The Resiliency of a Filipino

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William G. Bacani

B: Filipino is resilient

G: Since time immemorial, we are tested by countless calamities; volcanic eruptions, devastating earthquakes and lahar flows, super typhoons, flash floods and landslides.

B: Victoriously, we surmounted these ordeals and pains, beyond imagination of the human race

G: Instant death of our loved ones, claimed by transportation mishaps and natural disasters. Thousands also die in hunger and malnutrition.

All: Including ambushes and endless wars in Mindanao. They trampled our basic human rights, such as the right to live.

Palmiano (solo) : I lost my loving husband, who didn't want to join Abu Sayyaf.

Star (solo): I lost my only son, who opted to become a military man.

G: We lost our innocent children and women; we lost our homes and properties.

B: Survivors are Filipinos. The wrath of nature and cruel destiny may steal everything from us.

Johlo (solo): Wealth, properties, and family.

All: But the Filipinos never give up.

B: For us we are continuously scourged by the test of time. The spirit to survive and to bounce back remains undefeated.

All: I'm as pliant as a bamboo for I'm a man of Earth.

G: My hair may all be blown away by the winds.

B: And my legs may be crippled by the smash of waves.

All: But I will stand and pick up the shattered pieces of myself and continue to live.

B: Resolute to survive, clothed with an inspiration to live, not only for my family but also for my beloved country.

All: Filipinos unite in the midst of crisis, regardless of socio-economic status, tradition and creed.

G: The world has seen the magnanimous spirit of the Filipinos in crucial times.

All: The gap between the rich and the poor was narrowed

Antonette (solo): Envy was replaced by sympathy.

Peruelo (solo): Hatred was conquered by love.

Ian (solo): Selfishness was set aside.

B: And saving one's live is the ultimate desire.

All: History...
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