SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES March 11, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in JPIC, Politics.
Tags: Korea, Philippines
-Felmar Fiel, svd-
As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently studying in the
Philippines to take advantage of our cheaper tuition fees and learn
English at the same time. “When I went home to Iloilo last February,
I observed the presence of So. Koreans everywhere we went.
`I asked some of them why study English here. The response was –
Filipinos speak clearly, slowly and easy for us to understand than
any other English speaking country in the world. ”
–Vic Evaristo —
This is an essay written by a Korean student I want to share with
you. This should be a wake up call to every Filipino.
(Never mind the grammar; it’s the CONTENT that counts)
MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
by Jaeyoun Kim
Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do
you really think the corruption is the problem of the ? 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 , was one of the
poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch
because entire country was destroyed after the , and we had
no natural resources.
Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very
rich in . 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 work just 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 was
so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many
mine workers and nurses to so that they could send money to
Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.
In 1964, President Park visited
Koreans in came to the airport to welcome him and cried there
as they 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 when I
was in the army. The only thing I learned from was
that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my
neighborhood. Have you cried for the ? 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
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 , but there are too many poor people here.
People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been
My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation.
They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present
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 it 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
My mother who has been working for 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 eyes.
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
(FOR THE LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY PLEASE PASS THIS
MESSAGE TO ALL FILIPINOS YOU KNOW).