10 Modern Ways to Express Filipino Nationalism

Nationalism is a devotion of love for one’s country. A country’s identity is seen through its culture, traditions, religions, beliefs, and even the unity or togetherness of the people in it. The history of the Philippines reflects the kind of nationalism the Filipinos have. Their heroes stood and fought to preserve the Filipino identity and attain freedom and independence.
The following are 10 modern ways to express Filipino nationalism:


1. Respect the Philippine flag and value the Filipino identity
Being Filipinos, we should respect our Philippine flag and its purpose. The history and value of this flag are connected to the freedom we have today. Encourage our fellowmen to participate and respect our flag and its anthem and even our different symbols. They provide us our identity as Flipinos or citizens of the beautiful Republic of the Philippines. (Wikipedia.com)
2. Be a productive citizen
Be industrious and make ourselves productive, not only for ourselves but for our country as well. Serve the people, serve our nation. (google.com)
3. Be aware of the issues in our country
We must be aware and updated on the significant issues happening in the country. Extend help to the needy fellowmen, especially the victims of disasters like typhoons, flooding, and the like.
4. Stand proud for every Filipinos achievement
Filipinos is globally competitive in many aspects. They are proud to be a Filipino and for the honors they bring to our country. They unite every Filipino for their achievements. We can be proud of Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao, the Azkals Football Team, the Gilas Pilipinas Basketball Team, and many more.
5. Patronize and support our own products
The Philippines has rich resources to create quality goods and products. The manpower services we provide are also globally competitive. Our economy will improve more if we ourselves patronize our own products which characterize our creativity, resourcefulness, and industry.
6. Preserve the Filipino culture
Philippinesis rich in various colorful cultural elements. They are our identity. Be proud and preserve the culture we have for they are our treasure. We have to keep them for the future generation.
7. Respect everyone and value our traditions
Filipinos are very courteous and respectful. Even in modern times, many Filipinos show and value their noble norms and traditions. So we Filipinos must continue to exercise these good traditions like respecting our elders and others, by using “po at opo”, being hospitable, and being religious.                                                                 
8. Speak out our own language
Using our own language is manifesting and preserving our national identity. It is our unique means of communicating and interacting with our fellowmen. Our language is an important tool to achieve further unity and national development.
9. Remember and commemorate our heroes’ sacrifices for our country
There were many Filipinos who died for our democracy, freedom, and independence. Some fought using their pens and tongues, while some used the power of their arms and weapons. Each had their own way of showing their love and respect to our country. In today’s generation, let us value and treasured our heroes sacrifices and devotion for our country. (google.com)
10. Love our family, our neighbors, and our compatriots
Love and help one another. That way, we are showing the world that we are proud to be Filipinos. Stand united! Do something to help each other and for the greater good for mother country. Love everyone and love our country as we love ourselves. (google.com)
There are many ways to show our love for our country. In our generation, there are things that test our nationalism. What is important though is that we stand united as Filipino people and we love Philippines as our mother country. Let us manifest the essence of nationalism in every aspect of our life.
About the Author:
Luz Leanie M. Reyes, the contributor, is a Grade 8 teacher in Araling Panlipunan (AP) at  Nagpayong High School, Pasig City, Philippines. She believes that “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning”. Her email address is: reyes.luzleanie@yahoo.com.
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