Sunday, September 30, 2007

Service to the Nation

Sunday, September 30, 2007
Just recently, Sayote Republic has posted pictures of the Oblation, reminding us of what it symbolizes: the selfless offering of one's self to his country.

I found myself asking if have I, indeed, done my part.

During my stay at the Academy I saw the opportunity to serve the country, in my own, small way. It was a passion that many judged irrational and overly idealistic. I thought that I was making a difference by contributing to reforming systems that will mold cadets into men of character and honorable leaders of the Armed Forces. Never did I know that I was in for a rude awakening. Everything turned out to be an exercise in futility. I had to get out.

Have I done enough? It breaks my heart to think that I have not.

4 comments:

Daddo said...

Don't rub it in!

What is even sadder is I now pledge allegiance to a different flag.

Angeli said...

it is sad, indeed.

Angeli said...

"..malayong lupain amin mang marating, 'di rin magbabago ang damdamin..."

Daddo said...

Here is the centennial version.
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UP naming mahal
Pamantasan ng bayan
Tinig ng masa
Ang siyang lagi nang pakikinggan

Malayong lupain
Di kailangang marating
Dito maglilingkod sa bayan natin
Dito maglilingkod sa bayan natin

Silangang mapula
Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating ipaglaban
Laya ng diwa't kaisipan

Humayo't itanghal
Giting, tapang at dangal
Mabuhay ang lingkod ng taong bayan
Mabuhay ang lingkod ng taong bayan!

 
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