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PHILIPPINES: A Patriotic Message

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 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 & brother also
died because of famine. Korean government was very 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 workjust 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 economic
situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only 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 t! hey 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 are so many
beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because i! t 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 boatmen, for the boatmen 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

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. by Jaeyoun Kim


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Anonymous said...

i have read your essay..

you just had a strong words for my fellow Filipino-countrymen. Though you've cited both good and bad parties. I still respect you for that. I think my people don't need your "sorry" example was when your parents didn't enjoy the boat ride. What my people need is "ENCOURAGEMENT" I hope you didn't show inferior-ism whilst riding with them.

But then I got your point, that's why Philippine Medias are now in crucial state of observing keenly on how they think, behave and acts to the candidates for presidency. I just do hope this time that the winning president would be much more or like your President Park

Before i leave, why did you alter your faith when you saw philippines? does that mean your faith is temporarily loyal? and your a bit looking down to us filipinos?

well..have a nice day then

sugar said...

than you very much.. ur message is an eye opener.. you are rigth.. very very right... corruption too breeds from lack of love for country..it is really lack of love of country is our problem.. thank you .. i will start from here

Anonymous said...

i read your essay, and it got me thinking...

i am a young teenage filipino (yes, i am. though i may not sound like it ;p )and i too, am guilty of complaining and mostly questioning about lots of things concerning my country, the Philippines. Esp on topics concerning corruption, the economy, poverty, politics and such.Though my opinions concerning these matters are somewhat less like complaining, i still feel ashamed about it.

i've read your essay, and part of the history of your country, South Korea, really made me think. A LOT. I admire your country and the people of Korea. Your people are a very good example of patriotism, loyalty, and extreme love for your country. They worked hard for the prosperity and future of Korea. It is truly admirable how much they care and love their motherland.

All the hardships that they've gone through got me thinking that, i shouldn't be questioning or complaining much about my own country when there are other countries that have worse problems than mine. Since birth, i have always been proud of being a Filipino and was filled with so much patriotism towards my country, i still am. But sadly, not all filipinos feel the same way. I wish that my fellow countrymen would have as much love for their country - the Philippines - as your people do towards Korea. Your patriotism for your country comes second to none! ^^

juan pablo said...

Even Philippines is considered a third country, I'm still proud to say that I am a true Filipino. Because of the hardships we are experiencing,are much closer with our God and our family. I believe God is changing our country day by day.

To all my fellow Filipinos, don't just be contented on dreaming that one day our country will be a developed country but let us work for that.

We cannot change a country all alone, but each of us can make a difference.

Anonymous said...

very well said.. enlightening

Anonymous said...

My fellow filipinos, yes this essay of an anonymous guy is absolutely interesting ,concerning to our country Philippines which is still crying for better future..we hope, that our new president can do much better to stand or pull up the Filipinos from ground,the victims of poor politics and pinned down by the corrupt politicians. We are still in crucial stage but trying to solve the problems answered with problems. I think and we know that the secret solution is LOVE, love to GOD.,to our beloved country Philippines,to our contrymen. If the Korea and Japan survived from zero, Im sure Filpinos can do the same for the country.
For the essay guy, I salute President Park for what he has done for your country, and the course of your life now Koreans. But, as youve said, that we should love our neighbourhood for the better..Dont forget that Philippines and Korea are neighbours..smile