Are we truly free as a nation?
My first Philippine Independence Day celebration today in the beautiful town of Amadeo made me reflect on this question.
What is freedom for today’s generation?
Prof. Jordan Ramos, the special guest from the Amadeo Historical Society shared that during a dissertation presentation – Grade 3 students were asked if they are willing to give up their Filipino citizenship to become an American – majority of the students said yes, almost all.
Colonial mentality and the culture of consumerism influenced these children ‘big’ time.
Luz Reyes shared ten (10) modern ways on how to influence the younger generation to love the country more:
1. Respect the Philippine flag and value the Filipino identity
Being Filipinos, we should respect our Philippine flag and its purpose. The history and value of this flag are connected to the freedom we have today. Encourage our fellowmen to participate and respect our flag and its anthem and even our different symbols.
2. Be a productive citizen
Be industrious and make ourselves productive, not only for ourselves but for our country as well. Serve the people, serve our nation.
3. Be aware of the issues in our country
We must be aware and updated on the significant issues happening in the country. Extend help to the needy fellowmen, especially the victims of disasters like typhoons, floods, and the like.
4. Stand proud for every Filipino’s achievement
Filipinos is globally competitive in many aspects. They are proud to be a Filipino and for the honors they bring to our country. They unite every Filipino for their achievements. We can be proud of Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao, the Azkals Football Team, the Gilas Pilipinas Basketball Team, and many more.
5. Patronize and support our own products
The Philippines has rich resources to create quality goods and products. The manpower services we provide are also globally competitive. Our economy will improve more if we ourselves patronize our own products which characterizes our creativity, resourcefulness and heritage.
6. Preserve the Filipino culture
Philippines is rich in various colorful cultural elements. They are our identity. Be proud and preserve the culture we have for they are our treasure. We have to keep them for the future generation.
7. Respect everyone and value our traditions
Filipinos are very courteous and respectful. Even in modern times, many Filipinos show and value their noble norms and traditions. So we Filipinos must continue to exercise these good traditions like respecting our elders and others, by using “po at opo”, being hospitable, and being religious.
8. Speak out our own language
Using our own language is manifesting and preserving our national identity. It is our unique means of communicating and interacting with our fellowmen. Our language is an important tool to achieve further unity and national development.
9. Remember and commemorate our heroes’ sacrifices for our country
There were many Filipinos who died for our democracy, freedom, and independence. Some fought using their pens and tongues, while some used the power of their arms and weapons. Each had their own way of showing their love and respect to our country. In today’s generation, let us value and treasured our heroes sacrifices and devotion for our country.
10. Love our family, our neighbors, and our compatriots
Love and help one another. That way, we are showing the world that we are proud to be Filipinos. Stand united! Do something to help each other and for the greater good for our mother country. Love everyone and love our country as we love ourselves.