A majority of our countrymen are struggling to earn a living. Our preoccupation with the more pressing matter of feeding, sheltering and clothing ourselves and our families hinders us from having the consciousness to appreciate art, more so dabble in it. I find this sad because Filipinos are as a people, an artistic lot.
If the government could find a way to support every Filipino's basic survival requirements - through a sustainable system of providing housing and employment, maybe? - and elevate and promote the arts as a lifestyle and an essential facet to our cultural and national identity, then we would be a great nation.
We have a lot to be proud of as a nation. Having a natural inclination to the arts (whether it be visual, musical or written) is one of them. If we could only tap this potential on a national level - then we would be truly prosperous.