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When you do something which does not interest you and you excel, would you still be proud? This circumstance shows how vague life is. You can not always jive with fate. Sometimes, the harder you try to fulfill a desire, the more it gets elusive. Others are daunted to continue struggling because they believe that they can not make it. Surpassing the challenges might possibly be the hardest demand of life. No one can escape it. There is no better way to get out than facing it. Suffice it to say, such troubles and other earthly trials that we may all be experiencing are mere flavorings to spice up our lives.
When we had the major classification exam for our course, I got curious about what field is best for me. Since my reason then in taking up Development Communication course was to be famous, I preferred broadcasting as a major. My notion about such profession was that, when you are in this field, you could easily be known by people because you are a TV and Radio icon. To tell it short, I was after the merits of influence. Another reason was also to earn greater income in such away that I have forgotten the essence of purpose. Thus, something to that effect thrilled my desire to pursue so.
I took broadcasting as my first choice. I underwent the examination and interview process. Before the result came out, I had already sensed that I would not be put on my first choice. Perhaps I don’t have the talent for such art. I told myself that if ever ended up with my second choice, which was journalism, I would just accept it. Since both majors are related with each other, I raised no resentment to whatever would be the result. What I just worried about was my ability to write. This thought made me analyze my innate abilities. The thought went like this, “if I could not make it in broadcasting, how much more in journalism”. I brooded over this matter many times over.
As I absorbed the thought, the notion became clearer. After a two-month vacation, the result finally came out. Seemingly tense but rather excited about where I would be: I found my name listed on the journalism major. With a burst of excitement, I felt exultant about it, probably because of its grandeur as a profession.
As days elapsed I learned to love the craft although sometimes I could hardly catch up with it. To be honest, I am not really good in writing. I need a lot of trainings to improve. But, inasmuch as I am in this field, I must live in it. I crave and work harder to possibly be proficient in my work. I would rather focus on my calling— to serve people.
My reason is to live purposively and meaningfully. I strive to grow and acquire essential knowledge to have something to share to humanity. To be able to help others is to have something in you. I want to make a difference through my calling.
I do not know where the fate would lead me. Though sometimes I tend to get discouraged by the challenges of life, still I show resilience in my faith. I will just do my jobs whole heartedly and contribute something magnanimous to the people.

by Ronald Cena


“Youth is the hope of the Fatherland,” was quite a strange adage I used to hear about. So vague it was for me that I did not even care why Rizal made such a statement. Perhaps, my childhood made feel passive about everything that was fed of me without trying to ponder on it. Not until I reached high school did I understand a little about being a responsible citizen. I began learning different matters regarding current issues which greatly concerned Filipinos. I gradually absorbed the essence of Rizal’s aphorism—realizing my worth in this society. I appreciated my opportunity of having education. I valued every moment I was in school and imbibed a lot of knowledge that were beneficial in creating a better person in me.
When I entered college, it was a good chance for me to realize my passion to serve. Being in the course BS Development Communication changed my perspective in helping people: to serve people is to help them help themselves. I began venturing journalism class. I found it helpful because if ever I graduated with such a degree, I would have the edge to serve better—responsibly, even. I will not allow myself to be victimized by bribery and threats. No matter what it takes, I will serve the truth that every Filipino should know about.
I believe that every youth could contribute to the development of the country by just doing what he is called to do–as long as it does not harm anybody. In my case, I would use the influence of writing to educate, to infuse values, to inform people of the societal issues, to suggest reasonable solutions to existing problems and to lead every Filipino towards understanding one another.
More so, having turned nineteen, I would wholeheartedly practice my suffrage in the coming 2010 elections. Voting responsibly and wisely will eventually foster the country. Having a good leader that will manage the entire state is indeed an advantage. To have such, we must take a wise and collective effort of choosing. Let us not sell our precious votes for a certain price or means: remember that the consequence of our decisions will far outweigh these short-term supplements.
How can we say that we have a progressive nation? Is it by having an economic development? Probably, it is just a factor. Meaning, it is just a contributory component towards national development. We must also consider the preservation of our culture, patronizing of local goods, conservation of natural resources, healthy socialization and the like.
As youth, we can preserve our culture through practicing our Filipino values and customs such as using “po” and “opo” in talking to the elderly, accepting visitors cordially and obeying our parents. We must always assume that we are the best role models; hence, we may be obliged to do rightful actions for the younger ones to follow.
Since the greatest percentage of the country’s population is the youth, why don’t we take initiatives in promoting our local industries? Let us patronize the Filipino products so as to promote our goods—to boost our economy. If this happens, there will be more jobs and livelihood opportunities waiting for Filipino workers in the country. Furthermore, the Philippine work force will be strengthened.
In nation building, it is necessary that we respect and love our countrymen. No matter what religion we are in, customs we practice, languages we speak; let us consider that we are from one race.
To be honest, I used to speak vulgar and hurtful words about and towards others. My frankness sometimes tends to be irrational to the extent that I almost lost etiquette. I know that being so unethical in communicating is a dangerous manner. I could lose friends or worse, destroy people. By pondering on such matter, I realized that I should mellow down. Those usual arguments regarding religious beliefs which led me to discriminate and stereotype people ironically changed my outlook in life. It became clear to me that religion has nothing to do with the way you act: it is your relationship with God that will suggest what you are.
If every Filipino would consider this thought, definitely the nation will advance farther. There would be more understanding among us; therefore, we can work undividedly for the betterment of our country.
Inasmuch as we love our nation, we should also protect our natural resources. Again, as a youth and a future journalist, I would advocate in my writing the preservation of our environment. I will not just inform every body about preventing pollutions, managing the ecosystem properly and reviving the destroyed natural resources, I will act on them as well.
These things are simple gestures that the youth could do. We may have our own individualities; still we can make for a better nation. All we have to do is to use our differences and various capabilities to complement a collective effort towards development. Let us be active. Let us be the instrument of progress. Let us be—the catalysts of change.

by Ronald Cena