Professor Solita “Winnie” Monsod was not my professor in College but I guess this is one of the lectures that all University of the Philippines alumni must hear.
It’s a combination of wisdom and wit, a moving and yet entertaining piece – a powerful combination that made me
- realize how lucky I am,
- ask myself if I was able to repay my debt to the Filipino people for paying for my college and master studies,
- wonder if things would have been different if had heard the mantra she shared in this lecture which was:
I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do and with the grace of God, I will do it.
Here’s a video of Prof. Monsod’s lecture to her class last October 5, 2010.
She’s right in pointing out that a lot of leaders of the Philippines are UP graduates but nothing good is still happening in the country. Was it because the graduates forgot about the UP motto of honor and excellence?
We, as graduates of the state university, owe a lot to the Filipino people and upon hearing this lecture, I am saddened by the fact that in our group alone (a quota degree at that), at least 70% are working abroad.
“Malayong lupain, amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin…..
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan”?
Have we failed our countrymen, batchmates?