Every race differs from one another. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses that make them distinct from the others. One race that varies from other ethnic group is the Filipino race. This race is one of a kind and I am glad to be a part of it. The fact that I am a Filipino makes me proud of being one, makes me unique from the others, makes me aware of the country’s problems and makes me a good servant-follower.
I can explicitly say that I am honoured to be a Filipino. Filipinos have a lot of things to be proud of. We excel in almost every aspect. Even though we are discriminated by other races, we should continue to admire and praise the Philippines. Furthermore, many international artists and great inventions came from our country. One example is Manny Pacquiao. Because of his marvellous skills and capabilities, he was able to bring glory to our country. He was able to flabbergast other people of what a Filipino can do. Another example is the invention of the water fuel. Many countries were astounded when a simple Filipino created such a great invention. They were all interested of the concept of the water fuel. Hence, most Filipinos have innovative minds that make us special in our own way.
Filipinos are different from one another. Each one has his or her own qualities that make him or her unique from the others. However, despite of each one’s uniqueness, the values possessed by our ancestors still reign from generation to generation. First, the value of hospitality. In every part of the country, Filipinos happily welcome their visitors. They make sure that the vacation of that person would be worth it and he or she will have a good time in his or her entire stay. Second, the value of kindness. I have encountered a lot of tourists who said that we, Filipinos are kind in every simple way. The way we say a simple “Good Morning!” makes a great difference among the others. Our accent and facial expression shows that we are happy to see them and we are pleased to have them. On the other hand, the way other races greet people shows formality. Thus, the way we greet is way better than the others for it makes the person we converse with feel welcomed. Lastly, the value of respect. In the Philippines, social discrimination is not that high in percentage. Most Filipinos respect every person regardless of their race. Moreover, Filipino children are taught to give respect to one another especially the elders.
As we all know, our country is facing a lot of problems. Despite of these problems, I am still hoping that can surpass these glitches that come our way. Like what God said, “Do your best and I’ll do the rest.” This saying is really an inspiring one. God is willing to do everything for us. If only every Filipino set a goal in their life and strive hard to achieve it, we can overcome different social issues. In addition, our president is not the only one responsible for all the problems coming our way, we, too, have our own responsibilities as a Philippine citizen. We can lend our help by the simple act of throwing the garbage in its proper place. Through this, we can lessen the destruction of our environment and promote a healthful living. Also, we can alleviate corruption by starting in our homes. The simple act of cheating can lead to a greater form of evil. Thus, we should eradicate these simple bad thoughts before it turns to its worst.
As a La Sallian, I am confident enough that the values I learned from St. John Baptist de La Salle transformed me into a better person. Firstly, I am a child of God. I will use my knowledge about God to encourage others to strengthen their faith in Him for He alone can help us. He is the source of everything, thus, He knows what is best for His people. Secondly, I am a servant. I believe that in order to be a good leader, one must be a good follower. I will serve my country with pride and honour. I will use my engineering skills to help in the improvement of our nation. Lastly, I am an inspiration. I know that I am not the best among the rest but I am certain that I can still be an inspiration to others just like St. La Salle. The thought of simply being a good role model to others and being true to myself can inspire others to do the same. Hence, De La Salle University taught me values that made me into a better and stronger person.
Indeed, Filipinos possess qualities that are different from the others. I am happy to be a part of this race. Although others discriminate us, it will not hinder me to admire and to give honour to my country. I believe that, “Once a Filipino, always a Filipino.” Hence, I will always be a Filipino in mind and in heart. I AM KATHLENE MARIE KHAN GAURANA and I AM A CERTIFIED FILIPINO.