Are you planning on leaving the country?

Philippines
September 9, 2008 9:50am CST
I have to say, the Philippines is a beautiful place and it's nurtured me from the time I was a boy up to now. I love my country and all that it's done for me. But now, times are getting harder with prices of commodities going up and so much scandal and corruption in the government. Do you have any plans of leaving the country and finding better opportunities abroad or are you willing to sacrifice and stay in the country and wait for or continue to strive for better times?
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@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
The only reason I would like to leave the Philippines is to give my (future) children better opportunities. However, thinking about having kids abroad doesn't sound too appealing as well. I would prefer my kids to experience and breath the Filipino culture.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
At one point maybe I will leave the country if I'm given the opportunity but I'm not going to be abandoning it. Nationalism isn't measured by the physical things that we do but by what we feel... the reason of our actions. You only truly love your country if you love your countrymen. Even if you are in a foreign land but if you pray and still do things for the betterment of your people, you are not too far from home. Getting successful alone is not satisfying but helping others be successful is a priceless treasure. Sacrifice is a part of life and where better to give your sacrifices than to the place that had given you life. Don't be a virus or a cancer that after you had exhausted and destroyed the country's resources, you're just going to find another. Even if you are in the zenith of Mt. Everest or down under in Australia... wherever your treasure is, your heart is there also. Filipinos, make the Philippines your treasure. And vote for me in the next election!!! joke :) hehehe
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
If I may ask, are you going to come back here once you've left the country?
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Like a pawikan... of course.
@klaudine (3651)
• Indonesia
9 Sep 08
I agree with you. My hometown country would be a very nice place to live. But I think it would be a very nice place to live when I grow up later. I mean the peaceful place, the slower pace. I just want a better opportunity to develop and improve myself to be someone better. Get some money working outside and take them back to the hometown country to live happily when I am old. Would it be nice?
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
That's not such a bad idea actually. That's what I want to do. Go abroad, rake in some cash and learn new skills, then come back here and maybe start a new business with everything I've gotten.
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@klaudine (3651)
• Indonesia
11 Sep 08
That's correct. Some nationalist said that if we did that, we're helping the country to get some earning from the other country. As we work in the other country, we're sending the money here to our homeland, so our family could spend the money if they need to. If there are lots of people doing that, than the average GDP would raise :) We're becoming the hero then :p
@geekyjock (371)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Yes actually I started a topic leaving the Philippines and if there's hope in our country. And to be honest it raised some negative and violent reactions. And I see your topic then I'm glad that I'm not the only one who aren't denying that the country is getting worse and worse, and i'm not really sure when or will there be a better future in our country. And I was saddened by reading some fellow myloters who happen to be Filipinos that gave negative comments about people who leaves the country to have a better future claiming that ones leaving the country are selfish. I pity for those who don't see the sacrifice and the dedication of our OFW's to have hard earned money to provide a better life for their family and at the same time save our economy. Because many don't realize the OFW remittances is our country's main money generator. If not for them our country could be in rock bottom. I've been thinking about it for years now and I really have made a firm decision that I will try my best to leave the country. I think it's not a bad thing leaving our beloved country, because everyone does it. Even at the start of civilization, humans are naturally migrating to where they think is best for them to settle. And for now I can't imagine how will I raise my family here. But I'm sure one day I will come back here and try to make change.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I agree. OFW's generate huge income for our country. One thing though, there are those people who leave the country and then forget about the Philippines. They become citizens of another country and abandon the motherland. I think if I were to get mad at some people leaving, it would be these people. I personally am a dual citizen. I hold a US passport and a Philippine passport. I'm currently working here in the Philippines but in a few years, I'm planning on moving to the US. I'm not going to abandon the country. I want to go to the US to gain knowledge and experience that is not available here and then bring whatever I have gained back home and then spread it around here.
@marababe (2511)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Hi Migs! Yes, I'm planning on leaving the country for a couple of months or years until I earn enough to start a business of my own, something that can generate sure income for me and my family ever single month. I have a pending application for Dubai, I'll be having my final interview on October. Pray for me! As much as I wouldn't want to leave, I really need to to be able to accomplish the goals I have for my life. I have to do this not only for my family but for myself as well. It'll be like a self achievement on my side.
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Great! Hopefully you get the job, do well in Dubai and then open a business here and open job opportunities here for our fellow countrymen
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
10 Sep 08
I plan to stay in my country because I have a settled job and because of my family and relatives. We live in short distances of each other. It would be more difficult to keep the strong ties if I move abroad
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Good for you! Hopefully things for you stay good so you won't be forced to leave the country.
• United States
10 Sep 08
Hi! I've been working in the US for two years now. I did not want to work here at first because my mom and my younger siblings are still in the Philippines (and a lot of friends too!), so my two sisters here in the States really tried to convince me to come here. At first, I was very homesick but I got over it. I just had my vacation this June till July and it suddenly struck me how difficult it is to live in the Philippines. The prices of commodities have doubled and I wonder how the very poor could still manage to survive. I believe that I am lucky to have this opportunity to work here. I hope that I could earn more money so that when I finally get back to stay in the Philippines for good, I would be able to help my countrymen.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I hope you do come back and help out our fellow country men. Good luck there!
