1. Change with me, to others, to the country
Once my father told me, “Replicate the change with you to others.” He has been telling that
every time I would complain over the boisterous behavior of my siblings.”You too had also been
the cause of their inconvenience, so if you want them to follow you, start from yourself,” my
papa reminded me.
Change seems to be elusive at these times of hopeless realities- of chaos and discord. When I
tried to look back in the past, there is no big difference from what we have now. Different from
what it was- of cruel and offensive wars yet the degree of destruction seem just the same. We are
still oppressed by valiant enemies of poverty, injustice and segregation. We ought to fight and
win over these enemies but we, until now, are dispirited. We are manacled by our choice to
embrace mediocrity and we are encapsulated in the prism of reluctance in facing change. We
lack the strength to hammer a strong foundation that will keep us firmly standing amidst the tests
I seek to make a difference. My voice maybe small, it maybe unheard but it billows a loud sound
for change, change which will start from me. Change with me will echo to others and to my
Change with me, resonates the hopeful sound of unity amidst cultural and social differences. We
may have different religions, we may come from different echelons of the society but we share a
common goal of living a happy and satisfying life, a dream that we have envisioned long before.
We are urged to free ourselves in the tyranny of discrimination and injustice. Let us not identify
ourselves with our differences but rather , with what we can do to create a wholesome and
harmonious place to live in.
2. The stories of some of note-worthy Filipinos who have placed the country in the arena of the
world, has inspired and convinced me that nothing is impossible if we work hard to achieve our
dreams. Manny Pacquiao, a great Filipino boxer, has revived our hope that our dreams can
become a big reality. He has shown us that sheer hard work, inspired with our faith to the
Almighty would deliver us in the realm of success. There is no shortcut, there is no easy way to
success. We will climb the steep mountain and stumble upon many obstacles in our way. It is a
great challenge then to be resilient for the changes that may take place in the course of our
journey towards realizing our dreams.
Change with me washes away the stain of greed and corruption. I believe that the never ending
problems of corruption rooted from us and from what we used to do. We think that simple
cheating means nothing, thus, incessantly we resort to it. Using the resources of the government
for personal use like office supplies, vehicles and the like are common forms of corruption that
we have enjoyed for ourselves. Whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, we are held
liable for our actions. These forms of corruption may appear simple yet its effect are gradually
engulfing us, losing our clear visions of tomorrow.
I call for total transformation. I call for change. Let us all moderate our greed and think for the
common good. We can start it in a simple way. Let us not be swayed by our selfish desire, and
our hunger for power. Learn to be happy and contented with what we have. Work and prove our
worth so that everything will fall right in its place.
As a youth, my ideas are vibrant, strong and pure. I would consolidate my ideas, weave my
thoughts and express my opinions, transforming these to one big action to inspire change. I
believe that I am the future and whatever I do now would illumine what will become of me
tomorrow. I would ensure that whatever I do would inspire others to follow. Yes, the task is
arduous, but my strong desire to step on the threshold where there is lasting progress and
sustainable development would keep me standing. It will fuel me with zeal and dedication to be
the best that I can be and to take the necessary route which will lead me to the right path of
3. Change with me, initiates a big leap for progress and development. We have been longing to
save our country from the shackles of poverty, hoping that we won’t suffer from hunger and
unemployment. We envision a better Philippines where every Filipinos does not need to seek for
a job abroad. We want a better Philippines where every leader has no other purpose but to serve
for the common welfare. We can do this, let us reconcile with ourselves and change for the better.
Surely, I could not do it alone. We all have to work hand in hand to realize our dreams and to
carry out our aspirations; but, before we think of the big picture, let us win over ourselves. Let us
hurdle the drawback of our mistakes and rise up as a better person who is positive in dealing with
the bend and turns of life, a person who is willing to embrace the mechanisms of change-change
for the better and for the common good.
As a youth , the good promise of tomorrow rests in our hands. Whatever we do now shapes the
future of this nation. Let us, in our simple way, deliver the country to where it should be. Let us
steer the wheel, leading us to a new, better and progressive Philippines.
It is clear that what we enjoy now is the result of our actions. If we choose to dwell what is good
and right, then we will enjoy its lasting and fulfilling result. It is only us who can decide which
route to take. It is therefore us who can resolve the pressing problems of our nation. And so
everything should start with us. I believe that the change with me will resonate to others and
most especially to my country.
Papa was right before I could compel my siblings to behave the way I want them to be, I must set
myself as a model. I must start with myself. Difficult maybe but with passion and dedication for
change, I can do it!