In my previous articles, I have emphasized how crucial it is for us, adults, to be watchful with our own words, especially when we are facing the children. Oftentimes, a lot of adults sometimes tend to forget that the children (who are, by the way, all over in this side of the planet) are sure to imitate from the words to the deeds, even down to the stream of thoughts. They copy everything.
Let us render celebratory tribute to our mother tongue through a prideful exhibition of its virtues in poetry and songs. It is in poetry and songs the rare charm of a language manifests in the excellent use of its distinct idioms. The balitaw is one such literary genre which has journeyed through the ages and survived across the tyrannical terrain of our colonial experience. Its precious virtues are here shown to glorious verbal sculpture in the Cebuano tradition as both a song and as a poetic construct.
What is profoundly expressed by the evacuees is their aspiration to go back home despite the fear that they may have lost everything in the incessant bombings which they could still overhear at night.
That logic woefully remains with us, with or without Martial Law. It’s what allows the drug wars to continue, it’s what places the blame on Kidapawan farmers for getting themselves shot. It’s what derides activists as troublemakers and rallies as provocations.
The resurrection of these elites – the likes of Marcos and Arroyo – to national political power does not signal any cleansing of conscience from the past. There will never be a repentance that could once and for all purge the history of plunder, corruption and impunity that they themselves nurtured because the very political system that installed them to power remains the system that they now capitalize on.
It is highly known these days that yes, thoughts affect the life force. Back then, it was totally hard to grasp this kind of concept. These kinds of experiment is a downright validation to this whole idea. What is this telling us? That in the grand scheme of things, our thoughts play out as the invisible basis for all the things here on Earth.
While it may be said that the President’s decision still gets the nod of Filipinos as claimed by government apologists, the blunders cannot be ignored.
It is said that human beings have a “second of fright.” This is a term referred to the one second when soldiers in the battlefield hesitate to aim at their enemies and take away their opponents’ lives.
To help our children foster stronger imagination, it is better for us to give them abstract toys like chopped wooden branches, seashells, cloths, nutshells, and seeds. In this way, we keep their imagination alive and running. Plus, they are far less expensive.
After one year in power, it is vital for us Filipinos to pay attention to the performance of the Duterte administration. This is my objective assessment on the current administration’s program on agriculture as a fundamental sector in the country.