by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Mahal naming mga bagong halal,
Minsa’y kami nangarap – nangarap na makaahon, nangarap na magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan. Pero dumating ang araw na kami’y binigo, kami’y niloko, at lalo kaming nalubog, lalo kaming naghirap, at lalo kami’y pinaasa. Umasa kami, pero unti’y unting nawala ang tiwala namin na matutupad ang minsa’y naging pangarap. Sana ngayon, hindi na lamang paasa ang aming matamo. Sana ngayon, matupad na ang pangarap na makaahon.
Sana huwag na kaming lokohin. Mahirap ang buhay, mahirap mangarap. Alam naming nagkakatotoo ang pangarap, pero tila kami’y ayaw patuparin ng pangarap dahil may mga taong sakim at walang puso. Sana hindi kayo iyon, mga bagong halal. Naniniwala kami’y may puso kayo at may malasakit kayo sa bayan – sana tama ang paniniwala namin dahil ayaw namin na kahit sa paniniwala, mabibigo din kami.
May pangarap kami. Lahat kami nangangarap. Alam ko na kayo din ay ganoon. Sana kayo na ang tutupad sa pangarap na matagal ng inaasam-asam. Alam po naming mahirap, kaya po tayo magtutulungan, ngunit kayo lamang ang pupuwedeng magsimula dahil kayo ang mga pinuno ng bayan. Ipakita ninyo sana na kayang matupad ang pangarap. Kahit minsan lang.
Kahit ngayon lang.
Dear newly elected officials,
We once had a dream – a dream that we will prosper, that we will have bright futures. But, there came a time when we were let down, we were fooled, and the more we drowned, the more we suffered, and the more we were given false hopes. We hoped, but slowly, we began to lose our belief that our dream once upon a time will become reality. We hope that now, we will no longer be offered false hopes and that our dream of prospering will finally be fulfilled.
We hope that they will no longer fool us. Life’s hard; dreaming is hard. We know that dreams do come true, but it’s just that there are some people who won’t let us have our dreams come true because they’re greedy and they are heartless. We hope that those people won’t be you, newly elected officials. We believe that you have a heart and you care for this country – we hope that we are right in this belief because we don’t want that even in believing, we are wrong.
We have a dream. We are all dreaming. I know you are too. We hope that you will be the ones who will give our lifelong dream its reality. We know it’s difficult, that’s why we’re going to help each other out, but you are the only ones who can start because you are our leaders. Show us that you will be the ones to fulfill that dream. Even just in sometimes.
Even just now.