“Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir, he devises his own future, and inherits his own past.”
-Dr. Jose P. Rizal
True to Rizal’s words, it is an undeniable truth that we Filipinos originate from our ancestors based on our ways of life, living and culture. We owe our liberty and rights to our national heroes who fought in struggle of fidelity for our country. One of the known movements formed during the earlier times was the Katipunan or Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang, Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan. It was a nationalistic, initially secret, partisan society founded in the Philippines in 1872 whose aims are to oust the colonizers. Short-lived triumphs and victories prevailed during their revolt which eventually led to our liberty. Indeed it is a desirable thing to be well descended but the glory still belongs to our ancestors.
As a Filipino Youth, is it worthy enough just to be an ordinary citizen of our country? Do you think we have no responsibility over our nation after the revolution against the colonizers has ended?
According to Rizal, the fate of the nation depends upon the hands of the youth. It only implies that as a true and responsible Filipino Youth we should not disregard the legacy that was passed down to us. It only portrays that as a youth we should took pride that we are the ones chosen to pursue what they are fighting for. And it is . . . to instill and impart the spirit of nationalism in each and everyone of us in the Philippines. But in the query is, how would you live out the legacy passed down to you in our modern time?
It is easy for us to say but difficult to be putted into actions that we can live it out. I myself proved that it was hard but if you and I would start the change within ourselves and implement it with others along with the spirit of unity and nationalism; we could then be called True Filipino Heroes ourselves and true descendants of our ancestors.
If we would be able to do what was tasked, peace would reign all over the part of the country. We would be able to build a just and humane society and established a well reformed Government that will embody our desires, promote common good, conserve and develop our natural resources and secure ourselves and poster the blessings of independence and democracy, therefore bringing our country peace and harmony.