I got this message in my in box recently, now I don���t know who this
guy Kim is personally, I also don���t know where this message originated
from but I think this is worth passing on to you fellow pinoys here in soulcast.

The message goes: 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.
This is an essay written by a Korean student I want to
share with you. (Never mind the grammar;
it's the CONTENT that counts ) Maybe it is timely to
think about this in the midst of all the confusion at present.

Jaeyoun Kim

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
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 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 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
. They asked to him, "President, when can we be well off?"
That was the only question everyone asked to him.
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 help 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 Philippines .
Many 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. Most of people just took a boat and
enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love
for them.
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 s mall 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
 Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood
and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.
That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.


  • queenparanoia said Jun 9, 2007...
    sadly, hard to accept his statement but its all true. there is no love for our country... i hope someday this will change though...
  • Ormocanon said Jun 10, 2007...
    qp, all is not lost...aasenso din ang 'pinas. There are many private individuals and organizations who are engaged in nation building...they're just not in the limelight. Sana dadami pa ang katulad nila. :) What we need are heroes to inspire us, I'm not talking about the kind who would not mind dragging the country down just to get rid of Pres. Arroyo, rather, I'm talking about the mayor who makes his city a good environment for business to thrive, the governor who makes his or her province attractive to potential investors, the government employee who wouldn't take grease money...the teacher who goes the extra mile to make her students learn... Funny, but it's the 'rotten apples' that usually get the media mileage.
  • queenparanoia said Jun 10, 2007...
    yeah youre right...   i  think our country should invest more in technology and in education than use the money in pork barel. tingnan mo ibang bansa grabe ang asenso di ba? japan was a mess after world war II pero ngayon grabe they live in the future while we stay in the past!
  • Rhodes said Jul 2, 2007...
    yes, i think the korean is right. only a very small fraction of the Filipino people still feel for this country. I think this korean is also one of the very very few KOreans who aren't prejudiced towards our race.
  • Ormocanon said Jul 8, 2007...
    "..only a very small fraction of the Filipino people still feel for this country.."    I beg to disagree on that, Rhodes. Had you stated instead that "a very small fraction of politicians still feel for this country." -I would have agreed. Its been the politicians that have been screwing us all these years;  they amassed millions while they're in power. Marcos started it big time and I guess he established a precedent.
  • Rhodes said Jul 19, 2007...
    to Ormocanon..So are you saying that there are more Filipinos who still feel for their country?  If this is true why isn't it evident?  If you ask me, these politicians are just representatives of a larger portion.  It so happened that they are in the limelight because they're politicians. Who put them into power in the first place?  The very people who cared enough to exchange the future of their country for a day's pay?!!?    And regarding Marcos, I can't understand why the Filipinos think he is to be hated when in fact it was only during his time that the Philippines really soared. 
  • queenparanoia said Jul 19, 2007...
    ay away kayo? sige nood lang ako dito ;)
  • Ormocanon said Jul 20, 2007...
    "It so happened that they are in the limelight because they're politicians. Who put them into power in the first place? The very people who cared enough to exchange the future of their country for a day's pay?!!?"  -- good point there Rhodes."...regarding Marcos, I can't understand why the Filipinos think he is to be hated when in fact it was only during his time that the Philippines really soared." --Rhodes, Marcos set a precedent in stealing big time. His ill-gotten wealth is well documented and amounted in the billions of dollars.Just imagine, when ordinary folks steal, the government sends them to the Bilibid Prisons.In the case of the Marcoses, the government had to negotiate with them  about the recovery of the stolen money.qp, hindi away ito, this is an honest to goodness discussion about us pinoys and the sad reality that many filipinos sell their votes during elections.
  • queenparanoia said Aug 3, 2007...
    hoy. huwag ka namang anonymous! magpakilala ka!!! =) by the way you have a point!!! =)
  • Ormocanon said Jan 10, 2008...
    " to be honest, i don't feel as patriotic as I was in my younger years... I just live my life and do my best one day at a time coz you never know who's the next wacko among our government leaders who will 'rock the boat' and leave us to start all over again..." -anonymousYou have a very good point, anonymous, ...live life and do one's best one day at a time makes sense to me.
  • pinoythinker said Mar 29, 2008...
    During a short-lived term in the 90's, I recall the Philippines being regarded as the new Tiger of Asia. This meant that the prospects of the country, in comparison to most of east/southeast Asia, was very high and the country received great attention from global businesses. Unfortunately, the "boom" never came. Who are we? What is our identity? Ano ba ang pag-ibig natin? Ano ang gusto natin?
  • Ormocanon said May 11, 2008...
    "This meant that the prospects of the country, in comparison to most of east/southeast Asia, was very high and the country received great attention from global businesses. Unfortunately, the "boom" never came. Who are we?"- pinoythinkerUnfortunately, we pinoys have this horrible habit of gleefully indulging in self-distruction.
  • LeekangBi said Aug 13, 2008...
    Right! everybody has his/her own way of thinking.So,a change should begin with oneself before you can make others to change.I'm Korean and I've been living in the Philippines for about 5 years now and based from my own observation,there's so many differences between two countries but there's also many things in common.I can say Korea is advanced from infrastructures and technological side.But If I would be asked to choose where to live?I would rather choose Philippines.Why did I say that? it's because I think majority of Filipinos are friendly and approachable I felt like I'm in my real home compare way back when I was still living in Korea. As for the present Philippine economy, it's not that bad at all and in fact it is growing rapidly in spite of many uncontrollable circumstances.It's the only country in whole Asia to have a GDP growth of 13%. My children are also studying in the Philippines and from them I can tell that they're much more happy compare when we were in Korea. As for the love for country.I don't think it is lacking from Filipinos. It's the same as anybody Else's patriotism.I converse with my Filipino friends in Korea and they said that if given the opportunity they would not live their country if only work will be abundant. Sadly there are still poor regions in the Philippines that needs a great priority to start a good standard way of living. As I've already said there are bad and good people so we cannot do anything about it.A change should start from oneself and that's what I think Filipinos are lacking of the guts to change norms.It has something to do with political leaders in the Philippines.If they would only give a heart full of priority in making jobs abundant, wrong norms will be changed to positivity and success will come easy. That's what my country did.More jobs for the people, for the people will give the life to their country. I love Filipinos they're good to us even if we are strangers.We'll no one is perfect so I do not expect Philippines to be perfect. As long as unity is there Philippines will reach it's peak of success just like my country.
  • queenparanoia said Aug 14, 2008...
    leekangbi: i'm glad you like our country... ;-)
  • rickyc said Aug 24, 2008...
    Im a 25 yr old male from London, living in Philippines. I find Koreans to be rude, arrogant and racist. Korean only became richer because of aid and protection given from the western world. The reason being your country was frontline on the war against communism. It has nothing to do with love?????? or that koreans are better the filipinos, or any other shit you may be inclined to write. I would personally rather talk with 1 poor filipino then 100 hundred rich Koreans, I would certainly have more fun. If a countries success was measured in laughter and happyness, not GDP and dollars, Philippines would be the envy of the world, probably number 1. Korea Im sure would linger near the bottom probably behind Iraq and Afghanistan. I choose to live in Philippines, not for the obvious reasons girls and cost of living, but because I always find myself smiling, laughing and dancing when here. I am already deciding to leave Philippines though it has become infested with ugly racist koreans, who kill the atmosphere. So I'm off to Brazil soon, I pray it will be void of Koreans.
  • Ormocanon said Sep 6, 2008...
    "I am already deciding to leave Philippines though it has become infested with ugly racist koreans, who kill the atmosphere. So I'm off to Brazil soon, I pray it will be void of Koreans." - rickycGood thing you don't hate Filipinos rickyc, or you'd be very disappointed and get a headache wherever it is you plan to go, you see, we've already conquered the world. We're everywhere.    :)
  • dan6772 said Sep 16, 2008...
    I am a filipino and somehow got the point of this nice korean.He has a point to make that we should examine ourselves not examining others or the politicians.We should love our country and if our politicians are the problem let it be let them be as long as every one of us do the right thing and always thinking positively everything will be alright....Do not be bothered by these politicians as the saying goes you cannot change others because you have no control over them but you can change yourself because you have control over yourself.
