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Imagine a World Without Filipinos

I bumped on this beautifully-written article from ArabNews June 16, 2008 issue. The article encompasses what speaks of the Filipino spirit. The article deserves to be published originally, so I am sharing with you the full-length article.


Imagine a world without Filipinos
Abdullah Al-Maghlooth | Al-Watan,

Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”

Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino…

When NFA Rice is not enough

When I was a kid, I never tasted imported rice. This is  because I was reared in the family of rice farmers.

Today, many Pinoys prefer imported rice, not because it is imported. Rather, imported rice is much cheaper than premium grade commercial rice. In today's vocabulary, imported rice is synonymous to NFA rice.

The recent 'national panic' has turned many Filipinos into instant political commentators. This is similar to the time when the Philippine President was being tried in public television.

Rice has been, indeed, a well-loved element of the Filipino culture. We find a close affinity with rice, in other words.

But much has been said about the rice shortage issue. Today, the reality that majority of the Filipinos remains to be poor is the real issue. We can afford the rice shortage if there is something that can 'fill in' during its absence. But for an average Filipino, nothing is left after the rice.

A couple of days from the time of this blog's publication…

Life is in constant change

Agrarian as it may sound, life is, indeed, in constant change.

When I was in college, I was filled with theory-based idealisms. I told myself I will become one of my country's loyal servants.

Life at first was easy. I considered myself lucky because I enjoyed everything I wanted. Little did I know there would be obstacles and crossroads along the way.

Now, after years of acquiring trainings, I am a hopeful worker to a first-world country. It really sounded ridiculous when I first thought of it. But there is little choice in life. To raise a family and to see them enjoying the fruits of my labor is my utmost intention right now.

To make a decision that's quite far from what I actually want really breaks my heart because I have very few choices.

I have anticipated the mockery that will be thrown to me by former colleagues in the nationalist movement and in the University. The 'Uncle Sam' who was always at the center of our discourse is just a stone's throw away.

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