Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Part 2 of a series

Let’s Start the Revolution of the Filipino Youth PART II

I thank everyone who have been kind enough to send their ideas and views on my call for a peaceful revolution we must start for systems change in this country. We truly need CHA-CHA these days, but the CHA-CHA I’m talking about refers to CHAracter CHAnge. It’s a different CHA-CHA than what the current administration wants us to dance.

The revolution I’m calling for starts in the hearts and minds of every young Filipino (wherever you may be in the world) – finding that burning desire within ourselves on how even how small can we help in uplifting the current poor state of our country’s affairs. I urge all young Filipinos to look deeply inside their hearts and ask the question, “WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY COUNTRY?”

The answer will be very clear. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING! WE CAN DO SOMETHING TOGETHER! Alexander Lacson summarized in his book “The 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.”

The 12 "little things" are:

1. Follow traffic rules, follow the law.
2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, ask for an official receipt.
3. Don't buy smuggled goods. Buy local. Buy Filipino.
4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
7. Support your church.
8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
9. Pay your employees well.
10. Pay your taxes.
11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

These are simple first steps in our journey. There are other countless ways that the young Filipino can help out. But by doing these 12 little things and showing random acts of kindness anywhere we may be, WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COUNTRY.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step as the popular saying goes, our journey towards first world country status, starts by realizing what needs to be done and acting on it.

Change the way we do things! Follow the Rule of Law! Live out our Christian values! Cherish our rich cultural and natural heritage! Value EDUCATION! AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER!By transforming ourselves, we will transform the little communities where we live in – be it at home, in school or at work. And in due time, the Filipino Spirit will rise again. Just as Jesus Christ redeemed the world at the young age of 33, the Filipino Youth shall redeem the over 7000 islands of the Republic of the Philippines before we know it.

BELIEVE YOU CAN CHANGE PHILIPPINE HISTORY by changing your ways NOW! Improve yourself and live out your lives to the fullest. Remember, the greatest risk there is in the world is risking nothing at all. Mabuhay Pilipinas!

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