BY CARLOS P. ROMULO
AMANDA, THERESE, MARCO: I am a Filipino! (3 counts)
KENNETH, ALEM, IRA: I am a Filipino! (3 counts)
JM, AVIS, DANIEL, PAUL, and PENNY: I am a Filipino! (3 counts) ALL: I am a Filipino! By Carlos P. Romulo!
PENNY, PAUL, MARCO, AMANDA, and NOCETE: I am a Filipino!
JM, KENNETH, ALEM, IRA, DANIEL, and AVIS: Inheritor of the glorious past, hostage to the uncertain future. As such I must prove, equal to a two-fold-task. JM, DANIEL, AVIS, PAUL, AND PENNY: Task!
AMANDA, PAUL, MARCO, PENNY, AND NOCETE: The task of meeting my responsibility to the past and performing my obligation to the future. ALL: I sprung from a hardy race!
ALL BOYS: Child many generations removed of Ancient Malayan pioneers. Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me. ALL GIRLS: Of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their heart is stout. AMANDA, PAUL, PENNY, MARCO, and NOCETE: Over the sea I see them come, borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind carried upon the mighty swell of hope. ALEM, KENNETH, IRA: Hope!
JM, AVIS, DANIEL: Hope!
MARCO, ALEM, AMANDA, NOCETE, AVIS: Hope in the free abundance in a new land that was to be their home and their children’s forever. MARCO, JM, and AVIS, DANIEL: This is the land they sought and found! MARCO, NOCETE, AMANDA, PENNY, PAUL: Every inch of shore that their eyes first set upon. PAUL, PENNY, NOCETE: Every hill and mountain that beckoned to them WI