THERE are so many similarities between my native country Ireland and the Philippines. Both of our nations were colonized, both of us are predominantly Roman Catholic, and both of us have a history of mass emigration.

While watching the epic movie Heneral Luna, I could not help myself from reflecting that there is another commonality that we share. A study of Irish history will reveal that the greatest enemy of the Irish is the Irish themselves. And today a study of any Irish newspaper will also reveal that the greatest critic of Ireland is the Irish themselves. We are our own worst enemies. I believe that this is the same here in the Philippines. In the words of the great Antonio Luna; “Brothers, our greatest enemy is ourselves”. The greatest enemy of the Filipino, is the Filipino. The greatest critic of the Philippines is the Filipino themselves. So, why are we both so self-critical?