You Are the Filipino Youth

Post date: Mar 31, 2017 6:09:46 AM

Anne Rhea D. Cortez

Teacher III – Bataan National High School

“Where are the youth who will consecrate their golden hours, their illusions, and their enthusiasm to the welfare of their native land?” These were the words of our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal in his novel El Filibusterismo.

Youth of modern days have been living in this avaricious world for so many years now. I am not sure if it is right to say that they are lucky enough to not experience the brutality of Martial Law regime, the hypocrisy and discrimination during the Spaniards colonization and the Japanese era. But there is one thing I am certain of, they have been witnessing if not experiencing the lamentable cancer of this society for so long now.

News reports on violation of human rights, indefensible misuse of government funds, and ruthless killing due to greed of power and selfishness have become the daily greetings to our youth. That is why their active participation and civic involvement have been more apparent more than ever.

I do not believe that modern youth are apathetic, or if they are it is only because they are still growing up. Still trying to define themselves in this world but I know right in the bottom of them lies their fervent love and ardor for this country. As what Dr Jose Rizal said, they are the hope of this fatherland. However, knowing their worth as the future of this country would never be enough. Our country needs collective action.

You need to imbibe the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in uplifting this nation to the pedestal of success and it starts with knowing who you are and what you want to be.

You need to realize that you have all the time, strength and ability to revive this dying but still, hoping nation. You are still young to see that you have the privilege to do more and reach more people to be of greater. You can endure all the trials of life if you would just choose to bear them with compassion. Your prudent and young minds can prosper and infect idealism to spark a light of hope.

But you should not forget to celebrate your differences. Acknowledging your flaws and imperfection can help you step forward. But never forget to bring with you the hope and dream of your fellowmen should you take your steps to the ladder of triumph.

Even the state recognizes your worth as young intellectual and skilled people. It is stated in the 1987 Philippine that youth has a vital part in nation building.

You are the youth. You are the Filipino youth who are willing to be the change that this nation needs.