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    Please pass it to all Filipinos you know.

    As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently studying in the Philippines to take advantage of our cheap tuition fees and learn English at the same time.

    This is an essay written by a Korean student,(Never mind the grammar; it's the CONTENT that counts ). Maybe it is timely to
    think about this in the midst of all the confusion at present…

    Jaeyoun Kim

    Filipinos always complain about the corruption in
    the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption
    is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not
    think so. I strongly believe that the problem
    is the lack of love for the Philippines .

    Let me first talk about my country, Korea .
    It might help you understand my point.
    After the Korean War, South Korea was one
    of the poorest countries in the world.
    Koreans had to start from scratch because
    entire country was destroyed after the
    Korean War, and we had nonatural resources.
    Koreans used to talk about the Philippines ,
    for Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy
    Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off
    like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine.
    My father & brother also died because of
    famine. Korean government was very corrupt
    and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination,
    but Korea was able to develop dramatically
    because Koreans really did their best for the
    common good with their heart burning with
    Koreans did not work just for themselves but
    also for their neighborhood and country.
    Education inspired young men with the spirit
    of patriotism.

    40 years ago, President Park took over the
    government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow
    from other countries, but it was not
    possible to get a loan and attract a foreign
    investment because the economic situation of
    South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three
    factories. So, President Park sent many mine
    workers and nurses to Germany so that
    they could send money to Korea to build
    a factory. They had to go through horrible

    In 1964, President Park visited Germany
    to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in
    Germany came to the
    airport to welcome him
    and cried there as they saw the President Park .
    They asked to him, "President, when can we be
    well off?" That was the only question everyone
    asked to him. President Park cried with them
    and promised them that Korea would be well
    off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the
    President of Germany got the strong impression
    on them and lent money to Korea . So, President
    Park was able to build many factories in Korea .
    He always asked Koreans to love their country
    from their heart.
    Many Korean scientists and engineers in the
    USA came back to Korea to help developing country
    because they wanted their country to be well off.
    Though they received very small salary, they did
    their best for Korea . They always hoped that their
    children would live in well off country.
    My parents always brought me to the places
    where poor and physically handicapped people
    live. They wanted me to understand their life
    and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church
    when I was in the army. The only thing I learned
    from Catholic Church was that we have to love
    our neighborhood. And, I have loved my
    neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines?

    I have cried for my country several times. I also
    cried for the Philippines because of so many
    poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid
    prison. What made me sad in the prison were
    the prisoners who do not have any love for their
    country. They go to mass and work for Church.
    They pray everyday.
    However, they do not love the Philippines . I
    talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security
    compound, and both of them said that they would
    leave the Philippines right after they are released
    from the prison. They said that they would start
    a new life in other countries and never come back
    to the Philippines .
    Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so
    that we were able to share our wealth with our
    neighborhood. The owners of factory and company
    were distributed their profit to their employees
    fairly so that employees could buy what they
    needed and saved money for the future and their

    When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith
    and wanted to be a priest. However, when I
    came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith.
    I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable
    situations in the Philippines . Street kids always
    make me sad, and I see them everyday. The
    Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia ,
    but there are too many poor people here. People
    go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing
    has been changed.

    My parents came to the Philippines last week
    and saw this situation. They told me that Korea
    was much poorer
    than the present Philippines
    when they were young. They are so sorry that
    there are so many beggars and street kids.

    When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents
    to take a boat because it would fun. However,
    they were not happy after taking a boat. They
    said that they would not take the boat again
    because they were sympathized the boatmen,
    for the boatmen were very poor and had a
    small frame. Most of people just took a boat
    and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy
    it because of love for them.

    My mother who has been working for Catholic
    Church since I was very young told me that if
    we just go to
    mass without changing ourselves,
    we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come
    with action.

    She added that I have to love Filipinos and do
    good things for them because all of us are same
    and have received a great love from God. I want
    Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country
    as much as they love God so that the Philippines
    will be well off.

    I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos
    should remember. We cannot change the sinful
    structure at once.
    It should start from person.
    Love must start in everybody, in a small scale
    and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we
    open up to love. Let's put away our prejudices
    and look at our worries with our new eyes.

    I discover that every person is worthy to be
    loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes
    Love changes you and me. It changes
    people, contexts and relationships. It changes
    the world. Please love your neighborhood and

    Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others
    we do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for
    people who
    are abused and abandoned. There is
    God who is crying for love.

    If you have a child, teach them how to love the
    Philippines . Teach them why they have to love
    their neighborhood and country. You already
    know that God also will be very happy if you
    love others.

    That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.
    Last edited by donski; December 21st, 2008 at 04:30 AM.

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