What Citizenship Means To Me

The Philippine's Jeepney
By Jaysee John Rosal Pingkian

No dictionary could put into a few sentences what citizenship could mean to anyone. 

Citizenship is about knowing how this great nation came to be what it is today, understanding what rights do we have as stated in our Constitution and finally realizing what responsibilities entail the time when we begin to exercise our rights. 

Philippines, in my opinion, has the richest history known to man plus the fact that other countries begin to study us every step of the way.

We have a culture that is intertwined with different ideologies, practices and imagery that is influenced by every nation that had set foot in our country which eventually paved the way to our uniqueness. 

That’s why studying our history, government and our nation’s resources is never a chore even to little kids. Knowing how our forefathers fought for our independence, how our officials operate and run the country, how our regions contribute to the nation’s well being is one thing that makes our citizenship worthwhile.

Our well crafted Constitution awards us with great rights such as the right to due process and equal protection of the law. This aspect of citizenship means so much to me since our liberty or our life as a whole solely depends on how our country effectively provides a platform for us to live fairly. As someone who talks and writes so much, our right of speech gives me way to express opinions and suggestions, without misusing it to defame a person or another entity.

With all our privileges as Filipinos come responsibilities like respecting the country, engaging in gainful work, obey the laws, protect the country by all means and most especially elect officials who we trust. 

We can simply put that we all need to live fully and love our country.

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This is the essay I wrote as part of the individual application for Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.'s Young Minds Academy.

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