Wednesday, September 2, 2009

At the End of the Long Day

I have once been asked during my job interviews here in Dubai about what was the best thing about the Philippines. In a stunning declaration, I said that aside from the spectacular and majestic natural beauty that God has endowed the Philippines, one incredible piece of heaven that you could ever find here on earth are the Filipino people. That amidst the hardest blowing wind, we are probably the most positively oriented humans in the world. That though we maybe lacking in riches and what you call economic prosperity, we still take it easy and never forget to celebrate.

It would definitely makes someone proud to hear those words but it feels better when you are in a place where you can exactly compare our race with the others. Here in Dubai where I work, it is inevitable that in one way or another, I have to deal with persons from other nationalities, either directly like having them for officemates or indirectly like seeing them in public places. It’s the true test of who we are in comparison with the rest. Blatantly, you can see how our attitudes differ in contrast with the Germans, the British, Indians, Chinese and Arab people.

At the end of the long day, I feel lucky to be Filipino. We maybe generally be short in height , brown in color and not as physically defined as the others but we are jolly and mighty in the real sense of the word. We are not known for having foul odors. We take good care of our hygiene religiously. We are not like Arabs in character, dominant, sadistic, abusive and lukewarm. We are mildly mannered, hospitable and generous. We are happy to be of help. We may not be as totally liberating as the West, but we are open to embracing changes for the better.

We are likeable and loved. We can bond with almost nationalities with ease and without fear of rejection. We can communicate well enough to be understood by all. We learn things fast and willingly whether it is an office job or something that require some specialized education or skills. We find so much fascination in other culture that sometimes we try to imitate everything we see in them, even the way they speak, the way they act and the way they dress up. But at the end of the long day, we love ours and we patronage ours. We take pride in our world class talents and products.

That what makes us truly unique and distinct. That kind of uniqueness that doesn’t isolate us but rather put us in a level where we are respected and admired in so many fields. Yes, we are just a small and scattered pieces on the map, but our hearts and mind is as solid and big enough to make a difference in this world. We are democratic and many times we have taken the course of our fate into our own hands ( How many more Edsa Revolt will follow?). We are religious and our history is as colorful as the kaleidoscope of colors of the setting sun. So many times, we were conquered, so many times we were divided, but
at the end of the long day, we return home and act as one.

It’s not all good though, as nobody is perfect. We are also humans and hence we are bound to make mistakes. Inevitably, we experience injustice, inequality, discrimination and abuse in the hands of our fellowmen. Indirectly, we are being punished by the effects of corruption in the government, our people’s diminishing moral and our disgusting crab mentality. Poverty is rampant just as the rich becomes richer. The means for survival is becoming less affordable. This is evidenced by hundreds of us leaving our family behind and wanting to work abroad. But at the end of the long day, no amount of money can equate to the joys and pains of sharing your every moment with your loved ones back home. That we’d rather have bad times with them than to have good times somewhere else across the globe without our loved ones.

Having been out of the country working as an OFW for two years now, despite the conflicting struggles inherent of each so called new heroes, I feel honored and proud that I got to embody the essence of being born brown and black eyed. In my workplace, Filipinos are the superstars because we work hard and we work with dedication. Back home, I got to play a good citizen's role in providing for my familiy's needs and infusing much needed dollars to our economy in my own capacity. I just hope, that at the end of the long day, our sacrifices will serve as an inspiration for government to move forward and our families to rally behind our desire for a more fruitful lives.


  1. at the end of the day, reading one of the Middle East best bloggers (that I know) post makes me me inspired, and yes, proud that I am and will always be a Filipino, doing what's best not just for ourselves, but most of the time, for others. Well, because at the end of the day, we reflect, and felt tremendous fulfillment and satisfaction because napasaya or naging instrument tau para maging masaya ang ibang tao.

    For me, that's what you are Chico. and thank you.

  2. truly being a filipino is great!

