Thursday, July 24, 2008
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I love being a Filipino. I don't know, but that's just the overwhelming sentiment that I am feeling right now. The fact that my non-Filipino friends love the country more than we sometimes do (like this Thai-Belgian blogger friend's post) makes me love my country even more.
The fact that American friends dearly mention their love for the country most of us would so lovingly leave for the sake of greener pastures on more hallowed ground (or whatever the heck that phrase meant.) No matter how most of us think that the country sucked big time, i still have this firm resolve that i will never exchange my citizenship for anything else.
It is the people who makes the nation, not the other way around. If the people are proud of what they've got, it will reflect on the way they take care of their country. No matter how beautiful your coastlines are, the fact that you don't have enough balls to make efforts in bringing in more tourists or make better airports to accommodate more tourists or at least make your town more beautiful by cleaning it regularly doesn't help a bit in elevating our image in the world stage.
There is so much to rave about Pinas. We have the jeepney, the warm Filipino smile, Manny Pacquiao, Jollibee, the endless karaoke singing, the long Filipino Christmas, the chicken adobo and tons of other things that make Filipinos feel proud (I was gonna say San Miguel Beer but...).
I pity those Filipinos who think the country is a hopeless case and that the only way for them to be prosperous is to work outside the country. I commend those athletes who give time, resources, effort, heart and soul into giving the country that much-needed distinction. I feel sorry to those people who would outright lambaste the country and its people. I am thankful, in the other hand to those celebrities who continue to bring pride to the country.
I will never trade my citizenship in exchange of a bigger bank account. If people left their hearts in San Francisco, I for sure had nailed, glued, cemented, and welded my heart in my beloved country Pilipinas.
This post was written by: Jerick Baluyot
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