Easter this year has particularly been meaningful for me.
First, I’m inspired to find Filipinos all over the world who continue to be concerned for their Motherland.
It is this discovery that has energized and heartened me, what my hubby Alan calls “bayanihan in the cyber-age.”
I also think many of those gathering around my website are Filipinos who had left their country by the millions and who now have decided to make their voices heard.
The clueless trolls and goons who try to attack their viewpoint and mine are the ones who need to get real.
Second, I myself have been writing for over a decade mainly for foreign readers , trying to make them understand our country. Last year I decided it was time for me to also find a way to help back home. This blog is my way of coming home and trying to help make a difference.
I believe in new beginnings, having witnessed this dramatically in the life of one nation.
I was staying in the West part of Berlin just months before the wall fell in October 1989. There was a claustrophobic feeling of helpless hopelessness then that the Berlin wall would be there forever and ever.
I have since gone back and found the unified Berlin to be an even more vibrant and democratically changed city.
I think state corruption is our version of the Berlin wall. I think more Filipinos are more determined to chip away at that wall.
In celebration of Easter Sunday, I would like to share with you all one of my most favorite art works. It is an engraving by Gustave Doré to illustrate Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s “Paradise” in The Divine Comedy.
For Dante, Paradise is a gathering of like-minded souls who of their own free will chose good over evil.
Again, a Happy Easter to all of us in our cyber Plaza Miranda!