Monday, June 1, 2009

Proud to Call Myself a Filipino

Monday, June 1, 2009

In just a few days, the Philippines will be celebrating its 111th year as an independent nation. I think about it, and my heart swells with overwhelming love for my country. It may have been left behind by its neighbors, gone to the dogs and branded as one of the most corrupt in the world, a nation of servants, and a stinking hole populated by crooks, losers, dregs and scums – I still love the Philippines. Living in this country has reached such a dismal state that its citizens—the very best of them—have chosen, or are compelled, to live anywhere but here. But despite all these, I am still proud of my country, proud to call myself a Filipino, proud to wriggle in the muck with those who stay behind to dream of--and strive for--change.

9 comments:

jacqueline said...

and with this love, we still hope that the best is yet to come...

a few mornings ago, i just thought of that email which was said to be written by a korean, telling how Korea used to envy the Philippines because of its progress. and that, the email said, it takes only love and concern for our country for it to rise up again. (when you truly love, as many believe, one does what's best for that object of affection).

sana, love din ng mga political leaders natin ang Pilipinas... du'n lang siguro ulit magiging maayos ang lahat... :)

witsandnuts said...

Despite the poor governance, I love Philippines. One of the defined things right now is that I'm going to retire there.

Artemis said...

well said angeli. :-)

unstranger said...

Hope for better motivates so many. Necessary in so many areas. There'd be no gambling with hope for instance!

Yours is a better hope I think.

Amelia said...

same here proud to be called Filipino...it's just the government and politicians that are said to be evil in a sense that they don't mind anything except their personal gains....

if and only if....

Kayni said...

I'll always be a Filipino - no matter what.

mordsith said...

i love my country so much. though there are things here we cannot be proud of, i will never be ashamed of being a Filipino. I am looking forward again for us to rise as a nation and to be proud of who we are, not only during boxing matches.

Anonymous said...

isulong ang rebolusyon. makibaka, huwag matakot!

all i want is world peace and good will to ME. is that too much to ask? :)

i totally agree with artemis.

Angeli said...

@Kayni, Wits

"Malayong lupain amin mang marating, di rin magbabago ang damdamin.."

@Mordsith

I so agree with you. There are--or must be--things we can be proud of above and beyond manny pacquiao.

@Artemis

Thank you. :)

@Amelia, Jac

If you think about it, we get what we deserve. Aren't we also the ones who elected them crooked politicians to office?

@Unstranger

Hope resides in the hearts of many Filipinos. I believe that change is going to happen. maybe not in this lifetime, but it will happen.

@Anonymous

Hah! That must be your battlecry in college, huh? :) How about world peace and goodwill to all of us?

Thank you Amelia, Anonymous, Artemis, Jac, Kayni, Mordsith, Unstranger and WitsandNuts for leaving a comment.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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