  • dan6772 said Sep 16, 2008...
    I think the move to revolutionize the burning love we have lost for our country must start with our mindset. Let us rally behind our government no matter what.Let us not think of other's point of view that its alright for the Philippines to be poor and be trampled by races from outside world.There is a need for us to rethink our position and change for the better lets start from ourselves and the rest will follow...or else we will be trampled upon.
  • danum03 said Sep 17, 2008...
    it is also right to change our own selves first. but what will be the difference when people keep on acting like nothing is happening? i think the problem still lies in the fact that the government is corrupt. kahit anong gawin ng tao, silang may kapangyarihan pa rin ang may kontrol dahil sila ang may pera. ano ba ang naidudulot ng eleksyon kung patuloy ang suhulan at bayaran sa lahat ng sangay ng ating lipunan? hindi ba't nasanay na tayong mga Pilipino na umoo na lang sa mga pangyayaring nagaganap sa ating lipunan? totoong may nagmamahal pa rin sa Pilipinas pero gaano pa katagal ang hihintayin natin para mabago ang bulok na sistema at ideolohiya na umiikot sa ating kamalayan? paano natin ito gagawin?.....
  • rahj said Oct 24, 2008...
    as long as they dont federalized the country there is no improvement in the philippines!
  • Yonamaria said Nov 8, 2008...
    it's very admirable that even a KOREAN wrote this, the people is the key, with the help of those government officials of course. and they call themselves leaders?! plain rubbish, they don't even have love for our country! what a shame. scammers. *sighs* I would do anything to improve the state of the Philippines, but it takes all the Filipinos, and not just I alone. TC! GOD BLESS!
  • kb0bz said Nov 25, 2008...
    these are some of the attitudes why the filipino/philippines is still poor: 1. they are good in BLAIMING others 2. LAZY 3. they are selling there votes to selfish politicians for hundred bucks only. and that hundred bucks is just good for 1minute spending..and suffer for the rest 4. they are good in waiting for what the government can do to save there lives 5. and there government is fucked up,waiting for dollar remittances from domestic helpers abroad,they called as new hereos. what a heck! 6. and they dont love their own country! what a shame!
  • Ben said Feb 17, 2009...
    I read this article and i feel shame on this, there are many poor people here in the philippines and i am one of them, i was so sad that i saw this on my time. But even we want to step forward and look for another way on how to change it.. I think we have to start it on our own values.
  • jmark00meipia said Mar 4, 2009...
    what can i say.. all i can say is that there is a part of us filipinos wherein there is greedyness.. true, love can be a reason why philippines is suffering from poverty but for me, while reading this essay that kim wrote, i feel that theres something lacking in it.. when i had my last vacation in Philippines, i found out that the people there are too somewhat evil.. ang sama ng ugali, grabe!! filipinos just want to brag and brag.. we must learn from the sayings on kim's essay so that we will not to be laughed at and look down under us..
  • tuner41 said Mar 24, 2009...
    "Im a 25 yr old male from London, living in Philippines. I find Koreans to be rude, arrogant and racist. Korean only became richer because of aid and protection given from the western world. The reason being your country was frontline on the war against communism. It has nothing to do with love?????? or that koreans are better the filipinos, or any other shit you may be inclined to write. I would personally rather talk with 1 poor filipino then 100 hundred rich Koreans, I would certainly have more fun. If a countries success was measured in laughter and happyness, not GDP and dollars, Philippines would be the envy of the world, probably number 1. Korea Im sure would linger near the bottom probably behind Iraq and Afghanistan. I choose to live in Philippines, not for the obvious reasons girls and cost of living, but because I always find myself smiling, laughing and dancing when here. I am already deciding to leave Philippines though it has become infested with ugly racist koreans, who kill the atmosphere. So I'm off to Brazil soon, I pray it will be void of Koreans."  -rickycfirst of all, i need to say that a small number of people in a race should not reflect the whole race. what you said about how koreans are rude, arrogant, and racist can go for some koreans but not for all just like it can go for other races too. although, i do know a korean that thinks his country south korea is better than the philippines because of the economic status which does show arrogance but i also know koreans that are cool and are also my friends.rickyc, i am only half filipino and grew up in the united states but i find what you said about filipinos true. they are welcoming and friendly to anyone who goes there and just expects people to respect them back. they also make sure that everyone who visits has a good time which is the reason why many people from different countries visit the philippines.also, i honestly do not agree with the essay because there is no reason why filipinos would not love their country. since most filipinos are friendly to anyone who visits their country, they should be proud of their hospitality. well maybe some filipinos might be frustrated about their economic status but i dont think that should be a factor in whether they should love their country. what really matters is their personality and attitude toward other people which is why people like rickyc enjoy being around them. like with what rickyc said but reworded without the specific races: "it is better to be around 1 cool person than 100 jerks" which does not in any way represent the koreans as jerks
  • Juan_Makabayan said Mar 24, 2009...
    This is true..guess what its not too late for us Filipinos if we teach our kids now .. in school in our home.. if we teach them the true meaning of love.. not just to love a person but love as a whole... if we teach them to respect and be thankfull to what they have in life I think some day Filipinos can really be proud of our country... if we love our country we can have a better place to live... a clean place where people respect each other, a diciplined filipino is the key to success. High Five ! ! !
  • Person123 said May 12, 2009...
    *to the person who said it was Marcos that made the Philippines soar...you're a "total" airhead and aren't reading clearly -.- ...in the past the  Philippines was second to Japan in terms economy and education... but when Marcos came in the picture.. BAM!...the the Phils. went down in a flash, and it was hard to get up ever since...*also... to the person who said that South Korea started way before the Phils...wow...confirm your facts first...please...-.- ... the Korean War was in the 1950's ...and Korea was poorer than the Phils. back then..they had to start from scratch...so the Phils. was in fact the one who started first... again ... it was only when Marcos showed up that the Phils. fell... and yeah South Korea had some help to rise but at least they maintained being a progressive country*and to all the Filipinos that would be reading this, here are some of Filipino problems:1.FILIPINOS ALWAYS BLAME OTHERS (the government)(Gloria Macapagal is raising our economy..she's not pushing it down OKAY?)..(besides someone new(i hope so) will replace her next year anyway  (Hopefully the new pres. will make the economy skyrocket!) 2.SOME FILIPINO PEOPLE ARE FREAKING LAZY! (always praying is good but c'mon...with no action? *blech* 3.FILIPINOS ARE WAY TOO FREAKIN' OPTIMISTIC example: Poor Fil: Oh , were happy with our lives and our family is happy that's all that matters even if we're way too freaking poor....Rich Fil/foreigner: -.- .....whaat? ...where the hell do you pull your happiness from?.... Optimistic+Hardworking-ness = money for better life = ETERNAL HAPPINESS4.HALF(or at least 40%) of the FIL Population ARE DUMB/STUPID (whichever) and don't really care about their stupidness...they only care about entertainment...-.- ...Fix these problems..or at least minimize them....and you'll see a Rising economy right thereIf your a Fil and you don't have any of the problems above...well good for you. I hope it stays that way...Ok i'm done... I hope i enlighten some of you :)... and maybe some will get angrier xDand yes I am a Filipino :) ...who is luckier(richer) than most of you
  • Ormocanon said May 20, 2009...
    "4.HALF(or at least 40%) of the FIL Population ARE DUMB/STUPID (whichever) and don't really care about their stupidness...they only care about entertainment...-.- .....and yes I am a Filipino :) ...who is luckier(richer) than most of you - person123To those of you who feel slighted by person123's remarks and want to prove him wrong, here's an opportunity to prove you're part of the solution to our nation's problems.
  • abakada said Jun 3, 2009...
    yeah. the korean is right. how many politicians are being blamed? well in fact, all of us are in fault. this essay is so inspiring. I also felt that much love for our country.. but it's also tiring... sometimes. Filipinos are intelligent people. In fact, many of our inventors who have been rejected by the government (because of lack of budget) went abroad and became famous. How many among us thought of offering our knowledge and capabilities to the Philippines instead of abroad without regards to the salary? I mean, hello. we have to wake up. It's time to change.
