Nelson Mandela's relevance in the Philippine society today

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


THE Philippines is in a political quagmire not because of a shortage of minds but because of the preponderance of greed across all sectors of society, a complete modicum of greed – greed for material, the abstract, the basics and the inane. The Senate and Congress is a microcosm of Filipino psyche, after all they got elected. So is our traffic, where everyone wants to be ahead with very little regard for the law. The example of Nelson Mandela in persistence, reconciliation, equality in a multifarious democracy and charisma is worth emulating – not only by leaders, but by everyone. If only Nelson Mandela 101 will be taught from K-12! – Enrico Ramon Lluch

Living a world separated from freedom has given, all the more, Mandela’s strength and determination to pursue his war against apartheid. In his book, Long Journey to Freedom, Mandela’s continued solitary imprisonment and his three time rejections of an offer that would compromise his principles in favor of his personal freedom, fueled and develop into fire in everyone’s heart to keep burning their march for freedom against discrimination. Mandela was India’s Mahatma Ghandi. His incarceration was his peoples rallying point to a peaceful fight for freedom and liberation against white dominion for centuries in a continent where the blacks are a majority. – Jerry Orcullo, chairperson Selda (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) in Northern Mindanao, and former Cagayan de Oro Press Club president

Nelson Mandela showed us how a leader should be… selfless, untiring in doing what is good for his country and the world. No need for ‘pogi’ points as his leadership was fatherly, gentle but firm and steadfast. – Dr. Macrine Grace Gilos-Amato, neurologist

Mandela is the epitome of human freedom. His examples of non-violent resistance and actions are relevant in today’s digital world. His lifelong quest for liberation and democracy further solidifies everyone’s innate desire for any society’s independence. – Evans Yonson, director Xavier University Press

Each one of us can be a hero like Nelson Mandela in our own little way. Fight for justice, defend the democracy, be an activist, be instrumental in achieving piece. – Carl Cesar Rebuta

Mandela's lens on people gives the world HOPE and TRUST in humanity's ability to rise above bigotry, ethnocentricity, propensity for violence and selfishness. He is one of those heroes who come once every generation and become the symbol of the forces of good and light against darkness. – Emmanuel F. Silan

His stand against foreign domination and freeing his nation on racial discrimination, this, inspires us to fight against domination of landlords and free ourselves from patriarchal way of life as women. – Rhodora Bulosan, Gabriela-Cagayan de Oro

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 08, 2013.

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