Erin Mitchel J. Abadilla
The Philippine School- Dubai
Dear Ms. Abadilla,
Congratulations to you and your editorial team for this second publication of TPS Insights. It gives me great pleasure to be part of this milestone in your school’s history, and to contribute to this ongoing discourse on community and cultural connection.
In preserving our shared culture abroad, your teachers, staff, and students represent the truly global Filipino. Personally, I believe this inherent connection is made even stronger by the physical distance between Dubai and the Philippines—a distance traversed daily at your school, whenever you exhibit Filipino values, discuss Philippine history, or engage each other on relevant issues facing the country today.
This is especially true of your student writers, who from a young age exercise the opportunity to think and write critically. To them I share the wisdom of the late Teodoro M. Locsin Sr., who once explained the freedom of the editor as: the freedom to study, freedom to think, and freedom to express oneself.
In this age of easily accessible information, all of us have the freedom to study—and therefore also the freedom to think for ourselves. But as Locsin said: “It is not enough to be serious, to be free—one must earn the right to be taken seriously.” He added: “Journalism as a craft calls for skill, for scrupulousness, for integrity.” Among these three, it is the last I wish to highlight. With the pen comes the necessary burden of responsibility, and it falls on us to choose—whether to write solely for ourselves or in service of the truth. The answer may not always come easily, but let us remember that our decision will reveal not only our character but also reflect on our community and country.
Manuel L. Quezon III