  • woooooot said Jun 3, 2009...
    well yeah. haha lots of Filipinos are freaking lazies! and satisfied with their lives! :)) that makes sense. FILIPINOS (majority) DON'T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND BRAVERY OF AIMING HIGH. Aim High Filipinos! :) Good Luck to all of us. I'll do good on college and the life after that. I wanna make all of us full. :)
  • haynakooo said Jun 5, 2009...
    Un na nga kasi... maxado tayong laid back para sa relihiyon natin... pede nman maging succesful ang maraming bagay... maxado lang tayong nag papa apekto sa batikos lalo na ang galing sa simbahan... I am a catholic but... mas gugustuhing kong umasenso dahil nag hirap ako at di umasa sa himala.... di ba nga ang sabi... "Do your best and God will do the rest"... Pwede namang maging relihiyoso kasabay nang pag babago nang cultura... kasi kung di natin gagwin un wala din tayong mararating.
  • margotapril said Jun 16, 2009...
    I was glad how foreigner like Jaeyoun Kim reacts and sympathized for Filipinos. But , i was worried about her letter...on her first part of her story,,,she said her father and brothers died because of famine, contrary to her last part that her parents went to manila and she forces THEM to take a ride ( boat ). " just a comment ".....Bay Breeze
  • margotapril said Jun 16, 2009...
    I think he should rewrite it again,
  • margotapril said Jun 16, 2009...
  • filipinosRmonkeys said Jul 24, 2009...
    This Korean is obviously a reject from South Korea. His 3rd world improper filipino monkey English is evident that he hasn't learned anything worthwhile living in that dirty 3rd world monkey island. He's probably not allowed to come back to South Korea, and that's a good thing!
  • Idol_ko_si_cory said Aug 6, 2009...
    Pride sometimes blinds us of our own wrongdoings... sa mga nasasaktan or afftected sa essay, malamang tama siguro sya diba? Pero kung titingnan natin yung essay, totoo naman talaga e, wala naman talaga tayo pakialam sa isa't isa e, ang atin lang e basta tayo okay bahala ka jan... ganun naman tayo diba? pag nasa taas na always on guard na, dahil deep down alam natin na may mga iba na pwede na humila sa atin pababa... nagkakaron na lang ng domino effect kumbaga... sa mga nagwawala about sa politicians, kahit naman anong arte mo bumoto ka din e, malamang yung binoto mo bulok din pagtagal... I mean kahit sino naman ang ilagay mo sa pwesto kesyo may magawa ng tama kesyo corrupt ganun padin ang reaction e... lahat ng tao sa Pilipinas ay naging makasarili at sobrang magulang na ang iba naman nasobrahan ata sa pagiging kuntento sa buhay nila, na kahit magdildil na lang sila ng asin, okay lang dahil inaakala nila na hanggang dun na lang sila dahil sa isip nila mahina ang kanilang ulo... hanggat walang haharap sa madla na magsasabi na kayo ang may kasalanan hindi ako at walang madla na magsasabi na kikilos kami para sa sarili at bayan nang di mo ako sisihin, walang mangyayari... Tama yung Korean... Masakit sinabi nya pero tama sya...
  • popoy said Sep 11, 2009...
    Ok to ha... Tama talaga yung korean... Tingin ko hindi na mababago ang pilipinas. Aasa pa ba kyo sa susunod natin na president? WALA na.. Lahat nangungurakot. Mula sa brgy captain hangang presidente.. Wala na talagang matinong mamumuno satin. Sino pa kaya ang tatakbo sa halalan para magsilbi at hindi pagkakitaan ang pagiging opisyal??? Manny Villar hindi kita iboboto... pinakamalaki ginagastos mo/ kaw din pinakamalaki babawiin sa pondo ng bayan.
  • kb0bz said Oct 2, 2009...
  • keroro said Oct 2, 2009...
    this blog is absolutely correct..TAma mga koreano, walng pagbabago sating mga pinoy. Di nmn sa maharap tayu pero dahil n ren sa atin. Cguro nga panget mga komento pero 22o nmn dbA?
  • daijean11 said Oct 2, 2009...
    well, most of this korean said is true but somehow i don't feel right. it's like one side of my mind is saying he's right and the other one is saying that he's a hypocrite. maybe he's really a good person but is he SURE that his fellow koreans are like him(good/love their country)? koreans, japanese, americans, filipinos ~ all the races in the world..they have people that are good and that are not! he can't say that all/most of the filipinos don't love their country 'cause he only talked to TWO PRISONERS..he doesn't know everyone in the philippines, so he shouldn't act like he knows all that's happening here. when i've finished reading his essay, this phrase crossed my mind.."he's a racist but delivered it in a good way.."..lol..just my opinion..
  • halfbreedpinay said Oct 4, 2009...
    filipinos are always pointing fingers to one another.. lots of reactions instead of giving action.. we're always finding a way out and not finding ways to get through one problem.. we're striving hard for the wealth of ourselves and not for each & everyone.. most of all, filipinos (not all) are pulling oneself down.. kapag may umaasenso sa kapitbahay, naiinggit tayo (dont deny this pls).. we will think how our neighbor eh di makakaangat sa tin.. let's face it, this korean who wrote the letter above is right.. we're indeed lucky kc ang dami nating resources, masisipag, matatalino, at matyaga ang bawat Pilipino pero how come mas nagiging mahirap tayo everyday?? yes, we have corrupted government we can't deny that fact BUT if we change each of us into better, siguro naman may kahihiyan din yang mga nakaupong yan.. this is just my point of views lang po..
  • rougued said Oct 5, 2009...
    as i scrutinize every answer in this thread (of some sort), majority of all the answers say that the notion of this korean is right.. but, are we doing anything to change it? wouldn't it be such a pathetic act not to change the things we ought to be wrong? always remember: less talk, more action.. +J.I.P.+
  • stopprejudice said Oct 7, 2009...
    can't we just stop blaming each other? it would do no good to all of us. let's just work hand in hand for progress. let's not lose hope. that's what kim is trying to say. Filipinos lack love for each other, coz they keep on pointing fingers and not doing anything. One for all. All for one. Godbless :-) -Filipina
  • juanitomakabayan said Oct 23, 2009...
    A LETTER TO THE SOUTH KOREAN STUDENT WHO WROTE A SHORT ESSAY ON THE PHILIPPINES Dear Kim Jaeyoun, Your short essay on the Philippines has been circulating around e-mail groups, blogs, and websites for years now. Thank you for your concern and thank you for calling on us Filipinos to love our country. It is precisely because we love our country dearly that is why we have raised our voices to condemn the corruption that has been going on for decades now. Filipinos have always complained of corruption because it is a reality that one cannot deny. Several surveys can attest to this cancerous scourge devouring the nation. The Philippines’ dismal rating in the 2008 Global Corruption Report released by the Transparency International dropped 10 places from the previous year, tying for 141st place with Cameroon, Iran and Yemen. Last year, the country tied for 131st place with Burundi, Honduras, Iran, Libya, Nepal and Yemen. In Asia, the Philippines rated higher than Indonesia at 143rd place. In 2007, Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) came out with a survey that the Philippines was the most corrupt country in Asia. To say that corruption is not the problem only exacerbates the problem. It only serves to promote the culture of corruption now plaguing the country. By denying corruption and keeping silent about it we are making this culture of corruption the norm. Corruption continues to worsen the incidence of poverty and deny much-needed social services to millions of Filipinos. The $329.48-million ZTE broadband network scam, the P728-million fertilizer scam, the Jose Pidal bank accounts, the Northrail project, the $14-million IMPSA power plant project, the P1.3-billion poll automation project, and the Macapagal Boulevard project, and lately the World Bank-funded road project - all these could have been spent to provide badly-needed education and health services to millions of impoverished Filipinos. It could have been used to help the Department of Education (DepEd) bridge its resource gaps of classrooms, textbooks and teachers or could also have been used to increase subsidies for indigent patients in government hospitals such as the Philippine General Hospital. Now let us talk about your country. I really don’t know much about your country except that I highly admire the way you South Koreans have developed as a nation. From a poor nation after the war, you are now developed enough to be considered a first world nation. I admire your country and your people because you had the political will to build your nation. Like us, you battled dictatorships and military juntas. I was a student when I heard about the brave men and women of Kwangju who were mercilessly massacred by the troops of the military dictatorship. It was love of country that led to this 1980 pro-democracy uprising, they tried to quell it but the tanks and guns could not stop the freedom-loving South Koreans quest for democracy. . And yes, you South Koreans had a strong sense of love for your country that is why you sent 2 of your former Presidents, Chun Doo-Hwan and Roh Tae-Woo in 1995 to jail after being convicted of receiving bribes and inciting mutiny. You too had the courage to send the 2 sons of President Kim Dae-Jung to three-and.a-half years in prison for taking bribes from big business. We Filipinos will have that kind of love of country too. And it will be soon. Juanito Makabayan
  • MoonLight03 said Nov 4, 2009...
