A land teeming with natural beauty,
where tierra, flora and fauna are richly abundant,
subjugated by the Spanish for over 300 years,
forcefully taken and occupied in turn by the Americans,
overrun by the Japanese,
finally claiming independence after being raped and pilloried for centuries,
establishing a government "run like hell",
languishing for 20 years under dictatorial rule,
languishing for the rest of the years as well,
facing the 21st century as a third-world country woefully crippled,
fate has been so unkind,
to the land of the morning,
the time must come...
And it's about time.
Here's the famous quote of Manuel L. Quezon way back in 1935:
“I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.”
MLQ3 points out that all too few recall the essential sentence that came next:
“Because, however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it.”
And that's pretty much the thing we have been trying to do ever since, with very little success.
Maybe the time has come indeed. Things and events have an uncanny way of falling into place.
Throughout the generations, we were trampled upon by a succession of colonizers.
Worse, we were trampled upon by our very own who make hell for their fellow Filipinos.
Sobra-sobra na talaga. Yes, maybe the time has come. As we used to say in college:
"Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?"
Sulong NoyPi !!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009