“If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”
I would give the gift of remembering. I chose this because if we remember, we will learn, we will accept, we will change, and we will not repeat our mistakes, and most importantly, we will move forward.
If the Philippines will remember, we will learn all the lessons we need to so that we can choose the right leaders for our country. We will not vote base on popularity or because this person had the campaign that stayed stuck in our heads. We will remember to choose a leader that has a strong platform, a history that shows a strong performance, and someone who is known to have morals and values that cannot be bought.
If the Philippines will remember, we will accept that we are not perfect. We will not easily erupt when someone says something bad about us. We will reflect and work hand in hand with each other to improve what we can and be more flexible about what we cannot. We will accept that we need to laugh at certain things, not just the calamities that has befallen us. If we can smile while sitting on top of a drum floating in flood water, we should be able to smile as well when Manila is called the gateway to hell because we know Manila is more than that.
If the Philippines will remember, we will change our crab mentality and truly honor what being a Filipino is. We will change our thinking that whiter is better and that anything made from outside the country is better than anything hand made in our country. We will support local brands and tell the world that MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES is something they should look for because it means QUALITY.
If the Philippines will remember, we will not let history repeat itself. We will forge a better future not only for the youth and the kids but also for us. We need to remember that this country is ours and if we keep repeating the same mistakes or allow other to keep repeating the same mistakes, there is nowhere to go but down.
If the Philippines will remember, we will finally move forward and regain the former luster of being the Pearl of the Orient. We will move forward and show the world that we don't only have beautiful women and beautiful beaches. We will show them that we also have a successful economy, a thriving agricultural industry, a fast paced business industry, and a colorful culture worthy of being written about it magazines and photographed for all the world to see.
This is what I wish for the Philippines ... if only the Philippines will remember. We will have a #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 not just for a moment but forever.
How about you? If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. You just might win an iPAD mini2.