Economic crisis. Political instability. Uprisings and other countless revolts. What is happening to the so-called “Pearl of the Orient Seas”?
For the longest time, our country has been plagued by numerous conflicts and problems that continue to undermine the pillars of our beloved homeland. Our country is a sinking vessel, a ship trying to find its way out of the stormy seas. The reality that our country is suffering and is slowly sinking into an abyss of total darkness is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people. But then, we suddenly find light. We see a flickering flame of hope, waiting for us, leading us to safety and guiding us to the path that we ought to take. That flame is the Filipino youth.
The youth of today has always been the driving force of the Philippines in creating change. They were always the ones to take the first step without any hesitation. Instead of seeing their occasional iron-pressed and book-in-the-hands look, we often see them bringing their cause into the streets every time they feel that we are being abused or deprived of our human rights, unshaken by fear, all in the will of easing the burden that our nation is trying so hard to carry — a burden caused by greed, corruption and the plummeting moral integrity of our nation’s political leaders.
If the Bishops of the Philippines issued the statement of abolishing the EO 464 and awaiting the conclusion of the hearings. If the Bishops were the “Jose Rizals” of today then, the Filipino youth would be the “Andres Bonifacios”, armed with the blade of love for their country and for truth.
The youth holds so much promise. Their boldness, initiative, determination, wisdom, faith, and exceptional courage can pave the way towards a healthier Philippines. They have a strong sense of leadership which most of the Filipino people lacks. They hold activities, seminars, create different youth organizations and conduct outreach programs, all promoting service and charity and all aiming for the betterment of our community and to ultimately lead us to a better Philippines. This is what we need. This will help us rebuild our suffering nation and establish peace.
We all want what is best for our Mother Land. Despite the difficulties and trials that we have faced and are still facing, we are still standing and we will continue to do so, which means there is still hope. Believe that at the end of the rainbow lies the pot of “gold”, the pot filled with sweet victory, glorious and shining brightly.
The voice of the youth matters! Lend them your ears! They can help! They will surely make a difference for they are united by one goal: to provide the stepping stone for the much needed change that we have so long awaited for. And because of that, we definitely have a reason to be proud in being a Filipino.
As Jose Rizal once said and I quote, “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” (The youth is the hope of the nation)