You certainly cannot blame a person for collecting things that interests him or her. It’s like judging someone from his passion and not giving importance on that person’s definition of sentimental.
Filipinos are normally sentimental because we always keep something to ourselves whether it is valuable or not. Sometimes, that something could mean tangible or intangible. If that is tangible, we usually put it inside our own private room securing it to anyone who might damage it physically. If it’s quite confidential and the personality of the person is somehow reserved, that sentimental something can be found inside the closet of his or her room which serves as the daily inspiration.
In my case, I’m a music lover and I almost like any genre of the song. When I’m a fan of an artist I usually buy the compilation album from my own pocket including every interview or publication that I could read on. I even buy a VCD/DVD karaoke album of that artist and sing his or her songs repeatedly with no definite span or period as long as I’m enjoying the songs.
On the otherhand, I know some of my relatives who is also inclined with music passionately. For him, aside from collecting tons of memorabilia of his icon, Elvis Presley: like posters, publication, CD/VCD/DVD, etc. Anything as long as it has the King of Rock and Roll’s trademark, he even purchases and collects different kinds of guitar that his idol uses. Some of his guitar collection are really expensive and genuine like the wide variety selection of guitars in Epiphone Les Paul at guitar center.
It’s quite interesting because he was able to preserve majority of his collections which is one of the best examples of putting one’s sentimental value. He is really passionate about it and it helps him to conserve the things that inspires his life to make it significant. Well, that’s the true essence of passion: putting one’s heart to the things that he or she loves not just because it’s necessary for living but because it’s an involuntary response to the unconditional desire. (AAP)