EDIT: It was not my intention to offend people, I just want to share my opinion in my personal blog. Again, If I have offended you, I apologize.
I apologize for the sudden lack of software development updates. Its just that I got hit by the Korean Fever (no, its not a pandemic Flu! ) So please forgive this non-programming blog post.
My addiction to all things Korean started when my Ex showed me a cute music video of a South Korean nine-member girl group called Girls Generation (SNSD/????). At first, I got very annoyed with the crazy jingle, but I instantly recognized the cuteness of the video. Now, I have a total of 4 GB of SNSD videos (meticulously stolen from Youtube), their complete discography on my Phone, and SNSD Ringtones. I am so addicted to them that I even have my four office monitors with SNSD wallpapers and SNSD Screensavers. I even watch and listen to my SNSD videos while working. My colleague, too, is also uber addicted to them and he says that the video increases his productivity!
To make my addiction worse, my brother who is addicted to Korean and Japanese Dramas, introduced me to Boys Before Flowers – the Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. After watching the said video, I suddenly want a Korean Hairstyle and a wardrobe makeover. Now, my TV set is locked-in to KBS. (And somebody please remind me to call Sky Cable to inquire YTF they removed Arirang from my TV Listing).
To my curiosity, I researched about the history of South Korea, the culture of South Korea and the economy of South Korea. And one thing was apparent, South Koreans love their country. They are proud of their lineage. They are both protectors of their future and guardians of their past. Just like the Japanese, they are nationalistic.
So it begs the question, Why are they Nationalistic and Why Filipinos are not? After sometime thinking bout this, I arrived at a simple answer.
Because they have something to be proud of!
In South Korea’s case, there is really something to be proud of. After their formal establishment in 1948, South Korea’s GDP is insanely growing. Just look at this graph!
Just reading this Wikipedia article makes me want to be Korean:
The economy of South Korea is a highly developed trillion dollar free-market economy that is the fourth largest in Asia and 13th largest in the world. South Korea’s overnight transformation to a wealthy developed country in less than half a century is often called the Miracle on the Han River and earned the distinctive reputation of “Asian Tiger” in the international community.
Today, South Korea is classified as a high income economy by the World Bank and an advanced economy by the IMF and CIA. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and a leading international financial centre in Asia. South Koreans enjoy one of the highest living standards in the world and have a high life expectancy and a high level of economic freedom.
An extremely competitive education system and a highly skilled and motivated workforce are two key factors driving this knowledge economy that has the world’s highest scientific literacy and second highest mathematical literacy.
It boasts the world’s highest broadband internet access per capita and is the most wired country in the world. In 2007, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked South Korea’s IT Industry Competitiveness among the top three in the world.
For the longest time, I can say that my nationalism is peculiarly high for a kid my age. I have always believed that the Philippines still has a chance. That my generation will somehow get us back on track. But now, I’m having second thoughts. In the past, I have a strong hate against the people who are leaving our country to work abroad. Now, I want to grab the cheapest flight to South Korea and work there, forever. If only majority of South Koreans can speak English.
To be fair, I did some research too about Filipino History. Sad as it is, there is only one instance in the entire Filipino History that I can truthfully say that I am proud to be a Filipino and that was the time when Lapu-Lapu killed Magellan. This is how I imagined it happened:
Lapu-Lapu’s Second Hand Man: Sir, the Spaniards are arriving! They are 3 miles off the coast of Mactan!
Lapu-Lapu: Let them come to their deaths! /gg
Lapu-Lapu’s Second Hand Man: *Thinking* “What the f*ck? Are you freakin’ insane? They have GUNS!”
*After 5 hours of waiting* (The boats are not diesel-powered, afterall)
Lapu-Lapu to Magellan’s Messenger: Before you speak, Spaniard, know that in Mactan… Everyone, even a King’s messenger, is held accountable for the words of his voice. Now, what message do you bring? (In Spartan voice)
Magellan’s Messenger: Education and Religion.
Lapu-Lapu: You rode all the way from Spain for Education and Religion? Do not be coy or stupid, Spaniard. You can afford neither in Mactan.
Magellan’s Messenger: THIS IS MADNESS!
Lapu-Lapu: Madness? THIS IS M-A-C-T-A-N!
Lapu-Lapu then stabbed the Messenger in the right eye. He then grabbed his “Spear” and threw it to Magellan who is observing from the balcony of his boat. Magellan got hit in the heart and then died and his men, slaughtered.
How can you not be proud? That is pure courage and valiance! A mark of a true Filipino. After Lapu-Lapu, all of the so-called “Filipino Heroes” are either 1.) A modern equivalent of a Blogger or 2.) An exact replica of a Bayanmuna Representative.
We only have ONE TRUE HERO in our entire history and what did we do to honor him? Put him in a 1 centavo coin! Seriously? When was the last time you saw one?
On our largest bill (1 thousand peso bill), we have the face of three unknown clowns. The only one that I am a little familiar with is Jose Abad Santos. I am not familiar with “Jose Abad Santos” (the person), but I am familiar with Jose Abad Santos (the street).
As a Filipino, its really hard to be nationalistic. When you hear news about the Philippines being the most corrupt country in Asia, how can you be nationalistic? When you see Politicians sitting in their Limo being escorted by the Police in a congested Makati street while you, the TAXPAYER, is sitting in a Jeepney inhaling all the smoke and sweating to death,how can you be nationalistic? When you watch insanely corny and cheap presidential campaign videos that you know is full of BS, how can you be nationalistic? When you see a “senator” who involves himself in a celebrity scandal that has nothing to do in making the Philippines a better country, how can you be nationalistic?