When I was a kid, my father used to spoil me with stories before going to sleep. Some stories were about his life and some were legendary tales known in my country. But there is one story that I will never forget. It’s the story of a lost eagle.
Once upon a time, at a large mountainside there was an eagle nest with 4 large eagle eggs inside.
One day, an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down to a chicken farm, located in the valley below.
The chickens knew that they must protect the eagle egg. Eventually, the eagle egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born.
Being chickens, the chickens raised the eagle to be a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family but it seemed his spirit cried out for more.
One day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring. “Oh,” the eagle cried, “I wish I could soar like those birds.”
The chickens roared with laughter, “You cannot soar like those. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar.” The eagle continued staring at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be like them.
Each time the eagle talked about his dreams, he was told it couldn’t be done.
That was what the eagle learned to believe. After time, the eagle stopped dreaming and continued to live his life as a chicken.
Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.
Thinking that story now, it is somehow related to the Philippines. With its water and agriculture, Philippines is a great country indeed. No wonder why few countries have conquered us. Unfortunately, those countries erased our culture and beliefs. And sadly, even Filipino elites tried to change our history making themselves heroes of this nation.
It is not true that Spaniards brought us civilization because even before they came here, we are already civilized. It is the reason why they despise Dr. Jose Rizal. They knew Filipinos were smarter than them so they changed us.
Right now, we might have wishful thinking that we live in Korea or America, or maybe Japan. But hey, Philippines is much greater than them. We just failed to realize that. Remember during Marcos regime, we were the fastest growing nation. We were number one exporter of rice. But now look at us. Are we just going to let this country die like that eagle thinking less of ourselves when we were actually great? When we can actually do something bigger.
Philippines, my loving country, I hope to see you soaring high again. 🇵🇭