Mali

Bakit pakiramdam ko’y mali?
Hindi ba’t ito ang hiniling ko?
Hindi ba dapat na matuwa pa ako?
Pero hindi, ngayon ako pa ang sawi

Hindi pala nasusukat sa taas ng anong bakod
Hindi pala natatantsa ng unti-unting pag-usod
Wala pala iyon sa pagka-bantay sarado
Hindi mo mapipigilan ang pusong pursigido

Kahit naman hindi mo aminin
Ni anong pahiwatig hindi mo man sabihin
‘Pagkat ang bulaklak nakakaakit ng bubuyog
Iiyak ko na lang sa tuwing bago ako matulog

At ikaw naman, alam kong hindi mo malalaman
Kung ano mang sakit ang aking nararamdaman
Sapagkat ang bulaklak at tinik, bagama’t nasa parehong tangkay
Ang bulaklak lang – at hindi tinik – ang siyang tinatangay

likha ni al

Visions and Expectations: Moving up in Life

Where am I headed?

When I graduated elementary school, I did not know where I was headed. I had only seen glimpses of high school life from movies, television series, and heard about experiences by cousins and older acquaintances. I entered high school with nothing to lose, thinking it was a good place to start from scratch. I wasn’t wrong.

Here I am now, four years later, I am in the same position.

Here I am now, four years later, I am in the same position, but this time, I’m more knowledgeable of how things are to be. I am part of the second batch of K to 12 students. Teachers may deny it, but, in reality, we are the experimental batch. Since the K to 12 curriculum is a neophyte, then the teaching personnel, much like the students, are basically wandering in the dark.

I wish to explore more things and still continue to collect new experiences and memories.

I wish to continue what I have started in Junior High School. I wish to explore more things and still continue to collect new experiences and memories. Friends come and go, and the only thing constant in the world is change. After Grade 10, frequent faces you see in person will become profile pictures you see on Facebook. Friends whom you talk to 24/7 will become acquaintances you seldom hear from or greet, not unless they did something significant, or it’s their birthday (because Facebook never fails to notify you).

Nevertheless, let it be. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s always for the better. The important thing is that we live in the moment. Seize and squeeze every second with your high school friends and “friends”. Like what our elders say, high school memories are the best memories.

On these last few days, let’s make great ones.

Degrading Decorum

Filipinos, known for their hospitality and humility, have grown ignorant of their native values with the sudden rise of technology and social media.

Margaux Justiniano Uson, more popularly known as Duterte supporter Mocha Uson, has been a constant personality in news stories concerning the President’s social media following. She has been making the headlines in her straightforward comments for and against Duterte critics and big media organizations. By straightforward, I mean no holds barred. Her major influence has landed the question: How do Filipino millenials behave on social media?

It might not be that great. One time, I checked on her Facebook page with almost four million followers. While there are a lot of good comments about the President, also present were shaming and threats to the critics not only of the top diplomat, but also of his own government. I cannot take in what I saw on the string of posts on her page. It seems as though the Filipino values of respect and honor has been forgotten by the very generation we are in. With the deaths of drug lords in Oplan Tokhang, there also comes the death of sensibility and respect for strangers. Filipinos, known for their hospitality and humility, have grown ignorant of their native values with the sudden rise of technology and social media.

Filipinos, known for their hospitality and humility, have grown ignorant of their native values with the sudden rise of technology and social media.

The stigma that is belittling others anonymously online is an unfair way and is against the democratic system we have. Laws have been created to combat cyber bullying and online discrimination, with some having a sentence from six months to six years. In August last year, Nestor Punzalan, a private individual, filed an online libel complaint against the editorial board of Top Gear Philippines for wrongly tagging his name in a road rage incident. Punzalan received death threats due to misinformation.

If the case of Nestor Punzalan were not cleared earlier, it would have been a different story. It might happen that he would be blamed for something that he had not done, letting the real culprit get away with the crime. His story is one of many others that do not see justice. The lack of urge to verify information and discern fact from opinion has been inculturated in Filipinos, and, thus, it leads us to the present generation on the rise: Mocha Uson, and Duterte’s Facebook supporters.

 

Freedom of expression is not an excuse to demean or mock others.

 

Freedom of expression is a right given to all citizens of the Republic. But this freedom does not grant them the right to demean or mock others. This freedom must be used to string public participation in social issues affecting them. As Filipino millenials, we must serve to follow a legacy set straight before us: democracy of right to freedom of expression and upholding of human rights.

Let us rid the world of misinformation and mockery. 

Let us rid the world of misinformation and mockery. Our degrading decorum would only contribute to divisions in the society and in the community. Together, let us work for peace and progress that we all desire.

This article was first published on my column on the Canossian Gazette, “Mind Over Matter,” Vol. XLIX Issn. 3.

Mocha Uson photo grabbed from http://www.goodfilipino.com