Hooray it’s Holiday because it’s National Heroes Day!
What is the significance of having this day as “Holiday”? Is it about the laying of wreath to the monuments of Filipino Heroes? Is it about offering them a 1-day fame and then what? Remember them again next year? Is it about commemorating what these heroes (including the unsung heroes) have done to liberate our motherland? Is it about the Cry of Balintawak in August 1896 that formally started the Philippine Revolution? Why do we have to remember the events and the people who have shed their bloods for our country’s freedom? What is the significance of this day? I am afraid that another important holiday is about to pass without understanding its essence.
Below is one of my favorite quotations…
“If you deprive a man of who he is, you can make him anything that you want him to be. But if you teach him his heritage and his culture, he will aspire to be greater than those before him.”
There is a resounding need to revisit our history not just to guide this nation, not just to make the sacrifices of our heroes known to us but to make us realize that we must act and continue what they have started. Let’s not allow their efforts go to naught; instead, let’s use their sacrifices, their principles and ideals to give us the strength in facing iniquitous actions, the grace to remain strong in the face of political turmoil and obstacles, the intelligence and sound reasoning to channel the needs of this nation.
On the other hand, I couldn’t blame you if you have already lost your faith that this nation can be great again. Because even if there is the existence of Bill of Rights (that guarantees our individual freedom), somehow we do not feel safe because of what is happening in our society today.Sometimes I imagine…if Fr. Jose Burgos, Fr. Jacinto Zamora, and Fr. Mariano Gomez were here today and fighting for the things they think they deserve, they would have been accused as enemies of the government and might be thrown at the prison cell for their actions. If Rizal were still alive today, he would have been using the social media to attack the evil and he might end up a victim of extra judicial killing. If Bonifacio were still alive today, he would have been in the street holding his bolo and waging a revolution against the wicked and as a consequence, he would have been accused as leftist and perceived as a threat to the state. If Macario Sakay, Diego Silang, Gabriela Silang, Marcelo H. del Pilar, were here today, they would have died for blatantly attacking the reigning evil.
Truly, it takes COURAGE to be a HERO. Learn from our history, it’s not the history repeating itself but it is “us” who allows the tragic part of our history to repeat itself, and then we say our government is terrible? What have we done to change this?
Peoples and governments are correlated and complementary: a fatuous government would be an anomaly among righteous people, just as a corrupt people cannot exist under just rulers and wise laws. Like people, like government… – Jose Rizal
Having a sense of our own history is not all about taking pride; it’s about having the same courage, learning from their experiences and becoming the true hope of our motherland.
Mabuhay ang mga Bayaning Pilipino!