The Filipino youth

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By Evelyn Lleva

Sweet Honesty

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


IT SEEMS a new change is brought about as the world turns every single day. From the Maria Claras and Ibarras of yesterday, a new generation has evolved - today's youth, the symbol of the decade's modern outlook.

I once read an article about the new Filipinos. It mentioned something about the ideal Filipino and Filipina. I find it hard to believe in visions of so called "ideal people". What if you never see them in the night? Does it mean that the whole world is such a failure just because it failed to attain one's standards? The problem with us is that when we are asked to describe the word ideal Filipinos, thoughts of someone perfect comes to our mind. The ideal Filipino needs not to be perfect.

We are always told that the true Filipina should be similar to that of Maria Clara, to the extent that she has to possess the trace of Maria Clara's modesty just enough to be able to call for respect - the respect she deserves. She acts right on the given time; she dresses according to decent fashion. She has a voice to speak her mind out when she feels there is a need for it.

On the other hand, the ideal Filipino is said to be a gentleman. Society has evolved so fast and changed so rapidly. It is but right and practical to go with time. This may be the reason why the true gentleman can't be found. The young men around us still have the traces of a gentleman. Only a few of them aren't depicting good characteristics of a man. Most of them are really hard up. The ladies must be extra patient if they see rude guys around. The Filipino youth is having a hard time to live so simply, their dreams are sometimes impossible to reach. They cannot live harmoniously with their siblings. They love their family but have problems showing it. Sometimes, they feel that people do not give them a chance to change for the better to show their love. They feel so trapped in life which in turn affects or prevents them to do such things. They are easily irritated or they are the irritants.

Due to this, some teens think they are black sheep in the family. Outside the home, most teens metamorphose. They transformed like Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde as soon as they step out of the house door. A lot of parents are surprised when they learn that their cute, little darlings are the rude ones in school. It is the insecurity of the youth at home. It is only in school or in the community that they can do things that they want to do. They want to experience what their peers do. They do not want to be called babies by their friends. Life is very confusing to the teen - ager. This is the turning point when they feel so locked in. They are either too young or too old to do something. So they think of ways to keep themselves busy. They get into trouble because of their eagerness to experience the world. They tend to spend their times idly, where an idle mind is the play ground of the devil. For another, there are times when life seems to be a piece of cake. They take everything for granted. Then suddenly, disaster crashes down on them destroying their ego and their dreams. It seems that even fate can't help them. But behind all that, the teenager also dreams of being successful; of being somebody. All he needs is someone who believes and trusts in them. That's the Filipino youth today. The old and new versions of the Filipino are alike. The modern Filipinos haven't lost the values of yesterday. It is just buried somewhere down there.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 03, 2011.

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