Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Gift Will You Give to Philippines?

We cannot deny the fact that the Philippines is rich in natural resources and people. The country’s population is estimated at 98,734,798 and it’s continuously increasing. Last year, the nation faced several tragedies including the combat in Mindanao led by Nur Misuari, the earthquake and flood in the Visayas region, the countless road accidents here in Luzon, and the corruption case involving Janet Napoles. Most of these misfortunes were all caused by men.

I remember when I used to ride our car, I’d imagine that I was a fairy and our car is a carriage. I daydreamed that whatever roads we’d take, everything would be beautiful. Houses of informal settlers will be grand mansions, rocky roads will be smooth, and all apparel worn by people we pass by will be lavish. However, as I grew up, I realized that life is not easy. The goals that you want will never be reached without discipline.







If MNLF and Misuari decided to obey the administration’s order for a ceasefire, if people have the discipline to take care of the environment, and if the motorists follow the rules of safe driving, then we would probably not hear these heart-breaking news. To disobey can also be likened to committing a violation. We are all capable of violating a certain standard and disregard laws, because we want to do things our way or we want to make anything easier for us. We want something that can be acquired without hardships just like what Napoles did. She might have lived a luxurious life, but look at hoe miserable she is now. This just goes to show that people have the tendency to not think too much about whether disobeying rules is worth it or not.

If we could only see that our population is an asset, then we will most likely be more prosperous compared to the past years. Moreover, if the entire nation observes proper discipline, the pitfalls faced by our country last year would just be like shooting fish in a barrel. We are never outnumbered, and this I believe, will help get through anything. I am sure that with the power of having the right attitude, we will surpass all the problems that we may encounter.

I know this is (almost) impossible, but if there is one thing that I would to give to the Philippines, it would be discipline. It is the secret of wealthy countries. I hope the #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 can spread the value of discipline. It could be one of the hardest things to achieve, but if every Filipino has this, then we’ll be able to establish a better life one step at a time.

What about you? What gift are you going to give to the Philippines? Kindly comment below and have a chance to win an iPad Mini 2 powered by Nuffnang Philippines!

29 comments:

  1. Obedience. If only Filipinos are obedient enough, then our daily problems as a nation will be lessened.

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  2. I will give the gift of education. It's what the first world country enjoys and look at where they are now.

    Xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  3. I agree with you 100%! Work on discipline and impose serious amount of penalties.

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  4. I agree with Mrs. Martinez, free education is what Filipino children needs.

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  5. Education. I still believe that education is the key for success. Having proper education will give someone an edge to survive in this world. :)

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  6. That's a nice advocacy. I think Filipinos need more self-discipline. It starts with one's self. :)

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  7. Empowerment. Make people believe in themselves and realize their potentials. Aside from that, foster critical thinking so that people would stop becoming slaves to non-progressive ideologies and misconceptions.

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  8. very inspiring!! how i wish our country is like other places... but anyway... change starts within ourselves!

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  9. I think all of them are right. Filipinos need all of what they said: Education, Self discipline, etc.

    But personally, I will give them the gift of self-discipline. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how educated a person is, what matters is how you carry yourself when you're in public. People rely too much on their educational background to the point that they're already being bullies in the process. Oh well, just my two cents :)

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  10. obedience comes with self discipline. if only filipinos posses this then everything will be fine and better.

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  11. I love this! Very inspiring like Jasmine said! Let's change for the better! :)

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  12. If there’s one thing that I can give my dear country that would be …. The gift of Health.

    I want to do a medical mission with the help of Nuffnang Philippines and Globe thru #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

    Health is wealth. No amount of money, time and effort can ever, ever, bring the best of your health back, once it’s gone.

    In my 6 years of practice as a nurse, I have seen how our healthcare system struggles to provide quality care for our countrymen, may it be in manpower, medicines, or equipments both in the community and hospital.

    I’ve seen people deteriorating day by day because they can’t afford to go to a doctor. I’ve seen patients die because their families didn’t have enough money to buy basic medicines. I’ve also seen families giving up their sick loved ones and literally, waited for their last breathes, since they cannot afford another day for the life support of the deteriorating loved one.

    I am believing that we can do something about this. One of those needy, ailing, indigent patients could be your mom, dad, grandparent, relative, dear friend, loved one…

    In short, we are all CONNECTED, one way or another. So it is not just a matter of “about them” because it is ABOUT US — ALL OF US.

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  13. sharing is love....sharing is life...and what I've share to my fellow countrymen's my whole-self by influencing their true identity to be loyal, discipline, peace, love and have positive results just for country, the Philippines.

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  14. So, if you could give back to the community, the country, to anyone within your reach, what is it that you'd like to give back? My answer - I would like to build a farm where I can give food to those in need.

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  15. Discipline starts in the home. Parents must teach their kids on how to be disciplined so when they grow, they would carry on this trait and inspire others to be the same. It's hard but once acquired will be fairly easier to forward. I would want the same for our countrymen.

