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)