Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Global Filipino Nation

A Vision of Our Global Filipino Nation:
All Filipinos are Kababayan at Kapwa Mamamayan
{All Filipinos are Fellow Nationals and Citizens}

Inang Bayan, our Filipino Motherland, is made up of Filipinos who live in our home country and Global Filipinos who live elsewhere around the world. Indeed, we are now a far-flung Global Filipino Nation. Filipinos in the homeland are close to 90 million. Global Filipinos number more than nine million and counting. Every year they contribute substantially to our national economy and to the welfare of countless Filipinos in the homeland.

Ideally, Global Filipinos should also belong and owe allegiance to our Nation-State: The Republic of the Philippines. They should therefore be enabled to enjoy the rights and bear the responsibilities of Filipino citizens in our homeland. Some of them may have to be dual citizens. All should be able to join political parties, cast their votes easily, and freely express their opinion on public issues. To make this condition a reality requires the unstinting cooperation and mutual support of our government, private sector, and civil society and Global Filipino leaders and organizations everywhere.

Bilang mga Filipino, tayong lahat ay mga kababayan at mga kapwa mamamayan ng Republika ng Pilipinas! Wherever we may be, as Filipinos we are all fellow nationals. All of us should also be full-fledged citizens of our Republic of the Philippines.

With God’s blessings, let us put our minds, hearts and wills together to fulfill our vision for our Global Filipino Nation.*

By Jose “Pepe” Abueva,
Kalayaan College at Riverbanks Center, Marikina, Philippines

* Related to this initial vision for Our Global Filipino Nation, I have written a vision, Ang Pagbuo ng Mabuting Lipunan at Mundo (Building the Good Society and World We Want), and a vision for The Indivisible Peace We Seek. Humbly, I’d like to say that I have evolved these visions over many years of study and teaching as a student of politics and governance.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ang Pagbuo ng Mabuting Lipunan at Mundo

Ang Pagbuo ng Mabuting Lipunan at Mundo
Building the Good Society and World We Want

United under God, we shall develop
Citizens and leaders who love our country
And are informed and committed to the
Survival, development, and well-being
Of all our people and humankind.

In pursuit of our vision as a nation
We shall build responsive and
Effective institutions at all levels—
From the family to the local, national,
Regional and global communities.

Together we shall build
The Good Society and World we want:
Ang Mabuting Lipunan at Mundo
Through good citizenship and governance
In dynamic and inclusive democracies.

A Filipino society united in its diversities
Peaceful, free, egalitarian, and prosperous
Progressive, nationalistic and global too.
A just and humane and civil community
In an agreeable, sustainable environment.

A nation contributing its share as well
In building a peaceful, just and humane world.

Above all, a Filipino nation and global community
That is God-centered—infused with His Love
Whose people care for one another near and far.
Heeding God’s will: “Thou shall not kill!”

By Jose V. Abueva
Kalayaan College at Riverbanks Center, Marikina
Revised August 5, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Indivisible Peace We Seek

The Indivisible Peace We Seek

In unity with our people and all humankind
We seek a just and enduring peace,
Law and order and mutual tolerance
At home and around the world.

We want an end to killing and maiming
Because of greed or creed, class or tribe,
‘Cause the poor are weak and the strong aren’t just,
Or whatever reason, or lack of it.

But the peace we seek is much more than
The absence of lethal force and physical violence.
It is “a nonkilling world” devoid of threats
To kill, torture, destroy, impoverish, and humiliate.

It is the tranquil fruit of freedom,
Social justice and human development
"Under the rule of law, truth and love" for
One another, says our Constitution.

It is a just and humane democratic society
Marked by respect and reverence for
The life and rights of every human being,
And learning from all religions and cultures.

It is the positive feeling people have
About their safety and security
As individuals and as members
Of their communities, “local to global.”

It is the gratifying feeling of being
In harmony with one's self,
With fellow men and women and children,
With nature, and with God.

And the empowering feeling of
Solidarity and cooperation with family,
Neighbor and nation, region
And humankind.

With God's grace, this is the indivisible peace
We seek in our time and in the future
As the caring, sharing and democratic nation
And world we hope and want to become.

By Jose V. Abueva
Kalayaan College
Revised June 1, 2006