    Obvious naman na tama yung Korean guy. Aminin na natin na mas iniisip natin sarili nating kapakanan kesa sa Pilipinas. And look at us now. Angat na angat na ang Korea. Habang tayo nabubuhay nalang dahil sa call center. Hindi na nga rin magaling magenglish Filipinos eh. Even teachers no longer speak that well in english. Sobrang kulang din tayo sa disiplina. Tamang sakayan at tawiran na nga lang di pa masunod eh.
  • euqin said Jan 12, 2010...
    try nio nlng cmulan s srili nio ang pagbbgoh...ualang mngyayare kung lgeh lng kau mghhnap ng kzma....cmulan mu s srili mu, inspire others, and let them find in their hearts un g spirit n nhnp nio s srili nio....let's not juz be lyk those korean's, let's try to be better...for the best...^_^
  • fs1234 said Jan 13, 2010...
    wg na kcng sisihan ng sisihan. nsa present tau at wla tau sa past. hello? khit sisihin nyo pang corrupt ang gobyerno, khit iskwater me pgkacorrupt dn nman noh khit sino pde mging corrupt khit jeepney driver. kahit ikaw pa o khit cnu. kulang lng tlga tau sa disiplina. un lng nman sagot jan eh kanya kanyang disiplina sa buhay. kng mgttrabaho ka at iaahon sarili mu col ctr man yan o sa palengke, at gnun dn ang iba eh d aasenso tau. kanya kanyang dskarte lng yan eh wg lng msamang dskarte. tska wg na puro arte. trabaho lng ng trabaho. gawa lng ng gawa ng paraan, mbuting paraan nman. ;)
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  • omipogi said Jan 23, 2010...
    Yup, i agree with the Korean who wrote the essay..Love is all we need.. Let us stop pointing the mistakes to others. Lagi kasi tayong ngsisisihan e. I know may mga mali ring nagagawa ang government natin, but as the quote says "nobody's perfect". I think all we have to do is to trust kung sino man yung nasa pwesto. What happens is rally everyday and everywhere. Lagi kasi nating sinisisi yung nasa pwesto. We should think first kung ano ba yung nagagawa natin for our country. Para kasing everyone would like to be a leader. May mali lang na nagawa ung nasa pwesto or should I say na may nagawa lang na hindi natin gusto as an individual gusto na nating patalsikin. I bet after this election the history will repeat itself, after we vote for a new leader in a matter of time there will be rallies again shouting to oust that leader. Just like what my uncle said, there are too many nominees for the presidency and the Filipinos will be divided according to their number. So if one won with the vote of the 30% of the Filipinos. Imagine 70% of the Filipinos that will protest to remove him/her in the position. That made me realize na oo nga no,para tayong tanga magboboto ng leader tapos papatalsikin.hehe!.. We could love our country in many ways, not only by removing who's in the position because we think na yun ang tama. Like what the Korean said, love for our country and love for everyone.. And that love comes with the trust. ^_^
  • saffron said Jan 23, 2010...
    @kbobz. your dictionary is trash. it's obvious. you can't even spell the word DISCIPLINE right.loser.
  • sweetlittleme486 said Jan 27, 2010...
    When I had finished reading this essay, I totally agree with the writer.. Filipinos lack love.. And not only this, some of them have lost hope and thinks that they would be better off dead than living in such a dreadful life, and who wouldn't? Filipinos should work hard and help one another.. We should not lose hope and learn to realize that things in life are not always fair.. We should also learn to think wisely on the things we do and we want to do..We should not be lazy and wait for miracles to happen.. Because you know what, we make our own miracles.. It's our own choice and everything is in our own hands.. And because of corruption, this is also the reason why Filipinos are having hard times in their life.. And one reason is having a huge family.. Filipinos should have a law stating that there is a limit of having children.. Just like other countries.. Maybe three to four kids? Depending on how many they could give their children needs.. They should think about their budgets and make a decision and thinking about it many times until they are really convinced,than having it right away.. I know that Filipinos are really trying their best just to have a better life, but once we realize that we have tried very hard even for so many years of hard work, we end up of losing hope.. But we shouldn't lose hope,instead, we should do our best, but doing our best isn't really enough, we should put our hearts into it.. We should be happy on what we are doing, even if others think it's pathetic, but for us, make it a treasure and part of us..and, we should also realize that time is worth waiting.. We should also have patience.. So to all Filipinos, do not lose hope, we should face our future, no matter how hard it is or how easy, doing our best and loving what we do is worth living.. ^_^
  • T-Pinoy said Jan 27, 2010...
    I love the Philippines, even though i'm Taiwanese. My wife is filo, and we have a daughter. I went to the Philippines in late 2008. Even though it was my first time there from Australia, i loved it. I found it disturbing that most of the chinese looked down on the filos, and that got me worked up! Hence the reason why i don't hang out with chinese people. I call them users and abusers. All my Tito's/Tita's, Kuya's and Ate's are the most generous and happy people ever. Loving your country is fine, but it's how you make-do with what you have that counts the most.
  • kb0bz said Jan 27, 2010...
    >>saffron: hahaha...you're rite.. one thing i love filipinos becoz they know how to check the correct spelling...hehehe..but still no good,, ''LACKKKK OF DISCIPLINE'' : )
  • AmBoy said Jan 28, 2010...
    hmm, ang gulo. ang gulo. hindi ko alam kung sino or ano ang paniniwalaan at sasangayunan ko. hmm. lahat nman tayo may pagkakamali. siguro we need a LEADER. a leader who is a good listener and follower. dapat makamasa talaga. hmmmf. alam ko bata pa ako at wala pang masyadong alam or experience. pero kung mabibigyan ako ng pagkakataon na maging presidente, bubuhayin ko talaga ang pilipinas. haizt. sana may magaling na tayong leader. Go Filipinos. Go Philippines.
  • lovelovelove said Mar 10, 2010...
    Yeah, the korean has a point but i think, one of the main reason why philippines is suffering right now is because of its people, being pessimistic. Lagi nating sinasabe na kawawa ang pinas kya lalo tayong nagiging ka-awa-awa. Hindi rin ako masyadong sang-ayon sa sinabi nung korean na, walang pagmamahal yung mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas, kasi una sa lahat, bakit ba may mga OFW? Upang makatulong di ba? lalo na sa pamilya nila, pati na sa bayan, dahil alam naman nila na, di lang basta pamilya nila yung matutulungan nila kapag nag work sila sa ibang bansa. Nagsusuffer sila dun sa malayong lugar at nagtatrabaho ng mabuti para mabigyan ng magandang impresyon ang ibang lahi sa Pinas at sa mga Pinoy. Oo nga at ang mga Pilipino ay likas na pasaway. Kasi ang mga Pinoy, alam nila kung paano tapusin ang mga bagay-bagay kahit gaano pa ito kahirap. Ganun ang Pinoy. Pasaway pero madaling pagsabihan. Mahirap lang pasunurin. Pilipino ako at pround ako sa pagiging Pilipino ko. Kahit kailan, hinding hindi ko lalaitin ang pagiging Pilipino ko para lang makasabay sa agos. Philippines needs time to wake up. Natutulog lang Pilipinas ngayon, kailangan lang ng isang prinsipe para gumising dito. Hindi ganon kadaling bumangon mula sa pagkakahirap.
