Sunday, July 18, 2010

My Piece and Salutation

I have a lot to be thankful for. One of those is, I need not to go out of the country just so I could live a better life.  I have friends who grew up in the absence of one of their family members, while some of them are actually my friends themselves. Whenever I hear them saying how much they miss their absent mom, dad, sister or brother or their families, I couldn't just be thankful enough that no one in my immediate family has to leave, neither I.

Nonetheless, I cannot perfectly say that no one in my entire family is not working outside the country. I have cousins who, unfortunately, need to work abroad just so they could help sustain the needs of their families, and their personal needs as well.

Some of them are close to me. I could not trade to anything the joy of seeing them whenever they're home. Nothing beats the happiness of being with them and sharing the bond that we have. And then the thought would linger, how I wish they'd stay and not leave anymore.Yes, they are the new generations' heroes, but do they really have to leave just so they'd become heroes?

I believe that the government can only do so much to actually eradicate the emerging number of Filipinos working abroad looking for greener pasture. I do know it's not that easy, but it's never impossible. 

Personally, I would not want that the coming generations would just get used to having an absent mom or dad. A nightmare, that would be. I do not want to wake up one day realizing that most of my friends and family members are leaving this country because they are hopeless.

We say that the family is the basic unit of the society. But how would that be when most of our family members are leaving. How then can we have a good society when the best of the bests are not satisfied with what this country can give?

With all these, the Filipino families suffer most. Should we really need to allow this to happen? I do not want to. 

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To my friends and cousins abroad:

I salute you for your courage. I salute you for dreaming big not just for yourselves but most importantly, for your families. I salute you for conquering homesickness especially during the times when you have wanted to be by your family's side. I salute you for being there not because you want to but because you needed to. I salute you for being brave enough in facing the challenges of being away from home. 

You are an inspiration to me. I wish someday I won't just be saying these things here, but to you guys personally. :)

Most of you, I miss a lot. Everyday, I am looking forward to seeing you in the same land where I am now. :)

God bless.





19 comments:

victor said...

With a government where economic development is hinged on foreign investments and the export of our own people, the prospects are bleak. :(

The Pope said...

Very well said. For many years we've been longing to see the change in our country where migration will be the last option in pursuing our next generations aspirations for greener pasture.

BTW Pam, are you submitting this to PEBA 2010 as your Nominees' blog entry?

Mr. Thoughtskoto said...

this is a heartwarming post. Congratulations for being the first nominee! To be a nominee is already a winner.

NoBenta said...

pam, your entry is really heartwarming. the kind of blog i would love to read again and again.

thanks for posting this entry. i'm sure that it will inspire a lot of ofws.

Ms. Forgetful said...

This piece reflects how beautiful your heart is.

The world needs people like you.

http://www.pinoyexpatsblogawards.com/

Unnamed Psalmist said...

Indeed, this is a good post!

Life Moto said...

you are blessed to have a great life in our mother land. Its my dream also that someday my children will not leave to search for a greener pasture. instead to have a best life in our home. thank for sharing.

Rcyan M. said...

With the type of economy we have, we cannot blame our fellow Filipinos if they choose to go abroad to find a better future for their family. Needless to say, they also are able to contribute to the slowing of our economic decline.

Nice blog. Keep it up.

Yellow Bells said...

Hello there Pam,
First of all you have a very nice layout. Second of all, I love the sympathy that you have shown for the OFWs. Mabuhay ka!

Carnation said...

thnx for the encouragement to those abroad...

neildalanon said...

thanks for sharing this heartwarming post. :)

Pamela said...

everyone, thank you for dropping by and for commenting. :)

i appreciate you for being appreciative of my post, and my thoughts about our new heroes. :)

God bless each one of you. :)

siyetehan said...

napaka ironic ng nangyayari sa ating bansa.

proud na proud tayo dahil sabi natin ay nakakalat ang pinoy sa lahat ng sulok ng mundo.

proud na proud tayo sa mga OFWs at tinagurian pa natin silang mga bagong bayani ng bansa.

ngunit at the same time ay nalulungkot naman tayo at hindi natin masagot ang tanong na:

"bakit kailangan pa nilang magtungo sa ibang bansa upang makapagtrabaho?"

The Lady in Green Ruffles said...

nice of you pam for writing this! yet another great piece of art and intellect!

Nortehanon said...

Good luck sa post mo na ito. I'm sure some friends of mine who are with PEBA appreciate your joining the contest. Good luck, Pam!

Oh, and thanks for the add up ;)

Pamela said...

@siyetehan: so true. sobrang ironic talaga. anyways, thank you so much for dropping by. i think nominee ka din, right? good luck as well. :)

@joycee: thanks joyce! so nice to have read those words. :)

@nortehanon: thank you so much kababayan. i am happy to have known an igkasi nortehanon na blogger. :)

Anonymous said...

very well said patod.. hehehehe,...

astrud said...

I love this! Well expressed. Sincerity filled. My kind of message! Cheers! :)

Pamela said...

@astrud: thanks ms.a! :D