Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Color me Green?

A recent Friendster bulletin got me thinking about the aspect of how narrow the Filipino world really is. It's about a celebration of Lasallian spirit and unity, in all La Salle campuses.

It's not for a Green Archer game. It's not for your LPEP. It's simply to show that we're one La Salle. Two colors, but one La Salle. Green and White Day, to be launched on Jan. 28, poses to be a new tradition for the Lasallian family. Gathering all members of the university, from students to faculty to alumni to the staff, the Green and White Day is geared at uniting all the sectors of the university in the name of Animo.

A brainchild of the Animo Taskforce, this celebration aims to inspire the Lasallian school spirit in the individuals of our community. The main event will be ushered with a prayer service organized by the Lasallian Pastoral Office.

After these moments of silence, we will bring in the big drums as the DLSU Pep Squad will rouse the crowd with cheers and acrobatics. Next will be the collective partaking of food. A program showcasing our Cultural Arts Office (CAO) talents will follow. As a final toast to the day, a concert in cooperation with the FM station Magic 89.9 will end the festivities.

Such a huge assembly could only be held in one place - the DLSU football field.

So mark your calendars and iron your green shirts. On January 28, come light your Green Fire and dance on the Lasallian Field of Dreams. Wear green or white and show us what One La Salle looks like.

For many Lasallians, it's easy being green. Sheltered amid the cacophony of Manila sounds, many have no idea of what life is beyond the ivory tower.

And so at the risk of being belittled, here goes.

I don't want to be just GREEN. Does that make me less of a Lasallian? What does school spirit have to do with, say, local matters or even world matters, if all that's going to be uplifted is the school? (and students, for that matter)

We might be a first-class school (shut up, tongue-waggers), but we are not a first-class country. I find the (show of) celebrating a bit ostentatious, given the circumstances. First-class posturing, maybe.

But more than just La Salle, it's a habit that seems to be inherent in all Filipinos. To never see beyond the family, the friends, the barangay, the coworkers. The bigger picture is a failed concept.

Remember our raucous New Year's celebrations? A host of other countries affected by the Asian tsunamis ostensibly toned down their own celebrations, due in part to remember those who had perished.

And we brought out the beer and the firecrackers.

What will a One La Salle carry over for the Philippines? Perhaps that we can never look beyond the four walls of the university. And that's a mighty scary thought.

But what do I care. I'm just a corporate sell-out.