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

  • Nice blog with beautiful pictures dear Robbie. What a pity that I cannot taste those meals.  :)

  • Wow Robbie excellent writing and beautifuly described.The way you invited and encouraged the people to visit your motherland so sooo beautiful. The lovely pictures increases value of the blog.Thanks for sharing.Really enjoyed.
  • Hello, Setareh!

    It's nice to know you've enjoyed reading my blog. Thank you for taking the time commenting here. I'm glad to share some information about my country.

    See you around,

    Robbie :)

  • Hey there, Adaline!

    Many, many thanks for the warm compliment. This blog has taught me to be patriotic and the top photo complemented my writing. This is indeed a quite informative topic. I'm glad I was able to participate this month's writing challenge after a long time.

    Cheers!

    Robbie :)

  • Hi, Angel!

    Thank you for your comment! I believe every country has its own customs. Unfortunately, my country was colonized by different countries many times.

    I'm glad you liked this blog. Have a great weekend ahead!

    Robbie :)

  • Thanks Robbie.

    He always show his family's photos actually. But, yesterday I saw on Facebook a photo of The Waterfall Restaurant in Philippines. Do you know about the restaurant?

  • Hello, Luci!

    Indeed! This blog is written with full of love and appreciation. By the way, you don't have to envy me because you're a star of the club, remember?

    Thank you very much for the compliment. ♥♥♥

    Robbie

  • Hi, Burn Bakaq!

    Thank you for being the first one to comment on my blog! I also appreciate the MyEC sticker that you sent. I'm sure your Filipino friend has already told you more about my country. 

    You're very much welcome in the Phlippines!

    Robbie :)

  • Wow! So beautiful writing about your country. You showed your great love for your land.

    May your wishes come true and God bless your country. Hm, you always made my mouth watering when you share your dishes/cake. :D ... Thank you for sharing, Robbie. :)

  • Robbie, a great work, you love your motherland so soul throughing, it is definitely true your motherland is an amazing travelling destination, although my country has some dispute of border issue against Philippines, but I believe that it is temporary, both of our two countries are loving peace, we are tightly bundled by the economy ties. Best wishes to you and your beautiful country. 

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