Because we’re tired of hearing people say that they’ve become apathetic to the plight of Filipinos, we’ve listed down 72 ways everyone can help to make the Philippines a better place to live in. Hopefully, this little exercise on guilt-tripping can shake off a little bit of that apathy.
2. Don’t sell your vote.
3. Look for candidates who are representative of the best qualities Filipinos have.
4. Expect more from your politicians.
5. Call out politicians who only spout nonsensical BS or who are obviously corrupt and useless, and take them to task.
6. Write to your local mayor or congressman to voice community complaints.
7. Write to national newspapers and public officials to voice complaints affecting the Philippines as a whole.
8. Keep up-to-date on local and national politics.
9. Engage your family, friends and neighbors in (friendly) conversations about Filipino politics, both local and national, and culture. (Use Facebook, Twitter and other online social networking sites.)
10. Follow traffic rules.
11. Do not pay bribes.
12. Report public officials who request for bribes.
13. Pay correct taxes. (The reason why is summarized quite neatly by the ad below).
14. Speak out when you see someone committing something wrong.
15. Report crimes committed against you or your neighbor to the police.
16. Patronize locally-made and artisanal products.
17. Support Filipino theater. (We have the best theater actors in the world.)
18. Watch well-made Filipino movies. (Especially independent films.)
19. Take in a cultural show. (The Cultural Center of the Philippines has a ton of shows in store.)
20. Learn our history.
21. Go to museums. (For starters, visit the National Museum.)
22. Raise your children to love reading and learning.
23. Teach your children how to speak proper English.
24. Teach your children how to speak proper Filipino.
25. Teach your children how to speak a regional dialect (preferably one you grew up with).
26. Learn from people older than you. (They have the experience.)
27. Listen to people younger than you. (They have the creativity and the drive.)
28. Be respectful of everyone. (Don’t let the use of the “po” and “opo” die.)
29. Be understanding of people who disagree with your beliefs.
30. Protect the rights of the marginalized (the poor, the illiterate, the indigenous, the LGBT community, etc.).
31. Plant a tree.
32. Segregate your waste.
33. Recycle plastic grocery bags and other containers.
34. Take public transportation. (Side effect: it will teach you empathy.)
35. Join a carpool.
36. Don’t litter.
37. Pick up after your pets. (Be a responsible pet owner.)
38. Conserve water.
39. Conserve electricity.
40. Support a charity financially.
41. Volunteer your time for a charity you believe in.
42. Read books.
43. Get an education.
44. Learn a vocational skill.
45. Get a job. (Preferably here in the Philippines.)
46. Start a business. Create jobs.
47. Pay your employees at least minimum wage.
48. If your business can afford it, pay them more than minimum wage.
49. Become financially literate.
50. Save money and invest wisely. Prepare a retirement fund for your future.
51. Tip minimum-wage workers in service-oriented industries when availing of a service. (Here are tipping guidelines if you need them.)
53. Travel all over the Philippines.
54. Share good news about the Philippines to everyone (Filipinos and foreigners alike).
55. Be the Philippines’ most active endorser. (The power of word-of-mouth marketing is astonishing.)
56. Make Youtube videos promoting great places in the Philippines you’ve visited. Share it with the world.
57. Make a local travel blog focusing on local travel destinations. Use pictures.
58. Work for the government.
59. Work hard.
60. Don’t take bribes.
61. Don’t allow your colleagues in the government to take bribes.
62. Report on anomalous government dealings. (If you feel like you can’t trust your bosses in the government, take it to mainstream media.)
63. Learn how to discern news that are only meant to scandalize from news which are truly newsworthy. (Be the watchdog of mainstream media, in the same way that mainstream media is the watchdog of politicians.)
64. Read opinion columnists. (Feel free to disagree with them.)
65. Share remarkable news and important commentary with your family and friends. (Use social networking sites.)
66. Develop some empathy for the people who work for you.
67. Follow the Kasambahay law.
68. Be passionate about your dreams.
69. Pursue your passion.
70. Believe in yourself.
71. Do everything in your power, within ethical and moral parameters, to become successful in your own right.
72. Be an example for others.