The Ideal Filipino: The Type of Citizens We Ought to Be”
“…Pinoy, Ikaw ay Pinoy Ipakita sa mundo, Kung ano ang kaya mo Ibang-iba ang pinoy Huwag kang matatakot Ipagmalaki mo Pinoy ako Pinoy tayo…”
Pinoy Ako, Orange and Lemons
These are the words that came from the chorus of a very inspirational song; a song thattook the country by storm. But beyond those catchy lyrics and beguiling melody, there is thatsomething that had captured the hearts of many Filipinos.Are we the “Pinoy” being referred to in the song?
Pinoy ba tayo, mga kababayan ko?
Or perhaps… we’re really not?Wikipedia defines the term
in various ways: Filipino as a culture, Filipino as alanguage, and Filipino as a group of people living in the Philippines and of Filipino ancestry.But which is which?Filipino, as many define it, refers to the people dwelling in the Philippines. They are the people who have intact customs and traditions. They are those who have enduring hearts thatwere able to bear up any problems in life. They are the citizens of a fast-improving country. Theyare those who love their country more than any place in the world.They, they and they.When will be the right time to say “WE”?Finding an ideal Filipino is like finding a gold nugget in a haystack; tiring, strenuous, yetrewarding when done. An ideal Filipino is a “101% Pinoy”. He’s Pinoy in and out. He’senduring, courteous and respectful to people whatever status they are in. He’s proud of hisancestry and never turns his back on his country no matter how hard or shameful or degradingthe situation may be. A true Filipino never forgets his manner. If he sees an old man/woman, a pregnant mother, or even a lady who wants a seat in a crowded MRT or LRT, he automaticallystands up, approaches the person and offers his own seat to them. A genuine Filipino can makehis way out even in the most difficult trials. His resourcefulness and ingenuity are his bestweapons in toppling down his problems. He’s hardworking, keen, observant, patient, bold,gallant and most of all, modest. He is proud of his achievement, but never brags about it. Henever shouts his opinions, he whispers them. He’s self-willed and stubborn. In times, hisheadstrongness leads to unfavorable cases. But most of the time, his willfulness often fuels