Ang Sistema ni Propesor Tuko ni Al Santos
The Philippines is continuously struggling for survival. It’s sad to say that in our country, corruption is rampant, crimes are uncontrolled, population increases every year, and poverty incessantly pulls down not just the nation but also the Filipino people. Indeed, our country is faced with a lot of problems and issues that affect the lives of many Filipinos. Furthermore, one of the most controversial quandaries is the poor quality of education, which is also the root of all issues in the society. Filipinos not just blame the government for this but they also blame fellow Filipinos thus, submerging our country in deep mud. Truth be told, Filipinos always find faults in others but they don’t see their own. A thought to ponder; change must start with oneself. Just like what Leo Tolstoy once said, “everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. The play, Mutya, has many similarities with the authoritarian Marcos regime. Many references were made to the societal flaws that were present in the 1980s. An example would be how the Professor Tuko’s teaching system was not proving to be effective on the students and students clamored for change. The students realized that what Professor Tuko taught them was unchanging and irrelevant to their modern society and that the lessons being taught to them were exactly the same as the ones that were taught to their older siblings. This unchanging routine made the students think low of the system just like during the latter years of Marcos’ rule. He also took money from the student’s parents, supposedly for the school, but was used for his own purposes. This can be related to the corruption that was present during the Marcos era. The students saw these flaws and insisted for a change in the system and Professor Tuko responded with the declaration of Martial Law. The people who dared speak (i.e. Kiko) were silenced and any form of defiance was met with...
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