Mga Bagong Kabataan
Last summer, our Church organized a summer program in order for the youths and the young adults to interact and bond.
They came up with Summer Tribal Challenge. This is done every saturday with the purpose of inviting teens outside.
One particular activity was the sabayang pagbigkas. What I will feature in this post is the winning peace of the contest. An original poem by Shawna Mae entitled “Mga Bagong Kabataan”. The group had the chance to perform on stage during the recital of the Musikahan 2013: A crash course on drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, voice, and painting organized by the Bread of Life Ministries Gensan every summer.
Mga Bagong Kabataan
Sino ba ako?
Sino ba tayo?
Kabataan ba kamo?
Hindi gumagalaw at bumabangon
Walang ginagawa, walang pakialam
Walang balak na tumayo at sumulong
Walang tinig na lumalabas sa bibig
Basura sa BANSA!
Tinatapon, inaapaka, inaapi
Iyan ang basura
At ang kabataa’y busabos, nakayuko
Ang kabataa’y lumulubog, nang lumulubog
Gisingin mo ang natutulog mong kaluluwa!
Pwede pang bumangon
Pwede pang lumaban
Pwede pang magbago
Katulad ng ating mga ninuno
Silang naniniwala sa ating kakayahan
Silang nagsabi na TAYO ang PAG-ASA
Pag-asa ng BANSANG PILIPINAS!
Wag nating wasakin ang kanilang paniniwala
Wang nating hayaang mapunta lang tayo sa wala
Wag nating sayangin ang mga buhay na inalay para sa ating bansa
At ang sinasabing basura?
Baguhin natin ang maling pananaw
Lahat tayo ay may iisang sigaw!
Nagbabaga, nag-aapoy, nag-liliyab
Iyan dapat tayo!
Puno ng pangarap
Nakatuon sa tagumpay
Iyang ang kabataan dito!
At sa ngayon, ikaw at ako
Hanggang sa malaman ko kung sino ako
Hanggang sa magiging kagamit-gamit ako
Hanggang sa maiangat ko ang bayan ko
Alam mo na kung sino ka?
Alam mo na kung sino tayo?
Ako, sita at ikaw
Sabay nating isigaw kung sino tayo
Mga Bagong Kabataang Pilipino!
Very inspiring and powerful words from a teenage girl. Indeed, the youth need to awaken themselves and step up. Make use the the vigor and strength that being a youth has to offer and use this to make a difference and to always strive for excellence. This reminds me of a Bible passage found in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.“
Also, this reminds me of Jose Rizal’s famous quote: “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan”. But what is happening now to society? What is happening now to the youth that we call the hope of our land. Have they forgotten? Have they lost their vision?
An except from Mr. Roque Hofelina Jr.’s article in the Negros Daily Bulletin:
As a first statement, we quote Rizal as follows: “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming part of any edifice.” Did Rizal mean here that every Filipino must aspire for greatness? The simple answer from Rizal is that every citizen should live their lives, even the lowliest Filipino, regardless of socio-economic status, dedicating their ordinary lives based on the human ideals of love of family and country, integrity and industry. Thus ordinary lives can be truly extraordinary. One of the most popular quotations of Rizal is his call to paraphrase the younger generation that the youth is the hope of our country and future. In the time of Rizal, this call was significant to the youth of our nation and it is still significant today and tomorrow as a vital guide for our people.
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