My Dear Fellow Young Filipinos,
Today, I am writing this for a prompt in a writing course that I have been joining for a few weeks now. It asked me to use the nearest book to me to use as a basis for this letter that I should be doing. And alas, it was the 12 Wonderful Things About The Filipino & Our Motherland. I don’t know what this means to you. But for me, it felt like too much of a coincidence that I should write to you like this since I never thought of involving my patriotism in this blog that I am using.
I have always been a silent patriotic. But I’ve never showed too much enthusiasm in showing how my love for our dear country.
I do know though that we are in moments of crisis. Or should I say that we have always been?
Alas, I do not agree. We have not always been. For we have once been a country full of passion and courage to live and die for country. Okay, I know, I know, it’s the old boring line.
A boring line that consists the reality on how we have achieved this freedom that others have yet to attain for. And yet here we are, complaining about the trash that Philippines had turned out to be, dreaming of a life away and unsupported by the country that has cared for us as a child.
What have happened to us? What is it that have diluted our mind? Is it yearning to be at the top that had led us here? Or is it the utter disgust for the caring self that Filipinos have potrayed that led them to be lowly in other countries?
Which one is it, my dear friend?
Or have you forgotten the pledge that we made as a child whenever we sang the Lupang Hinirang?
Let us bring back the patriotism in our hearts. We have endless possibilities to make in our future.
Nevermind that the government is going through a lot of stuff that you would rather not hear about.
Nevermind that some of the others might not like our own 3rd World Country.
Nevermind that your other fellow filipino would rather eat a malansang isda rather than adore our country.
Make a difference. How?
Start by your own lives. Live a truthful life. Support Filipino products. Appreciate our culture. Encourage others to live the same.
And when others discourage you? Never back down.
I will stand by you in this,
P.S. If you’re wondering why I wrote this in English even though I’m advocating patriotism in our country, remember that I wrote this for a daily prompt. And if you’re wondering if ever this was even written with the truest of my feelings, do not doubt for one second because I have always written with the wholeness of my heart.
Do not worry though. If this goes viral, I would translate this into Filipino for our other fellow Filipino youth as well who would rather read this in Filipino. (Although I doubt that it would truly reach a lot. Nevertheless, I’m terribly glad to have reached you at least. For two persons are never too few to make a difference, right?