apl.jpgThis Friday, Filipinos from all walks of life will join hands to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. According to a report by GMANews.tv, among the artists who will be performing at the anniversary will be Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas. The show will begin at 6:00 PM and end at midnight.

Anniversary convenor and EDSA People Power Commission member Ogie Alcasid expressed his happiness on Twitter over Apl’s guesting and encouraged people to join the celebration on February 25. Meanwhile, TV host Kris Aquino posted a message on her Twitter account saying Apl will be doing a one-hour set for the event.

What are you doing to celebrate the 25th EDSA 1 anniversary? One way of showing your support is by promoting nationalism and being proud of your roots. Celebrate being Filipino by following these five simple tips from FN.


1. FOLLOW GOOD EXAMPLES.


Try replicating the good examples set by model cities in your own home. For example, Marikina City and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, were both awarded the distinction of Cleanest and Greenest City in the past. Start small, and promote cleanliness at home and in your neighborhood. You might be surprised by just how much of a difference you can make just by segregating waste. Also remember that a little discipline goes a long way. Model cities became that way because of the cooperation of their citizens. By encouraging the members of your household to follow simple changes such as segregating garbage or turning off the lights when not in use, you are cultivating discipline, and this attitude will carry over to other aspects of their lives.


2. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Being a socially aware person doesn’t begin and end with reading the newspaper. Take things a step further by doing research and forming your own opinions about current issues. You can also increase your knowledge simply by engaging in healthy discussions with other people. And don’t restrict yourself to topics that only concern the present. Current issues have roots in the past, so try to find out the cause of these subjects. The more you know about the country, the easier it will be for you to understand how things got to where they are now and what you can do to change them.


3. TRAVEL AROUND THE PHILIPPINES.

Instead of taking your family on a trip abroad for your next vacation, consider going around the Philippines instead. For one thing, it’s cheaper than booking flights abroad, and it helps boost local tourism. You don’t really have to go far to see white sand beaches or beautiful ancient buildings. The country is filled with so many wonders—you just haven’t discovered them yet! If you haven’t seen the tarsiers in Bohol or the old houses in Vigan , then you have a lot of catching up to do. Need help planning your domestic sojourn? Visit TravelBook.ph for ideas.

Our Beyond Boracay articles suggest 20 Philippine beaches to visit:

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4. BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

Criticizing the government for its shortcomings is all well and good, but be sure you can back up your complaints with a plan for action. Good governance involves the cooperation of the people, so make sure you’re also doing your part as a good citizen. Just because everyone else is doing it, for example, it doesn’t mean it’s right. So the next time the car in front of you runs a red light and you’re right behind it, do the right thing and stay where you are. Also, instead of complaining about the less-than-perfect aspects of our country, why not boast of the really beautiful things?

[Click here to see over 40 posters promoting Philippine tourism from Team Manila]


5. SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRIES.

Support home-grown talent by appreciating Original Pilipino Music, reading books by Filipino authors, watching local films, and buying local goods. A lot of Filipinos decide to showcase their talents abroad because they feel unappreciated on home soil. By showing your support, you provide more opportunities for these industries to grow locally—not to mention you’ll be missing out on some great things if you don’t!


(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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