While waiting for the flood to dissipate (like it will
gonna...and it didn't after 7 hours), I have come to observe that Filipinos are
indeed resilient. Many of whom still have the nerve to laugh and used that
moment to socialize with individuals they've only met. I never heard anyone
whining about the situation (well, I think I was the only one complaining).
It's true, to fight a major battle and triumph over it is virtuous, but
to live everyday amongst minor nuances require a strong spirit.
The above quote is an excerpt in Jef's blog (see link below). I have seen the floods the Jef is talking about, and when I first saw them, that was in 2005, I was quite amazed with the horrible infrastructure of Manila. Whoa! I began to imagine diseases and those poor people. Man, the poor are always getting screwed, don't they? I wish the government would really do something about it. I mean, don't we know that it rains six months in the year there?
But according to Jef, people are indeed resilient, especially my beloved Pinoys. Despite the struggles, the rain, and bad government, poor economy, and hurricanes, and heat, and humidity, and poor education system, corrupt officials, jammed traffic, smoke, and smoke and more smoke, jeepneys and taxis and cars beeping, and what have you, the Filipinos can survive to face another day.
Yes, we are a hopeful culture. I'm so proud to be a part of a culture that can put things aside at the end of the day, and hope for a brighter one. At the end of the day, we have tambayan, or hanging out, singing videoke, or just plain drinking the night away with a cuatro cantos gin or San Miguel Light. We laugh, we drink, we eat. We talk stories. Then we laugh, we drink, and we eat again.
As someone who has lived in the US for over 20 years, since I was 9, there are things I take for granted. I should feel so lucky that I am fortunate enough to have been brought up in the US. It took some visits to the Philippines to make me realize that I am very blessed. But these visits also made me become more Filipino again. I began to understand poverty, corruption, discrimination, and the plight of the underpriviledged, and one day, I hope to reach out. Perhaps these writings in my blogs, are the first steps in doing so.