To deny that our country has problems is stupidity. There is an undeniable tone of negativity and despair when we speak of the way things are turning.
We can choose now to give in to that despair. Those of us that can should just pack up our bags and go. The rest can be left to rot.
Of course, where would that attitude leave us? An empty shell of a country worse off than where we are today.
What if each of us started thinking about what makes us love this place we call home? Maybe if we remember these things, we will each have a little more hope. Perhaps we will be encouraged to keep on going, keep on doing little and big things to help transform this country into a better place.
Let me start by remembering a few of the things that make me PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO.
PEOPLE POWER - For a few days in 1986, Filipinos around the world were not thought of as maids, slaves or prostitutes. We were all heroes. Looking back, was it all a cruel divine joke? I think not. Those brave enough to answer the call to EDSA were real heroes. The tanks were real, the bullets in the soldiers' carbines were real. The threat to danger was real. The prayers were real. The flowers in the gun barrels were real. Our bravery as a people was real.
LINES FOR JEEPNEYS - As recently as early 1990s, nobody lined up for a jeepney. It was every man, woman and child for himself at EDSA, Aurora or in your kanto. Nowadays, we take it for granted. People do line up for jeepney rides. We successfully changed our behaviour for the better. All it took was a few commercials on TV the cooperation of over 10 million commuters. We did it before, perhaps we can do it again.
SAN MIGUEL BEER - It's a damn good beer. It's a world class pilsen comparable to any on standards of taste and quality.
What makes you proud?
May Angels smile upon you,
[This message has been edited by JDELEON (edited 06-27-2000).]