’s how Filipinos are becoming more hopeful and hardworking. Maybe it’s the promise of a broken nation ready to stand up mightily proud again. Heroism is starting to become right at home in our hearts. Let’s remember the past, but never take our eyes off the future. Halika Pilipinas! Payagpag! :D
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Siguro ay nahihirapan ang ibang Pilipino sa pakikisama sa kasiyahan ng ating Araw ng Kalayaan dahil ayon sa nga sa biro, hanggang ngayon ay ‘di pa naman talaga malaya ang ating bansa. Sa mga mas nakababatang henerasyon, ang mga kwento ng mga bayani’t mga digmaan ng nakaraan ay maganda pakinggan ngunit walang katuturang higit para sa pagharap ng pang-araw araw na mga pagsubok ng ating modernong mundo.
But, perhaps, to simply celebrate the 12th of June as a way of remembering all of the sacrifices of Filipinos before, will inevitably alienate a nation whose mind is fed with mis-education, whose spirit is besieged by government misdeed, and whose stomach is beset with poverty and inequality. Filipinos, by and large, have always been troubled by the needs of the now, and the worries of the future. The past is considered useless; an old man with a stooped back, many would care less to visit and confer with.
And yet, the value of our Independence Day is beyond having a whole day just for history lessons. Now, more than ever, when the promise of economic growth and political stability seems to be gaining ground, has the message of this day never been as relevant to us as a nation.
After all, this day is all but symbolic. And what does it symbolize? I believe, Independence Day reminds us that we are race that can rise up to fight its captors. I believe we are nation of excellent people. I believe we are a nation of majestic people. Independence Day is about renewing a belief. A belief in our people.
Then, they fought foreign powers. Today, we fight against corruption. Then, they fought against oppression. Today, we fight against government abuse. Then, they fought to establish the republic. Today, we fight to make our republic become a tiger of its own.
Today is your day. Today is the modern Filipino’s day. Today is when the color of your skin, the shortness of your height, and the strength of your accent as you over pronounce your vowels, no longer indicate the barbarism of your lifestyle up in the mountains, or the limitations of your uneducated mind, or the culture of death that describes your past times. No. Not today. Today, we make a pledge that we are no longer a nation of the tardy, of the corrupt, of the inefficient, of the passive, of the lazy, of the idiotic, of the immature, of the destructive, of the people doomed to fail.
Itong ating Araw ng Kalayaan ay ang araw na aking naipagbubunyi sa buong mundo na ako ay Pilipino: lahi ng magagaling, masisipag, matatalino at matatapang na asyano. Ako ay laban sa korupsyon, opresyon at diktaturya. Sa araw araw ako ay maniniwala na karapdapat akong maging malaya.
Ako ay Pilipino. Ako ay world class. Ako ay top Filipino class.
Photo via UNDP Philippines
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Filipinos return to a landslide area damaged Saturday by heavy rains and a collapsed wall of a garbage dumpsite in Baguio, Philippines, on Aug. 28. Typhoon Nanmadol dumped heavy rains in northern and eastern Philippines on Saturday, triggering landslides and floods that left at least seven people dead. The Office of Civil Defence said five children ranging from 4 to 13 years old were crushed in landslides in the northern province of Pangasinan and the mountain resort city of Baguio, while six more people are missing. (EPA)
oh my. :(
Saddened by the C(b)CP, este CCP censorship issue. As far as I know, the last time a man attacked religious sensibilities, our nation was born.
Literally, my God, these church men need to visit more art exhibits, para naman mas marami pa silang ma-condemn, at ma-ban at ano pa man. (Tolerance please, tolerance.) At kung kaya lang naman, please, parang awa niyo na, effing separation of church and state pohws!! Pero hala sige, SUNUGIN ANG CCP! SUNUGIN! Nahihiya pa kayo mga bishop eh, inquisition na lang? Tara! Sige na, don’t be shy! Sunugin niyo na rin lahat ng Muslim kasi Anti-christ sila! DALI!! Bibili na ako ng balisong at mananaksak ako ng una kong makikitang atheist, muslim, protestant o kaya new age! Ok? Ok? Excited na ako! Shet.
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Charice - One Day
Charice releases her second international music video. looks cool. sounds great. the message? pretty awesome.
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come to bicol cinemas please! hehe :D Anybody else want to watch this? Here’s a review.
I want to watch Babae sa Septic Tank!!
Meanwhile, ang danda danda ni idol Uge! :D
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“One Day” Music Video Stills
Ang tagal naman ng Filipino world domination! hahaha :))
One Last Cry cover by Bugoy
save some diction issues, I’ve always found Bugoy a great vocalist, at least in the RnB genre. :) An immensely talented and unique singer from a very humble background, Bugoy Drilon, my fellow bicolano, I’ll always be a fan!
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