I highly recommend the best-selling book "12 little things every Filipino can do to Help our Country" by Alex Lacson. Sometimes we just need a jolt to remind us that we are Filipinos, we don't have a naturally blonde crowning glory, and we don't have eyes the color of the sky. We are Filipinos and we can't hide that. Do you know what this country lacks? People with a sense of dignity and love for our country and for our people but it's not yet too late to change our mindset. I know we are very open-minded people and we get drawn easily to anything western and foreign and simply think that it's better. I don't mean to compare, but look at the French, they are the kind of race who are very proud of their food, their country, their culture and their language that If you go to France and speak plain English with no French at all, then they'll pretend not to understand you even if they really do just because they want you to speak even just a little French to them, as basic as "bonjour monsieur", "pardon" or "vous pouvez anglais?". I am envious of their sense of dignity for their country. But I am hopeful that change is not far away, allow me to quote Malcolm Gladwell that "Little things can make a BIG difference." Are you also hopeful to see a brighter Philippines in the future? It's really not impossible and it's incredibly EASY only if you do your part.
Here's an excerpt of this AWESOME book.
Don't let the death of our heroes be put to vain.
To my Creator, who has blessed me with so much,
and to my Country, which yearns for love from its people.
"12 Little Things every Filipino can do for our country"
1. Follow Traffic Rules. Follow the Law
"I am indeed a King, because I know how to rule myself" (Pietro Aretino)
3. Whenever you buy or pay for something, Always ask for an official receipt.
3. Don't Buy Smuggled Goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino
4.When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
"Every citizen is an ambassador of his country" (Rafael Salas)
"Every time we open our mouths, we expose ourselves - our weaknesses or our strength" (Napoleon Bonaparte)
5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier
6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve
7. Support your church
8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
"America will remain the land of the free for as long as it remains the home of the brave" (Elmer Davis)
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars,
but in ourselves that we are underlings." (William Shakespeare)
9. Pay your employees well.
10. Pay your taxes
11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
"To love another person is to love God" (Victor Hugo)
"Works of love are always works for God" (Mother Teresa)
Remember, don't let the God's blessings stop on you, let it resonate throughout the world and become of chain of love for you to start. Invest on your life after death, give and share to others what God has blessed you with and the rewards will be great.
12. Be a good servant. Teach your kids to follow the law and to love our country.
"BE A GOOD PARENT
TEACH YOUR KIDS
TO FOLLOW THE LAW
AND TO LOVE OUR COUNTRY."