What does Filipino independence mean to today’s youth?

ILOILO CITY, June 13 (PIA6) — The celebration of the Philippine independence every June 12 is a significant event to each Filipino and it has been 120 years since the country gained its independence.

But what does this mean to the Filipino youth of today?

Kate Yahri Villaruel, an Education student from St. Paul University Iloilo, said this day serves as a commemoration of those who fought and gave their lives for the independence of our country.

“It serves as a reminder for us citizens now not to take for granted the rights and privileges we were given and to further improve our country,” she said

Ma. Norma Gliceria Solatorio, a Communication student from the University of San Agustin here, said it is only fitting and proper to recognize and celebrate what our forebears did to achieve the freedom that we are blessed to have at present.

“If not for their struggles, I will not be able to enjoy the good life that I have right now and the freedom to express my thoughts and feelings,” she said.

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She said said as a Communication student, she is motivated to strive better to be an active citizen who can contribute to nation-building.

“Every day, I challenge myself to develop as a better individual and disciplining myself to do well in my studies,” she said.

Solatorio added that despite the pervasive presence of online media and new technology, students like her should still uphold positive values taught by the earlier generations.

Meanwhile, Villaruel said it is important for young people now to be more knowledgeable of the history of our country and be more politically aware.

“The youth should still prioritize their studies and not focus much on social media,” she said.

She added that putting premium on education is one way to value the independence fought hard by our heroes in the past. (JBG/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

Source: PIA Feed