Sunday, June 12, 2016

118th Philippine Independence Day: I Am a Filipino

Once popularly known as the "Pearl of the Orient Seas," the Philippines may have reached the summit of success in terms of political and economic growth and prosperity before it celebrated its 100th anniversary of independence in 1998. However, it took several successions of brilliant and brave leaders that made the Philippines to be at the political map and enjoyed being the center of attention not only in Asia but the whole world.

I always admire the greatest heroes the Philippines has ever produced. Rizal, considered as one of the greatest man of the Malayan race has touched the minds and souls of  the Filipinos and other foreign nationalities through his works and writings that are bold and extraordinary.

As a kid, I've been keen about Rizal as a hero and on my higher level of study I've deeply understood his life and his sacrifices for the common good of the Filipino people. During the time when the Philippines is under the rule of Spanish authorities, we have been suppressed of our freedom; to express and to defend our rights as a Filipino People. However, learning about his personality makes me emulate his ways; becoming keen observant and inquisitive about the current events that's taking place in our political, economic and social atmosphere. During Rizal's time when liberty has been invaded to keep in silence and follow the mighty tyrants; actions to defend the sovereignty failed numerous times; people fighting for freedom died with thorns in their hearts.

What could be the result of the massive war against giant oppressors versus the sharp bolos, stained rifles and the power of writing of our heroes? Could literary works of our geniuses made a significant impact to our freedom?

Today after hundred years of Philippine independence - 118th to be exact, we are looking back to the sacrifices fought by our heroes. We pay tribute to their greatness and valor as they died for the country without them having glimpse of the real freedom they have aspired. Rizal's teachings has been part of educational curriculum for young Filipinos to imbibe his greatness and turn weaknesses into strength. We now have the freedom of expression and no one could take it away from us; this is the result of the battle our heroes have fought centuries back

Now we have been invaded by a colonial mentality where we almost copy and adopt technological advances; communications have improved and delivers instantly and real time and anyone is free to express their thoughts and views about political affairs with conviction. These changes are exactly opposite to what heroes from the past have experienced just to express their thoughts and criticism against leaders and the government.

Today, 12th day of June 2016 is another year of celebrating success achieved by the Filipinos. We are now reaping what our heroes have sown. We might constantly encounter challenges and never-ending problems, but we have proven our resilience. We continue to fight the battle and show inherent traits of bravery and valor inherited from valiant heroes. Our heroes of today may not exhibit boldness and strong sense of nationalism, however our national heroes have done enough and now we are living in a nation that was built with blood and tears. What could be their thoughts and emotions if they have also experience what we are enjoying at the present time?

Now that I have grown up as an adult, I will continue to fight for freedom and have full expression of my views and insights to protect and uphold our rights. We have a long way to go and we are still living in an uncertain world where others show signs of personal advances and taking away our absolute freedom. I am a Filipino, born of the Malayan race and I will show patriotism, kindness and heroic deeds if necessary. I am a Filipino, I will show greatness in my work; delivering excellence and prestige. I am a Filipino, I will show dedication and loyalty to our country and be part of nation-building. I am a Filipino and I will do my best in words, in deeds and thoughts.

© 2016 Del Cusay