Wednesday, November 7, 2007

ORATION PIECE

Killing Myself

Chelyn Torejas

Diverse people from diverse places have once come to colonize our country. Literatures and pictures stand as a witness of how we endure, struggle and fight that yields forth of what we regard today as history.

At the heart of our country carves an era that manifolds through the regimes of Spanish occupation, Japanese conquistadors, American colonialism onwards to the Birth of World Wars. And the fruit of these all is my unique individuality. I am the child of the west and east combined.

I am a product of so many revolutions. For a time, I was blinded from what is real. For centuries I was enslaved by people of different blood, color and race.

Spanish colonizers use religion as an excuse to earn the hearts of my race. They taught me to embrace poverty as a virtue and exposed me to learn gambling and even cock-fighting.

The blond, tall Americans poisoned our way through education. The whites instilled in me to follow “adversial” communication hitting my country badly. Their tactic of “dividing and rule” has resulted to the regionalistic division we still have today.

The arrival of Japanese has even caused tremendous fears, hardships and pain.

For a time, I have seen the harsh realities filled with chaos, propaganda, hatred, vengeance, wars, hidden agenda, corruption, greed, lust and every devilish deeds. But Lo and behold, a new one has come.

I am killing myself. Killing the old Filipino. Within me, came rushing out the stinking blood of every devilish deeds. My heart has stopped pumping the music of deception. My lungs has totally exhaled every waste I have inside.

I am a new Filipino. I am bound to make a living history beyond a legend and a real history in the making that will continue to unfold through time.

The new revolution has given me true victory, a victory by which I am longing for long and the solution is not through war. This revolution has not been fought in the streets. It will be fought in hearts of men.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided. Knowing the present would mean understanding the past.

I am a new Filipino gaining wisdom from the past. Gone is the Filipino Indolence, beholding to erase the crab mentality, further eradicating my colonial mentality.

A new Filipino I am. In my blood runs the infitisimal seed of heroic deeds for the sake of the heavenly and for the benefit of the majority. The seed that drive away the oppressors and the seed that will further cleanse the filthiness of this country.

I will search the unkown. I will continue to dream my dreams wishing upon the stars and will never say never. I will continue to move on, to rise up towards the direction of a glorious tomorrow.

To look on the present onwards the future and to scale how my new country will develop will serve as an inspiration that is worth and is bound to be followed.

What the people today endures, struggles, and fight towards progress will continually mold a state of a new history –a bright history that is enough to urge individuals to continue to endure, struggle and fight for action and be a winner in running the race that is set before us, worthy to be repetitively told and retold. A transparent history free from thwarted truths.

Out of me are the voices of the unheard, the pictures of the unseen, the cries of the deaf and the truth that is ignored. I am but a dream but will stand to prove that this dream is becoming a reality.

I am killing myself. Killing the old Filipino. Killing the old me, building a new identity, erasing the undesirable assimilation from my past, picking the best experience I have before. A new Filipino I am, worthy to behold.

My eyes have been opened and I can see better now. I am a product of bloodshed, A new Filipino --free indeed, dreamer and the inheritor of a fruitful tomorrow. To live is to die. Thus, I am killing myself.

100 comments:

Anonymous said...

very nice.. thx..,,, heres ur 1st comment..:) im from philippines..2!
:D

Anonymous said...

yes, indeed ur an inspiration of our youths today! How i wish there could be more like u!

Anonymous said...

yes, indeed ur an inspiration of our youths today! How i wish there could be more like u!

Anonymous said...

that was a wondeful piece..

you're such an inspiration to the world...

Anonymous said...

i just scrambled in your mag...its nice...it helps a lot of college students in their research works...like me..now, I'm in need of an oration piece and "killing myself" is just right for me...thanks for inspiring us...keep on making great nice works!

Anonymous said...

Nice one....May i have the permission to use ur piece for an oratorical contest?tnx...

Anonymous said...

Nice one....May i have the permission to use ur piece for an oratorical contest?tnx...

Aubrey said...

Hi! I really love this piece, can I ask for permission to use it as the piece for our oratorical contest in school? I'll wait for your response. Thanks!

Kriztin said...

That was very touching! You have the talent so why not try making new ones! That's the perfect piece for me to use in our English class. May I have the permission to use it?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Vincent and I am a Filipino, inheritor of a glorious past, hehe. That was great. Well, let us not forget that the reason why there is a "Philippines" are the colonizers themselves. They were the ones who united us. Because of what they did we were able to set a common goal and unite to strive to achieve that goal. Without them, there is no Republic of the Philippines today. Yes, they abused us but see, we learned.

xyzaire_13 said...