@rsa101 (24726)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I guess that comes to my mind from time to time especially now that I have a family to feed. The only thing that holds me back is really my family that I will leave behind. We are thinking of leaving as a family instead but I think that is kind of hard thing to do right now because it will ential a lot of money to do so. If given a better chance in here I would still prefer to stay in here but times are really not in our favour in here and we are hoping that we could realize our dreams out fo here than staying.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I agree. You have to do what you have to do. If leaving the country is what you need to do to realize your dreams, then you should go. But always keep the Philippines at heart and never forget the Filipino values instilled upon you.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I have plans to go abroad or leave the country for good.I want to give a better future to my kids.I am not saying that my kids don't have good future here.We will just try our luck if given a chance to go abroad.I love my country,leaving the is not mean that you don't love your country anymore....Good Evening my friend.
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Good luck abroad! Don't forget about our motherland though!
@glay22 (512)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
hi migs, Yes, i agree.. there's no other place like home, like the Philippines but there are lesser chances of greater job opportunities here due to economic instability and as you have said, unstoppable corruption in the government. As a registered nurse at age 23, I still have a lot of dreams for myself and for my family. So in order to give my family a better life, I'm going to try my luck in the Bahamas by early next year. I will work there with a very good salary package and great benefits. I have not seen any company here in the Philippines who pays nurses that much now but only in other countries. You are being paid more of your efforts. As much as I want to help the Filipino people, I also have to think of myself and my future As I am going to leave the country. I still would bring the hope that someday, there will come a time for the economy to rise and for the lives of the Filipinos to get better
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Good luck in the Bahamas! Hopefully we will rise above all the turmoil that we are facing.
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Hi migs. I left the country six months ago to settle in the country of my husband. We lived in the Philippines for four years, and decided that life abroad would provide a better life for our two little boys. But now we are not sure anymore. There is money, yes, but there are things you need to give up/sacrifice. You give up old friends and even some of your values eventually change. I have known a lot of friends who left the country, made themselves really great (financially) lives but have become different persons. SOme became bitter, even more stingy, proud, and just plain tired and bored. You even doubt if they still feel like they are FIlipinos or it just doesn't matter to them anymore. I do not want to become like that. SO we are planning to go back, live a simple life, enjoy our pinoy culture and values, and hope that the country will get better and that perhaps our presence there might help create even just a teeny weeny bit of change in our community. Welcome to MyLot!
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
That is one of the downsides, I agree. You have to sacrifice a lot of things like friends but you shouldn't change the values that make you Filipino. I've experience a lot of people who come back from another country feeling all high and mighty. I really despise people like that. Hopefully you don't turn out like them when you come back. Good luck there!
• Calgary, Alberta
28 Feb 18
I already left it, It is a sinking ship at this moment and I gave my descendants a favor by making them live in a rich country with great healthcare.
@ace_ivann (326)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Hi migs! Before I really don't have any plan of going abroad since I don't want to leave my family here especially my mother. If I am only thinking of myself, I know I can manage to stay here since I am already stable in my job and I am paid well. However, this is not already enough for me and for my family. That is why, I realized that it's time for me to look for better opportunities by working abroad. There I can be paid higher and so I can help my family more. I hope I can leave soon to work abroad. I am pretty positive of it and I know I will succeed because of my good intentions, hard work and determination
@tidgea (355)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
I love our country so much and I am very proud to be a Filipino. But I do have plans of leaving the country and working abroad. For me,working here wouldn't be enough if you want to have a good life and suppprt your family. But I guess in a way, working abroad would help our country as well for we will increase the remittances of our country. Happpy mylotting!
@insulin (2480)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Well to be honest yeah I am really planning to leave the country after two years because I will marry a guy from another country and we know that the life style in the philippines is getting worst and I just need a job from other country somewhere in europe but yeah in germany but I am still planning to go home if I earn money.Philippines is really a wonderful country with all the natural resources is really great but the only problem is the system of the government thats why there are lots of Filipino's forcely go abroad espcially filipino who got thier own families take the risk of leaving thier family and yeah it is really sad but there are not choice.Philippines will be always in my hear where ever I go.:-0 GOD bless and have a nice day.:-0
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
hi. yes...but only for professional and career path. but not to leave the country forever. and am sure most of the people who leave would go to Filipino friendly countries. it would be very nice to make a name in others' lands. and we have to be proud that Filipinos are regaining the respect because of the talent and hardwork. don't forget our bayang magiliw...you still belong here. =)
• Sweden
10 Sep 08
Yes your right in the Philippines now is much corrupt and the price of food is getting high but the salary of the people who worker very hard is still low.Its not easy if you are leaving in abroad you will miss your family and friends.And also its really defferent from the place were you grow up.Now i am currently living here in Sweden with my husband yes that true that is nice here but i still miss the place were i grow up,families and also friends,I can said that almost everything here is deffrent from the Philippines.
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
No and yes. If my basis of going abroad is to work there aloe, no I will never ever do that because I don't want to leave my family. But sometimes me and my husband think about it and talk about it. You see, it is not only our family that my husband takes care, we sometimes look after his mom and mom's needs. We were thinking if we would stay here, we might not bale to give them they need most of the time (because most of the times his salary is just enough for us). So from time to time we were thinking of migrating to other country, of course with our kids. They say that when you live in another country, you may be earning a higher currency value but you also spend in a higher currency, but for me, if we would be living abroad, at least our families here would benefit from it.
• United States
10 Sep 08
I already did! As you already mentioned, life in the Philippines is getting harder these days. In fact many countries are experiencing economic crisis right now. The only difference is the value of money... meaning you can still afford to buy most things compared to if you're back home.
• China
10 Sep 08
how are you.it is a happiness to comunicate with foreigner friends,i am a stndent who come from china .i love traveling and try to leave my own country to a new location all the time if i have enough time .so i advise you leave your countey to china even if you love your country very much,china also a beautiful country and chinese are all friendly ,if you can come ,i guarantee you will have a good time.