More Than “A Second Chance”

As of this writing, the film "A Second Chance," a sequel of the iconic movie "One More Chance," would have already earned hundreds of millions at the big screens. It is no secret that the love team of Popoy and Basha, played by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, respectively, has captivated and captured the minds and hearts of many fans and moviegoers. It is also no secret that the subject of second chances has further added to the interest in the movie.

As of this writing, the film "A Second Chance," a sequel of the iconic movie "One More Chance," would have already earned hundreds of millions at the big screens. It is no secret that the love team of Popoy and Basha, played by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo, respectively, has captivated and captured the minds and hearts of many fans and moviegoers. It is also no secret that the subject of second chances has further added to the interest in the movie.

The concept of second chances is not new in our society. Just as Filipinos are known for their passion for love (and love stories), we are equally known to be a forgiving and compassionate people. The reality of second chances has reunited couples on the brink of annulment, reformed friendships, rekindled cut ties, converted one-time losers into perennial winners, and put dethroned public officials back in power. There is no denying the influence of second chances in Philippine culture, even politics.

However, having a pre-conceived notion that there are always second chances contributes to mediocre and disloyal behavior, efforts, and actions. Some other-halves who are inclined to cheat think that they will be forgiven because their partners’ love guarantees second chances. Some students don't give their best in school exams since they know that there are opportunities to bounce back from below average or failing marks. There are those employees who tend to be lazy at work because they believe not only in second chances, but also in the three-strike rule. Others become dishonest public servants because they know that the Philippine Electorate is very much forgiving and has a short-term memory of past mistakes and even crimes.

Filipinos may love giving second chances. Nevertheless, fate does not guarantee second chances, especially when the turn of events is out or beyond our control. Some don’t even get their second chances because of natural reasons - most obvious of which is death. Second chances do not usually come to those who possess Juan Tamad traits. Sometimes, second chances do not come at all for no apparent, rational or logical reason.

Do I believe in second chances? Yes, I do. But more than the number of chances afforded to us, the strength of our character and the firmness of our commitment must emerge. Chances merely present opportunities; they do not guarantee results. Amidst first, second, third, and even fourth chances, what matters are the positive changes that happen in the intervals - How much have we grown as individuals upon realizing our mistakes? What kind of steadfastness will we show to capitalize on the next opportunity if it knocks on our doors? Are we ready to embrace and never lose that second chance?

Beyond our fondness in the concept of second chances, we must have the resolve to make it right the first time instead of relying on an unsure and uncertain second chance. After all, something better might be in store if we do it right the first time.
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Aaron Benedict de Leon is one of the thousands of fans of the movies "One More Chance" and "A Second Chance." After being given many chances and taking chances, he now lives a life of resolve and action.

About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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