Philippine Passport in the Paper Shredder Ceremony. Very nice!
I just came back here to the U.S. from a visit to my Aunt's house in Canberra, Australia where we had a family reunion. We have no more immediate relatives in The Phillipines and a lot of our family members from all over the world congregated in my Aunt's house. The reunion was brought about because my aunt Maritess just got her Australian Passport and was ecstatic about it.
In the middle of the party, a ceremony was made wherein a paper shredder was positioned in the middle of the living room and Filipino newspaper article clippings were arranged on a table along with a Philippine Passport. It was quite solemn and fun at the same time. People were made to sing their national anthems. First was the US people who sang "Star Spangled Banner" (though some kids did it mockingly, they haven't been to The Philippines yet and can't understand). Not to be outdone, the Canadian Citizens/Residents sang "Oh Canada" at the top of their lungs! Then came some from the UK and New Zealand who sang their respective anthems.
When it came time to sing "Advance Australia Fair", people first read the articles on the Filipino newspapers and put them in the paper shredder after finishing each. People just shook her heads and breathed sighs of relief after hearing the articles' details, thankful that they left behind that country and the dogs that run it. It was very symbolic of the fact that we are people who deserve to be treated as people and to live dignified lives in countries that value human dignity. As the articles were shredded, "Waltzing Matilda" was playing in the background as lyrics of "Advance Australia Fair" were passed around to everyone. Then, when the last article was shredded, the Philippine Passport was handed to my Aunt and there was a prayer and a short speech, then the passport went into the shredder for it's complete obliteration as "Advance Australia Fair" was sung.
The melody and lyrics of "Advance Australia Fair" was as musical as the gears and blades that ground the passport to crosscut pieces. My aunt was in tears, thankful that she was now a citizen of a country composed of and governed by real human beings.
Ang ginawang yun ay simbulo ng pagkapunit ng lahat kabulukang ugali/kultura ng mga Pilipino. Ang pag "shred" ng Philippine Passport ay katulad na rin ng pag-shred kila Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada (at mga botante niya), Mga artistang Pinoy, Mga Palabas sa TV na Pinoy, mga pelikulang Pinoy, mga nagtatapon ng basura kung saan-saan, mga tumatawid kung saan-saan, mga mahihilig sa party at fiesta, mga driver na walang disiplina, mga Pulis na gahaman sa lagay, mga politikong kawatan, mga nagtatrabaho na panay ang "yosi break" at paglalaro, mga "gimikero" at "gimikera" na hindi naman nakakaipon, mga natutuwa sa "otso otso" at "ispageti", mga nagte-text ng mga walang kapararakang jokes at pa-cute na messages, mga konyo, mga jologs, mga palasimba na ugaling aso pa rin, mga umaatras sa labanan kapag may hostage na (Angelo Dela Cruz Crisis).... at marami pang iba... at ang pagkakuha ng Australian passport ay simbulo ng bagong buhay at muling pagkapanganak sa isang bansang may katatagang dulot ng tibay ng loob at paninindigan.