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I read this essay 2 days ago while on a family gathering. And it really hit me. Though it is a shame that it took a Korean student studying in the Philippines for me/us to see what's the real problem. This essay will remind you to love your country for what it is / for who it is. And to love your neighbors.

If you think you are proud to be a Filipino and if you really love the Philippines please read till the end of the essay. It'll only take you a few minutes to read this but the content will last forever.

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Note: Please pass it to all Filipinos you know.

As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently studying in the Philippines to take advantage of your cheaper tuition fees and learn English at the same time.

"MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES"
Jaeyoun K.

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think 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 the 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 in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like the Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died 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 South Korea was so bad. Korea only had 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 horrible experiences.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundreds of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw President Park. They asked him, "President when will we be well off??" That was the only question everyone asked him. President Park cried with them and promised 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 come back to Korea to help develop the country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salaries, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that tehir children would live in a 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 a Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighbors. And I have loved my neighbors. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because their are 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 tehir country. They go to mass and work for the church. They pray everyday.

However, they do not love the Philippines. I have 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 are able to share our wealth with our neighbor. The owners of the factories and companies distributed their profit to the 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 faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I seem 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 Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would be fun. However, they were not happy after taking the boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of the people just took the boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of their love for them.

My mother has been working for the 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 the same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighbor 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 a 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 discovered 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 neighbor and country.

Jesus Christ said whatever we do to other 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 neighbor and country. You already know that God will also be very happy if you love others.

That's all I really want to ask of you Filipinos.

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Hope you got something from this essay. And hope we try to change and love one another. For us to love somebody unconditionally we should set aside all our insecurities. You will know that you are insecure when you have deep-seated anger, envy/jealousy & fear. We need to stop being jealous and stop being angry and we should stop fearing and face everything bravely. We need to love people fully and love the Philippines unconditionally for whatever it's condition and situation. We should have patriotism.

This is just an opinion... If somebody was offended and all I am sorry.
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