  • i1234 said Apr 20, 2010...
    ang problema sa pinas eh mga politikong mga hayok sa pera at yung pagdidiscriminate natin sa isa't isa..kahit san pa mang bansa..ang daming ganyang pinoy sa kapwang pinoy kaya hindi rin masisisi ang iba kung bakit ayaw nila sa sarili nilang bansa!! tapos imbis bgyan ng trabaho ang mga naghihirap satin para makatulong eh mamaliitin lang at maghahanap ng iba na may "diploma"..eh minsan kung sino pa may natapos yun pa ang pinakawalang kwenta! we cannot blame other countries for criticising us kasi mostly totoo yun at sarili nating kagagawan yun. At ang point ng letter na yan ay NAGTULONG TULONG silang magkakabayan kaya umangat ang bansa nila! TAPOS!
  • okirblank said May 3, 2010...
    toto0ng nangyari yan mga kapinas,dati tayo ang mas angat sa mga kalapit bansa natin spcly d2 s korea,naikwento na rin s kin yan ng visor ko d2 na bakit nga daw nabaliktad na sila na mas angat sa tin,dati kc sya ang overseas worker sa saudi sya dati then yun nga c pres.park nila ang nagkumbinse sa mga overseas fellowmen nila na bumalik at magtulong tulong na lang sa pagpapaunlad ng bansa nila,talagang iniiyak daw prees.park nila sa GOD ang bansang ito,Christian nation din kc cla like pinas,at ngayong election mga kapinas,its time na para mamulat tayo na dapat ang tunay na mamuno sa bansa natin ei yung handa ring iiyak sa DIYOS at tunay talaga na may takot sa DIYOS at tunay ding nagmamahal sa bansa,yung lider na muling ipapakilala sa mundo na tayo talaga ay CHRISTIAN nation,at ang nakikita kong lider na yan ay si bro eddie villanueva,paniwalaan naman natin yung alagad ng DIYOS kasi sa tingin ko sa mga presidentiable ngayon na mga nangunguna sa survey parang lahat sila may mga sariling interes lang at walang pagmamahal sa bansa,anlalaki na ng mga ginastos,paano nila babawiin yun?ei di sa corruption di ba?ei itong si bro eddie sa mga napano0d kong interview ei mga toto0ng donors lang ng mga Christian churches ang pinanggalingan ng pundo sa election,wala rin nman tayong mapapala kung yung mga sikat na pulitiko na nman mananalo e,hanapan na nman cla ng baho nila,ei kung si bro eddie ,malamang wala oposisyon kasi righteous sya e,basta naniniwala ako,GOD will bless the Philippines!!!
  • JonERoyeca said May 14, 2010...
    A REACTION TO A KOREAN STUDENT'S ESSAY INSULTING FILIPINOS FOR BEING LESS NATIONALISTIC We Filipinos don’t get progressive because we lack nationalism? Before anyone makes such an insult against a particular race, he should first undertake the necessary research and some observations, like the following: 1. He should fi...rst read Philippine history books to know that we Filipinos have always fought for our freedom and our native land – from the times of Lapu-lapu, Raha Soliman, Sultan Kudarat, Dagohoy, Sumuroy, Palaris, and dozens of other local heroes, to Rizal, Bonifacio, Aguinaldo, Mabini, and Jacinto; to the World War II generation, when a million Filipinos perished; and recently to the 1986 People Power Revolution. 2. He should observe that Filipino farmers, fishermen, professionals, employees,industrial workers, service personnel, and others work hard here and abroad to earn a decent living for themselves, for their loved ones, and for their country. 3. He should also observe that we Filipinos help one another in our works and festivities, and during personal agonies, man-made disasters, or natural calamities. 4. He should also look at those Filipinos who volunteer in social service and humanitarian endeavors like the Red Cross and rescue efforts; those who extend financial assistance to poor patients in the hospitals, to students from poor families, and to other needy people; those who plant trees and care for nature, the environment, and animals; and those many other unsung heroes among our countrymen. Patriotism and nationalism may not always be tangible in our everyday lives, but when the imperative call for it comes, Filipinos respond enthusiastically. A humbling example of that is the national and local elections of May 10, 2010, in which 38 out of the 50.7 million registered Filipino voters (that was a 75% voters’ turnout) trooped to the polling precincts, and most endured the 2- to 6-hour long wait, the extreme heat and humidity, the hunger, and the exhaustion, just to be able to cast our votes. We did all those sacrifices because we want change – a good government and good leaders. Why do we want all those? Because we care for our country – that’s how simple it is. The Philippines is also a defender of the democracy of the free world. It is one of those countries that dispatched soldiers to the Korean Peninsula in 1950-53 to defend the South Koreans against the suicidal invasion by the fanatical communist North Koreans. One of those sent soldiers was Fidel V. Ramos, who became our nation’s president in 1992-98. I am saddened by the fact that after we helped Korea defend its freedom and democracy in the past, here now comes an irresponsible Korean sporadically spitting on our faces by calling us less patriotic, which is a severe insult to all of our painstaking and hard-earned efforts towards a better country. The problem with some people is that because they are already prosperous, they feel that they already have the right to lecture other citizens about nationalism. And why did that Korean single out the Philippines? Of the more than 230 countries in the world, more than half are poorer than ours. Why doesn’t that Korean go to the more than 100 countries poorer than the Philippines and also lecture the peoples there about this thing called patriotism? For those who want to know the real reasons why the Philippines is a poor country, the following link may help: http://emanila.com/philippines/2010/01/19/why-is-the-philippines-a-poor-country/
  • JonERoyeca said May 18, 2010...
    My Thoughts On Koreans: Do They Really Love Their Country?According to the data of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in 2009, South Korea is the 15th largest economy and 9th biggest exporter out of the 182 surveyed countries in the world. It manufactures and exports electronics, computers, cameras, household appliances, cars, construction equipment, ships, and other high-tech and industrial products, amounting to more than US$350 billion a year. (My own country, the Philippines, is ranked as the world's 47th largest economy and 55th biggest exporter with more than US$50 billion export revenues each year.) From being one of the poorest and the most backward up to the 1950's, South Koreans are now among the world's wealthiest peoples. Koreans believe that they have achieved all of those economic successes because of discipline, perseverance, and most of all, patriotism, their passionate love for the native land. They do love their country. Really? Dr. Syngman Rhee was elected as the first president of the Republic of Korea when it was established in 1948. He was reelected thrice, but he suffered unpopularity because of corruption, fraud, and terrorism committed by his political party right under his nose. The people deplored his third reelection in March 1960 because of widespread electoral fraud. They rioted in the cities, sacked the homes of corrupt government officials, and clashed with the police. The uprising forced Rhee a month later to flee the country and settle in Hawaii with his family and with their loot. Corruption, terrorism, and fraud tarnished the image of the "Father of Korean Independence" and the country's very first president. Rhee's successor, John M. Chang, began a four-year term in July 1960, but was overthrown ten months later by a military rebellion led by General Park Chung-hee. Park claimed that the military had to intervene to save the country from further corruption. He led the country until he got assassinated in 1970. Chun Doo Hwan staged a coup in 1980 and was the nation's leader until 1988. In 1996, he was sentenced to death after having been found guilty of mutiny, treason, and corruption. His successor, Roh Tae Woo, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the same offenses. They were soon pardoned by Pres. Kim Young-sam. On May 19, 2000, South Korea’s Prime Minister Park Tae-joon, one of the country’s prominent industrialists, resigned from office after a court ruled that he had evaded taxes by entrusting real estate to a third person. The court ordered him to pay the government US$1.2 million in taxes (AFP, May 20, 2000). In April-June 2001, the South Korean government arrested 251 banking agency officials and businessmen for corruption and bribery, which cost the country US$1.5 billion. One of those arrested was a former vice defense minister who accepted bribes in return for business favors (AFP, June 30, 2001). On November 30, 2001, South Korea’s finance minister apologized to the public after a state-run audit agency reported that, based on a six-month investigation of 87 banks and non-banking financial institutions, there were 182 cases of misuse or embezzlement by the recipients of public money amounting to US$5.64 billion. The agency asked prosecutors to investigate 44 individuals for allegedly embezzling public funds (Reuters, December 1, 2001). The culture of Korean corruption has already made it into the international arena. In December 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice ordered the South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the world’s largest maker of memory chips for computers and other gadgets, and its U.S. subsidiary, Samsung Semiconductor Ltd., to pay a US$300 million fine to settle accusations that it secretly conspired with industry rivals to fix prices and cheat customers. The justice department had earlier also ordered Samsung’s rivals, Hynix (another Korea-based company) and Infineon Technologies AG (of Germany), to pay US$185 million and US$160 million, respectively, for the same offenses (AP, December 16, 2005). My own country also has the vicious problems of graft and corruption. But I have yet to hear a Philippine-based corporation or any other business firms being slapped with a severe punishment amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars by the government of another country. In May 2009, Roh Moo-hyun, the country's president in 2003-08, jumped to his death in the mountains of rural Korea. He was the first national leader to undertake suicide because of bribery and corruption charges. The corruption committed must have been so massive and shameful that they only possible way out was self-extermination. Koreans project to the world that they are prosperous because they do love their country. They are prosperous, there's nothing to argue about it. But if they really love their country, why is it that graft and corruption has permeated their culture and society? Why is it that it has always been rampant, be it in the government or private sector? I am not making any accusations that Koreans don't love their country. I am not like many Koreans who get intoxicated when they insult the Filipinos by calling us less patriotic. I am only asking why graft and corruption has always accompanied the vaunted Korean patriotism.   Source: http://www.facebook.com/search/?post_form_id=cfbb729c829d479f0f584924f5074d40&q=jon+e+royeca&init=quick&ref=search_preload#!/note.php?note_id=117933141576533  
  • JonERoyeca said May 18, 2010...