  3. And at the end of the long day... we see ourselves inside a nipa hut eating native chicken tinola and grilled tilapia with green mango and ensaladang talong... perfected with iced cold buko juice!!!

  4. at the end of the day...we should always be proud ofor being filipino na kumakain ng balot at tokeneneng sa kanto...hehehe

  5. i agree w/ mostly of what u said... that's why i'm also proud to be pinoy... but sadly sometimes... some filipinos have some not so nice traits... but of course.. we are juz humans and we are not perfect... so no need to focus on that...

    and i think yeah one of d' best trait of pinoys are bein happy/jolly person even sometimes their in a middle of a crisis/problem in their life...
    also eventhough they don't have much in terms of materials things, food, etch... they are still happier people compared to others who have all the things in the yeah... i guess that'll all for now..

    take care.. Godbless! -di

  6. at the end of the day, we will not forget that we are all God's creation - let's be for each other..

  7. At the end of the day I am happy to find a worth reading blog article where I can really relate as a real Filipino.

    Kudos to your post Chico.

    You make me more proud of being a Filipino.

    God bless you.

  8. @ mr. thoughtskoto: salamat po sa compliment. kasiyahan at karangalan ko na rin ang magsulat at maka inspire sa ibang tao.

    @ nash: mabuhay ka tol! ipagpatuloy mo lang yang mabuti mong gawain sa pagkuha ng mga litrato at proud ako sa galing mo.

    @ indescent mind: salamat po.

    @ azel: at the end of the long day: babalik at babalik pa rin tayo kung san tayo nagmula. sa pinas simepre para lasapina ng mangga at bagoong, ang traffic at alimuom.

  9. @ poging ilocano: wahh miss ko na balot! bibili nga ako mamaya niyan sa manila supermarket tapos ilalaga ko,with sukang maanghang!

    @ dhianz: jan tayo angat. nakangiti pa rin kahit walang pera. hehehe. nakukuha pa rin tumawa kahit marami problema.

    take care din.

    @ ruel: yeah right. we
    re all in this together.

    @ pope: salamat po pope@ isa kayo sa mga tinitingala kong blogger. inspiring ang inyong mga blogs! mabuhay po tayong lahat!

  10. Impressive header! Nakakabilib.

    It's my first time here (if I'm not mistaken) and it will surely not be the last.

    That one thing that makes me proudest being a Filipino, it's our resilience. Kahit gaano kahirap, kahit mukhang hindi kaya, kinakaya natin. I think we all have the makings of a hero, don't you think?

    And in come our negative traits! I sooo hate crab mentality. And I think that's one reason why we can't move forward towards progress. Sana pag nakaupo na si Noynoy, may mabago (talagang may plugging?).

  11. Ang galing naman ng analysis mo, I am proud to be a pinoy too ^_^

    You are a very good observer. =)

    Punta ka sa site ko ah salamat!

  12. at the end of the long day.. sa pilipinas pa din ako babalik, at maglilingkod sa aking pamilya at kababayan..

    proud to be pinoy!

  13. Kung ako ang nag-interview sa 'yo, matatahimik ako. Ang husay ng sagot mo. Ikaw ang tambay na talagang matalino. U

    Whew! Bilib ako kung paano mo ilarawan ang ugali ng mga Arabo. Ako, ayaw kong ilarawan ng tulad niyan ang mga Australians.

  14. @ kumagcow: di lan yan observation, base yan sa totoong buhay, dito kasi sa dubai, everyday puro ibang lahi ang kaharap ko kaya alam ko na mas ok maging pinoy kesa maging sila..mas mamabait tayo!

    @ batang henyo: hmmm parang gusto mong pumasok s apulitika eh, sige linisin mo ang bayan natin ng mga corrupt na opisyal. hehehe

    @ rj: naku kung siguro eh bibigyan ka ng grading sheet ng mga aussie sa pagiging pilipino mo doc rj, baka lumagpas ng 100 ang score mo sa sobrang bait mo. hehehe