The “PASAWAY” Generation

I was at a Student Leaders Assembly of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila last December 2014. One speaker on that event called us, “Mga Pasaway” for the reason that on a weekend where exams are just around the corner we decided to go to that event and listen. He then justified that, us, being pasaways can be a positive thing for the society. 

According to tagaloglang.com, Pasaway is someone who mischievously insists on behaving contrary to what is expected in a situation, almost as if purposely baiting to be told not to. 


The definition is fitting for the generation who, instead of studying goes to computer shops late at night. Who, instead of obeying their parents to not get into a romantic relationship will be seen holding hands with his girlfriend or boyfriend at malls. Also, young adults and teenagers who go to the streets protesting for something.


As I look back, the speaker was right. We are pasaways because instead of studying for our exams we are there participating in an open forum about SK Reforms and Aquino administration. I write this article because there are posts about High School students up until the collegiate level who occupied EDSA, did a noise barrage, rallied in Katipunan, posting on social media, about the issue of the late President Ferdinan Marcos being  buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 


One argument is, we are too young and why don’t we just study. Yes we are too young but not too young to be involved. What’s the point of putting up a Student Government or Council during our High School if we cannot put that involvement outside campus? Also, we study and the reason why all these things are happening is because we do study. Our teachers should be proud that we are on the streets and defending our principles, a professor in Ateneo postponed his class because he said that there are alot of things to be learned other than what we will learn in the classroom. 


Another argument is we do not know anything or even experienced what happened then so we should not be affected. The documentaries, films, news, and experiences of other people, probably is enough. We do not ask the Marcos family to apologize to our generation, they should apologize to the families affected by the killings, sexual abuses, and missing personalities. Maybe we are not affected by the Martial Law but we are affected up until now by the debts of that administration. We are taxpayers, one way or another. 


There are other arguments but let me only cite thosr two. Maybe we are not there. Maybe we were not yet alive back then but we know that sexual abuse is wrong, we know that killing just because you feel like it is wrong, stealing is wrong, and all of those stuffs that happened. Don’t go at me with the projects of the Marcos administration, I admire the mind of Marcos. He is not stupid, he has a brilliant mind but alongside Imelda Marcos and his administration who started all those negative things that happened under his watch, that I do not admire. 


The youth of today is tagged as Pasaways. Maybe, we can accept that label. Let’s make it a statement. We are all pasaways. Why? We don’t go with the norm. We break the status-quo and that for me is a good thing. We will continue to not go with the norm and insist what is better for thr society we all live in. Continue tagging us as a “PASAWAY” because we will be. We will prove that being one will not always mean having a negative impact on society rather we will be pasaway in a way where we will affect the society in a positive manner. A catalyst of change. A symbol of hope, after all the young generation will always be that hope for the future. Then so be it. 


(Photo not mine. Credits to the owner)

A millenial’s response to everyone who said we were too young.

I am writing this to all the people who said we are too young to voice out and be affected by the Marcos Burial and to my fellow youths who were not born in the era of Martial Law.

To the people who said that we should not be affected, that is your opinion. I respect that. Either you are a supporter of Marcos or you are not just as affected as we are. I will not reply with those witty replies of why are you so happy every Christmas yet you were not there in Bethlehem or when you were affected with the Spanish regime and World War II when you discussed it in class rather I answer you with a challenge: Try to be involved. 

Yes, be involved. Academic organizations are given but try to go and be involved socially, conduct outreach programs, check out leadership forums, symposiums, seminars and ask different people, people who were living at that time about what they experienced. Read up. Read articles both good and bad and weigh them. Try to check out documentaries and films. Your involvement is what the society needs today. Our involvement as a youth is what the society needs. Last elections, we are the almost half of the population. The so-called “YouthVote” can actually dictate the outcome of the elections and sadly, not everyone cares. The challenge to us to get involved is also a challenge for us to care. To care for our country, not just one side, we do not take sides, if you are pro or anti somebody, we take the side of the Filipino people, after all, we are part of this Filipino people.

To the people who are saying we are too young, yes you are correct, we are young but not too young to voice out any of our opinions. The fact that we can do such things are the product of what our elders did. They fought for our freedom and in doing so, we are capable of doing such things. 

I am sad that some people don’t take these things seriously as some of us do. I understand, this is not their cup of tea but aren’t we just drinking the same thing? Tea?

I am not yet alive when Martial Law was imposed, I am happy I was not but I am deeply saddened for the people who still are missing (reality: dead) until now. Now tell us, tell me, how can we forget if the stories of the one living at that time is still alive in their minds and in their hearts and we hear it from them? 

Yes, no apology needed for us, millenials, but what we ask is justice and apologies for the families who were affected by the Martial Law. Killed. Tortured. Sexually Abused. Traumatized. They are the ones who need an apology, not us. If fighting for them and figjting for the country is to voice out our opinion in the social media, in the streets, then so be it. 

We will never stop fighting for our country and its people. As the first part of our constitution states:

We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.”