    MORE REACTIONS TO A KOREAN STUDENT'S ESSAY INSULTING FILIPINOS FOR BEING LESS NATIONALISTICPATRIOTIC DEEDS ARE ALL NOTHING! For some people, the patriotic deeds of the Filipinos in the past and in the present are all nothing! The past is past; it doesn't count anymore. And so the gallantry, sacrifices, blood, and tears of our ancestors, of our heroes and heroines, of the Filipinos who staged in 1896-98 the revolution against Spanish, of the Filipinos who fought in 1899-1906 the American forces, of the more than one million Filipinos who perished in the fight for freedom against the Japanese invaders in 1941-45, and of the Filipinos who braved armored tanks and warplanes during the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution -- all of these are nothing because they are already the past! They don't prove anything at all that we Filipinos had done patriotic deeds in the past and that we could still do them again. The majority of Filipino voters who demonstrated the spirit of burning patriotism in the May 10, 2010, national and local elections -- they are all nothing! The majority of Filipinos today who work hard and strive hard, here or abroad, to earn for themselves and for their loved ones, and to become productive and honorable citizens of our country -- they are all nothing! For some people, the patriotic deeds of the Filipinos in the past and in the present are all nothing! They don't measure up to anything! They don't count! For those people, the one that counts is that Korean student's essay! Purihin ang langit! Yepeee! TRAITORS Those people who obstinately cling to that racist Korean student's essay belong to the breed of individuals who love believing what foreigners say against Filipinos. Instead of defending their very own race, the race of their ancestors, parents, and children, they rather clap the insults of the foreigners.... See More They are no different from those canines who betrayed their own countrymen to the Japanese during World War II. If the Japanese invade again our country today, those canines will be the first to their point fingers at, and betray, their countrymen to the invaders.STUPID BELIEFS Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} The belief that rich nations are rich because their citizens are patriotic and that poor nations are poor because their citizens lack patriotism is no different from such other stupid beliefs as the following: 1. Handsome or good-looking guys cannot commit rape; only the ugly men can. 2. Rich people don't steal; only the poor do. 3. White people don't shoplift; only the blacks do. Most countries and most citizens of the world are poor. If we would follow that stupid belief on patriotism, it would appear that it is only the wealthy people who are and who know how to be patriotic, while the poor citizens don't know how to love their respective nations.
  • JonERoyeca said May 21, 2010...
    Mahal daw ng mga Koreano ang bansa nila. Pero tadtad sa corruption ang lipunan at kultura nila. Mula pa sa kauna-unahan nilang presidente, hanggang sa kasalukuyan.Pati sa ibang bansa, nagkakalat ang pangungurakot ng mga Koreano. Napaparusahan ang mga korporasyong Koreano sa ibang bansa. Ang mga parusa ay umaabot sa daan-daang milyong dolyar. Nakakahiya.Tapos, huhusgahan nila tayo tungkol sa ating pagkamakabayan. Unahin muna nila ang mga sarili nila.
  • filipina said May 31, 2010...
    im so sad ......habang binabasa ko lahat ng comments...hindi ako makapaniwala na mismong filipino agree sa sinasabi ng koreano na yun!!!!!!! tulad ni kbobz ... sa totoo lng i have a lot of things admire about koreans...pero xempre im still proud to be filipino!!!! i wish someday i will become famous not only in philippines but also in korea and be idolised my many koreans...well im ambitious person and i will do all possible means just to achieve my goal,,gusto kong maging sikat don dahil gusto kong ipagmalaki na isa akong pilipino..dahil sa ngayon nakikita ko na mababa ang tingin sa atin..totoo mahirap lang tayong mga pilipino pero alam ko darating din ang araw na kikilalanin tayo bilang isa sa pinakatanyag at pinakamayamang bansa sa asya!!!
  • herotv10 said Jun 3, 2010...
    Wow, I'm really touched about that article.Well, let's help one another along with the Next President to raise our country from poverty. Even the simplest things can do wonders that can change the point of view of many foreigners about our country.
  • MaligayangMalaya said Jun 10, 2010...
    I agree that economically speaking the Philippines is not a wealthy country but how do you measure wealth? Is it by money? Is it by the material things that you can have? I would venture to say that the Filipinos in the Philippines have a better approach to life compared to other countries that claims to be rich. It is true that democracy in the Philippines is unique in a sense that anybody can choose thier way of life and that nobody forces them to become rich. Happines and contentment is the key factor why Filipinos hold on to thier life and had a very few cases of suicides. Compared to other rich countires whose happiness depends on thier wealth and material things, the Filipinos are very content of what they have. Sure they have ambitions and dreams in life but that's not the main reason why Filipinos have to abandon thier contentment and pursue the fruit of material things that only multiplies the burden and cares that people from rich nations have. Godliness with contentment is of great gain. Am sure glad to be a part of this country. And by the way, loving your country has nothing to do with what you have...it's how content you are to be with your Motherland in her ups and downs. I am a very satisfied Filipino! And I love my Country!
  • JEWKYKE said Jun 16, 2010...
    Philippinos are pretty dumb...Koreans aint too much smarter. When u get a dumb douche going to a country thats even more backwards to get a degree...get real life dumb gookj.......u r the STUPID ONE. Koreans think they have money and go to a country that has a lower economic index then them (FOR STUPID KOREANS LOOK THAT WORD UP IN GOOGLE) they think they are great. Listen u couldnt get into even a crap school in the US thats why u went to the philippines. STOP dissing other people and kill yourself. OXYGEN is precious. Anyways population control is what can keep Korean going so u stupid fuckers all die GOOKS
  • MaligayangMalaya said Jun 28, 2010...
    ve no idea what your talking about....so s부정적인 사고는 나빠요hut up.부정적인 사고는 나빠요
  • MaligayangMalaya said Jun 28, 2010...
    부정적인 사고는 나빠요 You have no idea what you're talking about...so shut up!
  • MaligayangMalaya said Jun 28, 2010...
    Let's Go Korea! Let's Go Philippines!
  • leexa11 said Jun 29, 2010...
    For me the Korean who wrote this letter just want to have Love for our country.. So I realized that we need to love ... to beloved. and help each other. Hope after many years Philippines will change.. or the GOVERNANCE!! CHANGE!!! Gobyerno lang naman nag papa hirap sa PIlipinas..
  • JonERoyeca said Jun 29, 2010...
