The Unfinished Revolution

This video was submitted by a group* in my Philippine History class for their final project last year, first semester.   By far this has been the only video that got my attention.  I’m sharing this in this site as I think it’s an interesting take on our nation’s history of unfinished revolutions.

The Unfinished Revolution

A better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past –

A world founded upon faith and understanding…

*Sumile’s group {Ms. Therese Sumile, Ms. Jasmine Kaindoy, Ms. Ronna Mae Sumalinog and Ms. Ruby Hilado}


If Rizal Were Alive Today by Ms. Claudine Arcamo

Listening to my teacher discuss about the life and works of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and seeing how dedicated she was in talking about the man, I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to meet Dr. Jose Rizal in person. In my years of studying about Rizal and reading his novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, I’ve learned that he is really the epitome of what every Filipino should be. Of course books might exaggerate Rizal’s greatness because after all, he is no god and he has his own share of weaknesses and trials. But what makes him special to me is that he didn’t let these weaknesses nor trials define him. Instead, he rose above the challenges during his time and did everything in his power to try to change a nation using no more than a pen.

Well, what with all the wanting to meet the man in flesh and knowing how brilliant he was led me to another question: What would Rizal be if he were still alive today?

Rizal could be a father

This was the first answer that came to mind. Rizal would be the perfect father to his children, and he could teach them how to read and write during their early years just like how his mother, Teodora Alonso had taught him. He could also discipline his children well so that they would grow up to be individuals with principles and perhaps even make a change in the society. 

Rizal could be a professor

With his bright mind, Jose Rizal could have a career as a professor of the arts and sciences. He was a gifted artist and linguist, and a good ophthalmologist not to mention his other hobbies and activities. And Rizal believed himself that through education our motherland receives light. He could teach young minds and be an inspiration to the youth. After all, he also believed that the youth is the hope of our country.

Rizal could be a politician

Knowing his ideals and his drive to change his country for the better, Jose Rizal could be a great figure in politics. He could perhaps start the change in our government system and be the perfect example of what leadership is all about: service to the people.

Rizal could be a social worker

While he was exiled in Dapitan, Rizal acted like a one-man NGO (non government organization). He built Dapitan’s first hospital and was the only doctor while he gave free surgery and medication to the people. He also built Dapitan’s first dam and irrigation system, built a park complete with street lamps and gave free education the young boys in town. Dapitan was never the dame without him. Knowing all these, I couldn’t help but imagine Rizal to be a social worker today since he truly has the passion to help the people.

Rizal could be a writer

Lastly, I imagined Rizal to be an influential writer if he were still alive today. During the Spanish period, he was noticed in the field of literature, and as I was examining the modern Philippines, I realized that although we have gained our freedom from the Spaniards, there are still similar situations happening then and now. If Rizal were here, he could be a fearless journalist who writes about the anomalies in our government, or he could be a novelist that speaks for change and nationalism.

Indeed if Rizal were alive today, he could be anything and anyone he wants to be.

But he isn’t.

All we have our ourselves. 

And although times have changed, I know that we’ve all got a Rizal inside of us. If we only keep in mind the teachings of our national hero and keep the fire of nationalism alive, we could truly make a difference in our country today.

{an original composition by Ms. Claudine Arcamo of St. Theresa’s Cebu – part of a final project for History 3 – Rizal class, Summer 2012}

the art of planking

I sent an SMS to my brother, Jim,  in the middle of her Child and Adolescent Development {CAD} class yesterday.  Jim’s a 2nd year BS Agriculture student in the University of the Philippines Los Banos in Laguna.


Yen:  So, dong (lad), did you also do the planking yesterday? 🙂 – {of course, with a smile – I kinda knew what his reply would be)

Jim:  haha ‘saon.  Nako class yesterday. (haha Duh or what the heck [can’t find the literal translation to ‘saon].  I had a class yesterday)

Hmm…Interesting.  I had to check for the definition of planking since I know that it has a different meaning for this generation.  As expected, I didn’t find the modern definition in the site.  I only found its meaning in the site.

Just as fashion comes and goes and changes through time and historical context, the method of protests have changed too in keeping with the developments and changes in social media and the way we relate with each other.  My instructor in CAD yesterday said it was amazing how a single SMS could mobilize students from different UP campuses all over the country – from Luzon down to Mindanao.

I am constantly amazed at how young people can mobilize different kinds of protests and complaints in so many creative ways.  If only they could channel that much energy to “stand up” or “plank down” for child trafficking, child pornography, social injustice and corruption in the government.  Think about that.

Think about it.  Rizal and Bonifacio didn’t have Facebook pages but they changed a nation’s history.  They did not have Sun Unlimited Call and Text loads but they mobilized the Filipinos to stand up against the colonial masters.  Just imagine what a generation armed with Facebook, Twitter, Sun, Smart and Globe and countless blogs can do to stand up and fight against the giants our nation is up against.

But I think this will only happen if hearts and minds will be awakened by God to rise up and fight against the specters we’re fighting today.  There must be a Jesus revolution in our hearts and minds first.

*Also posted in the STC History Facebook page

PLANKING from the

The art of planking is to lay horizontally across any object or the ground with their arms by their sides, aiming to occur in daring situations or a brotherly display of core-strength..