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Writing Challenge: A Letter For The Philippines

Dear Philippines,

You are called the Pearl of the Orient seas as you are like a gem in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean.  An archipelago of 7000 islands stringed together by lush tropical waters that on first view may seem so still and yet so dynamically pregnant with marine life.   Tropical green pastures and flora blanket every inch of your ground like tinsel wrapping for your fertile earth.  Your horizon gives way to an expanse of clear blue skies and shifting clouds that sometimes dip down into the river valleys. 

You are the bearer of a people of brown Kayumanggi skin recording their voices of pride, toil and industry.  You are the gatherer of their joys, their laughter unraveling in the wind, noting down their dreams , listening to the silence of their despair and dogged hopes, and bleed them all into one triumphant resurrection.  To your people, you are what the sun feels like for the earth.  You are life and the giver of life.

May you wear your colors bright and despite your tiny frame inscribe your mark upon the earth that no force, no war, no violence may ever obscure your land and water from its legitimate berth.  May you dwell fast and true, the bones of generation upon generation of your inhabitants standing witness to the bold consummation of your God-given right to this corner of the world.  My Philippines… thus is my prayer for thee today, tomorrow and till my life is outnumbered by time.

 With Love,

  Your Alice


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Comment by Alice E. on October 21, 2015 at 6:07

@ Lady Anne: I'm speechless of your generous compliment!  But I do agree our homeland deserves this praise.  I'm so glad you passed by here! :)

 @ Teacher Joy:  We are one with our hope and love for this beautiful place! Mabuhay! :)

Comment by Yoyi on October 11, 2015 at 11:45


More than any places in the world, our homeland, Philippines is the most amazing and unfathomable delight that encompasses and mesmerizes anyone could see. I am so proud of you and thank you for the remarkable words you have described about our beloved country. despite of many problems she bore and will be bearing, she always stood still and remain beautiful, her loveliness is forever be treasured.  Thanks Alice and mabuhay and Pilipinas!

Comment by Lady Anne on October 3, 2015 at 0:25

No one could write this better than you.  You saved us Alice from shame with your impressive presentation of our country.  Your words are like gems stringed together by your stirring words that on first view may seem to be taken from a famous novel but pregnant and oozing with your original and personal touch.  Wow, I learned something great ..........!!!

As for me, this is so far the.........

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 4:35

Thanks Expector!  Hope to see your letter too! :)

Comment by Expector Smith on October 1, 2015 at 3:23

Poetic!  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 3:11

Hi Adaline, it's a good practice to have your dictionary on hand and when you read new words in a blog it gives you an idea of how the words are used in context.  Glad you like this! :)

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 3:06

Hi Tara!  Yes I made it out like a poem for my country.  I like this challenge because it allows us all to have a peek into the different cultures and countries of the members here.  It's like a virtual tour!  I write mostly from my experiences, what is familiar to me and I put in words that I find interesting and I just keep using it until I am comfortable with it.  I keep a list of strange and unique words I like and it's easy for me to remember them because they are interesting to me.  

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 2:57

@Estanis:  It is wonderland!  I would love to visit your wonderland too since Spain has influenced so much our Filipino culture and it would be great to see the roots of where it all came from!  Someday..hopefully!

@saba : hopefully you can use these new words too in your writings!  Thanks for passing by.

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 2:52

@setareh: Don't you feel like the love you have for your country is a song inside your heart?  Thanks for seeing that in my blog and also for the lovely wishes you have for her. :)

@angel:  I'm very happy to have introduced you to my homeland! :)

Comment by Alice E. on October 1, 2015 at 2:48

@anjana:  Sometimes words are never enough to describe our country but I am glad you liked it!

@Batuhan:  Thanks for passing by!  I hope you get a chance to use the words too. :)

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