Since then, Filipinos are famous for hospitality and unity to achieve a particular goal. It is emphasized in one of our customs, bayanihan. It is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town, or community.
The term Bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan.” It was coined when someone needs relocation. The whole bahay-kubo (nipa hut) is carried from one place to another by several people. Today, the communal spirit of unity helps Filipinos to overcome adversities, especially in hard times, together, throughout the pandemic, Filipinos still manage to hold a patriotic attitude not just towards their own country but also their own fellowmen.
We go through the same dark times, but many of the Filipino people still choose to be selfless. Given our situation, an act of kindness is more than appreciated; it is a duty of everyone to contribute to a better cause.
Police Officer’s Small Act of Goodwill
On July 10, Dustin Rafael Cinco, a midwife at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, posted on social media about a good samaritan. A police officer gave an ice vendor a ₱1,000 for two pieces of ice drops. The police officer did not ask for a change. Afterward, the vendor went home with a smile on his face, contented and relieved.
Youth’s Huge Contribution
Another example is those of the UP Visayas students. Last March 27, Iloilo students made face shields using foam, acetate, magic tape, double-sided tape, and stapler with funding from the Philippine College of Physician Visayas Chapter. The frontlines with insufficient protective equipment in their place got the products.
They are just a few from the thousands who have decided to help those people in need. Today, we are in the age where posting concerns in social media and young people can make a huge difference.
The Message for my People
We are once an eagle who soars high in the sky. But now, pushed back by a massive storm, we stumble and fall. However, we may find it hard to fly and rise. We still have each other’s company. Together, we will strive again. May our actions develop into small or huge acts, does it matter? As long as there’s unity in our blood as Filipinos, I believe we will survive this crisis as we used to.