“We’re still in the process of becoming. Our concept of “bayan” is always evolving.”
We learned in school how the word “bayan” has been used to call small communities, town centers where people flock to for trade and social activities. Now, it has evolved to this institution that is our country, our nation. But when the people of a nation go out of their country, when they choose to work or live in another place, how will they continue to relate to being a “kababayan?” Paano natin pag-iisipan ang konsepto ng “bayan” kung wala ka sa Pilipinas?
In this episode, Fr. Tito Caluag and his trio of distinguished thinkers—Manolo Quezon, Leloy Claudio, and Carlo Santiago—talk about how the concept and topic of “bayan” should be taught in schools, and how we can continue redefining our relationship with our nation as its citizens.
“Ang mga usapin sa silid-aralan ay dapat ituloy sa labas. Don’t stop at exploring concepts; go further and explore its application and discussions. Conversation is very important. Mag-isip at magkwentuhan kung ano ba ang kahulugan nito sa ating buhay.