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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A Nation of Heroes

Below is a photo of Sir Edmund Hillary (1919 - ) in his youth as shown in every 5 dollar bill in NZ. Sir Edmund is NZ’s most accomplished explorer and is known worldwide as the first person to climb Mt. Everest in 1953. He is now in his mid 80’s still very alive and kicking.

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Ano? Buhay pa pala si Sir Hillary. Ang akala ko noon mga patay na national heroes lang ang pwedeng i-picture sa pera. Sa atin kasi ganoon di ba? Rizal, Mabini, Ninoy. Sa US ganon din. Washington, Franklin, etc. It is very uncommon for a living person, especially someone not connected in government, to be immortalized in a country’s currency.

Six years ako sa previous job ko. During the time I was there marami-rami rin sa mga office mates ko ang naparanglan, nabigyan ng certificates of appreciation. “For working over and beyond the call of duty.” Kung baga, hero sila dahil sila yung mga naghirap, nag-overtime, pumasok maski holiday para lang matapos ang project on time and on budget. Nung una inggit ako sa kanila. Kasi yung iba mas junior pa sa akin, may award na. Ako sa anim na taon, minsan lang nakatanggap, hindi pa individual award, kung hindi, team award pa.

Pero in-analize ko kung bakit hindi ako nabibigyan ng individual recognition. Hindi naman sa nagyayabang pero masipag at magaling naman akong computer consultant. Then I came to realize that it was because I was in a team that was functioning very well. The team was fortunate to have had competent project managers who were very good in planning and project management so much so that it wasn’t necessary for anyone to be “heroic”. Hindi namin kinailangan mag-overtime kasi tama ang planning at scheduling ng mga tasks. Yung ibang group, may pagka bara-bara ang planning, palpak ang management at allocation ng resources. If their projects became a success later it was only because of the exceptional performance of individuals “beyond the call of duty”. So I concluded, kung maganda ang planning at palakad, there is a lesser need for heroes.

Which brings me back to Sir Edmund. Bakit nga ba siya nasa pera ng NZ? Not that he doesn’t deserve to. For me, it’s just unusual dahil buhay pa siya. The only explanation I could come up with is that maybe because NZ has very few national heroes. Kaya kahit buhay pa ginagawa ng bayani para lang madagdagan ang mga role-models ng bansa. Paano kasi ang history ng NZ hindi kasing makasaysayan tulad ng sa atin. Wala namang colonial power na sumakop dito e. Maayos din ang palakad ng gobyerno at maganda ang ekonomiya, hence, there is no need for anyone to be heroic.

Contrast this with our beloved country, where almost any act that requires a fair bit of sacrifice becomes a heroic act. If you’re an OFW, you’re a hero because you're sacrificing life with your loved ones. If you are professional, say a scientist working in the Philippines instead of overseas where the monetary rewards are greater, you’re also a hero. If you’re a social worker working in the slums of Manila, you’re definitely a hero. Natatandaan ko nung nagtrabaho ako sa Bureau of Immigration sa Intramuros, sa interview ko tinanong ako ng Commisioner, “handa ka bang maging bayani?” What? I’m just applying for a 9-5 job, magiging hero na ako? The fact is, every Filipino who’s working a decent, honest living is a hero. We’re a Nation of Heroes.

BUT we shouldn’t need heroes, if ONLY things in our country are moving smoothly. Hirap na hirap na ang kalooban ko para sa ating mga kababayan. At the same time, inis na inis na sa mga nagpapalakad ng ating pamahalaan. Kailan kaya aasenso ang bayan natin at gumanda-ganda naman ang buhay ng ating mga mamamayan? I dream of that day. Because when that time comes, hindi na natin kailangan magpakabayani pa; we need not become a nation of heroes anymore. Instead, to be successful, to be an achiever is enough. We can simply be a Nation of Achievers.

