Freedom – Can it really exist?

I was watching “Soldiers of Change” at home and it was really interesting. Th story shares a lot of things of every man or race’s desire. It was a story about life, passion and true worth. It was a fascinating story about freedom.

It made me think of our own freedom and how many lives have been sacrificed for such “freedom”. Even today, our own community still cries for the changes that we have cried out for so long. Try to see the news of people in the streets, documentaries of leftists and rightists fighting for that one cause we surely desire for so long.

But can true freedom really exist? ( Or experience?)

I don’t want to blog about the meaning of freedom, a lot has been made and remade to capture the exact definition of it. All I want to air out is that freedom, although many have staked their life for it, is not what we sometimes expect it to be. After watching the movie, I came to a realization that sometimes freedom is the absence of life for another.

Freedom gets the life of the other, for another to be truly free.

A person’s perception about freedom varies from good to bad, rich to poor or vice-versa. Freedom, for centuries has been tagged with getting away from oppressors and yet, unfortunately, to an oppressor, freedom is taking away the will of others to experience it. But to someone who has been in darkness for so long, FREEDOM is something as a gift that cannot be given without someone loosing his freedom,and sometimes the freedom to live.

Watch any movies about freedom and you’ll see the dreaded reality that freedom has and will always be with a price. And that price is not one’s own income or estate, but of someone’s life.

When we were oppressed during the Martial Law, many media and political figures stood for such freedom. But look at where we are now, still there is (and will always be) people power in the streets, still there is corruption,there is poverty, hatred and much more. The freedom that we long for seems to be the slavery of another, not by mere men but with the situation they are into. Imagine the downfall of the Marcos’ regime but one person’s life laid down (or killed for it).

In our human aspect, freedom is what we want to experience the life without boundaries. It’s the life we always dreamed of, a desire for more or even pay for. But to many of us, freedom can also be the opportunity to get more from others and sometimes the life of others. And to some, it’s that freedom that cause them their greatest fear- loosing the life they always wanted to live out.

I am not arguing of taking away freedom, but just the reality that freedom has a price tag – and it is definitely not money but life of another.Can someone’s life be freed for another man’s death? Life maybe unfair, but I believe freedom is much bitterly unfair.


Words from the UNIGAMES…

I had the opportunity to watch the opening of the University Games and it was really good! Although the program is the typical opening ceremony of any games, I got something out of it!

Actually it is because of what the 2 commissioners said that made my ears listen to their talks.

First of is what Akiko Thomson, a former swimmer and currently one of the commissioners present in the opening of the 13th Philippine University Games shared about being an athlete, young and having lots of opportunity as being part of a collegiate sports. I’d say she’s not just beautiful and tall, but a woman full of passion and wisdom when it comes to teenage life. A good quote from her yesterday was ” You should play fairly, in life and in sports because it’s the only honorable thing to do…”

Another Commissioner was present at the opening, Mr. Eric Loretizo, former Visayan Times Sports Editor and currently part of the Philippines Sports Commission shares about the importance of having AIM in life –

Aspire for Excellence
Inspire Others
Motivate Others

Well, I was once a sports enthusiast and I’d say that sports really develops not just the physical in us but the discipline of daily living. It was still the opening ceremony and I’m interested more to see who wins this year for some particular sports I have my eyes on.

Catch you at the UNIGAMES!

13th Uni Games Opens today!

It’s a sunny day in Dumaguete and the streets are busy cleaning up after the Buglasan 2008 showdown celebration. As Buglasan comes to a close tomorrow, the 13th Philippines University Games opens up at 3:00pm today, October 25th, 2008.

What’s interesting about this event is that athletes coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao comes in the small university town of Dumaguete to compete among the different schools in the country.

According to their blogsite – The 13th Philippines University Games, everything started at USLS Bacolod, below is the excerpt from the site about a brief history of the University Games:

“The 13th Philippine University Games will be hosted by Dumaguete City. The UNIGAMES is the only national collegiate sports competition which started 1996 in USLS Bacolod City. This gathers together the finest varsity athletes from private and government universities from all over the country in the spirit of fair play, friendship and top-caliber competition. Through the years, the UNIGAMES has served as feeder for our different national teams representing the Philippines in the Olympics, the Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games and other international sports competitions.

