Leaving the Philippines. Filipinos would die for the opportunity to leave their beloved country in search of better opportunities abroad. My own family did so. As a result, I am now working for corporate America making decent to good money. And if I worked for Uncle Sam a little more, I will make it high along the corporate ladder. Filipinos would kill for this opportunity. Figuratively, of course; or can that be literal as well?
Me, I'm doing the opposite. I have decided to work for Uncle Boy? Auntie Gloria? Who is Uncle Sam's cohort in the Philippines. I am coming back to the Philippines for my hanap buhay. It took some time for my family and friends to understand why I'm doing it. My grandpa thought I was losing my mind. You see, he was responsible for my family's petition to the US 20 years ago. (Insert the traditional Filipino Grandpa lecture here about coming to America.) I responded with, Where am I needed more?
I don't mean to be big headed. Really, I feel that my skills and abilities are needed more in the Philippines. Yes, the word is "need." By that, I mean in doing that kind of work that I will do there, I am helping more Filipinos advance their lives. What is this work?
Teaching English proficiency and Neutralized American Accent. I'm not a teacher by trade; I'm in sales and marketing. But I have always loved to teach what I know to help others. And now, I get to combine that with having my own business. No more for Uncle Sam and corporate America. And along the way, I hope to infuse my thoughts on philosophies in the lesson plans. I hope that the students of my school will learn to challenge the status quo, ask tough questions, and realize that it's OK to ask why.
The issue of challenging the status quo. Asking tough questions. Asking why. These are three things I hope more Filipinos would do. Too often, we just accept things as the way they are because it's always been that way.
I'm coming back home. I hope to make a difference.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Challenging the Status Quo in the Philippines
I believe in love, justice, equality, and life. I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Above all else, I believe in God. I started blogging since since August 18, 2006. I am not the same person I was once. My thoughts, perspectives, and opinions are different now.