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February 24, 2017

NARANASAN MO NA BA: A SPOKEN WORD PIECE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECT AND SENSITIVITY TO OTHERS

In the past years and up to the present time, we have been faced with so much conflict and violence. In my journey, I came across stories of struggles as shared by our young people. Let me share their voice, their stories in a form of Spoken Word, entitled, Naransan mo na ba?

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na tawaging terorista
Na walang bukambibig kung hindi mamamatay tao ka
Na ang lahat ng kanilang sambit ay umalis ka na.

Naransan mo na ba?
Naranasan mo na bang hinding hindi matanggap sa trabaho
Nang dahil lang Muhammad o Mustafa ang apelido mo
Eh yung hindi ka makasakay ng taxi dahil lamang sa itsura mo?

Naransan mo na ba?
Naransan mo na bang matawag na baluga
Na ang ibig sabihin pala’y stupida o hindi edukada
Na para bang wala silang ibang makita kung hindi basura ka.

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na tawaging bakla ka, nakakahiya ka
O di kaya’y tomboy ka, magpakababae ka na

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na masabihang, “Abnormal ang anak mo, baka mahawa ang anak ko?”
Yung tipong ililipat na ang anak nila sa ibang eskwela para lang mailayo sa anak mo.

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na dumapa dahil sa gyera, para makaiwas sa bala
Ito’y napakahirap isipin lalo na’t ito ay nangyayari sa isang bata pa.

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na maliitin ng ibang tao at bigla ka na lang sabihan, mahirap ka lang
High School graduate ka lang, Siguradong hanggang dyan ka na lang.

Naransan mo na ba?
Na maliitin ang kapasidad mo bilang babae
Na iparamdam sa yo na okay lang na ika’y isantabe.

Naranasan mo na ba?
Na tapaktapakan ang iyong pagkatao
Na halos iwish mo na lang na sana mawala na lang ako sa mundo.

Bawat masakit na kwento, masakit na karanasan
Ay tila bang walang katapusan..
Nagdurugo ang kanilang puso, na tipong gusto ng sumuko.

Ang lahat ng ito’y hinaharang ang kapayapaan…
At pag sinilip mo ang puso ko, ang iyong makikita ay pusong luhaan, sugatan
Ngunit punong puno ng pag-asa lalo na para sa bata at kabataan.

Sa bigat ng aking nararamdaman, wala akong ibang hiling kundi ang magmahalan
Ngayon, bukas at magpakailanman, kahit ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kaibahan.

Ating isapuso at laging tandaan… na ang pagyakap sa ating pagkakaiba
Ay ang ating daan patungong kapayapaan.

Na ang ating paggawa, pakikialam, pakikibahagi at ang pagturo nito sa kapwa lalo na sa nakababata
Ay isa sa mga susi sa isang kapayapaan, isang kapayapaang walang hanggan.


These are just some of the actual stories of young people who have experienced different forms of conflict in their lives. There is actually a part in our minds that cause all of these — and it’s called subjective condition. Subjective condition triggers negative and violent views in our minds, biases and prejudices that further contribute to barriers towards achieving a peaceful society. Such stories, as you may all know, still continue and sadly, had even worsen especially that another venue to do such negative acts, like social media is accessible to many. And these stories have been going on and on from one generation to another. In all of these, I would like to invite all of you in a moment of reflection. Let us ask ourselves this question, “With the stories that I shared with you through my spoken word piece, what can we do?”

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