13 Comments:

  • Very interesting blog as usual. Lalo na't totoo ngang kung maayos ang takbo ng lahat, hindi kakailanganin ng mga bayani. Dito sa Oz, parang kulang din sa heroes kaya tuloy ang pinakabayani nila rito e si Ned Kelly na bandit na nakasuot ng timba sa ulo. Ah well. Ganyan talaga.

    By Blogger Geejay, at 4:15 PM, May 03, 2005  

  • Sad to admit but the state of our nation is in dire chaos. One General declares over the weekend that the government be toppled down. Bishops from the catholic church declares that government policies be changed or else. Former president attends mothers birthday, and promising to clear they're names from plunder case.
    People are divided. There is no sense of patriotism.
    But I still hope for change. But I dont call for heroes to arise. I only pray that be people be united, Rise up and call themselves Filipinos!

    Bow! marami na yata akong kapeng nainom a.

    By Anonymous lanriv, at 10:35 PM, May 03, 2005  

  • chaos talaga. sa sobrang lack of leadership at sobrang kurakot ng present administration sa pinas, chaos is imminent. the general, the bishops, the former president going out are all symptoms. the present leader should be removed but by whom? sobrang palpak at salbahe siya pero wala ring namang ibang matino. Paano na, pilipinas ko?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:01 AM, May 04, 2005  

  • what a way to describe the present condition of chaotic Philippines - A NATION OF HEROES because everything is in turmoil... ganda!

    By Blogger bing, at 2:43 AM, May 04, 2005  

  • kakainis na talaga. yung ibang mga asian countries tulad ng vietnam at cambodia mukhang malalampasan na tayo (kung hindi pa tayo nalampasan).

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 11:02 AM, May 04, 2005  

  • what i can't comprehend din, is why china, vietnam, and thailand has a booming economy, yet ang minimum wage dun as sobrang baba kaysa sa pilipinas. Something wrong with my math e?

    By Anonymous lanriv, at 1:22 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • Same sentiments here for our country. Bakit di natin maibalik yung 'glory days' nang tayo ang pinakamaunlad sa asia?
    Pero kung minsan, naiisip ko rin ang disadvantages ng sobrang lulong sa demokrasya ng bansa natin. Walang kontrol ang gobyerno natin sa mga tao. eksampol - Nagrereklamo tayo sa traffic sa Manila, kaya inalis ng MMDA ang mga sidewalk vendors na isa sa dahilan ng traffic, ano ang reaksyon ng mga tao? Galit at reklamo.
    Marami pa, mga problema na ang taong bayan din ang may gawa. Tao rin ang nagluklok sa mga pulitikong pulpol, ngayon, sino ang dapat sisihin sa magulong gobyerno natin?
    Sarap pag-usapan yan kung may malamig na beer, hik!

    By Blogger Tanggero, at 2:06 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • sa pagkakataranta kung saan kukuha ng pondo ang gobyerno natin, baka darating ang panahon na ang mga OFW heroes ay bibigyan nila ng medalyon.

    siymepre, ang medalyon ay ibibigay for a hefty fee -- at taxable pa.

    By Blogger Alan Ambot, at 2:58 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • hello everyone,

    i guess the reason sir edmund has been regaled a national hero even if he's still alive is because he never sought to be one in the first place. he only did what he did because of the passion he had for mt everest, and the distinct belief and unwavering faith in man's ability to conquer all obstacles, be it a mountain or his own personal problems. actually if our media would only reverse itself and dedicate their reporting and stories to all the positive and heroic deeds that happen in ordinary life, and not dwell on the sensational and the oftentimes negative aspects of philippine society, perhaps we would have more positive role models and a better chance at life. our leaders are well-known for opposing the things we as a people need or at least try to use in our lives simply because others have thought of it first and therefore are not worth looking into. The old crab mentality, which came from spain, or america? sometimes i think what would have happened to us if we were conquered not by spain, or america, but by new zealand maoris? we probably would have been so much laid back up to now, we'd probably be a boring race.
    I still have so much hope for our young filipinos who probably may save our country, but only if we turn off the MTVs and the ragnaroks and the counterstrikes and the sex videos, show less of the talk shows that only gossip about who is this person's lover or who made ladlad and if madame auring is pregnant or not (horrors!) and show more positive values and educational shows. i wish disney channel would become a local channel so we can just tune in to that.

