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In his book “Tipping Point” Malcolm Gladwell said, “Do not underestimate the power of little things, they can spur a revolution.” This statement best describes how little, seemingly inconsequential events can lead to an awakening and a valiant fight for democracy.
But on the 28th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, it is no longer enough to bask in its memory. We have to perform—again—little, seemingly inconsequential things to help our country, and ourselves, move forward.
1. Find a job or be productive.
According to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, 12.1 million Filipinos are currently jobless. While this figure is quite understandable due to the calamities that struck the country (according to Malacanang), we have to rise from our stupor and realize we can do something about our lot. With hard work, determination and commitment, we can definitely move ahead.
2. Support local products.
What’s in the tag of your favorite shirt? Does it show that it’s “Made in the Philippines”? In his book, “12 Littlle Things We Can Do To Help Our Country,” Alexander Lacson explained that we have to support our local products. It shows how proud we are to be Filipino—and a subtle way to represent the Philippines and introduce our products to citizens of other countries.
3. Obey laws.
Think, “All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Yes, the book. Throw peace and order in and you get the picture.
From following the simple traffic rules to paying the right taxes—it can spell a world of difference.
4. Ask for an official receipt.
Whether you like her or not, let’s help Kim Henares, BIR Chief, do her job. This mere slip of paper—a receipt—means more proof for the BIR to run after those tax evaders.
5. Support local music, arts, literature
Our race is filled with amazing talents and limitless creativity. We have brilliant singers who have reigned supreme in various international competitions. We have local authors who have their books translated in many languages and visual artists who hold exhibits in many parts of the world. Our task is to support and patronize them. Our own. Sariling atin.
6. Support local tourism.
Our country has so much to offer than we can ever imagine. Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan. Don’t be a stranger in your own country. Before going out (or for overseas Filipinos, before thinking of visiting other countries), explore the beauty of the Philippines. There is so much to see and celebrate.
7. Be an ambassador.
If foreign tourists ask, “What is beautiful about the Philippines?,” boast a little. There’s really much we can be proud of in our own Pearl of the Orient.
8. Keep the environment clean.
This needs no explanation and should apply to everyone wherever they are.
9. Be a good leader.
Set a good example. Take the words “public service” to heart. Don’t be tempted by untold riches. Moral values, including dignity and credibility, are qualities that would ripple in eternity. It could even land you, if you are really good, in history books (an unintended effect, of course).
10. Be a good parent.
A happy family is a happy society. Focus on your children. Make sure you contribute positively to their lives and their futures. It is never too late.