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Saranggola ni Pepe: Flying high!

Hunyo 23, 2011

The commemoration of Jose Rizal’s 15oth birthday was a huge success! The rain could not stop the entire country from celebrating June 19 in honor of this historical, radical and mystical being. His birthday was even celebrated in several countries. I went to Calamba (Rizal’s hometown) with my only Filipiniana attire, the one that I wore for my longtime friend’s wedding (I was emcee for her wedding, and I was one of those given a gown…thanks Jane!) which garnered me a spot on the Celyo Rizal’s float for the historical parade. A huge thanks to “Apo” and Kataastaasang Babaylan Reyna Yolanda Liban Manalo for this wonderful opportunity and for the multiple celebrations I got to participate in. Not to forget, the wisdom that I am fortunate to receive through never-ending conversations, rituals and experiences with “them” and the Celyo Rizal community. All very, very interesting. I even got filmed by a TV news crew that featured the group. How historical can it get!

Another important lesson that I’ve recently learned, I will not go further into this for now, but I can say that deep in my heart, I truly accept that a fellow Filipino such as Jose Rizal, is of Divine origin…because as man is made in the image and likeness of God, so is he…and most importantly, so are we. As Christ, the Buddha, Mohammad and all other prophets had their purpose in their time, so did Rizal (again, I will post more about this soon, but not now).

Looking closely at Rizal’s life inspired me to look at myself and my life in the same way. For what was it that he aspired for then? That we, his fellow Filipinos liberate ourselves from the enslavement that we had suffered. Free ourselves from the limitations that the colonial mind imposed on us and see our greatness just as we now see Rizal’s greatness. Authentic empowerment, the same vision I am striving for today.

I know that there was a purpose for me when I went to Calamba and celebrated our National Hero’s 150th anniversary in his hometown. Besides the fact that I was there — June 19, 2011 — to be part of an historic moment in our country’s life, there was a message for me.

The message that I am a Filipino, it’s time to truly embrace it. I am part of a blessed, “magical” and truly amazing race. A brown (golden) race that has weathered more than 300 years of colonial rule, pummeled regularly by natural and man-made disasters yet continues to thrive as a people and always blessed with the most abundant of natural resources. I live in a tiny land with tiny people, who have big hearts and big dreams with a mission that is as important as Frodo’s from Lord of the Rings. A mission we shall all recognize in due time, rather, in just a short while.  Meanwhile keep your eyes and ears open, listen to your heart’s desires and follow your purpose.

As for me, a significant aspect of my mission was clarified (or even “polished”) this past weekend. I am Pepe’s kite, flying high towards my big dreams but deeply anchored in this land with my people. I may roam free and fly wherever the wind takes me but like Pepe, like Jose Rizal I will always come home and share all that I’ve learned, my gifts, my visions, my passions, my Self with my fellow Filipinos and with my Inang Bayan. I shall fly free, fly proud, fly as high as a Filipino can…just like Pepe, just like the Divine Jose Rizal.

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  1. Mayo 12, 2012 2:26 hapon

    I am inspired by your raw patriotism. Raw in the sense that it does not seem to come from external influence from school or media but from a natural innate discovery and realization of who and what you are. It is refreshing. Mabuhay ka!

    • consciouspinay permalink*
      Mayo 16, 2012 2:24 hapon

      although i cringe at the word patriotism (for all its patriarchal connotations and separatist fervor), i thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read my posts. mabuhay din po kayo. 😉

  2. consciouspinay permalink*
    Nobyembre 15, 2013 3:48 umaga

    Hi there,

    I didn’t realize that I wasn’t able to respond to your comment. I thank you for your post and the youtube link. I know what you mean about not being able to articulate the experience – it is not easy and which also means that the experience was truly deep, spiritual and on a symbolic plane/dimension. That is how I feel whenever I have conversations with Apo and Celyo Rizal, her presence is otherworldly. 😉


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