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Remembering the Past: An Aid in Welcoming the Future

“Con el recuerdo del pasado en el porvenir.” “I enter the future remembering the past.” 
It has been 120 years since the pride of the Malay race confronted us, opening our eyes to the social cancer the Philippines has been suffering from.

In an era when our people were kept silent, Dr. Jose Rizal had the courage to expose a serious illness the Philippines was suffering from – an illness caused by oppression and lack of education. His audacity eventually awakened the people’s nationalism and spark a burning flame among our countrymen.

Our ancestors fought a good fight, they said. The Philippines achieved the liberty that its people wanted, they added, but I couldn’t be satisfied. I couldn’t enjoy the freedom that I’m supposed to appreciate, knowing that the social cancer that existed during Rizal’s time has never left.

Time has passed and this disease continues to destroy our motherland. The cancer cells in the form of corruption, crab mentality, selfishness, and absence of unity among our people have kept on growing. Little by little, killing our beloved motherland. Sometimes, I think to myself that the cancer is a curse that Dr. Rizal predicted to exist forever.

What have we become as a nation? We say that change is coming, but what can we risk to achieve the change that we dream of? It’s easy to declare our affection for our mother land, but are we ready to imbibe the same kind of love that Rizal has offered our country? Do we, from time to time, re-examine our traits and values as citizens of the Philippines?

Rizal’s writings challenge us to effect change in our society. He was the first to have the courage of talking about the country’s concerns publicly.

Today, I am challenging you to make Dr. Rizal irrelevant. Yes! Make him irrelevant. Make him irrelevant by killing the cancer that has been the country’s problems since his time. It is what he has been wanting for so long. He needs us to end the problem!

The social issues Dr. Rizal exposed have yet to be fully removed, but if we work together, we can rebuild and change our nation! Let’s take his heroism to brand-new heights and work towards curing the cancer plaguing our nation.

Instead of pulling each other down and striving for superiority, let’s lift each other up and attempt for everyone’s success. For we all know, everyone’s success is our country’s triumph!

We must support our government but remain vigilant on its manner of leading us. We cannot let oppression and corruption happen. Complaining never solved our country’s issues. We must act and work towards our country’s healing.

My dear friends, this is the meaning of Rizal’s message: “Con el recuerdo del pasado en el porvenir.” “I enter the future remembering the past.” We need to read him, and not just read about him. Our recollection of the past will aid us in welcoming the future.

Dr. Rizal believed that the country’s redemption presumes virtue, and virtue presumes sacrifice, and sacrifice presumes love. May his philosophy on patriotism be an inspiration as we take the necessary steps and actions toward change and positive redemption with virtues, sacrifices, and love — all for our country.

As we move forward together, let us kill the social cancer and end this curse that has haunted us for decades! Let‘s unite and show the world that we are capable if we are cohesive.

Time and again, history has proven that as one nation, our goals can be achieved… together.

Written by: Martin Kit J. Guzman    Delivered by: Roy Xavier Seth G. Umayam

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Ma, Para Sa’yo

Ito ang unang mother’s day na hindi ko makakasama ang aking ina. Pero masaya.

Naalala ko pa noong iminulat ako ng mundo sa pagdiriwang ng araw ng mga dakilang nanay. Sa pamamagitan iyon ng isa sa aming mga tito. Hindi ko maalala kung saan siya galing pero Linggo ng hapon iyon nang tumuloy siya sa aming bahay. Tinanong niya kaming magkapatid, “Binati na ba ninyo ang mama ninyo?” Hindi ko naintindihan ang kanyang tanong. “Bakit kaya? Para saan?” Tanong ko sa sarili habang nagpapalipat-lipat ng tingin sa kapatid kong si Olan (Oliver) at kay mama na tanda kong nagtitiklop ng aming mga damit. Walong taong gulang lang yata ako noon at anim naman ang kapatid kong si Olan. Wala pa kaming sense of full grasp sa maraming bagay, kabilang na ang kaalaman na may isang mahalagang araw pa pala si mama bukod sa birthday niya.

Siguro’y naramdaman niyang hindi namin maintindihang magkapatid ang biglaang tanong, sinabi na lang niya na batiin namin si mama dahil mother’s day daw. “Happy mother’s day, Ma,” magkasunod naming sinabi ni Olan kay mama kasama ng tig-isang yakap at kiss na binalot ng mga tanong at hiya. Ngumiti lang siya. Baka kasi alam niyang hindi pa namin talaga naunawaan ang halaga ng araw na iyon. Pero doon nagsimula ng simpleng kasanayan sa tuwing sasapit ang araw ng mga ulirang ina na tulad niya. Isang simpleng kasanayan na paulit-ulit namin ginagawa kay mama hanggang sa lumalim ang pagkaka-unawa namin sa halaga ng araw niyang iyon.

Bati, yakap, kiss. Labingsiyam na taon na naming ginagawa iyon ni Olan para kay mama, at ngayon, nakakasama na rin ang aming bunsong kapatid na si Princess.

