Written by Mr. Vincent L. Padilla, Sports Director, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
Traveling to Singapore, together with the other leaders of MPG provided me with an opportunity to see how important what we are doing for Mindanao is.
Two things I discovered while in Singapore: Change and Consistency. When our plane landed in Singapore, I noticed a lot of construction going around the city-state, but despite the limitations, they make sure that whatever past (heritage) they have, they preserve them for the future generation to see. As our Singaporean partners and friends shared, they continually and consistently change and improve on things. They innovate and always seek to improve and become better for the future, but at the same time ensure that their past are preserved. Proof to this is their desire to keep old things, like sports equipment, facilities, tables and pictures of their past accomplishments.
Just like the Singaporeans, Filipinos also want change, and this is probably one of the reasons why Duterte won, despite the lack of budget and machineries. Filipinos want change, but unlike our Singaporean counterpart, we want to see others change first before we change ourselves.
Another thing I observed when we were traveling from Changi Airport to Nanyang Technological University, despite being in the opposite parts of the city, was the lack of intersections, which greatly minimized, if not totally eliminated cars stopping to allow other vehicles to cross or proceed to other directions. Just like in the Philippines, Singapore also has its share of economic and political problems, but traffic is certainly not one of them. Unlike in Manila, where people have difficulty going to places, because of the traffic and the lack of inter-connection with the trains servicing different places, in Singapore, people can travel practically to all parts of the city, using only the train, and what is amazing is that they use a very simple yet powerful device; a card, to pay for a train ride, which can also be used to ride a bus and pay at certain stores for products or services. Something that the Philippines could easily implement, if and only if we have the will and desire.
Instead of looking for ways to improve and become better, we stick to what we think is comfortable. We can only become a productive country, if we desire and continually seek to improve. If we want to be like Singapore or even better, we need to be consistent in doing what we want to do. We can start this in our own little island of Mindanao, through MPG. The Change that we are starting in and for Mindanao, surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals, like Gang Badoy, Cynthia Tiu and Rebo Saguisag, among others, and constantly finding ways to grow, contribute towards our desire of becoming like Singapore.
“Singapore looks for ways to make things better and constantly improve.” MPG Leaders with the National Institute of Education’s Physical Education and Sports Science faculty.