I grieve deeply for the people of Hong Kong. They suffered a great loss. I got alarmed, however, when my cousin Virna (firesenshi) pointed out that President Noy Aquino's official Facebook page was being inflamed with threats like, "I will fire my Filipina maid!" or, "Just looking at my Filipino maid makes me angry!"
The alarm quickly escalated to horror when I saw both Filipinos and the HK Chinese calling each other names. Reduced to preschoolers. No educated person would want to see people resorting to barbaric tendencies online. No sane person wants to see cavemen behavior in new media.
What depresses me, though, is that the actions of one mad man seems to have completely overturned the sacrifices of countless OFWs. Shouldn't our media concentrate on the good Filipinos have done for the world? Like these news articles:
- Singaporean family includes ‘devoted’ maids’ names in mother’s obituary
- Series on Distingusihed Filipino Woman Achievers
- The CNN Hero is a Filipino
- The Filipinos - the world's finest!
- Jewish Refugees in WWII Manila Hold Reunion
Like every other nation, the Philippines has its share of rotten tomatoes. We also have abusive employees, thieves, cheaters and what have you. What country doesn't have these? But we're a good people. We are intelligent, hardworking, efficient, talented, caring and we do everything with a smile even when we are carrying the heaviest of burdens. Yes we suffer, but we endure. We are made stronger by our travails. You can put us anywhere and we'll survive.
This song couldn't have illustrated our plight better.
And while we grieve for the people that have been affected by a Filipino-induced tragedy, we should also remember that for every set of bad apples, there are thousands of us who are willing to risk life and limb to do good.
Written 7:47AM 08.29.10
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