Monday, November 3, 2008

Rush Hour

essay : Rush hour... Many people are walking with different agenda and place to park their self. The busy street is full of vehicles, jeep of course, the king of the road, the Filipino mass means of transportation and my daily service and maybe yours too.

As I seat comfortably inside may it be near the wide open entrance, the back of the driver or beside him, what an overwhelming feeling to experience seeing a different populace contained by. Most of them, students! I can easily track down their age, by the way they dress, they speak and they communicate. Looking at them gives me a one way ticket back to the day I was going to school then, learning a lot of academic staffs including historical beginnings of humanity.

A group of elementary students entered the jeep, as they sat by five they were teasing one another for their new haircuts; one quoted another "Kamukha mo si Jose Rizal". Surprisingly the boy answered back, "Ako ang pag-asa ng bayan".

Everyone seems pretty amazed of the young boy's diligence and proud stature as he quoted the words. And from the back of my mind I replied, "Yes you are the future and you are now". And as the vehicle cuts it way in the heavy traffic I begin to think of the National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

DR. JOSE RIZAL, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Both his parents were educated and belonged to distinguished families. Dr. Jose Rizal had been one of the prominent representatives of Filipino personalities whose life philosophy deserves to be recognized. One of the most humbling is he believing that we, the youth is the future of our country.

Indeed, he was correct, in a more literal way, who will be the future no other than the present. Right? But in a more serious note, I accept as true that Dr. Jose Rizal's conviction on the youth's prowess would be on the growing perseverance of the Filipino community. And who are we to contradict? As we continue to strive both the parents and children for a better tomorrow for the whole benefit of the country.

Education the most powerful tool Dr. Jose Rizal deems to be needed by everyone. Since education is the foundation of society and a prerequisite for social progress, Rizal claimed that only through education could the country be saved from domination.

In reality this education doesn't only mean academics and in the books learning. Dr. Rizal knew that we can't all be doctors and lawyers, if that would happen who will plow the fields? The edification philosophy, therefore, centers on the provision of proper motivation in order to bolster the great social forces that make education a success, to create in the youth an innate desire to cultivate his intelligence and give him life eternal.

After all, with all the sufferings he had experienced and went through during the Spanish domination, the only thing that will separate the reality from beyond is his great thinking of a better future for the Filipino community and for him the answer will be no other than the Filipino youth.

Though, an alarming increase in numbers of out of school youth is a divulging crisis in the government, the continuous and never dying effort for many parents, guardians and close relatives to have their children or loved ones educated can't be denied and so evidently craft the future of each and every Filipino family.

Thank you Dr. Jose Rizal for all the wisdoms you've left us. You endured the pain and so I give it back to you. It was because of this social malady that social evils like inferiority complex, cowardice, timidity and false pride pervaded nationally and contributed to the decay of social life. These stimulated and shaped your life philosophy to contain if not eliminate these social ills.

Since you, Dr. Jose Rizal believe in the youth, you believe in me as I continue to make every effort to the benefit of all whom and who'll I fortunately touch and be part of my life, I ought it all to you for your trust and perpetual philosophies.

"Beep! Beep!" the jeep honked, one more street and I am home. The jeep stopped to drop the five students in their school. And as the vehicle started to move again I prompted to be attentive. I don't want to miss my way especially during rush hour.

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