Uploaded by Joy Nicdao


Joy S. Nicdao
“Ang kabataan ay Ang pag-asa ng bayan” make an realization of being millennials
“Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan”, these were the words said by the National Filipino Hero
Jose Rizal. During his lifetime, he was devoted to the belief that what would make a country
prosper are its own children. His beliefs may have been caused by the great show of bravery and
courage in the Filipino youth of his time. He believed that the future will be better sooner or later.
But has he expected too much? Decades have pass since his time and we can say that the
Philippines has improved but to what extent? Yes, children of the past have indeed grown up and
become great people in our country. As the years go by, a new generation of Filipinos has
emerged. Sadly, with time comes change. More and more Filipinos tend to do what is best for them
rather than what is best for the whole country. Such is the future for our country. Still, many
Filipinos have their high hopes in the young Filipino people. They believe that our country will
soon be saved from this ignorant society. Now, what is the ideal behavior of a Filipino to another
Filipino, to his town and to the Philippines? We go back to Rizal’s impression on the Filipino
Youth. He believes that they are the hope of our country. But why did Rizal put his faith in the
hands of the Filipino youth? It is because Rizal might have seen that there is a potential in the
Filipino youth to do great things. He saw that during his lifetime which is not entirely present
today. But what is an ideal Filipino youth? An ideal Filipino youth is one who cares not just for the
sake of his/her self and other people around him/her but also for the country. He/she knows what is
right and applies it to the society. He/she has wisdom and not intelligence. He/she has the courage
and bravery to stand up and fight for what He/she believes in. He/she is not ignorant of his/her
surroundings and becomes active in social and political.
Many young people have gone in right path way. Addicted to drugs, lazy to study, engaging in
bad habits and sometimes even involved in crimes. As time goes on they also lose respect for
school and even their home. They are losing respect for the teachers, both and their parents and
even the use of ‘po and opo’ they have forgotten. There are many young people you can call the
hope of the people, with high dreams in life, with an appreciation for education and with love for
our country, but there are still more young people who have no direction in life, young people
who have changed over time. If Jose Rizal is still alive, will he be happy with the current
situation of the youth? Probably not! Let us wake up to the wrong things we are doing, let us go
and serve our people, let us not allow ourselves to be a plague in our society or our people
instead let us stand up that we are the youth of the people's hope.