Daniel Padilla becomes reflective, says Filipinos are the problem: Change starts with ourselves
Daniel Padilla’s latest post on social media carried with it a heavy message that compelled his fans to think deep and engage in a more serious conversation that concerns not just their favorite celebrity, but the country and the entire Filipino people.
In Padilla’s Instagram post last Dec. 2, he shared a photo of him posing by a stop sign in a dimly lit street, looking pensive as he stared ahead.
“Huminto,” he said. “Tumingin ng mas malalim. Tayo ang problema (Stop. Look deeper. We are the problem).”
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Padilla’s short, but strong message has garnered over 400,000 likes since the time of posting and earned the agreement of his manifold fans who each shared their sentiments.
“Tama ka diyan primo @supremo_dp tayo ang problema at tayo rin mismo ang magiging solusyon ((You are right, we are the problem and we are also the solution)!” a certain Martin (@waasuupmartin) wrote. “Tulong tulong lang dapat @supremo_dp (We must all help each other).”
Padilla argeed, as he wrote back, “@waasuupmartin Mismo kapatid! Sama sama tayo! Gawin at ayusin natin ito! Tayo nalang ang hinihintay!”
(Exactly brother! Together! Let us fix this, they are just waiting for us).
Meanwhile, Padilla told another netizen (@withelwamos) that the fight is everybody’s, not just his.
“@withelwamos Laban nating LAHAT ito maam (This is everybody’s fight ma’am)!” Padilla said.
One Vean (@veanxmauds) wrote that if those “above” them cannot help the Filipinos, then it would be more apt if the people instead help each other to make the country better.
“Tayo ang problema wag [tayo] umasa sa iba kung alam naten sa sarili naten na kaya [natin] tong gawin,” the netizen said. “Sikapin naten gawin para sa ikauunland. PAGBABAGO.”
(We are the problem, let us not depend on others if we know that we can do it ourselves. Let us strive for the betterment of the country. Change).
Padilla was fervent in his reply. “@veanxmauds YAN!!! WAG NATIN SILANG INTAYIN!!!” he said, without specifically saying which “them” he was referring to. “DAHIL NAG IINTAY TAYO SA WALA!!! TAYO NA ITO!!!”
(Yes! Let’s not wait for them! Because we are waiting for nothing! This is us!)
Padilla also told a netizen (@wthaimaa) that change starts from within and called for them to start with themselves.
“Ayusin ang SARILI,” he said. “PAGBABAGO ANG USAPAN DITO. SAKTO SAYO MAAM. SIMULAN MO NA DIN.”
(Fix one’s self. Change is the point here. It fits you. Start too).
It was not just Padilla’s fans who resonated with his important message. Talent manager and columnist Lolit Solis took to her own Instagram on Dec. 4 and agreed with Padilla’s sentiments.
“Ang problema tayong mga Pilipino hindi ang Pilipinas…” Solis wrote. “Tanggap ko na maraming palpak, andiyan ang security, traffic, corruption, maruming kalye, mga manloloko, pero tama si Daniel, nasa tao iyon.”
(Filipinos are the problem, not the Philippines. I accept that there are many failures, such as security, traffic, corruption, dirty streets, fraudsters, but Daniel is right, it is in the person).
For Solis, what Filipinos need is discipline and it must start from the self.
“Bakit hindi natin magawa? Umpisahan mo tiyak naman susunod ang iba. Ayusin mo, tiyak na magugustuhan iyon at susundan.”
(Why can’t we do it? Start and surely others will follow. Do it right and surely many will appreciate and emulate it). /ra
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