Tomorrow marks the 116th year of Independence of the Philippines. Although I cannot march alongside my fellow Filipinos during the parade that is happening tomorrow nor would I be out celebrating the Philippine Independence Day with some sort of freedom of expression, which in my case is shopping. Heehee. Therefore, I shall do a head start and celebrate in my own little way through this post. Pardon the lack of posts for the past two days as I was, actually still am under the weather, no thanks to flu. Two days of not writing, just purely surfing the net, if this term is still used, led me to this video which inspired this post.
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Despite all the negative things that is (constantly) happening in our country, I won’t dwell on them. For I believe (naks beauty queen answer) that there is a proper place to air our concerns with our government and ranting isn’t really my forte. Instead, allow me to enumerate reasons why masarap maging Pinoy (good to be a Filipino).
I was inspired by the foreigners on the video as they see the beauty of the Filipinos in every aspect. I have a few reasons as well as to why I like being a Filipino. These are the things that are on top of mind as of writing.
Sarap maging Pinoy because…
We have a simple pero rock humor.
Slapstick humor is the simplest way to laugh despite it being corny at times. Pinoys are good at this kind of humor, even I can pull it off with my kids. We are funny and we know it. Not everyone can be funny you know? My childhood was awesome because of comedians like veteran actor Dolphy & Bernard Bernado. ‘Nuff said.
We look on the bright side of things.
I honestly think that we have a grateful heart. Despite the struggles and obstacles we Filipinos face, at the end of the day, no matter how bad or worse it has been, we still have a smile on our face. We still see the glass as half full. Such as the photo above, we inject humor even in bad circumstances. This characteristic of us Filipinos is something that sets us apart. Which leads me to another reason why I love being a Filipino.
We are resilient.
Yes we are. Our 7, 107 islands surrounded by large bodies of water, led us to believe that we are waterproof. Well, at least our spirit that is. All the hardships, circumstances and events have led us to become stronger and more resilient. We may not be calamity-proof nor are we disaster-ready, but together we can make it through because we have high hopes and we are resilient. Which leads me to say…
We lend a helping hand.
It is innate in us to lend a helping hand. It’s like an automatic response, our urge to help our fellowmen especially during trying times. Brigade of ways to reach out during the typhoons that destroyed different parts of the Philippines flooded not only online but offline as well. Even when not in trying times, we lend a helping hand. When we travel in other countries, I get a sense of relief knowing there are Filipinos out there to help us and guide us where the best local places are, even if they don’t get anything in return. The willingness to be of help is something that makes me proud to be a Filipino. Last but not the least, the thing I like most about being a Filipino is that…
We value family.
Family being the basic unit of the society. This is something that’s been instilled on my mind ever since I learned what family is when I was a little child. We Filipinos have close family ties which leads us to having extended families, who help us guide and take care of our children. Family always comes first. With this mindset, we have more chance to teach values to our kids that can help them become better citizens and better people. I’m so glad that our culture as Filipinos give great importance to family and values.
These are just some of the reasons why I love being a Filipino. I could go on and on but I will leave it to you to think about why masarap maging Pinoy.
Pahabol! Another reason why I love being a Filipino is because of our delicious food! Sinigang, adobo, taho, turon, sago’t gulaman, bibingka, kakanin, tinola, kare-kare, lumpia, leche flan, buko pandan at marami pang iba! If I ever live in another country, one of the many things I would miss about the Philippines is the food! Plus, extra rice! 😉 Heehee.
What makes you proud to be a Filipino? Share your answers and use the hashtag to participate. This is a great way to celebrate Philippine Independence and show some Filipino pride.
Happy 116th Day of Independence Philippines!