Philippines my Philippines

Philippines
June 23, 2008 9:03pm CST
Please do read this my countrymen.. As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently studying in the Philippines to take advantage of our cheap tuition fees and learn English at the same time. This is an essay written by a Korean student,(Never mind the grammar; it's the CONTENT that counts ). Maybe it is timely to think about this in the midst of all the confusion at present... MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES Jaeyoun Kim Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines . Let me first talk about my country, Korea . It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had nonatural resources. Koreans used to talk about the Philippines , for Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism. 40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience. In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park . They asked to him, "President, when can we be well off?" That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea . So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea . He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart. Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea . They always hoped that their children would live in well off country. My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines . I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines . Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children. When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines . Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia , but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed. My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them. My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines . Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.
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• Philippines
24 Jun 08
I remember getting this poem in an email not too long ago... it did touched me in a way that i feel so sorry for our fellowmen. Imagine, people who were once as poor or even poorer than us now feel so much sympathy for what we're going through. Anyway, it really is easy to sympathize if your situation is ok but if your food on your table is hardly enough to last the whole day, if you can't even have coins in your pocket to buy a candy, if you're struggling to save up just so you can buy a pair of slippers that others just carelessly throw away...then it can be very hard to share love to other people. I pray that one day, there will be a leader who will really serve the filipino prople and not take advantage of this once beautiful country.
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
My friend forwarded this message to me too. It's very inspiring. Sometimes with all the bad things we hear and see we tend to focus on the negative. Thanks for posting this.
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
we have a different scenario. your countrymen at that time were desperate, they were very poor and hungry thats why the will to succeed is just too strong philippines on the other hand is generally "a happy go lucky" country. we tend to enjoy more than work more, we laugh at simple thing, we take joy from things that have very little sense. thats a big difference in my opinion. maybe we need an eye opener to really get somewhere good.
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• Philippines
24 Jun 08
yes , i agree to the poem of that girl... It is hard for us filipinos to achieve our country's success because of us. Although we are catholic in nature but, we are lacking of oneness to achieve our goal for success. That, some of us has this crab mentality attitude that they do not want others to achieve success. It this often happen to us in individual level, what more in national level. That, sometimes we stand i different principles and we clash. we filipinos are intellegent and resourceful. We are able to withstand trials and difficulties in lives but, sometimes we contradict... this is our weakness... ive been to abroad too... and e thsame us the reaction of that korean... at the same time, we lack patriotism because we want to have a good life in the other part of the globe. Able to uplift our family status in the society and provide there needs that our country cannot suffice... therefore, i think this are some of those loopholes why we dont achieve our countries progress...
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@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
I hope that each Filipino will be able to read the post. It is sad to note that it takes a foreign national to see the situation in our country. I truly agree with you that there was a time that our country the Philippines was at top as compared to other countries in Asia. Unfortunately through the passage of time, we are now far behind. I think it would take some time to bring back the status we were once before. But if we do not have the discipline, then we will continue to fall. God save the Philippines!
@NonaSaile (925)
• Philippines
24 Jun 08
I was aimlessly surfing the net when I thought of going back to mylot, and this post caught my attention. I am a Filipino. Our educational system (at least in my time, throughout grade school and high school) did instill in us love of God and love of country. As I was reading this, mixed emotions ran through me, most probably because I am in a crisis situation involving my daily life and my neighborhood. The crisis, I know, will pass, but your Korean friend's words and thoughts, I shall carry with me forever: There is God who is crying for love.
@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
We don't now how much we have become, until others have told us so. I really love the Philippines! And very much proud to be a Filipino.
@neildc (17256)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 Jun 08
It would be true that Filipinos already lost love of our country. But we can't blame the majority, especially the poor. They are the ones that are most affected with the present situation, poverty. We cry for our country. But it seems that no one hears it. I still believe that the ones we lead us is someone to be blamed to all of these sufferings. What we need is a true leader who have a heart for the poor. A leader who thinks of the country and not of himself. Filipinos cried all through years, and until now.