Because we cannot unite for the large effort, even the small effort is increasingly beyond us.” – Nick Joaquin
I know Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s quote on “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling bansa ay higit pa sa mabaho at malansang isda”, sounds so cliché that most Filipino would puke upon hearing it; however, as much as most countrymen have been having a headache upon hearing it over and over again, approximately a great number of Filipinos don’t really practice this value as much as it has been said. Then we come to dig deep on the roots of how it started. I wonder. With this curiosity, I came upon the new curriculum guide for Grade Three provided by the K-12 standards for learning. Upon thorough browsing, I can’t help but smile. Why? Because somehow, even with globalization in hand and slow deterioration of our nationalism, some brave souls are still fighting just to resurrect the nationhood spirit founded by our dear heroes who made their way out of slavery.
Although we declare that we have been free from all the foreign conquerors who took the reins of our country for quite some time, the fact that most of us are still looking up on Americans as knight in shining armors and more and more Filipinos wanting to get out of country and settle on a “greener pasture” direct to Nick Joaquin’s conclusion on our Heritage of Smallness. However, not because this not-so-good characteristics (ningas-kugon, bahala na, maniana habit, and the like) have been running on our veins, we will gladly accept our misfortune. No! Of course, we can always do something! Say for example, knowing one’s locality or province. Instead of dreaming about how one can get out of the Philippines, why not deal on “How can I help this country of mine?” We need to get out of the concept on “What can the country can do for you” but rather deal on what you can do for your country. Because even with this simple mindset, we can do something to change this bitter fate waiting for us.
To start with, you need to know your own locality. Getting to know your own province, city or municipality can greatly make a change. It will not only change your perception on how rotten this country is, it will also widen your horizons upon understanding the culture and the daily struggle of every Filipino just to keep this country going. Aside from that, upon visiting and touring upon your own province, you get to help your local businessmen and folks. You want adventure and fun, right? Might as well help.
Yes, help. All my adventure started with the relief operation we had last year after the earthquake in Bohol. It was at that moment that I realized that I needed to go out of my comfort zone and start marveling the wonders of my own paradise before they turn into dust before my eyes.
Below is a list of places I have been to this year. This is not to brag on my achievement, but rather bragging on how amazing my own province is. If I can do this, why can’t you?
TWENTY PLACES CONQUERED IN CEBU 2014
ONE: Gilutungan Island (Cordova)
TWO: Kawasan Falls (Badian)
THREE: Molobolo Cold Spring (Tuburan)
FOUR: Camotes Island (Camotes)
FIVE: Tan-awan Whale Watching (Oslob)
SIX: Tumalog Falls (Oslob)
SEVEN: Balay sa Agta and Bugasok Falls (Argao)
EIGHT: Bojo River (Aloguinsan)
NINE: Mantayupan Falls (Barili)
TEN: Basdaku White Sand Beach (Moalboal)
ELEVEN: Sta. Fe Beach Resort, Ogtong Cave, Virgin Island, Hilantaguan Island (Bantayan)
TWELVE: Osmea Peak (Mantalongon, Dalaguete)
THIRTEEN: Papakits Wakeboarding and Wallclimbing (Liloan)
FOURTEEN: Happy World Museum (Cordova)
FIFTEEN: Funtastic Island (Gibitngil, Medellin)
SIXTEEN: Temple of Leah (Busay)
SEVENTEEN: Adventure Cafe (Gaas, Balamban)
EIGHTEEN: Simala Shrine (Sibonga)
TWENTY: Tops (Busay)
You can check my other blog entries on the details of my trips and mind you, you only need to spend hundreds. Yes, not thousands! So why pack up and go to other places? Know your own locality. Love your country. Embrace diversity. Help others. If our geographical location can’t unite us for now, this does not mean we can’t forever. Okay, we have this heritage of smallness but don’t big things come from small beginnings? What are you waiting for? Lez go travel men! Let’s rock the boat!