    Inuulit ko ang punto ko.Ang claim ng isang Koreano, kulang daw sa pagmamahal sa bansa tayong mga Pilipino.Ang counterclaim ko naman: Sila, mahal ba nila ang bansa nila? Tadtad sa korapsyon ang lipunan at kultura nila. Mula pa sa kauna-unahan nilang presidente, hanggang sa kasalukuyan. Pati sa ibang bansa, nagkakalat ang pangungurakot nila. Napaparusahan ang mga korporasyong Koreano sa ibang bansa. Ang mga parusa ay umaabot sa daan-daang milyong dolyar. Nakakahiya.Kung mahal nila ang kanilang bansa, wala sanang korapsyon sa bansa nila, sa pamahalaan man o sa pribadong sektor. Kaso, lantaran ang pangungurakot nila sa bansa nila mismo o sa ibang lupain man.Ano ang karapatan nilang pangaralan tayo tungkol sa pagmamahal sa bayan kung mga talamak silang kurakot?Sana, inuna muna ng Koreanong iyon na pangaralan ang mga kababayan niya bago niya tayo hinusgahan.Sinabihan niya tayong may muta sa mata, samantalang sila, ang kakapal naman ng uling sa mukha.Sana, masagot ng Koreanong iyon o ng mga nagtatanggol sa kanya ang counterclaim ko:Ano ang karapatan ng Koreanong iyon na pagsabihan tayo na kulang sa pagkamakabayan gayong ang bansa niya at ang mga kababayan niya mismo ay kulang na kulang sa pagkamakabayan dahil lulong sa korapsyon?
  • JonERoyeca said Jun 29, 2010...
    Tungkol naman sa crab mentality, hindi lang sa Pilipinas mayroon niyan. Mas masahol pa sa ibang bansa.Huwag naman sana tayong maging makikitid ang isip: Iyon bang sa Pilipinas lang daw makikita ang mga maling gawa gaya ng crab mentality.Huwag nating gayahin ang maraming journalists na ang lalakas ng loob sabihing "Only in the Philippines" kahit hindi naman sila nagsaliksik. Ilan ba ang bansa sa mundong ito? Mahigit 200. Paano nila masasabing "Only in the Philippines" gayong hindi naman nila inisa-isa ang bawat bansa?Para sa crab mentality na iyan, narito ang karagdagan:Crab Mentality Is UniversalIT IS said that we Filipinos have crab mentality and so we do not attain the progress and prosperity we have long been aspiring for, that it is practiced only by us Filipinos, and that we will remain a poor nation if it is not plucked from our selves. For the full article, please click:http://emanila.com/philippines/2010/01/19/crab-mentality-is-universal/
  • JonERoyeca said Jun 30, 2010...
    Ang sinasabing panahon na mas mayaman daw ang Pilipinas sa Korea at iba pang bansa sa Asya ay noong 1950-1960, kung saan may Control Law na sumasaklaw sa dollar-peso exchange rate. Ang isang dolyar noon ay nagkakahalaga ng P2 lang, kaya kung ipinagpapalit sa ibang bansang Asyano ang piso, malaki ang halaga. Ang akala ng ibang bansa, mayaman na ang mga Pilipino. Pero nang mga panahong iyon, karamihan sa mga Pilipino ay mga dukha; nakatira sa mga bahay-kubo; at wala pang radyo, telebisyon, at telepono.Kung maiinggit din lang naman sila sa ibang bansa, bakit sa Pilipinas pa na isang dukha? Bakit hindi sila mainggit sa U.S., Japan, Alemanya, Italya, Gran Britanya, Pransiya, Canada, at iba pang bansa na talagang mayayaman? Bakit Pilipinas ang pinagdidiskitahan nilang kainggitan gayong dukha naman talaga ito?Pang-uuto kasi iyan. Kunwari naiinggit sila sa atin noon dahil mas mayaman daw tayo, kahit ang totoo ay dukha talaga tayo.Pang-uuto. Nagpapauto naman ang marami riyan.
  • mhismst said Jul 3, 2010...
    I just realized many Philippinos have a strong sense of pride for their country which is not that much helpful for their country and their lives. Please think and see objectively and try to accept what other people think about your country. Stop blaming others and look back on yourself. If you don't want to be insulted, try to make things better not to be insulted. Okay, I'm a Korean staying in Philippines. Back in the past, we, Koreans, were insulted and ignored by many people from other developed countries. However, we didn't blame them. Of course, we did blame them but in heart. Instead, we focused on making things better working harder and doing our best to develop the country. We just accept what other people point out and try to change the situation not to be looked down on. Think about this.
  • JonERoyeca said Jul 10, 2010...
    ANG PANG-UUTO NG MGA KOREANO SA MGA PILIPINOAng pang-uuto ay isang ugaling pangmamaliit, panghahamak, o pang-uulol sa isang tao ng kapwa niya. Sa ngayon, naging paborito nang utuin ng mga Koreano tayong mga Pilipino. Narito ang ilan sa mga pang-uuto nila.PANG-UUTO #1Noong araw daw, noong dekada 1950-60, kinaiinggitan daw ng mga Koreano ang mga Pilipino dahil mayaman daw tayo samantalang mahirap sila. Inggit na inggit daw sila sa atin noon.Ang totoo, hindi pa naging mayaman ang Pilipinas kahit kailan. Hanggang ngayon, nananatili itong nasa ikatlong daigdig (third world) at may istatus na developing country (bansang papaunlad pa lamang).Noong dekada 1950-60, karamihan sa mga Pilipino ay mahihirap at dukha dahil nakatira sa mga bahay-kubo, walang kotse, walang telepono, at walang radyo, telebisyon, bentilador, erkon, ref, makinang panlaba, at iba pang kasangkapang pambahay.Dukha ang mga Pilipino, tapos kinaiinggitan daw ng mga Koreano? Bakit hindi kinainggitan noon ng mga Koreano ang mga bansa na talagang mayaman na noon pa man, gaya na lamang ng Estados Unidos, Japan, Alemanya, Britanya, Pransiya, Italya, Canada, Olandes, Australia, at iba pa? Ang Japan, kapitbahay na nila, bakit hindi nila kinainggitan noon?  Mayayaman ang mga tao sa mga bansang iyan. Sagana sa pagkain. Nakatira sa magagandang bahay. Mga de-kotse. May telepono. At halos kompleto sa mga kasangkapang pambahay. Sila ang may pinakamataas na antas ng pamumuhay (standard of living) sa buong mundo.Hindi totoo na kinainggitan tayo noon ng mga Koreano. Sino ba naman kasi ang maiinggit sa isang nakatira sa gigiray-giray na bahay-kubo at salat sa malalamon? Nang-uuto lang ang mga Koreano. Gusto lang nila tayong asarin at hamakin. Pang-uuto! Nagpapauto naman ang marami riyan.PANG-UUTO #2May isang estudyanteng Koreano na sumulat ng isang sanaysay, kung saan sinabi nitong kulang daw sa pagkamakabayan tayong mga Pilipino. Hindi raw natin mahal ang Pilipinas.  Bakit silang mga Koreano? Mahal ba nila ang bansa nila? Kung mahal nila ang bansa nila, bakit talamak ang korapsyon sa lipunan nila?Kung mahal nila ang bansa nila, wala sanang korapsyon. Kaso, sa pamahalaan o pribadong sektor man, laganap ang pangungurakot. Kurakot ang mga naging presidente nila, mula kay Dr. Syngman Rhee, ang una nilang pangulo (1948-60) na pinatalsik nila dahil sa korapsyon, hanggang kay Roh Moo-hyun, ang ika-16 na pangulo nila (2003-08) na nagpakamatay noong Mayo 2009 dahil sa isyu ng korapsyon pa rin. Maging sa ibang bansa, may mga korporasyong Koreano na naparurusahan dahil sa pangungurakot at pandaraya.Bilang karagdagan tungkol sa talamak na korapsyong Koreano, paki-klik ito:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000736890069&v=app_2347471856#!