A quick background on this statement: while Asia in general has many architectural landmarks and traditions unique to the region, the Philippines at one time had its own share of significant and unique natural and architectural landmarks; but war, greed, overuse and indifference slowly and gradually eroded our reputation to have many of these. So much land around Manila Bay is reclaimed already, with the buildings on the reclaimed land themselves subjects of their own controversies.

On the other hand, historical revisionism isn’t new to Philippine society IMHO; it began with Marcos (Macoy) back in the 1960s. Thus, more often than not, there are many conspiracies and what ifs concerning this country’s history these days. Even the most comprehensive textbook on Philippine history in the college level (Agoncillo) has not been revised since 1990.

In 2019, I made some short stories (more like statements actually) intended for Filipino-American children (these also apply to Filipino immigrants’ children born abroad.) I am only publishing the series now because I mistakenly thought that the web might be hypersensitive about these statements. Here you go, this is the third and last one… the first is here, as is the second.

It is appalling that the “live for the present” mantra, any future-related mindsets and greed have all taken a toll on appreciating the past as well as the historical significance / background of anything, be it a place or a tradition. The level of appreciation for the past, especially among young people, is very low compared to their previous generations.

History and heritage are very important aspects of appreciating the past. Whether the said past is good or bad in today’s context, we need to recognize its significance in what anything is now. Although some aspects of the past should be forgotten, it should never be underestimated in what we do now and for shaping the future.

History plays a key role in appreciating the heritage of a certain place or tradition. The two concepts go hand in hand and all people should have roles in preserving them for future generations.