Is the Philippines Truly Free

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Is the Philippines truly free? Politically speaking, the answer is yes considering the democratic and representative form of government that we have. The Filipinos presently enjoy so many rights and freedom. They freely choose their leaders through an election, enjoy the freedom of the press, expression and speech. The current government is responsive to the needs of the people and does not oppress or curtail their freedom. The Philippines is not only free internally but also externally as it is not under from a foreign power.

In terms of fashion, culture and economy, however, we cannot say the same. The Filipinos still suffer from colonial mentality. Music, fashion, customs and tradition and products of foreign countries, especially the so-called stateside, are still being patronized by most Filipinos, especially the youth who unabashedly mimic foreign singers, artists, including their lifestyles not minding to spend lots of money just to be “in” with these foreign idols. Thousands of Pinoys are also dying to migrate to other countries.

As a member of the Filipino youth of today I believe that I can somehow make the Philippines truly free by reversing the above negative attitudes. First, I will start from myself. I will think, talk and act like a true Filipino. I will live by the Filipino values like being polite and courteous, using “po”, “opo”, respect my parents, the elders and be fair to all. I will patronize Filipino made products so we can save the dollars of our country. I will visit and encourage visit to the local tourist spots.

I shall lead by example by taking care of the environment. I will recycle plastics and use biodegradable trash as organic fertilizer. By doing so, we can boost our country’s economy and awaken the sense of nationalism in each and every Filipino. Not only will our country be appreciated by our fellow Filipinos, but also by foreigners locally and internationally.

Lastly, I will keep myself informed...
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