..thank you sooo much for your piece..
..i'm safe for nextweek's presentation in our speech..
..may u write more oration pieces..
..Godbless..=)

ana victoria said...

hi!!thnx for your oration piece!!!hehe..now i have my speech to deliver in our class.. godspeed..

Anonymous said...

Im mauie, a grader teacher. What else I can say..... WONDERFUL.... THANKS for sharing it....

heiryzmylisza said...

this piece is great! ^___________^
i'm wondering if i could use it in a class activity..i'll definitely credit you for your hard work when i use it!!!

Anonymous said...

hi!che^_^I was very impressed when I read your oration piece, it was very nice!!!I think you are really inspired in making it.

God bless you...


:rodel_mon

Anonymous said...

hi ate im from philippines we've just used this piece today and it was so wonderful thanx 2 all

Anonymous said...

Thank you po!! Gagamitin ko po ito.

Anonymous said...

this piece is a nice one. You really have the talent to inspire the youth. Keep going. Can I use this on my speech class?

Anonymous said...

You got a nice piece in there. Very patriotic indeed. i think if every Filipino would feel and do the same, we can make a difference.

Anonymous said...

hello! very nice!

Jm Benavidez Estoque said...

Beautiful Piece! Such speech that makes me resembles Carlos P. Romulo's "I am a Filipino".

Can I ask your permission and consent to copy that piece on my site?

http://www.filipinoliterature.blogspot.com

don't worry, I shall put your name along with oyur piece in recognition to your copyrights.

If you fear that your piece will be unsafe in my site because of plagiarism.

My site is protected by a copyright law and I also putted some javascript in which everyone are not allowed to copy all what are being written from there.

If you're still unsure, just visit this link to see it for yourself.

http://www.filipinoliterature.blogspot.com

thank you! :)

chelyn said...

ok for estoque.

Ms. Faye said...

Hello there!st happened to see your posting while i was looking for an oratorical pimy students to use in there upcoming oratorical speech activity.

When i saw yours, i wasn't sure what would it contain but as i continue readin it, i was so impressed and so pulled by your words.

It made me so happy to see a Filipino write something like that. I am sure that you will be of great inspiration to my students and of course to many of the Filipino youths.

May i ask for your permission to use your piece in my class? by the way, I am Abi, 20 years of age and a highschool teacher here in Cavite. I hope you'll allow me to use this. Thank you and God bless. Keep doingwhat you do.

=)

Jm Benavidez Estoque said...

I've already re-published this piece of yours.

Please check this site"

http://www.filipinoliterature.blogspot.com

...if there's any corrections or violayions to your copyright.

chelyn said...

YES! for MS.FAYE! Feel free! This piece is for public use. PTF! g2dF! I am so inspired during my college years that out of the blue even while riding on a jeepney ideas seem like popcorns one by one popping out!

nice to write more! but the Father's will if i have the time to think, sit down, write and type.

possible topics to write: or if you have the time: try making your own version about this titles:

1. The Voltage in me
2. I am a Wood
3. Facing Discipline

Weird but if elaborated and nicely explained----NICE!

Its a nice feeling to write and inspire!

Glory to the FAther!

This is an original piece written by a Filipino college author.

imperfect ellie said...

My teacher used this as our oration piece. You're really good.

imperfect ellie said...

and oh, I'm one of the students of Ms. Faye :)

Lala said...

Hi! This is inspiring. May I have the permission to use this for my cousin's oration project in school? Thanks! :-)

ALvzZ said...

wow..=) so i like this piece much... can i deliver this piece for my project in speech? =)

Anonymous said...

.....very nice.... may i use that piece in my midterm exam......

chelyn said...

hello po sa lahat. ako po yung author nito.. heehehhe. PTF

NAIS KO LANG PONG I-ANUNSIYO NA...
"MAARIN NYO PONG GAMITIN ANG PIECE NA ITO"

SA MGA KOMENTO NA ARAW-ARAW NA PUMAPASOK... SALAMAT...

GLORY TO THE FATHER THROUGH THE SON!

Anonymous said...

i am asking permission to use your piece. thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

hello poh!nice work!:))I just want to ask something..had you ever delivered this speech before??or isinulat nio lang po sia tlga..kasi po my prof asked me to search for more infos about the author of the speech..;)) im also asking for permission to use your speech for an oration contest..

chelyn said...

