リン先生 英文記事紹介 No.39
Bayanihan is a core essence of the Filipino culture. It is helping out one’s neighbor as a community, and doing a task together, thus lessening the workload and making the job easier. It is also called the ‘community spirit’. The traditional Filipino house, the ‘bahay-kubo’, can be moved using wooden poles which are carried from the old place to the new one. This requires a group of people to lift and carry the house on their shoulders. Afterwards, there will be a small gathering as a form of celebration and socialization. But those days are gone now. Aside from the change of environment, from wooden slit-houses to concrete infrastructures, and the rural areas have adapted more and more to the urban jungles; there is also a change in people’s attitudes and disposition. There is no cooperation and collaboration. To make the country great again, the value of Bayanihan must be re-established and reaffirmed- the value of helping one another, without expecting anything else in return. Respect and tolerance must be relearned for with the Bayanihan value to support them, Filipinos can become one of the greatest people the world has ever seen. The value is there-deep within each Filipino; it’s only a matter of resurrecting it to its former glory
Bayanihan, literally, was very famous centuries ago by Filipinos. This brought up the idea on how everyone must cooperate in order to reach the community's goal and even an individual's. However, as time passes by, Filipinos were influenced by the Spaniards of Crab Mentality - pulling someone down in order for oneself to survive or get what he wants. Selfishness leads to nothing. You may get it now but you will not own it forever because you had it in a wrong way. It has always been said that no man is an island. Everyone needs someone else in order to climb that ladder to success. That's why Filipinos should always retain the value of Bayanihan to encourage one to move on despite how difficult the situation is and to strongly bond each other. Respect for one another is also very important for continous support. When all of these happens, this will also truly lead to a fruitful country with better Filipinos living and wanting for a better future for all.