I wish I could put more on paper and talk about why I felt that PhilDev was the event of the year for the country. Considering the line-up, I'd reckon that this was just like putting up a Filipino All-Star Entrepreneurial and Innovation team free of the political reins. But, there I was, unexpectedly busy, doing things that were more 'back-end'. [In any case, I did my part to contribute, however small again and now, that's two PhilDev events in a row with the one in San Francisco as the first one. All credit goes to Winston Damarillo for giving me that bit part.]
Then again, I missed a lot of the talks and was too tired by the time Mr. Dado Banatao delivered his address. That was not to say that he didn't exactly light it up because he did! His mere presence there alone provided all of us with the hope and the promise that putting proven innovation systems in place - like an emphasis on science and engineering R&D, the Philippines can also breakthrough out of it's third world rut.
That and among other things like energy efficiency, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation disruptions were the other highlights discussed during the event. I honestly felt it was too much to take for one day but fully understood that it was the right place to seize the moment and put in everything.
Yet, if there was one point that resonated within - it wasn't the action points or things the country needed to put in place that would take us to the next development level. I'd say that it could be small and trivial but strikes a chord given our unspoken cultural bias against it, nonetheless. After all, we do a lot of awful things just to save face. And that goes for this dreamer, too.
And like a mantra, how to counter that is to say to yourself simply, "it's ok to fail".
Will keep that in mind.