From a friend
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
< BR>MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
Filipinos always complain about the corruption in
the Philippines . Do you really think the 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
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 rich in Asia . 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 corrup t 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
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 had
only 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 experience.
In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow
money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany 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 hel p them. I also worked
for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only
thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we
have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my
neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines ? 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 everyday.
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
Man y 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 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 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.
ost 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 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 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 alrea dy know that God also will be very happy if
you love others.
That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.
How do Korean see the Philippines?
This message has traveled every email account in the web. The first time I received this was two years ago and now, it just found another way to visit me. I was actually thinking that it reached me just in time. I'm asking for the permission of the person who wrote this. And this is credited to you- whoever you are, thank you!