The idea of writing this piece was already on my mind but i can't find the time to write it. Until I was really forced because my sister pleaded to write an original oration piece as her piece for school purposes. At first i was hesitant for what if i can not find the time and i can not beat the deadline and it would mean no piece, no grades and a loss performance for my sister.

Until one night, i found the "feel" to write. As i can remember i had writen it for just some hours.

The morning after,I remember my sister was so happy and exclaimed "Thank goodness our oration competition was cancelled!!!" SO meaning, the piece was not really delivered by my sister! hahaha...

Until time after, I just noticed that students out from the campus were approaching me asking about the piece. I just wonder how come they have known me of this piece, I forgot that i have posted this piece.

It's nice that i have the idea to post because if not this piece will just fade into obliviion! becuase i have left my old computer fully reformatted, if not posted that would mean the total vanquishment of this piece. Sayang sana! pero Lo and Behold, still alive, used by students for academic purposes! NICE. hehe

mint said...

its very nice,its reall an inspiration for tbhose who beleive for the sucsess of their life.........a great inspiration for the readers and evrbody....nice....

valivykim38 said...

very2 nice..gosh as i was reading this piece i realized that i should try to be screened 4 oration in english 4 PRISAA.at first i was nt so xur of being screened until I saw this oration piece..woahhh...:))))

Anonymous said...

very2 nice..gosh as i was reading this piece i realized that i should try to be screened 4 oration in english 4 PRISAA.at first i was nt so xur of being screened until I saw this oration piece..woahhh...:))))

Anonymous said...

hi ate, it really impressed me so much...I hope you allow me to use it as my oratorical piece for my finals... thank you.

Anonymous said...

hAi,, sis.. this is khaye..from philippines
i like your piece. and i'm asking permission to use it for our project in english.. tnx sis..

may I request??

pde mo rn ba ako mgwan??

hehe.. kung wala po kaung tym ok lng po..

tnx ulit sis/

keep up the good work..

Godbless..

Anonymous said...

AWESOME Masterpiece!
You deserve an award.

Alliance of Wolves said...

I'm from the philippines too. :)
Excellent speech, i loved it.
However, I noticed a few grammar and syntax errors, but it was brilliant nonetheless. Keep up the good work, and I hope your writing and speaking abilities improve even more. God bless.

Anonymous said...

hello i want to thank you coz i found this site of yours which contain a tounching piece..and indeed it helps me..coz i am going to join a oratorical contest..and i choose this piece..thanks!!and may you create more piece..

=jha=phil,

Anonymous said...

it was a nice piece,i love it..although it seems to be to long to memorize just for one day,definitely a lot of youth will be inspire,i hope i could make it to deliver it in the right way later..XD

mj said...

wow nice piece
i use it for our exam in english
tnx
i got hi grade!!!

TC
GODBLESS

-oheemjee@yahoo.com
-SaverSnake07@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

chelyntorejas.blogspot.com; You saved my day again.

Anonymous said...

What is captcha code?, pls provide me captcha code codes or plugin, Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

hi, i am louie of cebu
i'd like to ask ur permission to allow me to use ur oratorical piece for our speech class.
i like it, and aside from that, the theme is very nationalistic and that is what i'm looking for.

estelasalmingo said...

im so happy to know that a filipino, brave enough,till exist to start the change we are all longing for..

your piece is so inspiring..=0

Anonymous said...

amazing!hopefully all filipinos out there could be this patriotic.

Hagumi Kazuya said...

i really like it! if only all filipinos are like this. i'm so happy that i was able to read this, it is my favorite now! for me, it is the best!

Hagumi Kazuya said...

i really like it! i wish all filipinos think this way. for me, this is the best!

Anonymous said...

i really like it! i wish all filipinos think this way. for me, this is the best oration ever!

Anonymous said...

i love it!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm Sharmaine. Wow! nabasa ko po yung piece niyo. ang galing niyo po. you make us proud to be filipinos!

Ahm.. ask lang po sana ako ng permission na gamitin yung piece niyo po sa oral exam namin. thank you po

Anonymous said...

No matter what others say, I think it is still interesting and useful maybe necessary to improve some minor things

Anonymous said...

hai pwde ko gamitin ang oration mo... kasi its nice.. to inspire to the youth to day.. tnx.. kasi my oration kami sa school..

Anonymous said...

hai pwde ko gamitin ang oration mo... kasi its nice.. to inspire to the youth to day.. tnx.. kasi my oration kami sa school..

Anonymous said...

hai pwde ko gamitin ang oration mo... kasi its nice.. to inspire to the youth to day.. tnx.. kasi my oration kami sa school..

