When I first ascended the steps going to my first class (Political Science under Prof. Edmundo Garcia), I never really thought that my entire life would be changed just by attending that one class.
I was then, a freshman at the University of the Philippines, with a student number of 88-13420, member of a quota class under Political Science. My philosophical world-view back then is a welfare state, similar with Japan. My closest buddy is a guy name Jabby.
My class is a mixture of old and new faces. I had a classmate Mavis Manotoc, one of the most beautiful and the more intelligent gals in the class. I had at least three math geniuses, two from Mindanao and the other one, a Chinay, with a very solid academic qualification. I had two other friends from Maries College who fortunately joined the same class as mine. We were former Marikina Youth Development Foundation Directors and were elected Boy Councilors, Boy Mayors and Vice mayors under the Boys and Girls Week of the City government of Marikina.
I don't know why, but most of the class elected me class president. I was never really intent on getting a post, but these guys probably saw something in me that deserves a post. Maybe I looked responsible. Or maybe, just maybe, I looked alright and academic, since I wore glasses, don simple t-shirts and jeans, and sneakers.
Many fraternities tried to lure me into their group. The first one, the Upsilon Sigma Phi, was the very first frat that offered me "sanctuary". I politely refused. I never intended to join a fraternity.
My first group was actually, the League of Filipino Students or LFS. Then I joined the volunteer group of then Student Council president David Celdran.
Why did I join the LFS? Well, quite simply, I wanted to know why I live in such a chaotic environment, where tradpols oppress the people, and the people allow them to. Is there such an ideology that explains all these?
Joining the LFS opened a new vista for me. I started reading Karl Marx, especially his classics, (On the Jewish Question, Critique of Political Economy, 18th Brumiere, The Philosophy of Poverty, etal) and Hegel. I then read Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's works, especially on the Russian revolution, and further deepened my study with Mao's works, Che Guevarra's and Fidel Castro's works. Who would forget Friedrich Engels? His work on the Family and the State is a classic one should never miss.
MY professors taught me different ideologies, but the only one which stuck to me, until now, is Marxism-Leninism. I am still deep into it, that, personally, I still feel that I am a Revolutionist, despite my age.
Marxism-Leninism is just an ideology. Deep within it, a study of the dynamics of the universe is the more substantial study---dialectics. For one to understand dialectics, one has to study all the classical work prior to Hegel and after Hegel. Hegelian dialectics is the most important study.
Of course, these studies all the more prepare me for a reading of the Philippine Society and Revolution, the seminal work of Jose Maria Sison. PSR is a required reading.
(to be continued...)