Panatang Makabayan…

Do you still remember when we were young and in elementary days? This Patriotic Oath was pronounced every morning after the flag ceremony. I went to a public school. As most Filipino kids do . We were asked to memorize this oath so we would strive to be good citizens who love our country and its people.

So allow me to remind all of us what we have pledged a long time ago. And check what happened…

                                                   PANATANG MAKABAYAN

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas

    Do we really love the Philippines? Sometimes, I don’t know how to answer that. I just know that I stopped reading the news a long time ago because there is no good news. I only get a glimpse of what’s shared in Facebook sometimes. Which makes me think all the more that most of our lawmakers don’t really love the Philippines. They only love themselves, their families, their friends and their pork barrels. :) And to hell with the Filipino people who pay taxes and who do not have a choice but go abroad to work for their families.

      How about the flashfloods these days. Isn’t most of these caused by illegal loggings? And the garbages we throw on the roads, in the canals, in the gutters?

      And then we pray for God to save us. I wonder what God thinks every time we make a mess and we come running to him to save our nation and the people living in it. Oh, I just hope that he won’t get tired…

Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan. Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi. Ako’y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan. Upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapaki pakinabang.

      Yes, the Philippines has been very good to all of us.  Hasn’t she?

     I grew up in Mindanao, a beautiful part of the  country, that is said to be dangerous. Funny how many Filipinos,  would never dare to step in our soil. But those who were brave enough to try, decided to stay. Doesn’t that tell you something?

      I like road trips. And I’ve traveled most of the Philippines by land. I can only describe our country side in one word. Beautiful. Yes, that’s how it is. That’s what it is….

       And when we were kids, we promised to love her. She has given us so much, it is only proper and right for us to love her back as much as we can.

Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.  Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan. Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas. Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan ng walang pag-iimbot at ng buong katapatan.

      Ahh.. easier said than done. Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan ng walang pag-iimbot at ng buong katapatan.

      I will be 42 years old soon. And I have been very vocal about my admiration for our Mayor. I heard him give a speech almost 30 years ago. I remember thinking that this guy , loves Davao. I told myself then, if I am already allowed to vote, I will vote for him.

       And then he changed the landscape of Davao City. From that of a scary place to one of the most livable cities, not just in the Philippines but in Asia and beyond.

       If only our lawmakers have the same love for our country, then maybe the Philippines will lead once again. I remember the time when the conversion was 1:1 , against the US dollar. That’s how rich our country was. Why not, we have gold. We have silver. We have oil. We have gas. Isn’t that why China is interested with Spratlys?

         Every Filipino should have been born rich!

         Ahh… If only…..

  Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.

          More than the thought and the words, we need to show her how much we love her. In our own little way. You know, like keeping the candy wrappers with you until you find a trash can. :) Or picking up the plastic you see on the beach. Yes many of us , throw plastic bottles and plastic wrappers to the sea. Do you know how this affects nature? The fish we eat, might eat them too. Gross right? But there it is.. Or worse, we’re killing the sea creatures because we are poisoning them. Right now, we still have seafood.  What about our children? (I have none) . But I have nephews. They may have children someday too.

         As we commemorate on the death of Ninoy Aquino, let this day remind us that as ordinary civilians, we too can become heroes.

          Let us do what we can to show our, Lupang Sinilangan, that we love her.  Sa Isip. Sa Salita.  At sa Gawa.

Lea C. Walker

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I'm a businesswoman and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. But more than that, I'm a traveller and a photography enthusiast. So my blog comes with a lot of pictures of places and people who in my life's journey, has become a part of me. A perfect relaxation would be a trip to Hagimit Falls on a weekday and commune with nature. Or a day in the white sand beaches of Samal Island. Or a roadtrip to Buda, to enjoy the mountains and its cool breeze and buying plants on the way home. :) These things, money can't buy. So these are my treasures. My husband , my family and the opportunity to explore the unknown by travelling. That's what life means to me... :)
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