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Proudly Filipino :)

Out of his love and devotion to our country, Alex Lacson wrote several patriotic books which are simple to understand, but powerful enough to awaken the heart of patriotism in every Filipino. 

And because today is Independence Day, let's take time to reflect, based on one of Lacson's work, on the beauty and greatness that we have as a people and the Philippines as a nation.

As they say, blessings can only be seen from the heart, with the eyes of faith. A person who has not discovered his strengths, has not discovered his true power. We need to discover our strengths as a people. Upon those strengths, we can build the greatness of our nation. :)

12 Wonderful Things about the Filipino and our Motherland

1. The Filipino has a home for its family and people, a country so naturally rich and beautiful.
In our country, the Filipino is first class. As a people, we have abundance of the great essentials for living - the warmth of the sun, fresh water, fertile soil, beautiful beaches, etc. We have to be reminded of this because more often than not, when we have too much of a good thing, we often forget its value in our lives. 

2. The Filipino brings hope to humanity. The Filipino heart is one of the biggest, one of the honest and most upright among mankind.
Kindness is a language that everyone understands in the world. Our highest hopes are in the hearts of our people. The world will see the beauty of our being in the beauty of our dreams as a people. The Filipino molds minds and hearts all over the globe as teachers, nurses, caregivers, surrogate mothers. With passing time, some may not fully appreciate that gift of the Filipino but the essence of that collective action continues - by one story, two stories, three stories at a time. Our heart is our identity.

3. The Filipino is part of the solution to the world's problems. It contributes to the advancement of human civilization.
The great thing that a small lamp can do that the big sun cannot do, is to give light at night. It is not the size but the purpose that matters. 

4. The Filipino brings life to the world. He is one of the happiest and friendliest peoples of the earth.
Peace begins with a smile. Our world needs to be more happy. A beautiful world can only be seen through the eyes of a happy person. That is one of our core gifts as Filipinos, we are always full of life that even in the midst of the greatest challenges in life, we never fail to find a reason to smile. The world recognizes it that we are known as the happiest people in Asia and the 14th happiest people in the world.

5. The Filipino has a culture of heroism, the Bayanihan.
We already have within us and around us, all the essentials we need to succeed, to prosper, and to become great as a nation.

6. Filipinas are among the most beautiful, free and highly accomplished women in the world.
Our God, who loves us so much, wants the best, the highest, and the most beautiful for us. As a people, we should aim no less for ourselves. And we are so blessed by having the best women - the Filipinas - who are known as the best wives and mothers.

7. The Filipino is among the most respectful and tolerant of religious, cultural and political beliefs.
Our country is one of the freest, one of the most open and the most tolerant societies in the world. It all starts with respect. If there is respect, there will be harmony. If there is harmony, there will be unity. If there is unity, there will be progress and prosperity.

8. The Filipino is among the most creative, talented, and skillful human beings in the world.
Philippines is one of the great treasures of Asia. We are blessed by the quality and commitment of our people.

9. The Filipino can understand and speak the language of the world. 
 It does not cost anything to be kind and polite. By the words we speak, we can either build or destroy; we can either inspire or cause despair. We must choose to build, to inspire. We are the ambassadors of the Filipino, we are the ambassadors of our faith. We speak and understand the language of love.

10. The Filipino has a wonderful sense of family.
We did not choose our parents and relatives. God chose them for us. The Filipino's strong sense of family is well known among the world. It is one of the first things they will notice in us as a people. We Filipinos would do anything and everything for our family. This is something that we can impart to others. Family is the foundation of every nation, of humanity.

11. The Filipino is innately a peace-loving, non-violent, and freedom-loving person. 
Freedom is one of the most beautiful gifts God gave to every man. We must not deny this beautiful thing to anyone on earth.

12.The Filipino is a person of faith. He brings other people to God.
The Filipino is a missionary. He has been molded and prepared to be a person of faith, a believer. 

The time is very near for us to harvest, to shine and to celebrate. In fact, today, we celebrate our 115th  year of independence and every day we celebrate the nth day of God's faithfulness, providence, and overwhelming love to us Filipinos! :)

God gave us freedom so that we can freely love Him back. Let's not waste that freedom. :)


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