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  1. Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Pinay wins it big in London

    By Alfred Yuson
    The Philippine Star 05/16/2004
    Patricia Evangelista, a 19-year-old, Mass Communications
    sophomore of University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman, did the
    country proud Friday night by besting 59 other student contestants
    from 37 countries in the 2004 International Public Speaking
    competition conducted by the English Speaking Union (ESU) in London.

    She triumphed over a field of exactly 60 speakers from all over
    the English-speaking world, including the United States, United
    Kingdom and Australia, reported Maranan.

    The board of judges' decision was unanimous, according to
    contest chairman Brian Hanharan of the British Broadcasting Corp.


    When I was little, I wanted what many Filipino children all over the
    country wanted.
    I wanted to be blond, blue-eyed, and white.

    I thought -- if I just wished hard enough and was good enough, I'd
    wake up on Christmas
    morning with snow outside my window and freckles across my nose!

    More than four centuries under western domination does that to you. I
    have sixteen cousins. In a
    couple of years, there will just be five of us left in the
    Philippines, the rest will have gone abroad
    in search of "greener pastures." It's not just an anomaly; it's a
    trend; the Filipino diaspora. Today,
    about eight million Filipinos are scattered around the world.

    There are those who disapprove of Filipinos who choose to leave. I
    used to. Maybe this is a natural
    reaction of someone who was left behind, smiling for family pictures
    that get emptier with each
    succeeding year. Desertion, I called it. My country is a land that
    has perpetually fought for the
    freedom to be itself. Our heroes offered their lives in the struggle
    against the Spanish, the Japanese,
    the Americans. To pack up and deny that identity is tantamount to
    spitting on that sacrifice.

    Or is it? I don't think so, not anymore. True, there is no denying
    this phenomenon, aided by the
    fact that what was once the other side of the world is now a twelve-
    hour plane ride away. But this is a
    borderless world, where no individual can claim to be purely from
    where he is now. My mother is of
    Chinese descent, my father is a quarter Spanish, and I call myself a
    pure Filipino-a hybrid of sorts
    resulting from a combination of cultures.

    Each square mile anywhere in the world is made up of people of
    different ethnicities, with national
    identities and individual personalities. Because of this, each square
    mile is already a microcosm of the
    world. In as much as this blessed spot that is England is the world,
    so is my neighbourhood back home.

    Seen this way, the Filipino Diaspora, or any sort of dispersal of
    populations, is not as ominous as so
    many claim. It must be understood. I come from a Third World country,
    one that is still trying mightily
    to get back on its feet after many years of dictatorship. But we
    shall make it, given more time.
    Especially now, when we have thousands of eager young minds who
    graduate from college every year.
    They have skills. They need jobs. We cannot absorb them all.

    A borderless world presents a bigger opportunity, yet one that is not
    so much abandonment but an
    extension of identity. Even as we take, we give back. We are the
    40,000 skilled nurses who support
    the UK's National Health Service. We are the quarter-of-a-million
    seafarers manning most of the
    world's commercial ships. We are your software engineers in
    Ireland, your construction workers
    in the Middle East, your doctors and caregivers in North America,
    and, your musical artists in
    London's West End.

    Nationalism isn't bound by time or place. People from other nations
    migrate to create new nations,
    yet still remain essentially who they are. British society is itself
    an example of a multi-cultural
    nation, a melting pot of races, religions, arts and cultures. We are,
    indeed, in a borderless world!

    Leaving sometimes isn't a matter of choice. It's coming back that is.
    The Hobbits of the shire
    travelled all over Middle-Earth, but they chose to come home, richer
    in every sense of the word. We
    call people like these balikbayans or the 'returnees' -- those who
    followed their dream, yet choose
    to return and share their mature talents and good fortune.

    In a few years, I may take advantage of whatever opportunities come
    my way. But I will come home.
    A borderless world doesn't preclude the idea of a home. I'm a
    Filipino, and I'll always be one.
    It isn't about just geography; it isn't about boundaries. It's about
    giving back to the country
    that shaped me.

    And that's going to be more important to me than seeing snow outside
    my windows on a
    bright Christmas morning.

    Mabuhay and Thank you.

  2. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Galeng galeng!!!

    Mabuhay tayong mga pinoy.... mamatay na ibang lahi!!! hehehe joke lang pips..... baka me magalit... nagbibiro lang po.


  3. Join Date
    Nov 2002
    saw her in "straight talk with cito beltran" last night..


    nakaka-touch yung speech lalo na pag nakikita mo siya nagsasalita...

    cute pa!... :wink:

  4. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Pinoy pala yung mga hobbits?! :freak: he he he
    Kidding aside...this speech is so true....ganon din yung family namin....pakonti nang pakonti sa reunion....soon the oldies na lang matitira.....

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    Jan 1970
    galing nya. hanapin ko nga sa up yan ng marecruit sa soro.hehehe

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    May 2004
    Galing nya ... I saw her too sa Straight Talk!


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    Nov 2002
    kaya nga proud to be pinoy padin ako.hehehe

  8. Join Date
    Nov 2002
    she reminds me of selma blair...

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    Oct 2002
    iba talaga mga UP-CMC...ehem ;p

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    May 2004
    tagal na pala nito...

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