Writing Challenge: Letter to the Philippines

Dear Philippines,

My beloved country, you're an archipelago surrounded with crystal-clear waters. You're a mother to 7,107 islands and islets which you consider as your gems. You're unique in your own ways! I know you're busy fulfilling our needs 24/7, but I'd like you to take the moment to read this letter which I prepared exclusively for you.

You have the most beautiful smile in the world. It's no wonder your people love to smile even under pressure or dealing with a setback. You inject humor in an unfavorable situation. Who cares what others would think as long as you enjoy and live in the moment. Through your smile, you gained friends. Congeniality is your trademark.

One of your good traits is showing courtesy to older people or the elderly. You taught your children to respect others even to those they didn't know personally. However, some kids are acting weird and disrespectful nowadays. Is it because of colonial mentality? What happened to our rich moral values we acquired from our ancient Asian roots? In addition, violence on TV is becoming quite common that children tend to emulate. Is it too late to revert to our old times when life was much simpler, yet we're happy and contented? What do you think?

Another trait that I love about you is your resiliency. When a calamity or natural disaster strikes, you try your best to weather the storm. You could sulk in sorrow and misery, but instead you opt to bounce back or get to grips with the problem. You're always grateful for what you have. Moreover, you always look for a rainbow in every storm. Please remain this way...

Let's talk about your physical beauty. You have countless sceneries and breath-taking landscapes, beaches, and recreational parks. Many foreigners chose to stay and settle with you. I hope your people will take care of all those gifts from nature. They're irreplaceable! I'm sure they wouldn't know what to do if those captivating islands be filled with filth and pollution. Let's be reminded with this wonderful quote from Chief Si'ahl whenever we visit a tourist spot, "Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!".

How about your food? Is it getting scarce? You're blessed to generate crops in different corners of your territory. Unfortunately, some farmlands have been converted to high-rising buildings. The government could prioritize the agricultural sector and provide additional aid to our farmers and fishermen who are doing their best to bring food on our tables. Teach us to be more self-sufficient so we don't have to import a lot. Eliminate 'wasteful' in our vocabulary, instead develop our ingenuity in food technology and be more resourceful. With the fusion of Spanish and Asian cuisines, allow your people to introduce new culinary skills that would be appealing to both local and foreign guests. Who would refuse these traditional and delectable dishes?

Oh my, this blog is getting lengthy! Alright, I'll end this at once. But lastly, I'd like to commend you for being immersed of the English language. The fact that we're colonized by Great Britain in 1762 and by the United States after the Spanish Era, English has become our second language. This doesn't mean we would turn our backs on our mother tongue. We are forever indebted to the men and women who died and fought for our independence which includes preserving our national language and dialects. They'll always be remembered.

I hope your children will consider retaining our worth-emulating positive attitudes in these fast-changing times. Let's all be united to face the challenges of the modern world. May the Almighty shower you with peace, wisdom, and prosperity.

Now, let's prove to the world that it's really more fun to be in your loving arms...

Warm hugs,

Robbie

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Comments

  • Hey, Alice!

    A million thanks for the compliment! I'm pleased to share the beauty of our country despite what he'd been through. I'm glad you liked this blog. :)

    Mabuhay!

    Robbie 

  • Hi Robbie!  I just had to come by and like your blog because you did our country justice by your beautiful words here!   So proud of you by the way!  Keep the faith! :)

  • Hi, Mohammad!

    Welcome to MyEC! Thank you for your comment.

    Cheers,

    Robbie 

  • Howdy, Evangelina!

    A bucket of thanks for your sweet, warm wishes for my country! Have a terrific new week ahead...

    Take care,

    Robbie :)

  • Hello, Nimzaf!

    Thank you so much for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my blog. You're very welcome to the Philippines!

    Cheers,

    Robbie :)

  • @ Burn

    I'm sorry to inform you that I don't have any idea about the waterfall restaurant you've mention here. By the way, your Filipino friend might have taught some 'Tagalog' terms. :)

  • Hi, Onee!

    A bunch of thanks for your comment and for the warm wishes. Oh, about the food on this blog, I didn't cook all of them. I just used my photo as an example of common traditional seafood dishes in my country. Hmm... you gave me an idea of a food blog now! :)

    Have a terrific weekend!

    Robbie :)

  • Hi, Jerry!

    Thank you for taking the time to comment here. I agree with you, China has been a trading partner of my country for thousands of years. I hope the territorial disputes will be resolved without any bloodshed. We've experienced plenty of wars in the past, it's definitely inhumane to experience any kind of war again.

    I appreciate your kind remarks! 

    Robbie 

  • Hello, Noaslpls!

    Thank you for your comment! I believe every country has its own beauty and distinct features. You're welcome to visit here!

    Have a great weekend!

    Robbie :)

  • Hi, Estanis!

    You're very much welcome to visit here! The Spanish culture left an indelible mark in my country from food, language, to surnames. 'Paella' and 'Arroz Valenciana' are some of the most common dishes serve during important occasion. I love those food because they have lots of flavor. Also, 'Brazo de Mercedes' and 'Maja Blanca' are famous desserts here especially during Christmas.

    Thank you very much for your comment! Gracias...

    Robbie

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