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Wonderfully Filipino: A nation filled with love

Wonderfully Filipino: A nation filled with love

“Don’t say Fili, sister. Say Pili. In Tagalog, ‘Pili’ means to choose. ‘Pino’ means fine. Pilipino equals ‘fine choice.”

? Jessica Hagedorn The Gangster of Love

 

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7,100 islands each island a unique haven of its own. By these standards the Philippines is a haven of many wild life flora and fauna and is rich in both mineral and agricultural resources.  The country acquired its beauty from nature; it is one of its definitive traits. Nature has always been a refuge for many Filipinos it is the primary source of comfort and amenities. The primary reason why the country has been conquered and fought over by other countries during the years is due to the natural treasures it possesses. It is endearingly termed as “Perlas ng Silanganan” which means “Pearl of the Orient”. Which is true for it is like a pearl hidden beneath the South Pacific Sea. A treasure coveted by many nations.

But its true beauty does not only rely on its natural resources but its people.  Filipinos are fascinating it is a trait that has been around since the dawn of time when the first explorers have discovered its lovely white sand shores.  Filipinos have a culture that encompasses half of the world; from the poetic Spaniards, to innovative Americans, to British royalties, Chinese Tycoons and even French artisans.  Our culture is a mixture of influences that have been brought to us by visitors from foreign lands and have been incorporated in our lives.

And yet despite all of these we still remain ourselves.  We are resilient and oftentimes stubborn in our faith and beliefs, we are fiercely loyal to our families, protecting and providing for them even from distant shores, we are compassionate in our understanding of the world. Although sometimes many people think that we are a nation that is filled with greed and corruption these are only trivial matters for there is not a single nation that is not greedy and corrupt.

We have our flaws, sometimes they are too painful to admit especially when it is broadcast around the world and yet we also have our virtues, this proves that we are but human; as human as God had intended us to be.  Some of our most notable traits is our hospitality. We Filipinos have a way of caring for others in such a way that we treat each other as family members.  Filipino children learn at an early age that people who are older than them are called, “Tita” (Auntie) or “Tito” (Uncle)  it is not only a sign for respect but of love and affection. Whenever there are guests in our household we always provide food and refreshments and even entertainment for them.  We are generous with our resources, especially to those who are in need.  And when calamity strikes, we display our acts of “bayanihan” or heroism, protecting and serving others needs.

Filipinos are genuinely talented artists, from boxing, singing, fashion and style, dancing, and most specially in cooking. We are making a mark on the world. It is always a point of pride to see our fellow countrymen flourishing in other countries, we maybe not as advanced or as rich as other countries and yet we continue to persevere and endure.  Filipino artists have brought glory and inspiration to every Filipino, even those who somehow reject their heritage can’t help but feel that twinge of pride whenever our country is exclaimed over the world.

As a Filipina, I am proud of my country’s achievements, even though I have lived away from my motherland for years I still have that burning Filipino pride in me. A pride that I showcase every time I cook and bake.  Despite being away from my native land I still retain the Filipino values that have been ingrained in me when I was younger and I strive to indoctrinate these values to my children, wanting them to embrace their Filipino heritage and hopefully when they grow older and have a family of their own they will pass these traits to their children.

 

“Genuine virtue consists of being charitable, loving one’s fellow men and being judicious in behavior, speech and deed.”

— Emilio Jacinto

 

 

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