It is when my father gives me the “when you don’t have a dream, you’re a loser” vibe that I go all-out with my endeavours in life. “Paningkamot gyud nak, kay ikaw ra pod ang makabintaha sa imong kakogi.” And the non-stop paternal counselling continues.
True enough, everybody wants to be successful in life. However, true success only happens to those who chase for their dreams. That’s why as a young adult, I have set many goals for myself – graduate in college with flying colors, land a good job, travel around the world… and the list goes on.
In a campaign video made by Kat Bacasmas as her thesis output, it exemplified the cause of the youth to make Cebu a livable and sustainable community. Such video showcased college students as they gave their say on how to rebuild and shape Cebu for tomorrow.
The architect wants to learn new ways in developing sustainable designs for buildings and spaces; a MassCom student makes use of her knowledge in media to relay the message of a livable Cebu to the public; an online blogger generates awareness to the people through writing about livability and influencing his friends and readers to live a lifestyle where everyone can benefit from one another; and a Linguistics major aims to promote human communication as a way of creating understanding and bridging gaps.
All of those advocacies call for a push for social change and I do hope they will really walk their talk. As for me, I will focus more on the problem of water pollution, especially the rivers within the city. During my photojournalism class (yes I am a MassCom student) last year, we were tasked to document social issues by taking pictures of them. I then took the liberty to snap images of the different polluted rivers in various locations.
The experience still gives me goose bumps. Every time I look at the photos, I realize it is our entire fault. I blame the riverside dwellers big time for their negligence, the government for their tolerance, and us – for being so human.
That’s why I say YES to a more livable Cebu! I want to carry the torch of change and pass it on to others. I don’t want to be a passive citizen anymore, and believe me when I say that as I am writing this article, I am getting really fired up for some sagip-ilog action!
Well, even though we live in a world of hatred and greed, I do believe that there is still a possibility for transformation. Our national hero even said it once, “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.” Clearly, the initiative must begin with the youth of today; and wouldn’t it be great if the social revolution starts here in Cebu?
As cliché as this may sound – success never comes to those who stop and stare, it will always come to those who act and dare. So, are you up for the challenge?
(Blog post written by Ren Faith Sayon, USJR MassCom Intern)