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ego1911
08-18-2005, 02:29
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
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 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.

SlipSquad
08-18-2005, 03:09
"My Short Essay about the Philippines"

doctabako
08-18-2005, 07:07
This essay was already posted here (http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=395805&perpage=25&highlight=&pagenumber=3) by Batangueno :)

To answer the question, my love of country is right up there along with God and Family. ;)

ego1911
08-18-2005, 11:24
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..:(

SlipSquad
08-18-2005, 12:25
ah... tagalog. the language of love.

doctabako
08-18-2005, 22:37
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. :)

Toledo
08-19-2005, 14:45
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.

ego1911
08-20-2005, 08:25
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..;)

ego1911

ego1911
08-20-2005, 08:27
ah! slipsquad.. are you Fil-Am?

ego1911

ego1911
08-20-2005, 08:31
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.

ego1911

SlipSquad
08-20-2005, 20:19
Originally posted by ego1911
ah! slipsquad.. are you Fil-Am?

ego1911

Kumusta? No, my bestfriend is Pinoy. Love your culture tho. Everything except the balut. Mmmm.. Love lumpia & pansit.

asintaderoche
08-21-2005, 12:34
I'm a lover too... ;) I love everything ....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/asintaderoche/Philippine_coat-of-arms.png

glockrecoil
08-31-2005, 19:18
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.

glockrecoil

bulm540
08-31-2005, 21:39
Originally posted by glockrecoil
.

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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.

DO you have any proof?? Rumors are rumors.

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.

WHO?

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.

Ahh, didn't he just upheld the constitution?

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.

SAy What now?

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.

glockrecoil [/B]

glockrecoil
08-31-2005, 21:57
Originally posted by bulm540


Lets just say that's he's powerful and still can control;Q

theTactician
09-01-2005, 07:25
Originally posted by bulm540



right on...

ego1911
09-02-2005, 08:43
Originally posted by glockrecoil
Lets just say that's he's powerful and still can control;Q

The power of tabako! hindi si doct ha..

charlie-xray
09-14-2005, 16:59
IMHO

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...

ego1911
09-15-2005, 08:42
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.:)

charlie-xray
09-15-2005, 09:58
Sampung libong pinoy na katulad mo ang kailangan ng Pinas, Optimism and Hope.


Originally posted by ego1911
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.:)

doctabako
09-15-2005, 10:04
Originally posted by ego1911
The power of tabako! hindi si doct ha..

;f Hindi naman nagsisindi yon e. Pa-epek lang, dahil kapangalan niya si Fidel Castro. Pag nakita ko yon aarborin ko na lang.....ay hindi pala linalagay pala niya sa bunganga niya yon. pweh ;f

SMBeerDealer
09-15-2005, 23:52
Originally posted by ego1911
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.:)

Mag JR Speed at Uncle Tony's na tayo na mga holster BOGs! ;f

ego1911
09-21-2005, 04:33
Originally posted by doctabako
;f Hindi naman nagsisindi yon e. Pa-epek lang, dahil kapangalan niya si Fidel Castro. Pag nakita ko yon aarborin ko na lang.....ay hindi pala linalagay pala niya sa bunganga niya yon. pweh ;f

Hahaha! Na tumbok mo Doc_T ;z

mikol
09-21-2005, 08:13
Originally posted by SMBeerDealer
Mag JR Speed at Uncle Tony's na tayo na mga holster BOGs! ;f
yup! asked Jun Gino for a price of his Jr rig set that consist of the following;
a. Jr Belt - 1pc.
b. Jr Holster - 1pc.
c. Jr Mag pouch - 3pcs.
and he give me a price of 6k+ for the set including shipping to Cebu City. Not bad for a rig set eh?:)

ego1911
09-21-2005, 08:37
Originally posted by mikol
yup! asked Jun Gino for a price of his Jr rig set that consist of the following;
a. Jr Belt - 1pc.
b. Jr Holster - 1pc.
c. Jr Mag pouch - 3pcs.
and he give me a price of 6k+ for the set including shipping to Cebu City. Not bad for a rig set eh?:)

Ah... yun pala ang Jr. speed na sinasabi ni SMBeerDealer, hirap talaga ng bagito maraming terminology na hindi alam.:(

chowchow
01-18-2007, 15:10
Paano pinabrainwash tayo ng western media since US colonial period plus our submissive attitude inculcated by 333 yrs of SPanish conquest. Mahirap na ma change ang pinoy psyche unless we have the likes of Mao Tse Tung, China is for China in 1949.