The Youth, a New Dawn, and ‘Three Stars and a Sun’

It’s the usual post-apocalyptic story of people trying to survive inside a fallout shelter and the struggle between two opposing groups. One that maintains peace and order while the other challenges the status quo. But what makes “Three Stars and a Sun” of Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) different? It’s a rap musical. Not only that, it features the music of the late legendary Filipino artist, Francis Magalona.

I’m not really a fan of rap music but watching this musical made me appreciate Francis M. as an artist. I’m amazed at how he was able to use rap to promote nationalism and awareness on social issues.

“Three Stars and a Sun” literally refers to the flag of the Philippines and the musical made me reflect about the sorry state of the country which I usually rant about. Really timely, as the national election is coming soon and with it brings the shameless nasty face of politics promising change that never happen.

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3 Stars and a Sun

The youth is the hope of the fatherland. That’s what Rizal, our national hero said. In the play, it reveals that we have forgotten him; him and the other heroes who fought for our freedom.

Old people label the younger generation as arrogant, disrespectful, and selfish who seem to be preoccupied with selfies, social media image, trends, and technology. But on the contrary, the youth has started fighting for social change.

I attended an event of Global Shapers Philippines, a network of young leaders, and I was inspired to learn about their different initiatives and projects that aim to contribute to nation-building and better the lives of Filipinos.

For every youth consumed by apathy, there are those who are empowered and choose to make a difference. For every corrupt official, there is an honest one who strives to provide real public service. For every policeman abusing his power, there is someone who upholds the law.

It is said that the darkest hour is just before dawn. So maybe, just maybe, a new dawn will come soon enough.

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Author: Ryan Bestre

Environmentalist. Teacher. Writer.

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