Briones to students: Balance S&T with culture and arts

EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones has urged the more than 3,000 students and their coaches during the opening of the five-day National Festival of Talents held at the Stadia in Dagupan City from Jan. 28-Feb. 1 to strike a balance between science and technology with culture and arts.

In her speech, Briones said, “I’ve always insisted that our concerns with science and technology that are very, very important have to be balanced with literature, culture, arts crafts, with different services”.

“Because if you focus only on science and technology and these are very exciting, very innovative… but we must keep our soul as well,” she added.

Briones also said many exciting things are happening but at the same time “we will have, as I’ve said, to retain the soul that makes us different from the robots, different from other life forms”.

“We have the capacity to face the challenge of the 24th century and the challenges are many because we have a soul, and that is the Filipino soul. And what makes the Filipino soul, of course, is our culture, our talent, our history, our capacity to survive,” she said.

 “What will make us different, as Filipinos, is our culture. We should not separate the two because the two are united,” Briones intoned. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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