Paano mo mamahalin ang Pilipinas?

Ang sabi nga ng matatanda “You only love what you know.” Kaya, paano mo masasabing mahal mo ang Pilipinas kung di mo naman sinusubukang mahalin ang lugar na kinalakihan mo?

Isa sa mga natutunan ko kay Nick Joaquin ay yung pag-papahalaga niya sa Maynila. Ayon sa kwento, ugali daw ni Nick Joaquin ang maglakad ng malayo pagsapit ng alas quatro ng hapon.

From boyhood to teenhood to adulthood, Nick’s world was Manila, the Manila of his affections ­Paco, Malate, Intramuros, Luneta, Sampaloc. Later, his world stretched farther to cover San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Quezon City, the entire country.

Tinanggap at pinahalagahan ni Nick ang ating kasaysayan at kung ano meron sa panahon niya, sa pamamagitan ng paglalakad. Astig din kasi sa paglalakad niya umaabot din siya sa Sampaloc.

In fact, kaibigan ng tatay ni Nick Joaquin si Emilio Aguinaldo. Pero di naman siya nagtanim ng sama ng loob sa Espanya. Kumpara sa mga kabataan ngayon, kapag binanggit ang Espanya galit na galit! Akala mo nadenggoy sila. Anyway, dun din naman ako nagsimula. Pero nung pinag-aralan ko kung bakit ganun ang pagtingin ko sa Espanya at sa nakaraan natin, nabobohan ako sa sarili ko. Naisip ko na bunga ito ng maling edukasyon, at mababaw na pag-unawa sa kasaysayan natin. Sa larangang ito may matutunan tayo kay Nick Joaquin.

 

Young Nick, quiet and shy, must have imagined himself amid the smoke and fire of the Revolution. Though his father fought Spain, he and all his brothers and sisters grew up speaking Spanish at home and with relatives. Nick now wields English like his mother tongue, yet he would use it to defend Philippine independence, and also to insist that the coming of the conquistadores was ultimately good for the Philippine archipelago because, for one, Spain turned our scattered islands of different languages into a nation.

Makikita mo ang humility at pasasalamat ni Joaquin sa mga Kastila. Kaya kilalanin natin ang batang taga Paco, Maynila, si Nick Joaquin.

Nick Joaquin was born on May 4, 1917, in Paco, Manila. His mother, Salome Marquez, a teacher of English and Spanish, was a wide reader of literature. She read poems and stories to her little children. His father, Leocadio Joaquin, a veteran of the 1896 revolution, was a respected and much-sought-after lawyer.

 

Paano mo mamahalin ang Pilipinas? Mahalin mo muna ang nasa paligid mo, pahalagahan, kilalanin at lakarin.

 

 

 

 

Source: (The National Artists of the Philippines. Manila: Cultural   Center of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Anvil Publishing, 1998)

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