I have been reading Youngblood articles. Many of them are really good, expressing the writers? feelings and thoughts on various issues that affect Filipinos every day. Some of these articles are stimulating, others are thought-provoking, and quite a number are sentimental. And many of these articles ooze forth an emotion or passion that never fails to touch the reader?s soul.
There is, however, that rare kind of essay, titled ?Race and destination? (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 6/5/08) that was written by Betheena C. Dizon, 23, a third year student of San Beda College of Law. I say ?rare? because this writer, in her essay, shows a keen perception of the character, attitudes, idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of Filipinos.
I was deeply touched by the way she expressed her thoughts, ideas and feelings in English?which others have a hard time doing. Her article is one of a kind. Every Filipino, here and abroad, should read it so that he/she will have a better glimpse of his/her own distinct Filipino identity and race. It should be read most especially by Filipinos who have tried or are trying to forget their origins and change their complexion and other physical features.
I hope that more Filipino writers, young and old, will be writing articles for the Inquirer?s Youngblood and Highblood sections (the latter needs to be revived)?articles that are full of dreams and aspirations, passion and fervor; articles that inspire.
Another must-read article for all Filipinos here and abroad is ?Filipinos Abroad: An Article Worth Reading.? This article, which appeared in the Philippine Times-Australia online edition of March 10, 2008 (www.philippinetimes.au.com), has for its author Krisanne Alcantara, 21, a journalism student at the University of Sydney. She won the Myer and AKF journalism scholarship. She was an intern at the Inquirer.
May the likes of Dizon and Alcantara continue to thrive in our country.
QUIRICO M. GORPIDO JR., 6600 Maasin City, Southern Leyte