Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What if

It was an ordinary day.

I woke up just in time, beating my alarm clock by fifteen minutes. I called on my maid, a newly hired domestic helper from abroad, to fix my breakfast and press my clothes.

I then gathered the newspapers from the patio and read my usual favorites. The business column named the Philippines as the most stable economy and once again gained the highest shares on the Stock Market. Wow! 15 Years in a row. The Peso is in its most stable period—1 Peso to 55 Dollars.

I can still remember the dark ages of this country though, where corruption and poverty were deeply intertwined with our psyche and acutely embedded in our culture, but somehow, we survived that.

And indeed, what a comeback!

We are the first country to produce the most efficient renewable energy and the first one to untapped the potential capability of water to be the fuel for our environment friendly automobiles—all manufactured locally. Investments came pouring in and a new optimism was seen on the horizon.

As the country rose, many Overseas Filipino Workers who previously worked as maids, nurses, engineers and factory workers came back to stay for good. Families were once again reunited.

There are surpluses of jobs and the country cannot fill in the vacancies that were needed and had instead lured other nationalities to come work for us. Currently, we are home to different nationalities and have become the melting pot of culture and diversity in Asia.

Our Educational System also was being emulated by our neighboring nations. Through radical process, we have cut the illiteracy rate by nearly 85%. At present, we are the hub of Information Technology in Asia and the main provider of electronics, chips and softwares to the rest of the world.

Though we are the most technologically advanced country in the world, environment was not jeopardized. Pockets of eco-parks are within the city area and natural resources are heavily protected.

Poverty is in its lowest rate, affecting only a minute portion of the urban area.

Our Social Welfare bested other nations as well because it alleviated social injustice and have promoted self sufficiency through economic mobilization.

Taxes were cut in half and benefits doubled. For once, the government acted for the people and by the people.

As I am a witness to the political and economic evolution of this country, I can’t help but to be proud that I am a part of that change.

I have seen the overwhelming transition from our deep instability to solid stability.

We have conquered impossibilities and realized possibilities.

Our Filipino Pride shaped our Filipino Dream.

…then I woke up again.

Darn! It was all but a dream!

NB: Be out for a couple of days guys. I hope you all the best. God bless!


Blogger rHo said...

gossssshhhhh... kala ko totoo na! well, at least kahit man lang sa panaginip! hehehe...

have a gud day! ingatz lagi.. God bless!

1:18 AM  
Blogger Jinjiruks said...

wake up jeff.. daydreaming again!

1:47 AM  
Blogger Linguist-in-Waiting said...

Sana nga ano? Magandang panaginip iyan. 1 PHP = 55 USD! Bigating piso!

2:04 AM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

Never hurts to dream. By the way, if this dream ever becomes reality, can I come live with you? ;)

8:53 AM  
Blogger Rey said...


Damn... I'll embrace that dillusion anytime, man.

I hope i'll still live at the time when that dream comes true.
Wishful thinking, but feels good doesn't it?

11:29 AM  
Blogger D.T. said...

They say that a dream is a wish your heart makes, and obviously, your heart is a really great one...gals from all over the world, take heart and take notice! Seriously though Jef, great dream. Hopefully one day though you'll wake up and it'll be all true.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least you had a maid in your dream. hehe.

saan ka naman pupunta?

12:04 PM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

kakaibang panaginip ha. hehe. ingat kung saan ka man punta :)

1:06 PM  
Blogger cruise said...

wa mawalan ng pag-asa, babangon ang pilipinas!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Iskoo said...

i admire people who still have hope for pur country, mabuhay jeff!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Estupidormitorian Neil said...

shit. It was all just a dream.

Gawd, and even other nationalities are obliged to speak in Filipino instead of us speaking in English? Wish it may be.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous snglguy said...

Hey Jef, have you been inhaling carbon monoxide again? ;-D

8:37 PM  
Blogger vic said...

Wow, did you ever notice I was living just about a few blocks away, at Brookside Hill in Cainta? or because of your good life you've forgot all us blogsmate who returned home to partake the night in Paradise. I'm still looking forward to that day, not just in dreams but in reality.

8:53 PM  
Blogger don said...

I was ready to pack my bags and come to the Phillipines. But I have read about the beautiful side of your country through your musings. Your description of home, rivals my own. God bless Phillipines! dw

9:51 AM  
Blogger juice is justine said...

Definitely no harm in dreaming ;)

12:48 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Why not? Never say impossible ! ;-)

2:02 PM  
Blogger aceian said...

Fixing up the Philippines is not a dream.... Its a goal! Let your dream be a reality!

4:57 AM  

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