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Hooray for Patricia!

AdaAda Administrator PEx Moderator
Have you guys seen her deliver her speech live? I saw her on Straight Talk last week and she was great. Even Cito Beltran was near tears after her speech. Galing-galing!

In case you've been living in a cave for the last month and haven't read her speech yet, see below. :D

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BLONDE AND BLUE EYES

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.

Comments

  • yeah i caught that interview din.. galing nga nya. pati si cito beltran tongue-tied! i loved her speech.. kaiyak nga eh :bigcry: i liked the part when she said "we are the caregivers, the seafarers, the programmers"... ang galing. i never looked at it that way. galing ng pilipino :D

    i saw her yesterday sa AS (feeling matagal na sa UP para di halatang freshie :lol: ).. sabi ko sa kasama ko.. diba yun yung public speaking champion?

    ma-starstruck ba?! :lol:
  • smilewarriorsmilewarrior PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Hooray indeed! Mabuhay ka Patricia;)
  • She will have to return to London to receive her prizes (and take note) to be given by no less than the Prince of Wales, prince Charles. Prince William, the next in line to the throne of the most popular and influential kingdom in the world, will be there too to assist his dad. There’s this rumor circulating all over at St. Andrews that William has a preference for black hair or brunette, contrary to Pat's wishes. hehehe...

    Mabuhay ang UP!

    Mabuhay ang Pinoy!
  • lilintianlilintian PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    hmmm.. have you seen the Philippine Collegian lately? there's an article about her speech.. haven't read it yet pero medyo negative daw ang feedback..
  • Galing naman. Actually, maganda talaga yung speech niya kasi if you would just read the title and not go ove the article, you would surmise that its more like a fairytale story. Pero, as you read the speech, mata-touch ka kasi natumbok ni Patricia yung mga issues which Filipinos are very much involved with.
  • Originally posted by lilintian
    hmmm.. have you seen the Philippine Collegian lately? there's an article about her speech.. haven't read it yet pero medyo negative daw ang feedback..
    oo nga, isa raw papuri sa globalisasyon ang talumpati nya. alam naman natin na ang kule (at maging ako) ay kontra sa globalisasyon
  • Kahit kontra kayo sa globalisasyon, sana naman irespeto niyo ang pagkatao ni Patricia. Nakakabastos yung pagsulat sa tula, kulang na lang tawaging siyang tuta ng mga puti. Ibasura man ng Kule ang kasulukuyang nangyayari sa bansa natin, hindi nila kailangang isama si Patricia sa usapan. Ang crap mentality ng dating.
  • AdaAda Administrator PEx Moderator
    Would someone be kind enough to post the Kule article here? :)
  • hmm, haven't read that article as well. il try to look for one..

    saw her pala last friday sa may AS parking lot. she was interviewed by tintin bersola. weeee, i saw both my idols! :beam: for what show kaya? i wanna watch that! nga pala, why were there soo many people sa AS steps that day? i thought twas coz of patricia. but it seemed like there was some event or something..
  • I think they were shooting the freshmen block pics on AS steps that day kaya maraming tao.
  • ^^
    o, meron ng ganyan these days sa UP? bat sa batch ko walang ganyan? 00-xxxxx student number ko. improved na UP, ah.
  • AdaAda Administrator PEx Moderator
    Super spoiled na ata mga freshmen ngayon ha. :D Nung kapanahunan ko [naks!] libreng IKOT lang napala namin.
  • kami naman 6 years ago is libreng ikot, libreng fish balls and libreng concert sa UP theater!!!
  • kami naman libreng concert, ikot and many others. no picture taking though. ka batch pala tayo citycass. di pa nga lang ako grad. :hiya:

    anyway, wasn't able to get a copy of kule. last week pala yun! well this week in the txt back portion.. someone txtd this:

    "Ay naku, nakakainis kayo! Nabuwisit me sa article ni E. San Juan. Pati ba si P Evangelista at ang works niya may reklamo kayo. 'Ala siyang masamang ibig sabihin dunnoh! Nagbigay lang siya ng tama at praktikal na solusyon sa problema noh!"

    hmmmm, now im really curious what they said bout patricia.. :confused:
  • well, we cannot please everybody. it only shows that UP students debate among themselves. let's just respect their opinion and create our own to counteract them

    sana merong magpost ng article dito...


    but still, congratulations to Pat again! a lot of people are still circulating her speech as well as the speech of another UP alumnus Butch Jimenez (his speech during the 2003 Commencement Exercises)
  • AdaAda Administrator PEx Moderator
    In case anyone's interested, Patricia has her own column now in the Philippine Star. It comes out every Friday.
  • Originally posted by lilintian
    hmmm.. have you seen the Philippine Collegian lately? there's an article about her speech.. haven't read it yet pero medyo negative daw ang feedback..

    The Collegian, and almost everybody else in UP (--or in the country, for that matter) has a way of finding faults in every gov't policy, in every opinion, in every speech and perhaps in every sentence they'd ever come across.

    I just wish they'd try presenting realistic and viable alternatives for a change. Many politicians and gov't heads were once UP Activists but look at how they've been corrupted by the bureacracy...

    What a shame! :(
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