Anonymous said...

hai pwde ko gamitin ang oration mo... kasi its nice.. to inspire to the youth to day.. tnx.. kasi my oration kami sa school..

chelyn said...

okay. use the piece.

Anonymous said...

Sabi ng English teacher ko...."Whatta beautiful piece"!......thanks a lot......from Bacolod

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

Anonymous said...

hi.. I'm using your piece for our oration nxt week.. thx a lot.. haha

leslie said...

very nice...may i use this as my piece on saturday for my speech recital? thanks... :)

Lonely said...

a very nice piece! can i get some of these to mine?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hey,

I have a message for the webmaster/admin here at chelyntorejas.blogspot.com.

Can I use part of the information from your post above if I give a backlink back to this site?

Thanks,
James

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely glad to find this. Good job!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful blog. I love it.

Anonymous said...

can I use this piece for our english class??? it's very inspiring.. :)

chelyn said...

sure you can use the peice for your english class. good luck. hope you win.

chelyn said...

sure you can use the peice for your english class. good luck. hope you win.

joseph quiros said...

very nice piece......i want to be like u...,..

♥♥ aMbEr aBeLaDoR ♥♥ said...

nice one!

♥♥ aMbEr aBeLaDoR ♥♥ said...

nice one!

Jakey's Little Corner said...

Hi! I am Jake Crisologo from the University of the Philippines Diliman. I am the president of an academic and non-profit Ilocano organization, UP Namnama, and we have a contest for high school students. We would like to use this piece for our Oration Contest. We will acknowledge you as the author. Can we? :D

Anonymous said...

Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

chelyn said...

ok JAKE CRISOLOGO. Hope we can invite you in one of our events. I am handling a youth organization, Keepers' Club. Hope we can have tie, Ups. WE're based here in Quezon City

Anonymous said...

very nice piece....may i have a permission to use it on our oratical contest..?tnx..

Anonymous said...

very nice piece....my i have a permission to use it on our oratorical contest..? I wait your response..tnx,,

chelyn said...

okay you may use it

Otep Sabido said...

I so love your piece; very realistic and true.;))))))))))

Anonymous said...

thank you soo much for writing this piece, if you didn't i cant even imagine myself having a grade because some of the oratorical pieces that i have searched really didn't got through so im really thankful that you wrote this oration piece! i know it's late to say this but can i have the permission to use this as my oratorical piece?

ariannemarie said...

hello. :)
nice piece!
i want to ask permission to use your piece. hope you could allow me. thank you!

ariannemarie said...

hi! can i use your piece? thanks! :)

niharika5612 said...

kailan po ginawa ang piece na ito?

niharika5612 said...

kailan po ginawa ang piece na ito?

niharika5612 said...

kailan po ginawa ang piece na ito>?

Hannah Jane Sancho said...

enajsancho

wow chel daghan lagi nagcomment! pwede mag apply as OJT nimo PTF!

Anonymous said...

hi.i would like to ask if i could also use this piece for our oratorical competition. hope you'll allow me to use it.its such a beautiful piece and having the chance to deliver it would be an honor :D

chelyn said...

Hi jake.. Nice hearing from you.. Hope we can meet up. Talk about our organization and plan ahead.. Hoping to meet you and your group. Thanks

chelyn said...

To Anyone:

You can use this piece anytime, anywhere. Hope you get the best grade possible. Hope you win. Break a leg!

Anyways, We have a club, it's keepers club international. If you want to meet us, feel free to drop by in one of our activiies. You are very welcome.

From:

The Author

chelyn said...

Wahahaha!! It's by accident. I wrote this piece as an answer to my sister's pleadings. Then, it kicks off....

Anonymous said...

ITS SO NICE... CAN I HAVE THIS FOR OUR ORATORICAL CONTESTS? PLEASE?

Anonymous said...

Hi! what a nice piece.But i can't use this for joining the talents fest next month.I am looking for something like Biblical oration.But honestly,i like your piece so realistic.keep up!God Bless.

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! Loved it. :)

Anonymous said...

hi ms. i am about to use your piece in our oratorical test but i need to know your background and the reason behind this beautiful piece. hence i would like to ask if you can mail me this information. dexane_chubby@yahoo.com
tnx.....

Anonymous said...


An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

Anonymous said...

can I used your piece?? please? :) thanks

chelyn said...

FROM THE AUTHOR: to anyone who wish to connect with the author, you can directly contact her via this email: chelynxa@gmail.com. I will be pleased to entertain questions from you. Thanks