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REFLECTION PAPER SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS — Philippines has been one of the countries I look up to

with high respect and hopes for a change. I have loved all of its quality and wonders from which I spent
most of my time in writing about my country, joined public speaking contests for it, competing,
promoting it on social media platforms, and so much more. As I’ve read Mr. Felipe De Leon Jr.’s paper, it
has given me bountiful realizations that I have not learned from my parents, past teachers, friends, and
in the society I live in. How come I’m not socially aware of issues in subservience, misaligning education,
alienation from the community, its people, and its identity? Why are these concerns been kept locked
away for the Filipino Youth to freely access? Would it be because of lack of competency in most aspects?
If so, why are there less discussions and emphasis on the improvement for the competence of every
Filipino citizen? It triggers me so much that I experienced cognitive dissonances. Why and how are we
not conscious of these matters in a social context? DETERIORATION OF SOCIAL AWARENESS AND
EMPATHY — It is clearly emphasized in De Leon’s paper that the one thing that keeps us away from
being socially conscious is lack of awareness and empathy. We’ve been colonized by foreign races in the
past and it is indicated in most of our history books in all levels of education. It has eradicated our preset
or pre-determined identity and have replaced whatever it is that they have imposed upon us.
Eventually, we became subservient or inferior. It has degraded the people in all aspects that made usless
of a person and as a society we are. This thins the bond that glues our individuality, originality,
accumulated knowledge and wisdom, creativity, and more. Thus, it is crucial to retain the cultural
memory for the preservation of our collective will and vision of life so that we become socially aware. In
this realization, the Filipinos had adapted to this concept. We’ve been thinking small of ourselves. This is
what we’ve been programmed in the past that still affects the current communal situation. We become
so lost and we fight on shallow issues. Our youth and the students have become incompetent because
we are also blinded with our educational system. Indicated in the paper is that our curriculum always
had an American imprint whose framework is industrial in design. We’ve been taught things that would
eventually lead us to being slaves to corporations, factories, or employed to other countries. As we age,
we tend to lose our cultural identity as Filipinos. Our true nature have been deformed that’s why we are
so slow in terms of education, technology, competency, and more. This results to us not becoming fully
aware of everything because we have been fed with wrong food, nutrients, and supplements. We also
become less empathic to one another and this hinders our social improvement. What should we do now
as all of these issues have become forefronts of our problems? INTEGRATION OF RELATIVE AND
mentioned, the most crucial answer I’ve understood is the integration and appreciation of relative and
cultural arts. Our problems at a national level are already a given. We could do so much more but we
tend to don’t care at all. However, if we just utilize and maximize the potentials of Filipinos in various
fields, not by merely focusing on one field because this also promotes insecurity and ignorance (an
expert knows nothing else), we would become greater. Filipinos are very creative, innovative, and high
profiles. We tend to do great in most things we do. In relative and cultural arts, we would be reminded
of who we really are, what has been our vision in life as individuals and a nation, what quality traits that
we possess through time, and more. We would become socially aware through arts because it comes in
so many forms — visual, spatial, auditory, sensory, etc. — that would ignite our inner Filipino spirits. If
we just originally create art forms that depicts relativity in all aspects (spiritual, societal, relationships
with family and friends) and induces a call-to-action response (in social, cultural, and technological
advancements), we would become Filipinos with a transformed mindset that aims to become proactive
participants. A mindset that uplifts each other towards a national vision. A mindset that encompasses
our quality and essential traits and leaves everything that have hindered our progress and development.
A mind that defines the Filipinos through the Arts. Thank you Ma’am for letting us read De Leon’s paper.