SORSOGON CITY—Wanting in laboratory facilities but blessed with dedicated teachers, a little-known state college here has proven it can equal the finest engineering schools in the country. Its recent graduates have topped successive engineering board exams.
Sorsogon State College (SSC), some 500 kilometers south of Manila, has produced the likes of Joseph Cyril R. Gredoña and Daniel E. Forteza, who ranked first and second, respectively, in the mechanical engineering board exams last month."
You know, dear readers, one thing I’ve slowly realized in having to write my term papers on development topics about the country, is that I shouldn’t be too negative on the current situation of the Philippines. Yes, there are problems. Yes, there are inefficiencies. Yes, there is still corruption. Yes, poverty is everywhere.
BUT. People are working, and working hard, to contribute to the improvement of things. It just so happens that these people do not make the headlines, the late night news, and our twitter or tumblr feeds. We are so used to seeing these negative stories, that we have come to subconsciously expect them. When the truth is, changes are happening, however small and seemingly slow.
The moment I realized this, I felt more inspired and energized in doing my research. Because there is a point in doing so. There is a point in trying to change things, in our own way. There is a point in staying here and battling it out. There is a point in being Filipino and owning our country. There is hope.
I hope you’d feel the same way, too.
*REMINDER* Make sure you come to Part 1 of the Brown is Beautiful Series this Wednesday!!!
The Brown is Beautiful campaign aims to make-visible the many facets and types of “beauties” that are present within Filipina-Canadians as defined and brought to life by a diverse group of Filipina-Canadians v.s. continuing to allow stereotypes/lenses/views of how society, Philippine/Canadian culture- whoever else, to tell us how to be beautiful.
The series will culminate with the Brown is Beautiful campaign kick-off festival which hopes to use multi-media artwork (i.e. spoken word, poem, painting, play, story, life-experience to share) from Filipina-Canadians who will express the topics discussed in the series.
The campaign aims to uplift and affirm the multi-faceted stories and faces of Filipina-Canadians in order to show, and reclaim how brown is beautiful!
Join the discussion as we share our experiences in the first part of the Brown is Beautiful! Series. Together we’ll look at the way popular culture view Filipinas and Asian women in general, dissecting the contexts that have informed these perspectives of us!