National Identity of The Filipinos

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Philippines is located in the Southeast Asia and the natives are called Filipinos, the national language is Filipino, the second most spoken language is English, in fact, many foreign people not just from the neighboring countries but all over Asia come to The Pearl of the Orient just to have a better education in English. Filipinos are known worldwide for the passion and diligence they put into their work. The general information about the country and the people can be traced down to the tiniest data but when we talk about National Identity, what makes a Filipino, truly a Filipino? This question baffles me up until this time. Does every Filipino know what it takes to be a Filipino? During my elementary years, I was taught that Filipinos use a PO and Opo as a sign of respect for the adults, but the thought that if a foreigner use the word PO as a sign of respect to the grownups, does that make him a Filipino too? It surely didn’t make sense to me but then, the answer is NO.

While I was watching the video(The Word of The Lourd: National Identity) along with my new-found friends, I was dismayed not because of the people who don’t remember those historical people but for myself for not knowing each and every one of them, it was kind of melancholic because as the generation pass by, less and less are taught about them and absorbed by the minds of the younger generations which gives little to no importance to the people who sacrificed themselves for the younger generations’ future. Do Filipinos really tend to forget the past or is it just a generalization and a result of not enough research done? Or are Filipinos just more inclined to the show business industry than to the Philippine history? If the answer to the latter question is yes, then, the show business industry really corrupts the minds of the people.  If a person does an experiment, asks questions like which one is more interesting and the consensus agrees on the answer, show business industry, then it shows that the show business industry has a lot of influence upon the mentality of the countrymen. As for me, I am not really interested about Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband’s fairytale love story because I am not fond of looking into someone who is insignificant in my life for the reason that it does not affect my well-being as a human person and the community I live in, it’s like going in circles.

According to the film, the reporter said, “Maybe it’s just a defense mechanism.” – My mind says, the past may hurt but that doesn’t mean that it has to be forgotten; only fools forget the past, for the past plays an important role in the future, the past silhouettes the future, the mistakes done in the past can be avoided in the future. Simple logic, it’s just like solving a Mathematical Equation, you already know that using this and that formula is wrong so you tried doing the correct one to avoid getting the same wrong result, you study the past to avoid committing the same mistake in the future so I personally disagree when he said that line because I don’t forget the past even how hurtful they may be, it’s part of me and my life, my past experiences are the reason to be standing where I am standing now. But when we talk about national identity, I think I have a national historical amnesia too ‘cause I can’t really quite think about what it takes being a Filipino.

What further devastated the sense of national historic identity of every Filipino was when former President Ferdinand Marcos almost single-handedly repaired the Philippines’ relationship to Japan further diminishing their pride.

If my assumptions are correct about the show business industry, then kids at a young age should not be exposed to it or their time should be limited when watching TV shows so that their brains will not just be thinking about the celebrities but also the vital things they need as they grow older. Maybe it’s not the citizens but the past leaders that lead the citizens to forget the past.

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