“Mga Kababayan Ko” by: Matthew Ocbina (B.I.N.S.)

30 Mar


“Pilipino lang ako kapag nananalo si Pacquiao”- Loonie


              Mga kababayan ko or my fellow countrymen is a famous song by Francis M in  the 90s.  I thought that this would be the perfect title for this piece because it is about my introspection on nationalism.  Just a few weeks ago, a video became viral in social networking sites.  It is about an American who has been living in the Philippines and the 20 things he dislikes about our country.  It has raised controversy on how he showed his straightforward views about the negative things in our country.  Many people were offended and started blasting him with negative remarks on the net.  When I first watched the video, I told myself “damn, an American dissing our country.  I wanna whoop his ass”.  The first reaction that one gets when he views this video is anger towards the American but I realized that it’s not the white guy who has a problem but the narrow minds of our countrymen which is plagued with colonial mentality and it somehow lacks a sense of national pride.


              One negative value that is present in many Filipinos is colonial mentality.  What I mean by this is that we are too eager to follow foreigners and patronize their products.  This also escalates into our failure to recognize national interests in order for our nation to succeed.  I am saddened by the fact that most of the Filipino minds are led by foreigners and large corporations(mostly foreign owned).  I am also disappointed with the fact that it was an American that pointed out the nasty things in our country.  Even though most of his points are shallow ex. Filipinos are obsessed with whitening products and roach problem in the streets.  Hey, I know that Americans are obsessed with getting a tan and ever heard of the rat problem in New York’s subways.   It would be smart enough to dismiss it and not make a big fuss about it. 


            What I think lacking in today’s Philippine society is our sense of nationalism and cultural identity.  We Filipinos should help each other out in order for us to get a sense of excellence and camaraderie.  This in turn should uplift the current situation and harsh realities the country is experiencing right now.  What happened to the teachings of Jose Rizal?  Whatever happened with the ideas that Francis M. fought for?


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