What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Philippines"?

Philippines
April 27, 2008 3:07am CST
I'm just curious as to what the Philippines' image to the world is nowadays. A few years back, I had the chance to meet a Swiss girl and we talked about the Philippines. I showed her pictures of the beautiful beaches and she was really amazed and told me that what comes to her mind when she hears about Philippines are images of poor hungry kids. I can't blame her though...Maybe that's what is portrayed of the Philippines in other countries.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
9 May 08
I agree, people or some tourist will remember the air they will always smell and will greet them when they start entering in manila, even if they are still on the plane.LOL For me, despite of all the problems that my Country is facing, I will always remember the fun,food,fiesta,smile of every individual, the laughters in the road of old and young groups, people waling while eating manggo hmmmm, the beggars! I miss everything and sad it not a walking distance anymore for me!LOL,
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• Philippines
12 May 08
I also love the Philippines..hehe :) mabuhay tayo! how come?
• United States
12 May 08
hi veann.... At this moment, I am here in USA! I found some asian stores but I can't find my favorite and yummmy dried fish!LOL, I promise to myself, I will eat a lot when I will visit our Country again!LOL
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Apr 08
Well, a mix of irony runs in my mind when "Philippines" is mentioned. I mean, for a country who also shares a rich and vast history, along with how it was well introduced to us when we were still young in school, the Philippines that I have grown to realize isn't anymore close to the one dignified in my old text books. There are still good things of course but, everything seems to be double-edged now..
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• Philippines
27 Apr 08
thanks for sharing your comments with us...now I know more about how others perceive the Philippines.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
27 Apr 08
Compliments can be taken as insults too. Well, I really don't know where to place myself in certain aspects like how hospitable our countrymen are when it comes to guests arriving at their homes. Pretty much accomodating. Then from that basic perspective, you can see how our government is so accomodating when it comes to foreign investors. Thinking that foreign investors can make more jobs for more people. Wouldn't it be better if they could make the country self-sufficient? Then, you can mention that we filipinos are hard working or might as well be industrious. That is nice and true, to the extent of sending of our own affordable laborers to do work over seas. It also goes with how education is being marketed now-a-days. Its not only education oriented but more on getting employed readily. I might be just rambling on and just keeping a cynic view on things.. my apologies. There are a lot of good stuff still like how families are so tightly bonded to one another, you can consider political dynasties in it.. there I go again..
@ghall08 (121)
• United States
6 May 08
Philippines - The very mention of the name makes me go back home. Philippines means family, friends, busy traffic way, jeepney, great food, great fruits, scenic views, mountains, beaches, crazy kulitans, i know philippines is also a picture of hungry kids, dirty politicians, but i tend to focus on the good side. Philippines Wait for me...im going home soon :)
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• Philippines
12 May 08
wow, that's nice...The Philippines welcomes you (if it had arms) with open arms... :)
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
4 May 08
My homeland, my pride, and my heritage. I'm proud to be a Filipino!
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• Philippines
4 May 08
awww. the Philippines must be proud of you too!! :)
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
Boracay, U.P, Jose Rizal.bangus, mangoes, karekare, bagoong, lechon
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• Philippines
29 Apr 08
thanks for sharing those things/ :)
• Australia
28 Apr 08
Im curious as to your position in the philippines???? I lived and travelled there for years and the majority of kids are starving, the majority of the population are under the poverty line and the rest keep them there with greed and corruption.
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• Philippines
28 Apr 08
aw, that's sad to hear. My position? you mean status? I'm in the middle-class group.
• China
28 Apr 08
In troth,I think poorness is a serious problem to many Asia country.I think those richer people should share a few money with those poor people to help them break away from this condition.Anyway the sense Philippines give me is also very nice,like you saying beautiful beaches.Otherwise many kinds of beautiful plants and delicious foods and los of nice things all come to my mind.I am so interested in your country.I think I will go there to play if I have enough time and money.Wishing more and more people will like Philippines and it will break away from the poorness.
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• Philippines
28 Apr 08
Wow, thank you for the positive feedback. Do tell me if you decided to come here and I'll give you a list of nice places to visit. :)
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
27 Apr 08
I know that philippines is very beautiful country, here in Irael I met many people from Philippines that are working here. I can say that they are very kind and do their job very good.That is my opinion.
• Philippines
27 Apr 08
Wow, that's very nice to know... :) thanks.
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
27 Apr 08
When I think of the Philippines I think of family. My stepmother and my brother and sister live in the Philippines. So for me it has a personal meaning, but I understand what you mean too about thinking of poor and hungry kids. But there are also so many nice things about that country too, like you said nice beaches, great food, and also happy kids too
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• Philippines
27 Apr 08
thanks for sharing that with us..:) I hope more people will know how nice the Philippines is