Despite the popularity of the eye-opening film Heneral Luna (there's even an upcoming free TV premiere next month), director Jerrold Tarog thinks that there is still no one in our current society (not even the candidates in the upcoming National Elections) who can live up to the character and values of Antonio Luna, the Filipino general that's the subject of the movie and give the Philippines the ultimate 360-degree rebirth it needs.
In a note that he published on Facebook, Tarog explains that “Antonio Luna lived in a different time under different circumstances,” and that it is a common flaw among Filipinos to search for a savior that can stir change to the whole country. “No one can magically transform this ailing country under a deadline,” he emphasizes
Instead, Tarog urges Filipinos to be more discerning in choosing their next set of leaders, and really think about how these leaders inspire you to push for the changes you want for the country. Because after all, leaders are there to be good role models and to serve the people; our responsibility as Filipino citizens, in turn, is to help out our leaders in making our country a better place to live in.
“How are you going to be useful to society after the election?” Tarog asks toward the end of his note. Instead of ranting on social media, why not start the change with yourself?
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