I AM FILIPINO

by: Alex Lacson
 
I am Filipino. I am a child of God who is the Creator of all that is in our world and the universe. I am
as perfect and as beautiful as my Creator planned me to be, for God created me in His image, out of
His perfect love.

As a child of God, I am special and beloved, like everyone else in our world, no less than the stars above or anyone on earth. As such, I have equal right and claim to all the beauty and bounty that God provided in my country and in the world.

I am an equal part of the family of humanity. I am therefore a sibling to all the men and women of our world, a brethren to all Christians, to all Muslims, to all Jews, to all Buddhists, and to all other people whose faiths lie somewhere else.

I am Filipino. My Creator planted me on a specific spot on earth, where the sun always shines, in an
archipelago of 7,107 wonderful islands, which the whole world calls the “Pearl of the Orient”.
Pilipinas is the country God gave to me and my people. It is the birth place of my race. It is the home
of the Filipino.

The beauty and richness of my country lured many mighty powers of the world to invade our shores. So today, my blood is a mixture of the best and finest of the east and the west. My mind is an heir to all the great values of the west and the great virtues of the east.

And yet I am wonderfully distinct and unique. You will know me by the word “po”. My children you will know by their “mano po”. You will know me by the warmth of my smile and hospitality. Most important of all, you will know me by my caring heart, especially when you are in need of help, even if you are a stranger.

I am Filipino. Inheritor of a great country of heroes and wonderful people.

“In my blood runs the immortal seeds of our heroes”. I am a descendant of Dagohoy, Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Ninoy Aquino and all those who fought for our land to become a nation of free people. I am the grandeur of Banawe, the enchantment of Boracay, the serenity of Manila Bay, and the depth and breadth of Tubbataha Reef.

God made me a Filipino because His plan for me is to be part of the Filipino family. As such, I shall always be a proud Filipino wherever I may go. I shall be a kapatid to anyone and everyone who is Filipino, whoever and wherever he or she may be in our world.

I am Filipino. I am born of love, out of God’s immeasurable love, in a country and in a world that can
only be made beautiful by love. Love is the reason why God made me. It is what He wants me to
bring into this world, so love shall be who I am.

I am born to succeed. God has equipped me, within me and around me, with all the essentials I need to succeed in this world. God wants the highest, the best, and the most beautiful for me, because I am His child.

I am born of freedom, in a free country. As such, I dedicate my freedom to ensuring that my people and country will always remain free. I shall use my freedom to help others gain their own freedom.

I am Filipino. I am who I am today because of the role God wants me to play.

I am born as part of the whole, as part of the answer to the question, as part of the solution to the problem. I am part of the hope that God sent to our people and our country. I am part of the light that God sent to enable and ennoble humanity and our world.

I am part of God’s great plan for the Filipino. As such, I shall always strive to do my share so our country may attain its highest potential and reach its beautiful destiny. I shall exert my utmost best so the Filipino may become great, not only in the eyes of the world, but moreso in the eyes of our Creator.

I am Filipino.