There are 12 sports discipline to be take part in the said event, these are the ; Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Football, Lawn Tennis, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball…”

This year’s activity confirms 20 school and colleges in the Philippines to compete among the best and be crowned as the BEST SCHOOL for each category. I guess all sports enthusiast in Dumaguete will be on their feet making sure they can’t miss the games of their favorite teams or crushes for this week. Hehehe…

See you at the UNIGAMES 2008!

Spiritual Spirals

I just had lunch with my team mates and it was an interesting humid lunch with lots of chit chat about spirituality and life as a whole. It’s kind of interesting that to many of us, going to church is mundane and not that exciting.

Hhhmmm… It made me think about my own spiritual spirals lately… what made me go lukewarm overtime?

Well, the reality that going to church is a choice and a will to stay long…being there requires more attention and presence of mind. Everytime I listen to the sermons by our pastors allows me to examine my own life, choices and stand in life. To many times, it’s an opportunity to seek the answers to unanswerable queries I have ever since.

But to some extent, doing things that I know of is wrong makes me callouse and hardhearted. It’s seems to be a wall that blocks conscience from doing its ridicule on me. I hate what I’m doing but I seem to enjoy it at times also. But I know time flies fast and the effects of everything that I do comes to a hault and guilt comes rushing in, pushing you to the ground of despair and disclosure.

It may seem unfair to what I’ve been through but knowing these things doesn’t mean I’m not accounted for what my life has been. Although society can pretty much be included in the list of causes for my choices. It still boils to the point that life, no matter how hard and rocky it may seem, it’s my CHOICE that counts, and it’s also my CHOICE to be wayward or to move on straight ahead.

With all these, which makes me think more… How can I get out of this pit I’ve made myself?

The Frank Experience

Typhoon Frank has hit as many lives as we can think of. Boats tossed at seas, adults and children driven out to their homes because flood came to destroy what is rightfully theirs. Calamity, as we know it hits us in an unpredicted circumstance of despair, hopelessness and depravity.

It must be hard for the people in Iloilo when the flood washed away their homes. A colleague of mine sent us some pictures taken just outside the mall where TeleTech is, and you see faces who seems to lose hope when everything they have invested on seems to diminish in just one night.

Another strike from the typhoon frank was the hundreds of people being struck by waves and tossed out of the wild sea breathing and clinging for their lives. I often imagine seeing bodies clinging on to rails and decks just to hold on for their lives. How rude nature can be to kill the dreams of people in those boats, to cut off life and experience the fearsome encounter with death.

With all of these things, how can people whose lives will be forever wired to such an event as Typhoon Frank?

A good question that not all of us can answer. I hope that people who was struck by Frank see their situation but not forever dwell on it. Life must move on. It may be hard but it must be the first step of recovery.

In all of this, I strongly believe God is still in control. Whether to take life or extend, is in His hands. WE might never know the whole point of this dilemma,but still, let’s hope and pray for the better for those who have gone through the “Frank experience” and move on and be more stronger and wiser than before.

Thank You!

The Easy Life

I always want the easier things in life. But I find it impossible to achieve or even pursue. Life, as we all know comes with hardship and pruning. There is no such thing as easy life, for me it’s a mirage of a man who wants to escape responsibility, accountability and dependability. Although the 3 are interconnected, they are in a way, bit different from one character to another.

Responsibility is having the state to be liable to be called on to answer something done in the past or present, good or bad. Our generation nowadays seems to think more on how to escape punishment rather than face them. I guess it’s not the fear of being scolded that drives this but the shame it can bring to our egoistic personality we present to people.

Accountability on the other hand is the state of being capable to being accounted for. It’s the idea that as a grown up individual, our parents can trust us with something they believe we can handle and can get accounted for. I don’t know about the rest, but this is exciting – Parents trusting us rather than always grumbling about us!

Dependability or being reliable is being suitable to rely on. It’s the opportunity to share and speak out our minds and people listen, whether old or young alike. This includes not just knowledge of things, but wisdom coming from our own experiences and how we dealt with any circumstances in our life. It’s being bubbly yet wise with our words.

What’s the use of sharing the 3 things I believe lacks in having an easy life?

Well, it’s because easy living relates to being immature. Period. Immaturity is not the state of being old without knowing anything but it’s the reality that with our age, it seems that we lack responsibility to live for the expectations of our family and love ones, the accountability to accept mistakes and make changes for the better, not just accepting our faults but straightening everything up and lastly, to be reliable or dependable to the words and advise we give because we’ve been there and learned so many things when we grew up.

My challenge for all of us is to live not the easy life but in every day, we face challenges and not escape them! Thanks for reading!