    so as usual, my nobela is about P5.00 worth (ala nang centimo kasi), kasi may airtime hehe.

    good luck to us who wish to fly to a better land, hopefully it will be.

    annie

    By Anonymous Annierobrigado, at 7:20 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • hello everyone,

    i guess the reason sir edmund has been regaled a national hero even if he's still alive is because he never sought to be one in the first place. he only did what he did because of the passion he had for mt everest, and the distinct belief and unwavering faith in man's ability to conquer all obstacles, be it a mountain or his own personal problems. actually if our media would only reverse itself and dedicate their reporting and stories to all the positive and heroic deeds that happen in ordinary life, and not dwell on the sensational and the oftentimes negative aspects of philippine society, perhaps we would have more positive role models and a better chance at life. our leaders are well-known for opposing the things we as a people need or at least try to use in our lives simply because others have thought of it first and therefore are not worth looking into. The old crab mentality, which came from spain, or america? sometimes i think what would have happened to us if we were conquered not by spain, or america, but by new zealand maoris? we probably would have been so much laid back up to now, we'd probably be a boring race.
    I still have so much hope for our young filipinos who probably may save our country, but only if we turn off the MTVs and the ragnaroks and the counterstrikes and the sex videos, show less of the talk shows that only gossip about who is this person's lover or who made ladlad and if madame auring is pregnant or not (horrors!) and show more positive values and educational shows. i wish disney channel would become a local channel so we can just tune in to that.

    so as usual, my nobela is about P5.00 worth (ala nang centimo kasi), kasi may airtime hehe.

    good luck to us who wish to fly to a better land, hopefully it will be.

    annie

    By Anonymous Annierobrigado, at 7:20 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • sorry! halatang first time ko lang dito. nadouble click ko yung publish my comment, kaya 2 tuloy yung lumabas. ngeek!

    By Anonymous annierobrigado, at 7:21 PM, May 04, 2005  

  • Kia Ora!

    Nice blog Ka Uro - Sir Edmund Hillary is really deserving to be in there 'cause he put NZ in the world map after that Everest conquest. Not only being the first man up the tallest mountain in the world but how humble he is to tell the world that he could have not accomplished it without the help of Sherpa's Tenzing Norgay. But the best part of what he did after becoming famous was helping the Sherpan's build their lives. He built houses,schools, hospitals,provide scholarships so that the Sherpa's will not just rely on being a guide in Mt.Everest. I had a chance to meet this wonderful man and have him signed my five dollar bill in Wellington. Walang kahangin hangin. No need to be a dead president to be put in currency if you live a life like him.
    But Ka Uro,I think NZ was colonized twice - first by the Maori's - then the pakehas (English). The original people are the Morioris (ayon sa kwento ng iba), which i think there are still few left in South Island. Although NZ history is not colorful as ours (it is still young country) they have some first in the world. I think NZ is the first in the world where the women had a chance to vote in election. Who knows dahil sa konti pa lang ang heroes sa kanila baka sa susunod si Sir's Richard Hadlee o Peter Blake (RIP) o sila Sean Fitzpatrick o baka pati Jonah Lomu! Imagine kung yung mga naupo o nakaupo sa Pilipinas ay naging 1/4 part humble lang ni Hillary - our country will not be in such a mess.

    Cheers Ka Uro!

    By Blogger Huseng Busabos, at 5:05 PM, May 05, 2005  

  • Huseng Busabos, bilib ako sa yo maraming kang alam tungkol kay Hillary at Tenzing Norgay at history ng NZ. Very inspirational nga si Hillary dahil sa pagiging humble niya at pagiging matulungin lalo na sa mga tao sa Nepal. Dapat lang na role model ng lahat, di lang ng mga NZ.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:10 PM, May 05, 2005  

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