Land of the sun caressed, pearl of the orient seas, our Eden lost! – Jose P. Rizal
Ah the land that gave us birth, like a mother, and from her alone came the pleasant rays like the sun’s that warmed the benumbed body. – Andres Bonifacio
Do we know who our ancestors are? Do we know their beliefs and customs, their ideals and aspiration?
Why should we look back to our roots? Roots are important. A tree can become big and healthy only if its roots are strong so, it is with us people. We can grow strong, healthy and responsible citizens only if we trace our roots, see the strengths and weaknesses of those roots, then build up ourselves based on that knowledge.
Knowing our national roots helps us in developing our national identity, sustaining pride in our national heritage, and reinforcing our love for our country. More importantly, knowing our roots give us insights in directing our lives.