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Patricia Evangelista

hey anybody heard of patricia evangelista? she's this girl who won the public speaking contest in UK...

when she said her speech sa straight talk...i sweari cried!


  • She's really good. :)

    Yup, at least there's proof that the future is still full of hope because of Filipinas like her.
  • yah.. she's my idol (even if she's younger).. waah, i had goosebumps just reading her speech! i just haven't heard her speak though. waah pano pa kaya if i hear her noh? pinoys should be proud of her. im also proud as a schoolmate, kahit ive never seen her around campus. before nga i thought she was from ateneo.. ooops, up pala! galing! but, appropriate ba na dito sa tv an movies? oh well, she looks artistahin naman. and she appeared on tv. pwede na yun!
  • people, read on...

    [/B] Blonde and Blue Eyes
    By Patricia Evangelista

    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 traveled 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. [/B]
  • Edited because it is the same post as above -- Ada
  • yakkity_yak :wave:

    sabay cguro tayong ng post...hehhehe..
  • nauna ako.. hehe bagal kasi ng pex eh.. :wave:
  • hehe, natutuwa nga ako, at nagulat din dun sa naging takbo ng contest.

    akalain ba namang nauna pang maeliminate yung mga representatives ng US, UK, Australia at iba pang mga bansa na English ang wika, at yung final seven na natira e yung mga galing sa mga bansang hindi English ang nat'l language, hehe, like nga yung Pinas... nakakagulat talaga, at nakakadisappoint...
  • nakakdisappoint?? why?
  • she's good :)
  • pwede na siyang mag artista, dont you think? pero i think she's too intellectual for shobiz. hehe
  • akosilesterakosilester PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ganda ng speech nya......

    pwedeng i-print ng maraming copies, tapos i-bind at isampal sa lahat ng mga pulitiko......
    to literally slap them on their thick faces para matauhan sa paghihirap ng mga pinoy......
  • @yakkity_yak, disappointed ako sa mga Kano't Ostralyano... nadaig pa natin sila...
  • @akosilester, yah... sana napakinggan ng mga pulitiko yung piece niya... well written, ano? si Patricia lang ang sumulat niyan, pero anglakas ng dating, napakapowerful ng aura ng buong piece at subtle ang message... napanood ko siya sa ANC, sa show ni Cito Beltran ata, tapos inulit niya yung speech niya... napa-wow talaga ako, yung mga muwestra niya at facial expressions, nakakadala, parang nakikipag-usap pero punung-puno ng emosyon... BrRrRrR... kakakilabot...
  • yehey! there's a thread about my newest idol! galing nya, i swear. :)

    saw her twice on anc. first is sa, um, don't know the show. i was just channel surfing and then i saw her. i was like, "who is this kid talking?" but after listening for a while .. whoa! wow! galing! pero mas nabilib ako talaga the next day. i was still channel surfing and there she was, on straight talk. ang galing! lovedher when she did the speech. nakakaiyak! thank you to cito beltran for asking her to do the speech. there was even a replay of that episode two days ago. i guess maraming nag-request.

    funny about the whole "we should print a copy of the speech and slap it to the faces of the politicians" funny coz may nag-text ng ganyang comment on straight talk. very similar talaga sa dun sa sinabi ni cito. patricia was just laughing. another funny question was if she had a boyfriend, she was asked twice. she said, "no boyfriend .." and cito was like, "and there won't be for a while i'm sure .. " .. i'm pretty sure her dad would be screening her suitors .. :D

    actually, during that anc episode, she had a cold. she was constantly trying to blow her nose but then the camera would focus again on her, hiya tuloy sya. i also thought she was an atenean. the look, the talk. very conio-like of her. tapos up pala, right school for someone like her!

    brilliant .. i say brilliant .. artistahin nga ang kanyang mukha (pero according to theHuggyBear mukha daw cute na rabbit), pero malabong mag-artista. but i hope she still comes out on tv. siguro in debate shows or talk shows, she'd be perfect for shows like that. :)
  • naiyak ako habang binabasa ko ito sa PDI, the next day she won the contest. Then napanood ko siya sa ANC with Cito, again, naiyak na naman ako! The piece was so powerful, bato lang ang hindi matso-choke ng emotion after hearing or reading it. Teary-eyed pa nga ako habang binabasa dito sa pex yung article niya! Hay, we need more patricia in our midst! Mabuhay!
  • *okay* galing sya! kakabilib...
  • dude im soo glad there are a lot of people who admire her too!!!

    HANIE!!!!! FRIEND!! nagstart ako ng thread para kay ATE PATRICIA! heheheh hindi ko naman talaga ate yan.. kasi ang laki ng respeto ko sa kanya na tinawag ko na syang ATE heheheh charooot!!! JOKE lang yun noh heheheheheh chaka WABBITS ARE CUTE! HEHEHEH

    dang..i loved her piece..her speech wasnt about saving the world (which the other contestants from Europe an USA wrote about)..her speech was simple, and heartwarming kasi..diba nga kahit na borderless ang ating WORLD, iba pa rin talaga yung HOME. i so admire her grabe...

    btw, kala ko rin atenista sya..napa AY tuloy ako! lol animo lasalle! heheheh
  • Originally posted by yakkity_yak
    yah.. she's my idol (even if she's younger).. waah, i had goosebumps just reading her speech! i just haven't heard her speak though. waah pano pa kaya if i hear her noh? pinoys should be proud of her. im also proud as a schoolmate, kahit ive never seen her around campus. before nga i thought she was from ateneo.. ooops, up pala! galing! but, appropriate ba na dito sa tv an movies? oh well, she looks artistahin naman. and she appeared on tv. pwede na yun!

    kasi yakkity_yak...nalito ako kung saan ko ilalagay si Ate Patricia... dito na lang para mapansin din.. heheh dun ko sana ilalagay sa pinoy life thingy kaya lang puro kalokohan dun eh.. may nagpost nga ng pano daw pumatay ng ipis... (loko di tapakan mo!) hehe nge! di ko ilalagay ang thread dun noh! dito na at least sigurado ako na intelligent reponse ang makukuha ko hehehehee

  • what a wonderful message 4 filipino's abroad too, I like the phrase " leaving sometimes isn't a matter of choice, it's coming back that is ". very true indeed.

    hope someone can post her picture.
  • saw her na sa rob gale,she's so pretty!!!classmate sya ng cuzin ko sa STC!sayang,wala na silang communication,papa-introduce sana ako eh!
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