How shall we teach a child about being a good Filipino?
This is the reason why Noel Cabangon intended to write this short children’s story. He describes in the story the things children must do to be a good Filipino. After all, the story is very simple as though you read it like a poem. So, it might occur to you that he must have imitated the style or pattern of our national pledge Panatang Makabayan ( Pledge of Allegiance). Nevertheless, each line is exactly alluded to the national issues today. You might snicker at the line:
“ … hinding-hindi ko gagamitin ang pera ng bayan…”
(“…I will never spend the people’s money on my own interest…”)
It may sound ridiculous, but you know what Cabangon is insinuating. Whatevah! Just leave young readers alone, how they will practice the said line on their life.
I am aware of the fact that Noel Cabangon is a singer and composer known for his songs Kanlungan ( Shelter) and Kahit Na Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko ( Even Though My Hair is Now White ). Also, I know that he is always present in any demonstration programs that have something to do with national movements. In fact, he composes songs which aim to survive the dying Mother Nature . Indeed, being patriotism is naturally present in his heart. Thus, it is no wonder why he even used writing such a short story as the instrument of his revolutionary advocacy. Why not? The only little problem is that it , for lack of a better word, has no originality . Thanks to Jomike Tejido’s beautiful illustrations- very Filipino.
In the end, it occurred to me why he wrote such a children’s story? Perhaps, Cabangon believes that the early age is the best time when one is educated about nationalism.
I have not read a modern children’s story yet that deals with nationalism. But come to think of it. Cabangon has composed beautiful songs. I believe that he is able to write a story greater than a children’s story. There’s no telling how he may be as promising as prominent Filipino writers. ^_^
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I liked it.)