Hundred Islands

It is sad that the August 23 hostage siege left negative impacts on Filipinos and the Philippines. What happened was an isolated case and can be happened on other parts of the world. The Philippines is a wonderful country with very hospitable, warm and friendly people and great places to visit too. One of the best known attractions in the Philippines is the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan. The islands are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and covered an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres).  These eroded rocky outcrops are 124 at low tides and 123 at high tides and are believed to be about 2 million years old. 
Hundred Islands Philippines

This God’s creation is so amazing!
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, 
and for the blue dream of sky 
and for everything which is natural, 
which is infinite, which is yes. ” 
~ e.e. cummings ~
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Another Slap to Filipinos

I am happy for this Filipina maid who inherited six million Singapore dollars (more than $4 million) from her late employer after more than 20 years of service. But I was so dismayed after reading the news not because she refused to be named but because of the reason behind that. Below is a part of a newspaper report last Wednesday…

“The maid refused to be named in public for fear of possible threats to her life in the impoverished Philippines, where wealthy people have been kidnapped for ransom and some killed by their abductors.”

It is not a secret that there are wealthy people here who are abducted and killed but it is not right to generalize. There are people here who are wealthier than she is but are living peacefully and enjoying the beauty of our country.

Okay, that is her money and her decision. Maybe we should respect that. What made my blood boil was the statement from the newspaper. Is this how this Filipina described her own motherland? Was that from her own words or from the reporter alone? Whoever that statement came from, it hurts and it is another slap to us, Filipinos.

I hope that harsh and bad impressions like this to our country will serve as an eye-opener to all the Filipinos most especially to the new government.

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A Proud Filipino

They always say to patronize our own. Yes, Philippine products are of good quality and more affordable. They are comparable to other nations’ products. But I don’t think there is wrong with patronizing imported goods, like Guess jeans, Marks and Spencer, Calvin Klein and Victorias Secret, Cadbury and Spam, etc. Even those who are rallying against the “Balikatan Exercises” (Filipino and American soldiers military exercises) are using imported products.

What important is we are proud to be Filipinos and we don’t forget who we are. Yes, I have sentiments against the government and complaining most of the time but still, I am proud that I am a Filipino. I love this country despite of the pollution, heavy traffic, rotten government system and corrupt government officials. I love the beautiful sceneries and our natural resources. I love our tradition especially the bayanihan, our hospitality and our respect for the elderly. I love our culture, the Tinikling dance, the parade of roasted pigs, the fiestas.

And it makes my heart big every time I see other nationalities living here and trying their best to learn and speak our language like the man on this video.


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