This was shot morning and evening of September 19, 2011, a day after my birthday. I refrained from responding to the greetings given to me via facebook and twitter because I want my reply to be as full of effort as this.
I have not really finished reading it yet. I am not even halfway through. But I’d like to share a very inspiring quote I read from the first few pages of the book. It was by Alexander Lacson from his poem “I Am Filipino” in the book “12 Little Things a Filipino Can Be”
I am born as part of a whole, as part of the answer to the question, as part of the solution to the problem, as part of the hope to our people. I am born to help build a better world for all humanity. I am born to help the Filipino to become great not only in the eyes of the world but more so in the eyes of our Lord.
The moment I read this, I felt happier to be born a Filipino. I was oozing with sense of responsibility. It caused me to rethink… In my 23 years of existence, what have I done for my country? What have I contributed to have an effective government? Have I been part of the solution or of the problem? It will take time for me to mull over my answer but at least, I’m thinking about it… again.
I am aware of what the book would like to achieve. Quoting Harvey Keh,
The objective of this book is to highlight the positive and inspiring stories of political leaders who are doing good for the country, and how this can help bring about empowerment for ordinary Filipinos who also want to make a difference.
It is not impossible that this compilation of write-ups will accomplish that. I hope that this would reach a lot.
After reading the feature for the first champion, Congressman Teodoro “Teddy” Baguilat, Jr., I am reminded that “Yes, we can!” We have people in the position who have integrity and who will do everything they can to drive our country to a better direction.
I will not try to finish reading this book as quick as possible. I would like to savor each word, sentence written for each ‘champion.’ In response to what F Sionil Jose noted in his article why Filipinos are shallow, I’ll be having this book as my 'read-anywhere’ book to deepen myself. :)
I am personally looking forward to next volumes as that will mean that there are more people leading with integrity. More of them means it is more possible to have a better Philippines.
The Kaya Natin! Champions Volume 1 book is available at Fully Booked, the Kaya Natin Office (call 02-990-0928) and the Ateneo de Manila University Press (call 02-426-6001 ext. 4612).