I’m from the “Pearl of the Orient Seas,” with three main island groups named, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, over 7,600 islands to explore! The country’s known for it’s wonderful beaches, hospitable residents, rich culture and history, my motherland, the Philippines. Belongs to a third world country but I’m proud to say that I’m a Filipina and this is where I really belong. What really makes me proud to be a Filipino? There are a lot of reasons why…
Through the years I’ve witnessed a lot of circumstances that rocked my country. Filipinos stayed loving, helpful, hopeful and strong. Our nation step up everytime we’re going through tough times like crisis and calamities. This events have also witnessed all over the world which makes us stand out from the rest. Filipinos are very resilient, we can live without any electricity, we can find a lot of ways to live because we are resourceful people and optimistic. We always put up a big smile on our faces even though inside we are struggling, as it is a sign of hope for us. We’re family oriented, family is the center of our lives, our strength. We take care each and every members of the family specially elders, we respect and love them. We treasure and devoted on every relationships we are into. We believe in “til death do us part” vow that two people promise to fulfill, that is why until now the Philippine government is still on going debate about “divorce,” but we are never against people who chooses to separate ways, everyone has a freedom to do what they want and what they think is right. We’re humble people and have a big heart that eager to help anybody who’s in need in spite of poverty. We are God fearing, we believe and love God in spite of religion differences.
I often tell people that I’m proud to be a Filipino but why most of the time I speak “English” a foreign language. Exactly! And that’s what I love about being a Filipino, we are learners! If you get a chance to visit my country, you’ll see that even the poorest people can speak “English” because we always wanted to be understood. We have this Pinoy characteristics to learn and appreciate the culture of our neighbors, without neglecting ours as Filipino teachers still teaching Filipino Language in schools, doing activities or contests to enrich our own language like “balagtasan,” a poetic debate. In fact we have “Linggo ng Wika” where students engage in different activities that has to do with only Filipino Language for a week. This is done by the Government for us to keep appreciate and love our own language.
We Filipinos have different blood lines, because Philippines was occupied by Spanish, Americans and Japanese years ago. It was also opened for business purposes for nearby Asian countries based on history. Hence, we had strongly influenced by those with our culture, beliefs and even more with the attitude. Somehow I’m thankful that my country was under foreign control before because this has made Filipinos to be the best that we can be. Filipinos united and sacrificed their lives to achieve the freedom that we are experiencing up to now.
You can find Filipinos all over the world, some of them called “OFW” – Filipino Overseas Workers and I’m one of them. Sadly, we cannot please everyone to like us, everyday a Filipino is being maltreated, discriminated and insulted. But these will never cease us to conquer the world, achieve our goals not only for ourselves but for our lovedones. Thank you for those who loves us and trusts us up to this day, people who keep believing on Filipinos capabilities, Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. These inspired me more to be a proud Filipino and forever I will be, in mind, in words and in actions. Salute to every Filipino!