“Bagong Taon ay magbagong buhay

Ng lumigaya ang ating bayan,

tayo’y magsikap upang makamtan natin ang kasaganahan.”

            This is a song I grew up with and this means that New Year is coming. Most of us are doing our New Year’s Resolution list, these are things that we plan to do or avoid for the next 365 days, while some do not believe in making New Year’s Resolution. Reason is they realize that goals tend to change over the course of the year. If they write something really specific, chances are, if they change their mind about it, they might feel bad about not fulfilling their resolution and do it anyway. Or they do not do it but feel bad for having broken it.

            Correspondingly, television stations in the country have their own way of reaching people about the importance of having New Year’s Resolution not only for ourselves but also for the benefit of our society. Kapuso station, GMA News have a new campaign for social change; Panata Ko. This is a series that profited 10 Filipinos of different social backgrounds who made vows to improve themselves and our society. The idea is that society can only change for the better if multitudes of individuals decide to change themselves.

            According to Shiela Paras, Head of Creative Imaging for GMA News, the team that spearheaded the campaign, “With one small deed, a lot of people can be helped. One pledge can go a long way.” The hope is their pledges will inspire others. These are the list of the promises made by the citizens that in some way can also help for the betterment of the society.

  1. I will stop gambling by Maria dela Peña.
  2. I will stop drinking by Rogelio Carillo.
  3. I will stop peeing just anywhere by a tricycle driver Rogelio Bilaga Jr.
  4. I will be a law-abiding driver by a jeepney driver Omar Apin.
  5. I will always be a public school teacher by teacher Maricel dela Cruz.
  6. I will serve in my homeland by a board exam topnotcher Dra. Mary Rose Maballo.
  7. We will go to work on time by the mall sales attendants in Makati.
  8. I will stop taking banned drugs by Joseph Lao.
  9. I will not throw garbage in the sea by painter Amado Guererro “AG” Saño.
  10. I will fight for others’ right to vote by COMELEC Commissioner Rene Sarmiento.
(More details of the promises featured on Panata Ko: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/243802/opinion/new-year-s-resolutions-told-to-everyone-gma-news-panata-ko-series)

            Looking back, I realized how my resolutions remained as subtle motivations or a series of must-change. May it be a simple thing such as reducing my consumption of sweets or a big change for me like to gain 3 more kilos before the year end, it remained the same. There seems to be a viral machine that pushes me to suspend it or just let it go.

            In the spirit of becoming a better person, I have come up with a list of guidelines which can change as the year progresses, allowing for growth without restriction.

Money saved for one day



Keep a closer watch on your expenses. Write everything you have earned and spent so you’ll know exactly how much you have left at the moment. Pay yourself first. Set aside a sum of money for your savings before spending the rest.



Fitness First!




Exercise makes a difference and because of this we will be forced to move around more than the usual. They say a little masochism is good for the soul.







Give yourself a schedule. List things you have to do on a daily basis. Surprisingly, one of the things that we usually forget is to relax. So try to write it down.




Hanging out with friends


We tend to bury ourselves with our home works and paper works. Make a big difference and make a big effort to see your friends more this year or spend more time with your family.

What makes me happy?



Evaluate what makes you happy then strive to achieve it. We cannot buy happiness, but we can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing.




            All things considered, we just have to be our best in everything we do for ourselves and for others, as we might already be helping others to be a good person without us knowing, or we are already in our best just by being ourselves. Being optimist could be an advantage, as this will also give us positive output in everything we do. Our resolutions are all about us. If we do not move then nothing really happens.

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