Labingsiyam na taon. At ni minsan, wala siyang hiniling na regalo sa amin. Well, ganun naman talaga siya. Kahit nga birthday niya, hindi siya masyadong umiimik. Parang siya pa ang nahihiyang humingi ng kahit anong simpleng bagay mula sa amin. Pero sa isa sa mga mother’s day ang nakapagpa-unawa sa akin ng kung ano talaga ang hiling at gusto ni mama na makuha mula sa amin. Isang mother’s day, kamuntik ko nang malimutan ang espesyal na araw niya. Nasa high school na ako noon at mas tutok kung hindi sa aralin, sa mga kaibigan. Halos pagabi na noong nabati, nayakap, at na-kiss ko siya. “Akala ko nakalimutan mo na,” pabulong na sambit niya habang nanggigilid ang luha.

Isa lang pala ang taon-taong hiling niya. Iyon ay ang hindi namin malimutan ang nakagawian sa mahalagang araw. Napakasimple. Hindi mahirap ibigay. Simula noon, sa tuwing mother’s day, ang unang ginagawa ko pagkagising sa umaga ay ang hanapin siya, pagkatapos ay batiin, yakapin at i-kiss. Hinding-hindi ko malilimutan na may nanay akong isinakripisyo ang maraming bagay para lang maging mabubuti at mauunlad na tao ang kanyang mga anak. Hinding-hindi ko malilimutan ang araw niya at alam kong masaya na siya doon. Swerte ko. Swerte namin.

Ito ang unang mother’s day na hindi ko makakasama ang aking ina at mabigyan ng simpleng bati, yakap, at kiss. Pero masaya dahil sa kabila ng sitwasyon, naniniwala ako na magiliw niyang iniisip na hindi ko siya nakalimutan sa araw niya. Alam na niyang may post ako sa Facebook at Instagram kahit wala siyang account ni isa sa mga iyon. Alam ko na maligaya siya para sa akin. 

Naniniwala ako na bukod sa panalangin niya gabi-gabi para sa aking kaligtasan bago siya magpahinga, palagi niya ring binabanggit sa sarili na proud siya. Proud siya sa kung anong narating ng mga anak niya. Proud siyang pinaniniwalaan na nagbunga ang sakripisyo dahil naging mabuti at maunlad ang anak niya.

Maligayang araw ng iyong kadakilaan bilang ina, Ma. Miss kita. Miss ko ang tawa mo sa mga biro ko at higit sa lahat, miss ko ang iba’t-ibang paraan mo ng pagpaparamdam ng tunay na pagmamahal sa amin. Mahal na mahal ka namin ni Olan at Princess.

Hanggang sa susunod na bati, yakap, at kiss. 😘

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We All Need MAGIC

MAGIC is something you make.

It is time to speak your TRUTH. Create your own community, be good to each other. Do not look outside of yourself for the leader.

There is a river now flowing very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel that they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its own destination. We must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open and our heads above the water.

Now, see who is in there with you and CELEBRATE! 🎩

from: Magic 89.9

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An Open Letter to the “Righteous” Christians

Dear “Righteous” Christians,

For the last time, allow me to show this and state some of my points and I will never say anything about this again.

You say that you are a Christian but you are hating on selected humans. What kind of a “Christian” are you if your Jesus did not even have a single word about homosexuality? Where did the hate come from? And oh! Never mention Leviticus as your reference. Please.

From what I remember, the Christ that I worship taught us to love our neighbor the way we love our God. How do you treat your neighbor in this situation? It reflects on how you treat your God. That doesn’t require a degree in Theology for us to understand.

You are making me sad, my dear brothers/sisters.

So, please stop the hate.

Study. Read. Update your knowledge about these things. It’s not about differing opinions anymore.

STOP THE HATE.

RESPECT EVERYONE.

Love,

A straight guy who respects the LGBT community

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MAAGA PA NAMAN, MGA KAPATID!

As early as now, the election fever in the Philippines is alive. Fantastic. I just have some concerns about it but I couldn’t put them into words. Maybe, if you will allow me to share with you some stories and comments you may understand me.

In the last election (National-Senatorial, 2013), I only voted for 8 candidates – all are for senate and none from local. I spent more than an hour falling in line before getting the chance to vote. Guess how many of my candidates made it. Your answer is not even close. Yup, only one won.

As of this posting, I have chosen only one candidate for senate and none for President and Vice. Of course, none in local again. Now tell me, if this will still be the case on May, should I push through and go out to vote for this one candidate who is not doing well in the survey? Of course I should. Yes, even if I only have one.

Now where is this non-sense post gping at? Well, I’m not saying that I have the best checklist in choosing government leaders. It’s just that no one pleases me. I can’t force all of you to read and research about every person who runs. EXTENSIVELY. I am talking about all aspects. So, who has the time? Who are not yet pre-occupied?

It’s tough. But deciding for this country’s future has always been tough. This is why most of us are engaging to easier ways. Tadaaaa! Media. Include all of your social networking accounts. Is that bad? I’m not saying that it is but if only we could be better. If only we could use it better. If only we could use this to organize debates and encourage all of the candidates to join.

I’m not saying that it is solely the candidates’ fault. I don’t even know who to blame. I’m not here to point fingers at anybody. Just one thing. Everyone has a responsibility here. I feel that doing this is one of my responsibilities – to remind everyone that we still have a lot of time to study every platform and promise that the camdidates have to offer.

Maaga pa naman, mga kapatid. Let us not rush this important decision that we will be making. For what its worth, allow me ta say that all of us agree that we don’t want to suffer for 6 years again.