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How much do we love the Philippines?

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by ego1911, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. How much do we love the Philippines?

    As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently
    studying in the Philippines to take advantage of our
    cheaper tuition fees and learn English at the same
    time. This is an essay written by a Korean student
    I want to share with you.

    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 completely after the
    Korean War, and we had no natural 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's brother also
    died because of famine.

    Korean government was awfully 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 economy situation of South
    Korea was so bad. Korea had only BR 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 a 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

    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

    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 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 boat men, for the boat men 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.

    Now I will second her/his curiosity. Is the
    Philippines worth crying for.......

    Who will shed tears for the Motherland .

    Who will lend a hand to lift her spirit, to hold the
    lonely Flag that symbolize her name.
  2. SlipSquad

    SlipSquad Misunderstood

    Aug 11, 2005
    Banks, Alaska
    "My Short Essay about the Philippines"

  3. doctabako

    doctabako Gun Aficionado

    Aug 11, 2003
    This essay was already posted here by Batangueno :)

    To answer the question, my love of country is right up there along with God and Family. ;)
  4. Thanks doc for informing me regarding the post of batangueno, I appreciate it. I think I owe him an apology. My friend just emailed me this essay and my intention was to share it with fellow bogs, but it doesnt mean that I aggree 100% with what the author was saying. Partly correct, when the author was trying to say that we need to love our country, but love is not enough. We need to do something, para bang nag mahal tayo ng bebeng but we have to put that into action or else hangang salita lang yung love natin. We have to do something to help our country; Example, nahuli tayo ni mamang pulis for traffic violation, violators will bribe the police to avoid TCT. What did we do then to help our country? We then blame the government, the government officials for corruption, but are we then part of this corruption for tempting and bribing these government officials? Hay naku! kaya nahihirapan umasenso si JUAN DELA CRUZ.

    I dont think the survey of the author is accurate or nearly accurate when he spoke to two prisoners in Muntinlupa and used that as a basis of his conclusion that filipinos as a whole dont love their country. He should have said some filipinos dont love the Philippines. Katulad mo doc, katulad ko at katulad ng ibang fellow bogs natin; we love our country. Family man ka pala doc? That's great!

    Anyways, that is his opinion and he is entitled to his own opinion so as with me; also raising my opinion here.

    Sorry Batangueno, I dont mean to steal your previous post. Hindi ko kasi alam na na i post mo na pala to..:(
  5. SlipSquad

    SlipSquad Misunderstood

    Aug 11, 2005
    Banks, Alaska
    ah... tagalog. the language of love.
  6. doctabako

    doctabako Gun Aficionado

    Aug 11, 2003
    Good points, no problem about the repost, that was a good essay and at the least showed that if people from other nations care about the Philippines' plight we filipinos should be ashamed if we don't. I just thought you'd like to see the responses from the initial posting. :)
  7. Toledo


    Feb 15, 2005
    Ober Der
    Good essay...can someone nominate the writer to be
    the next president?....seriously, I think the writer's
    sentiment should be admired. Thanks for sharing.
  8. I agree.. and thanks for leading me to the intial posting of the essay, at least I was able to read all the responses of the fellow bogs concerning the subject matter. I hope to see you doctabako at the range and probably give me some shooting technique or the basic..;)

  9. ah! slipsquad.. are you Fil-Am?

  10. Yes toledo, if we only have a President that truly loves our country then I think we will be far better than other neighboring countries.

  11. SlipSquad

    SlipSquad Misunderstood

    Aug 11, 2005
    Banks, Alaska
    Kumusta? No, my bestfriend is Pinoy. Love your culture tho. Everything except the balut. Mmmm.. Love lumpia & pansit.
  12. asintaderoche


    Sep 24, 2002
    team member
    I'm a lover too... ;) I love everything ....

  13. glockrecoil


    Aug 23, 2005
    When I saw the statement of that korean, I told myself its not only to the people but to their leader(President Park) that the country prospered.

    Here in the Philippines, how can we love our country if first and foremost our leader doesnt.

    How can we support our leader if we dont trust her because of heavy rumors of his family and close friends that are abusing their powers and getting bribes in jueteng and other forms gambling.

    We need a President that is strong,loving and an eligible(in terms of education in economics&politics).

    Now, we have a President who is eligible but do we have a president that is loving and strong.

    Ill site an example of which she is weak.
    After the recent events, the jueteng,the wiretap and etc

    The people think that she is strong because she still holds her position and still not resign but didnt you saw a powerful face beside her, advising her, ruling her.

    The face of a man with a big cigar on his finger still protects her so she still doesnt worry. Remember that man with a cigar also protects the former lady president from 8 or so coup attempts.

    But they are prices to pay. When he told her that we need this and that to reform the government she didnt hesitate in anyway instead she promote it in sona with no doubt whatsoever.

    What I am trying to imply here is she's weak, she has no mandate within herself and with the country.

    If we want our country to rise love is onething but its not everything.

  14. bulm540


    Jun 18, 2004
  15. glockrecoil


    Aug 23, 2005
    Lets just say that's he's powerful and still can control;Q

  16. right on...
  17. The power of tabako! hindi si doct ha..
  18. charlie-xray

    charlie-xray Gunpowder Adik

    Aug 11, 2004
    Pugad Baboy

    PATRIOTISM is not well defined in our curriculum and not given importance.

    I have a lot of foreigner friends who admire Pinoy skills, 'abilidad' and intelligence pero we love Made In Japan, Made In US and smirk at Made in Batangas Or Laguna Made.

    Bakit daw ganoon ang mentalidad natin, at the story went on and on...
  19. Pero naniniwala ako na may pag-asa pang umangat ang Pilipinas. Kahit majority ng Pilipino ang mentalidad ay "imported":( I know, may pag-asa pa. Never give up, never give in... We need a leader with political will and with strong conviction.:)
  20. charlie-xray

    charlie-xray Gunpowder Adik

    Aug 11, 2004
    Pugad Baboy
    Sampung libong pinoy na katulad mo ang kailangan ng Pinas, Optimism and Hope.