It was on September 21, 1972 when the late president Ferdinand Marcos appeared on TV to formally declare Martial Law. The said rule lasted for… Read More »Why revising history to paint the Marcoses as heroes is an insult to Filipinos
But it was still raining. Would the students come?
They did! Slowly the area around the stage began filling up as groups of young people started arriving. My earlier fears that students from the Quezon City side would not show up was unfounded. Ateneo was there! So were UP Diliman and Miriam College. I later found out that some of them held lightning protests in their school vicinity first before piling into jeeps to come to Luneta.
My generation, the generation that had the most right (and reason) to protest the Marcos burial because we lived through martial law, was compromised. And yet here were the young ones, the millennials, who only heard of martial law from their history subjects, marching and protesting with us.
MILLENNIALS. Deserving or not, millennials have oftentimes been placed into a box and labeled. This article juxtaposes the average millennial between their good and not so good traits:
Ambitious but lazy
Hyper-connected but self-obsessed
Non-conformist but materialistic
Hard to motivate but more engaged
And there are other labels as well — couch potatoes, easily distracted, impatient, not easy to please, and I could keep going…
Before we write them off as being more interested in their social life than what is going on in the world around them, look again.
These past few days, the Filipino millennials have began redeeming themselves. Far from being the politically apathetic generation that my generation has viewed them to be, these “couch potatoes” are getting out and pouring into the streets of the metros.