I am a Filipino

April 17, 2008

I am a Filipino-

inheritor of a glorious past,

hostage to the uncertain future.

As such I must prove equal to a two-fold task-

the task of meeting my responsibility to the past,

and the task of performing my obligation to the future.

I sprung from a hardy race-

child of many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers.

Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me:

of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout.

over the sea I see them come,

borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind,

carried upon the mighty swell of hope-

hope in the free abundance of new land that was to be their home and their children’s forever..

I am a Filipino

born of freedom and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance-

for myself and my children’s children-