This was from my high school English journal requirement; formal entry #1.
Recently, Korean Pop music or more commonly known as ‘K-POP’ became a success hit in the country that made artists of this genre come to have their album tours here. It is evident that a lot of Filipinos go gaga over these people. Now, this led me into thinking about how most Filipinos react when it comes to international stars and how they seem to specialize ‘theirs’ than ‘ours’.
Taking many shops as an example, people like me usually go to branded shops from different countries instead of some local shops. This colonial mentality has been acquired by Filipinos easily without even noticing it. I admit I’ve done this and yet I keep on doing it that’s why I feel sorry for myself. In my opinion, our culture – the Filipino culture – must have been preserved. I mean, we could be using Alibata now, we might be wearing clothes relevant to Filipiniana, and we could probably prevent our country from being discriminated against about not being Asian. (refer to the viral hate mail that was included in Bob Ong’s “Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?”)
But actually, if I’m from another country, I wouldn’t be able to determine the real Filipino culture and traditions unless I Google it. I, myself, couldn’t trace any Filipino essence around me anymore; I couldn’t see what should be seen, nor could I hear what should be heard. I cannot completely feel the Filipino overflow within me. Actually, if I’d be given a chance to be the Philippine President, I’d ban certain things from entering the country. I would raise the Filipino culture again, and show them the essence of being a Filipino. I would show the other nations how we should join hands together in unearthing the unique Filipino culture that has long been gone.
But due to the notorious Filipino trait “Mañana Habit”, I think these wouldn’t make sense at all because the choice would always be within; the key is discipline. The movement should be continuous, and the right time is now. If there could just be a thing, even the tiniest thing that would make the legendary ‘Big Change’. But because I’m just a high school student who is barely even known in the neighborhood, I’d just keep all these ideas in a safe box and when it’s time, I’d get my brain and start working. I do hope President-elect Aquino would straighten things out because I do believe that the time is soon enough. Better yet, the time is now.