Do you consider the country you have settled into right now as your “best destination”? The connotation of “best destination” had always been related to tourism. But insofar as Filipinos are concerned, best destination is more about “somewhere to have a better work opportunity”. Even before this phrase came to light, Filipinos have unconsciously been “conscious” of the phrase “best destination”. While best destination in tourism is about visiting a place for purposes of travel, sightseeing, learning about the people and foods or in general for pleasure; the best destination to work does not depend on any of those I have mentioned, but what country could be an easy destination to embark to find a job and work. From time immemorial, Filipinos had found themselves migrating to various countries in the world to find a better future. They´ve gone to a country where possibilities of improving life standard is achievable. They have left the Philippines to venture in a country that could at least guarantee financial stability; a place that could provide hope and attain happiness, acquire wealth and abundance.
The clear “best destination” for Filipinos had always been the United States of America. The US is “crème de la crème” to any Filipino or the most “visible” but elusive target to “hit” and dwell into lest “legally”, otherwise suffer negative consequence. The States, as it is fondly referred to, had always been the best destination for any nationality seeking adventure, opportunity, wealth, job, and exaggeratingly putting it, “the greenest of the greener pasture”. So goes the expression to seek “greener pasture”, coined from the US dollar, (the most appreciated currency in the whole world), because of its green colour. Those who fail to reach that destination after exhausting all possibilities, have ended up in an alternative country, which eventually on becomes that persons´ “best destination”. To a Filipino however, any country abroad could be a “best destination”. The point is, as long as that country could likewise serve as a source of “pasture” it doesn´t have to be “greener”, but as long as the possibility of earning an income to be sent home to the Philippines is present, the Filipino would go for it. For Filipinos, the choice of the “best destination” is not a matter of pleasure, but a question of survival.
Have a wonderful Sunday….. thanks to all…Eric