Change begins with me. #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014
The Philippines. Seven thousand one hundred and seven wonderful islands. Natural resources and beautiful landscapes that other countries could only wish they had. Not to mention the Pilipino's. Hard working, full of so much talent in any field that you can think of. Always a smile on our faces no matter what problems we may be going through. Strong-spirited with hearts and minds that never give up.
Where did we go wrong? The places and faces that people all over the world dream of visiting. The skills and charm, powerful singing voices that can swoop anyone off of their feet. Natural resources that should be reeling in a large amount of income. Hard working people who can adapt to any job thrown at them. Did i also mention of our magical beaches, combine that with the perfect sunny weather and you have yourself thousand upon thousands of tourists willing to spend money just to enjoy what we have.
That's a question that plays over and over in my head, i already know the answer but my question now is WHY? Why do we have to rely on donations from other countries when disaster strikes? Why don't we have enough food to pass around when natural calamities happen. Why do we see these politicians on the news driving around in their fancy cars, partying in their fancy homes, spending like there's no tomorrow? Why don't they show the Filipinos living in poverty. The little house built along our highways, their kids walking around playing on the streets just waiting for an accident to happen. Yes, the Philippines is full of ways and means to make our self a powerful, influential country like our neighbors. But we aren't. We are still stuck in a large debt to other countries, we are still at the mercy of having other countries donate money to us when something happens.
I have always wanted to see change for this beautiful country, my homeland. I have been patiently waiting to see a little progress in our ways of living. Politicians who run for office with promises of a better Philippines, who promise to get rid of poverty and make us rise again, every four years someone new sits down to lead us into what i have thought is progress, but four years later we just end up in the same situation, or sometimes even worse than we were before. Because what usually happens, we base who we vote for on popularity. We don't even check if they have any sort of background in politics. Then we end up having leaders who are instructed how to lead, who don't even have a single clue how to run this country. Leaders who make excuses instead of actions.
When you look at our country's situation from a different point of view, from let's say my point of view, progress looks so easy, so easy that i think even a high school student can find a way to fix it. Remember those times in high school when we would all have a set amount of allowance for a week but we would do what it takes to buy what we need and have some left over for saving? Why can't the president think that way, it's as simple as 1,2 & 3. I'm pretty sure we make millions, if not billions yearly.
(photo courtesy of SusieSuz)
There's a privilege i got from the Philippines when i turned 18, the right to vote. It may not seem much but it is one thing i got from being a Pilipino that makes me feel important. With one stroke of my hands, i have the power to make a change, to see what is wrong and correct it. There's one gift that i would give to the Philippines that i believe will make a difference. It's to practice my right to vote, to use the privilege given to me by my country and make the most out of it. One vote may not seem to make a difference but it does, one well thought of and honest vote, one vote that wasn't influenced by others and wasn't bought, a vote that i put my mind and heart into will make a difference. It's time for a change, if every Filipino would use their privilege to vote wisely, then maybe someday, not far from now, we will all be able to wake up and smell the progress, to look around and see improvements, to finally see the change, to actually feel the importance we made by making that one honest vote.
My vote is one thing i can give to the Philippines that will surely make a change. Donations to the country will not do much of a change if it goes to the wrong hands. If we want to help making the Philippines a wonderful country, we should start by choosing the right people who can actually knows what they're doing. How can you teach someone to fish when they all they do is pretend that they know how to fish while having some other people do the fishing for them?
Dear readers, Don't you feel it's about time to see some changes, to be a helping hand instead of a onlooker? Think hard and answer this question in the comment section below, "If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what gift is that?"
Share your thoughts below, have the honor to make a choice to help out our country for a brighter future, and who knows, that honest answer of yours may also land you an Apple iPad 2!
Best of luck!