A Sense of Nationhood
To have a sense of nationhood is to have a sense of devotion to the nation's culture and interests in light of its independence. One can never have a sense of nationhood without a sense of history. It is important to be conscious of a nation's past in order to be devoted to its present, as well as its future. Being a colonized country, one must be aware of the postcoloniality our present time offers in order to view the nation properly. Being devoted to our culture does not directly translate to reverting to old ways or solely consuming our agricultural products. Neither does it emphasize on marketing our folk culture to foreigners. These manifestations of nationalism possess the danger of exoticizing our culture, which is a postcolonial problem. The proper way of manifesting nationalism is by supporting the local scene and the way it strives to keep up with the demands of the times without losing national identity, appreciating our ingenuity, succeeding at reinventing ourselves while knowing and being conscious of our roots, and looking toward the future with vision and ambition for the country.