[This was supposed to be posted a month ago, I don’t know what happened. It was only saved as a draft.]
Just two weeks ago, a tropical storm came and let its wrath loose on our country, and on the 26th of August, we commemorated National Heroes Day. I say that National Heroes Day couldn’t have come at a better time. One would think that the tragedy that came with the tropical storm would get every Filipino running and hiding. So with this I ask, WHERE is a national hero when you need one?
So what do heroism and the recent typhoon have anything to do with each other? The Philippines has encountered similar storms of varying degrees before, but what stayed consistent were us—the Filipinos and our spirit. John Locke, a famous philosopher, believed that people were born into this world good. I believe that the word good is too general to classify people under. In my opinion, a more accurate statement would be: people were born with empathy. In times of trouble and disaster, one thing that doesn’t fail is the Filipino spirit. WE are the modern-day national heroes. The answer lies in the question itself: the hero is in the nation. WE are the heroes of this nation and we’re all we need—and of course Divine Providence. We don’t need foreigners to help us out before we believe we are capable to get back up on our feet. We celebrate our freedom don’t we? It’s about dang time we own up to it.
We are the heroes not because we have special abilities or because we have superhuman strength, but it is because of our heart as a country. Despite the calamities that were happening, we still found time to help each other out, either through relief operations or donations. It’s not about how much we can do for our fellow Filipinos, but how much we are willing to do for them. It is the empathy that Filipinos possess that makes us heroes in our own way. Where else in the world can you find smiling people despite a flood? Only in the Philippines! The Filipino spirit is waterproof and more than that, it is resilient. If that’s not hero-worthy enough for you, then I don’t know what is.
Dave, Anna Isabel G.