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I Have A Dream For The Phillipines (pastiche)

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"I Have A Dream For the Philippines" by Nicole Calo I am proud to be with you today in this great demonstration for freedom in our nation. This day will go down in the books as one of the greatest moments of our country's history. More than three centuries ago, our great Filipino ancestors, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Declaration of Philippine Independence. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Filipinos who were once slaves seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a glorious dawn, ending the long night of our slavery. But three hundred years later, the Filipino still is not free. Three hundred years later, the life of the Filipino is still sadly crippled by the manacles of poverty and the chains of governmental corruption. Three hundred years later, the Filipino lives on a lonely island of hopelessness in the midst of a vast ocean of material wealth. ...read more.


But we refuse to believe that the flagon of justice is empty. We refuse to believe that we hold no key that is able to open the padlock that inhibits us Filipinos from diving into the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to get hold of this key, a key that will give us upon insertion the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to the Luneta Grand Stand to remind the Philippines of the fierce urgency of the Present. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cowardice or to take the tranquilizing drug of complacency. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of corruption to the sunlit path of righteousness. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of poverty onto the solid rock of prosperity. ...read more.


Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom through violence. We must forever conduct our struggle as dignified souls who cannot tolerate the savage ways of men. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. We cannot walk alone. We must march ahead as brothers. We cannot turn back. I know that some of you have come here out of great sufferings and horrible conditions. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come as wounded people, who have been demoralized by the leaders of this country. You have been the pioneers of a future brighter than anything we have seen. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Know that God is on our side in our fight for justice, freedom, and righteousness. Go back to Cebu, go back to Bohol, go back to Davao, go back to La Union, go back to Rizal, go back to the slums and squatter areas of Metro Manila, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. ...read more.

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