c h a n g e

The picture below is something I have taken sometime ago but the signage remains to be there up to now. It is a construction site in front of the Lloyds Building and along Leadenhall St. in the City of London. I know many people pass by this road but I am wondering if similar signages exist across Britain and the Philippines, as surely, millions of British and Filipinos seemed to have embodied Mahatma Gandhi’s words:

During the last seven days, I have closely monitored two historical events that have changed the political landscapes of Great Britain and the Philippines. Last Thursday, Britain had its General Elections which resulted to a Hung Parliament. After five days of negotiations between the three parties, Gordon Brown of Labour finally resigned, David Cameron of the Conservatives became Britain’s Prime Minister and the Liberal Democrats leader, Nick Clegg became the Deputy Prime Minister.  I am not sure if people watching Sky News or BBC last night noticed that between the time Gordon Brown left and David Cameron arrived at Buckingham Palace, there was a beautiful and stunning rainbow overarching the seat of British Monarchy. The rainbow may not mean anything at all, but for me, I felt like it was an affirmation that Britain is set for a new beginning.

The Philippines, on the other hand, held its first automated National Elections last Monday. While it stunned everyone on how fast the results were tallied, I believe everyone was also equally stunned on how quickly concessions were announced. Whilst I am so happy that my candidate will soon be proclaimed the next President of the Republic, the real source of my happiness is the pride on how every Filipino made an effort to show that we still believe in our country, we still believe in our leaders, we still believe in the sanctity of our votes and we still believe that change can happen. I can’t wait for June 30. I may not see a rainbow overarching the horizon of Luneta Grandstand or Manila Bay, but I am certain that this period will be a chapter in our history where we will all look back with pride and dignity.