Statistics have shown that there are about 11 million Filipinos scattered around the globe. As I mentioned in my last write-up, in every nook and corner, even in the smallest island and the remotest area in the world, a Pinoy is present. And I think that Filipinos are giving much for the development of the world and unfortunately, a very little portion of that development is left in the Philippines.
Travel around the United States of America, to Europe, to Africa, and in other countries and you will find Pinoys in almost all types of professions. We are everywhere!. Filipino descendants contribute their talents in Hollywood, Rob Schneider is one of them, Phoebe Cates, and others; in Wrestling, David Batista…we can actually name a lot. But it is not only in entertainment that we excel, in the academe, in science, technology, Eduardo San Juan worked on the team that invented the Lunar Rover or Moon Buggy; Roberto Del Rosario was the inventor of the Karaoke Sing Along System. They are just a few among the thousands.
Lots of Filipinos work as nurses, because they care more for the sick and the helpless. Because they clean better and much orderly than some others. Nursing is a job that requires a lot of patience, dedication, hard work, attention, and most of all a feeling of concern for the lives of people – for the human being.
Filipino seafarers (over 400,000 around the world) are among those that many ships from various countries hire most, because of the Pinoy’s efficiency at work.. we complain less or we do not complain at all to what is ordered us to do. Filipinos work in restaurants, in houses, in gasoline stations, at homes for the aged, as dishwashers, as bus boys, as car dealers, as teachers, as nannies, as accountants, so many other work…. most however, are manual work. But we are good at anything – manual or intellectual type of jobs where a lot of Filipinos have likewise landed themselves into. Filipinos are gifted with the ability to survive in any given situation, whether in the coldness of the winter or in the heat of the summer. We can communicate to people with ease because we speak the universal language, and if need be, we endeavor to learn the language of the country where we find ourselves in, to facilitate easy communication, which is done not for our own sake but for the sake of the people in the country we want to be accepted in.
What makes a Pinoy “click” is his outlook in life. We profess simple standard of living. Definitely, if given the chance to be rich, why not…who doesn’t want to be rich anyway.
What I wish to drive at now is that, we take part in the development of “other worlds”, and “almost neglecting” our own. This author is by all means not an exception to being “neglectful” of our country’s own development and progress. However, like everybody else, it is more a question of necessity and survival. It is more a question of giving meaning to one’s own life and to provide his/her family with some amount of that “meaning” he/she would experience. It is also a question of providing hope for him/herself to his/her kins because little or none at all could be found at “home”.
We’ve got only one life to live and we have to choose what we want out of it. And like everybody else, we do not wish to dump our lives into the drain, because what we do wish, is to make out what is really best for it.
This is what the Pinoy in this world is all about. The world needs a pinoy in hospitals, in the sea, in houses, in classrooms, in real estate, in hotels, in restaurants, in the kitchen, in the offices, in entertainment, in technology, in science…in etc… We are proud to be a Pinoy. What could the world be without a Pinoy?
Thanks for reading…Eric
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