Feels Great to be Pinoy

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. April 2007.

Rico tagged me exactly a month ago and I made sure I waited long enough before writing my share, in the great tradition of this weblog. I can’t just break my history of writing stale entries, I need to respect my readers’ expectations on how my content is delivered — sweet, crammed, and very late.

Now to get on with this meme started by Marc and driven by Anton’s inspiring entry, here’s three reasons why I continue to be proud being a Filipino:

  1. 1986 EDSA Revolution. We invented people power to inspire the world. We showed others how to provoke change through non–violent means. We reinvented the word “revolution” to not necessarily mean a bloody uprising, leading to peaceful revolts in other parts of the world after 1986.
  2. Rock Ed Philippines. Just like how vaes9 commended Gawad Kalinga, Rock Ed Philippines is another local NGO that aims to make a difference. Uniquely, it promotes educating the youth through rock culture — beyond the context of a typical classroom. Those who dare, like Rock Ed volunteers as well as those from other NGOs, make me proud of today’s Filipino — catalysts of change and progress, never accepting mediocrity and always striving for a better Philippines.
  3. Philippine Tourism. Having been to Boracay, the Hundred Islands, and Palawan in just the past few months, I’ve seen how beautiful our country is. We Filipinos are blessed with such scenic destinations (I’m now a C+!) that people from all over the world go to great lengths just to experience what we have to offer. Despite neglect of some of our prominent tourist destinations, we still have a wealth of travel haunts that proudly puts us in the worldwide tourism map. Add to that the fact that we Filipinos are known for being hospitable, a quality that makes us very appealing to our foreign counterparts. The Philippines makes us proud Filipinos.

Sarap maging Pinoy, di ba?

11 Responses

  1. Sa wakas!

    You know, looking at the picture above is already enough for me to consider the Philippines great. Such natural beauty! :D

  2. Daya. Isasagot ko rin dapat ang EDSA Revolution pero ang tanong e: “What are the 3 signs you see happening now that make you say, ‘it feels great to be Pinoy’?”

    Tatalunin kita sa pagkakaroon ng late entries! :-)

  3. @Rico: Hahaha! I’m glad you loved the photo, madami pa tayo nyan. ;) Hehehe.

    @deuts: Kahit anong mangyari, iba pa rin talaga ang Pinas. :)

    @Eugene: May tanong pala dapat yun? Sa sobrang tagal na nung meme, di ko na alam sagutan ng maayos. Hehehe. I can’t wait for your late entry! Hahaha.

  4. It is a hard question and doubly harder for a jaded person. Anyway, here are three things I see (i) despite the politics things are improving; (ii) Whenever one sees news of hate or corruption I comfort myself in the belief that in general the Filipinos are doing good – the mundane type that not reported because its not considered news-worthy. (iii) Ito mababaw – the Philippines is still the best place in the world to watch a movie. :)

  5. Juned, ikaw jaded? (Wow, rhyme yun ah!) I don’t see you as one. I even think you’re a great Filipino considering all the historical heritage around your life. Astig talaga bahay nyo!

  6. wherever i am, be in third world countries or developed countries, and whoever i am with, whatever race or nationality, i have always been proud to be a Filipino, even if i know that the person i am talking to is biased toward Filipinos.

    thanks for sharing the picture–it’s just one of the many great and awesome places out country has.

  7. @Juned: Pwede rin nababaril sa tarmac ng NAIA… Hehe.

    @SexyMom: Filipino pride knows no limits, no matter what, where, or when. ;)

  8. Rock Ed Phils is the brainchild of ICTUS chair 1993-94 Gang Badoy–don’t ask me what her real given names are; she’ll kill me. Her opening speech at applicants’ intro convinced me well enough to join ICTUS, even if I felt like an outsider at times.

    Funny thing is that I’m suddenly close to my ICTUS friends these days… :))

    If you do see or meet her one of these days, please send her my warmest regards. Cheers!

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