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  16. Responsible Parenthood and Education in my opinion is the key, self discipline can be taught through proper education.

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  17. Oh I absolutely agree 100%! We need to be more disciplined. This is why sometimes I think we enjoy too much democracy. It's about time we whip ourselves back into shape.

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  18. I think the Philippines need little acts of kindness from everybody can make a difference.

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  19. I want to give the gift of light to the Philippines. More specifically the gift of SOLAR POWER. As a victim of the super typhoon Yolanda, wherein we totally had no communication due to power outage for a while and even until now electricity has not been fully restored in many places that were in Yolanda’s path, having backup power coming from SOLAR Energy is truly indispensable. Too much chaos occurs in the dark at night when a lot of people cannot rest easy for fear of thieves and looters. Having light (literally!) in these dark and trying times is what we truly need. But I do also wish for every Filipino household, Yolanda victim or not, to have 100% sustainable hybrid homes and eco-friendly houses that combine rainwater harvesting and clean energy generation (THINK: UNLIMITED WATER SUPPLY & SOLAR POWERED HOUSES!). This way our electric bills and carbon footprints will be largely diminished as well as we can show our love for Mother Earth.

    - Maria Velasquez-Franco of www.bastaigatsikat.com for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

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  20. Discipline and political will are the keys to a progressive country. I have nothing big to offer our country but I can help by having self-discipline, by voting wisely and by doing acts of kindness.

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  21. I would give the Filipino a livelihood project for them to earn for a living. Have you heard of Ricefield Collective? It's a project in the Ifugao where they teach women how to knit. The products are sold to the US and other parts of the world. i want something like this for our people.

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  22. Gift of knowledge or atleast awareness. When we will all be aware of what's happening around us and have the right knowledge, we can surely make better decisions that can benefit our country.

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  23. i agree! Self discipline is a must! it starts from our self muna bago tayo umasenso/umunlad..kahit pa siguro edukadong tao kung walang disiplina eh hindi magtatagumpay sa buhay. siguro kung lahat ng Pilipino ay may Disiplina matagal na sigurong Umunlad ang ating bayan.

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  24. This is a great post! :) Discipline is something that we definitely lack :/ It goes a long way, but I hope we do learn it!

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  25. i think the only gift i can give my country is to try to be a good citizen... how, will be the challenging part. Yahweh bless.

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  26. You are so right! Our country needs a good dose of discipline!

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  27. My gift to our country? To vote for better leaders. For they can lead our country to the greatness that its destined to be.

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  28. Discipline and education. Also, whatever changes that we would love to have should always start within our own self.

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  29. My gift to the Philippines would be enlighten Filipinos with knowledge and information on how to discipline themselves and progress their country. The more Filipinos are informed on how other countries discipline their people, the more they will be able to start initiating their own individual self-discipline and cause a Ripple Effect among others.

    Another big thing to inform Filipinos on is the outdated, corrupt ways of the Philippine Catholic Church and the nepotism of old-money families in Philippine politics. Filipinos need to learn to take initiative and find valuable information from sources such as books, the Internet and from OFWs who have experienced and learned how other countries tackle their own problems facing them.

    Anothing thing that Filipinos need to learn is to use logical-sense instead of letting their emotions do the thinking. Filipinos are very sensitive people who let their feelings get the better of them. Learning to use logical-sense in a rational manner is a big thing Filipinos need to do, as this sort of habitual-norm needs to be eradicated from the general Filipino-psyche. The Filipino mindset has got to be changed for the better, and it has to start with individuals who can lead the example to cause a positive Ripple Effect.

    Many Filipinos use their faith in the Catholic-Christianity to justify things. These things can range from perpetual-forgiveness towards those who do misconducts towards other people and society - to things such as leaving things up to God to fix things (Bahala na fatalism). This outdated thinking needs to be abolished for the next generation to start thinking in a clear-manner.

    Simple things such as putting litter in the garbage bin, road courtesy, buy local Filipino products, learn our core cultural heritage (prior to American and Spanish colonialism), and become more worldly by watching informative programs on the Internet websites such as Youtube, instead of wasting time on Facebook posting up 'selfies' and talking about useless stuff.

    Social-etiquette must be learned, whether young or old as many Filipinos today have forgotten to be courteous towards others. Pushing in the queue, swearing loudly out in public and other inconsiderate behaviors must be pointed out by those who knows what is the correct way of behaving and treating others accordingly.

    And lastly, Filipinos need to learn to stand on their own two feet instead of depending on others such as politicians and God. Many in the Philippines continue to do this. All this does is make Filipinos behave like they are still children crying out for Mommy and Daddy to fix things.

    There are so many other things that would help Filipinos become disciplined to help progress their country, but I will let you guys to come up with more examples and tips.



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