I would like to share my homework. My reason? No reason at all. I just like how well it turned out. Woohoo!
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas
There’s this expression “taking a trip down memory lane” that pretty much describes what I do on a day to day basis. I often drift into a daydream and reminisce the past. Oh the nostalgia. Soft memories of my playmates running around the basketball court during recess in my old school while I stay at the sidelines, always makes me smile at some point. Recalling these said memories, the one thing that was always prominent during my stay at my old school was the time whenever we have our flag ceremony. Aside from the joy of having to start the class at least five to ten minutes later than usual, as a kid I looked forward to standing in a line and reciting verses that was made to be memorized in a week’s time. It was weird. Falling into a routine so early in the morning got my blood pumping. That and the way some of us latecomers rush towards the basketball court and to our respective lines all signs of being powdered by our mothers and the way they immaculately brush our hair back gone.
“Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas
Aking lupang sinilangan
Tahanan ng aking lahi
I remember uttering those words when I was a kid with a sweat stained face after singing the national anthem. I didn’t understand what I was saying back then. The number one priority for me was to recite the oath as to not to be punish and be the subject of ridicule among my peers. As the years go by, I am guilty of disregarding the oath as some major compliance that I have to do. Heck, I thought that it would help me through college. I realized that I was wrong. I should have taken the oath more seriously.
Fast forward to so many years later, I, as a student of Ateneo de Naga University, was taught to do things that exceed my limitations, to get out of my comfort zone and help each other to improve. This is Magis. It made me aware of so many things. So that is why remembering the past, especially anything about my country, made me think “What have I done for it?”. Racking my brains out, I thought of every possible way I could have contributed for the beloved archipelago made up of 7,107 islands on the Southeast of Asia. So I made a sort of check list to list down ideas that came into mind.
Heroic death for the country (obviously haven’t done that).
Advertising my country to foreigners through social media. It’s more fun in the Philippines!
Made empowering online (or not) articles that moves the Filipino people in loving the country more.
Join rallies in eradicating corruption in the government.
Influence others to a great extent that they make a good deed. A national award would be a bonus.
There are so many more that I can think of but if I evaluate myself, I am pretty sure that I have done none of those. So should I consider myself a useless citizen of the Philippines who knows nothing but to go online and resemble a zombie as I scroll down a social networking site?
Of course not.
Yes it is true that I have done none of those things but in my own simple way I am sure that I have done something for my country. For one, by following the laws of the country down to the simple rules of my barangay is my simple way of being a good citizen. Listening to the elders can be another. They can impart their wisdom on me and I can put them into good use. Crossing the road when the green light is on, paying fees (ranging from school tuition fees to the simple buying of one peso candies at a small sari-sari store) at the right amount, helping elders and children find their way back home when asked for directions or help them cross the road, saying po at opo whenever it is due, and most of all respect other people even the beggars (because why not!). These may be small in comparison to what other people had done like say, Eren Peñaflorida, but I am sure that through this small things I have made my country bearable to live with. And hopefully in some instance when somebody saw me do all those things may do what I did or even greater than that, creating a domino effect.
I hope for this country to grow more – not population wise but through the way people carry themselves. Sure, economically speaking we are growing and there are many opportunities out there if you look hard enough but there are still unfortunate people out there who barely have anything to eat. If the people would just work hand in hand and not think of their personal satisfaction for just a moment I am sure this country would be just fine.