The chains of poverty, corruption and hopelessness rattled and the sound of metal hitting metal was heard throughout the entire room. It was eerily silent except for the constant clang of chains and the soft snoring of a bird with fiery red feathers neatly tucked in her great expanse of wings with her beak facing the ground, her strong and scrutinizing eyes closed in a dreamless fit – the Philippine eagle, the Filipinos.
After years of clanging, her eyes twitched before slowly, agonizingly slowly, opened them. The eagle looked around her cage, her eyes widened at the darkness and suffering she saw before settling into a gaze of pure determination. The Filipinos are now aware of what’s happening. They have awakened. It is time to take action.
Poverty. We are so used to it that sometimes it is easier to turn a blind eye to it. We are so used to the image of young children scraping spoiled food and metals that they would sell for a few pennies in dumpsites and garbage. We are so used to knowing that there are people out there living with only salt and rice in their tables. We can see them but we cannot truly see. This is just an accepted fact. But the sad thing is even if we have awakened and have seen all these, there are no how-to guides or five easy steps to alleviate poverty in our country. What we can do, however, is to get involved in projects trying to at least help those in need like the Gawad Kalinga, Pondo ng Pinoy and World Vision. We can show our concern for them by trying to share and donating some of what we have especially for victims of calamities; although it would be better if we do this not only when we watch them in televisions but when we see them with our very own eyes in our communities as well.
Corruption. We are living in a democratic country. Or at least Wikepedia says so. The power is said to be with the people but somehow though, it doesn’t seem to be the case. When politicians campaign, most of them give a wide array of promises...
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