Thursday, September 10, 2009

Read and Think

The title is a bit lengthy, but it sums up the contents of the book. 12 Little Things Every Filipino can do to help our Country by Alex Lacson is indeed a must read for any conscientious Filipino. It's been out since 2005 and I'm posting this as a reminder, just in case you haven't read it or in case you've forgotten. Here are the 12 little things you and I can do to help our country:

1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the law.
2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
3. Don't buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino.
4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
7. Support your church.
8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
9. Pay your employees well.
10. Pay your taxes.
11. Adopt a scholar or poor child.
12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

These are the 12 little things every Filipino can do to help our country. Some are quite a feat even for those who have read this book over and over. But knowing these 12 things is already a step into becoming a better individual. Eventually, one by one, we could imbibe these and become better Filipinos and become a better nation.

I've met Alex Lacson and got a chance to pick his brain back in 2007 and I'm very happy to say that the author lives up to what he has written. He's probably one of the most kind hearted and gentle person I've ever met in my lifetime. It actually shows. So when you do read his book, you'll know it isn't hypocrisy, it's really who he is and what he has written can be done. Reading his book is a good start.

Quoting Alex Lacson, "We are a people capable of greatness."

1 comment:

  1. hi zei,

    i saw your blog by chance. i'm working as a volunteer in alex's senatorial campaign... so glad you like the book! we really need people like him in the government, who believe that Filipinos can be great! if you have time, visit his fb page at and help us spread the word!

    p.s. i was an upscan back in the day (still an upscan!) so that should make us virtual neighbors :)