/note.php?note_id=117933141576533  Ang lakas ng sikmura ng estudyanteng Koreanong iyon na pangaralan tayong mga Pilipino tungkol sa nasyonalismo, gayong ang dapat niyang inuna ay ang kanyang mga kababayan. Pinagduduro niya tayong mga Pilipino dahil daw mga mutain tayo, samantalang silang mga Koreano ay mapuputik naman ang mga mukha.Pang-uuto! Nagpapauto naman ang marami riyan.PANG-UUTO #3Mayaman ang Korea; kaya, silang mga Koreano, matitino sila. Mayaman sila e. Hindi nila magagawang magnakaw, mandaya, at higit sa lahat, ang mangurakot. Imposible iyan. Mayaman sila e. At mahal na mahal nila ang bansa nila. Mayaman sila e. Tayo namang mga Pilipino, dahil mahirap tayo, hindi tayo matitino, mga kurakot tayo, at hindi natin mahal ang bansa natin. Mahirap tayo e.Ayon sa mga tala ng IMF at World Bank, sa 182 na bansa na sinuri nila, mula sa pinakamalaki hanggang sa pinakamaliit na pambansang ekonomiya, pang-47 ang Pilipinas noong 2008 at pang-48 noong 2009.Bilang patunay, paki-klik ito:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29  Ang isang ibig sabihin ng mga tala na iyan ay maraming bansa ang mas mahirap pa sa Pilipinas. Nangangahulugan din ang mga iyan na karamihan sa mga bansa sa mundong ito ay mahihirap at mga dukha.Para sa mga Koreano, silang mayayamang bansa lang ang matitino, ang masisipag, ang matatapat, ang mga hindi kurakot, at ang marunong magmahal sa sariling bansa.Kung susundan natin ang pang-uuto na ito, lalabas na karamihan sa mahigit anim na bilyong tao sa kaisa-isa nating planetang ito ay mga ungas at siraulo!Pang-uuto! Nagpapauto naman ang marami riyan.ISYU NG ISIPBakit ba maraming tao ang nauuto ng iba? Ang mga uto-uto kasi ay iyong mga tao na hindi nagbabasa, nagmamasid, o nagsasaliksik. O kung nagbabasa, nagmamasid, o nagsasaliksik man sila, hindi naman nila nauunawaan ang kanilang nababasa, napagmamasdan, o nasasaliksik. Dahil ganoon sila, agad-agad silang nagpapaniwala sa mga pang-uuto sa kanila.Ang buong akala pa nila, ang mga Pilipino na ang pinakamasamang lahi sa buong mundo. At dahil ganoon nga raw, para sa kanila, dapat mahiya lagi tayong mga Pilipino sa ibang lahi sa tuwing may mga nagagawa tayong pagkakamali.Kung lalawakan lamang nila ang kanilang mga isip, malalaman nila na masahol pa ang ibang bansa. Pagdating na lamang sa paramihan ng mga magnanakaw, mamamatay-tao, bilanggo, krimen, at iba pa, nangunguna na riyan ang Estados Unidos, India, Rusya, Britanya, Alemanya, Pransiya, Japan, at iba pa.Bilang patunay, paki-klik ang mga ito:http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_car_the-crime-car-theftshttp://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rob-crime-robberieshttp://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_dru_off-crime-drug-offenceshttp://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_pri-crime-prisonershttp://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri-crime-total-crimes  Pero para sa mga uto-uto, tayong mga Pilipino na ang pinakamasama. Mga uto-uto e.- - -Ako, mahinang estudyante ako noong araw, lalo na sa Ingles, matematika, at agham. Pasang-awa lang ang mga grado ko. Kung hindi pa naawa sa akin ang mga guro ko, baka hindi ako nakatapos ng kahit hay-iskul man lamang. At magpahanggang ngayon, mahina pa rin ako sa numero at kuwentahan, at sumesemplang pa rin ang Ingles ko. Pero sa kabila ng lahat ng mga kapintasang iyan, mapalad pa rin ako dahil hindi ako uto-uto! ...Pinagkunan:http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-E-Royeca/100000736890069#!/note.php?note_id=129935537042960
  • p@radi$e said Jul 27, 2010...
    Sa katulad kong simple lamang mag-isip at walang gaanong katalinohan, napagtanto ko na kahit anong sabihin natin ay lumalabas parin tayong talonan sa mga mata ng nakararaming bansa. Simpli lang naman ang gusto na nais ipabatid ng batang koreano, “mahalin ang ating bansa”, bakit hindi nalang natin tignan ang mabuting intensyon at hindi puro negatibong komento ang ibato. Wag na nating sisihin ang nakaraan dahil hinding-hindi na nito mababago ang kinabukasan, wag puro batikos at saway sa ating kapwa, sabi pa nga ng isang guest dito “what you did to others is what you did to Jesus Christ”.   Matapos kong mabasa ang ilan sa mga komento, nalaman kong mas kailangan ko pang mahalin ang pilipinas. Alam kong nais nyo lang ipagtangol ang ating bansa sa mga negatibong komento, pero sanay sa paraan na may aksyon naman, diba mas maganda kong mismo sila ang magsasabing magaling talaga ang mga Pilipino? (Tulad ng mga langgam (ants) na naturingan ng masisipag pagdating sa pag-iimpok ng pagkain. Wala naman sigurong sinong taong magsasabi na hindi sila masipag?)   Hindi ako ganon katalino, hindi ako kagalingan, Pero, ipinagmamalaki kong hindi ako nanapak ng kapwa, at ginawa ko ang sa tingin ko ay tama. Kong sinisisi mo parin ang mga katiwalian ng nakaraan, tanong kolang, Ikaw anong ginawa mo?
  • blabbernouth999 said Aug 24, 2010...
    pagkatapos kong basahin ang essay na iyan at mga comments niu, muntik na akong maiyak (sa haba ng mga comments niu)...totoo halos lahat ng sinabi ninyo...lalo ka na JONEROCEYA...may mga punto kayo sa  lahat ng sinabi ninyo....totoo rin naman ang sinabi ng koreanong yan......pero depende naman to sa mga pananaw ng tao at kung ano ang paniniwala nila! kaya wag na kayong mag away (kung nag-aaway man kayo)tinatamaan niyo lang ang isat-isa...iba-iba ang pananaw ng tao, walang dalawang tao ang mag kaparehong sasang ayunan ang lahat ng bagay...iyon lang, alam ko wala kayong matututunan sa sinabi ko, kaya PASENSIYA NA!
  • taelng90 said Sep 15, 2010...
    hayz grabe nmn nyang comments niu ang lulutong lhat nmn kac ng cnabi niu tama!! kung ako ndi ko n iisipin p yang major major problem n yan o pag-uusapan dhil jan nag-uumpisa ang gulo nangyari n ang nangyari d n maiiwasan yan. para sakin ung may kasalan jan ung pera dahil s pera nagiging gahaman ang tao etc... lintik n pera yan mukha clang pera haha!! kung may pera k makukuha mo gusto mo weh kung wala nmn sorry nlng "WTF" nmn itong buhay n toh amfness...
  • Gil said Oct 20, 2010...
    I think we should not keep rejecting our own country when we are abroad. A lot of Filipinos are keep telling foreign nationals about all the negative part of our home country. Obviously, it is not good for us nor to these stupid people. Foreign countries would simply look us down. Kahit ano pa ang paninira mo sa kapwa at pinanggalingan mo ay hindi na magbabago ang mukha mo. Lalo pa yang papangit at dudungawin ka lalo ng mga banyaga. We should invest in our own home country and help our fellow countrymen to make more progress. Don't ever try to destroy your own land. Keep helping to provide more opportunity. dronelayer@yahoo.com
  • leonelsonlibuna said Nov 1, 2010...
    in a politics and governance major point of view, korea is much more luckier that the had civil wars, because true reforms can only get after you felt pain, hopelessness and destruction. nakakatakot isipin na this is the only way for us (philippines) to grasp the meaning of patriotism.
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  • chicka_tricia said Mar 30, 2011...
    I strongly agree with Mr. Jaeyoun Kim regarding the faced poverty in the Philippines. He aims to send his message in the vast popularity among Filipinos for he authentically cares about its economy and desires to find a resolution for the country. Philippines has been trying yet to improve its state since it has gained independence, and has maintained to govern it country up till this point, however, this movement is sadly not sufficient enough for its whole impact. That is why many of the rich to average class families, or at least one member of the family desperately searches a way to immigrate or work and eventually leave the country. We must not encourage the people to do so for many will neglect the wonderful culture, places and things only found in the country itself. In all honesty, though, I was extremely saddened to know this fact by a non-national by myself (no offense intended).Only now did I realize that Philippines need much love to achieve beyond their goals. But at most, I was really astounded by how this humble fellow expressed his opinions with great efforts towards a better future for the Philippines. His message is so inspirational, that it makes me want to spread the word and do some 'action' myself although I am slightly under-aged. Thank you for publicizing this remarkable essay! My family and I support you! Please continue to stand up for your opinions and not let your efforts go to waste. I believe that Philippines will eventually listen to this message. I cannot thank you enough for opening our eyes and ears to reality.

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