South Korean to Filipinos: “Love your country, not your politicians”

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A South Korean wrote an open letter to Filipinos telling them to love the country, rather the politicians running it.
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Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I don’t think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines,” wrote Jaeyoun Kim.

She talked about Korea first, telling stories of how South Korea was once one of the poorest countries after the Korean War and how they had to start from scratch because the entire country was destroyed. On top of that, they had no natural resources.

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country,” she said.

Things started getting better when the President of Germany lent money to Korea, money that was then used by then President Park to build factories. 

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people,” he said. 

According to her, she has been to the New Bilibid prison and what made her sad was that the prisoners do not have any love for their country. 

They go to mass and work for church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines.”

I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.”

Moreover, she said that going to church without changing ourselves means we are not Christians. 

Faith should come with action.” 

I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.”

She called on to the people to teach the children how to love the Philippines, to teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. She says that’s all she really wants to ask of the Filipinos.

Read his full message below:

"Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines?

"I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines

"Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world.

"Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

"Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism.

"Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country.

"Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

"40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.

"In 1964, President Park Chung-hee visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off? That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea .

"So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

"Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

"My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.

"I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for church. They pray everyday.

"However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

"Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

"When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to serve in a church. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday.

"The Philippines is the most “religious” country in Asia, they say. But there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

"My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would be fun.

"However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

"My mother who has been working for a church since I was very young told me that if we just go to church without changing ourselves, we are not Christians indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.

"I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.

"If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country.

"That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.”

"By Jaeyoun Kim. (김재연)"



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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. This has reminded me to pray and love my country even more. May the Lord bless you.

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  2. The Filipinos are second class citizens in their own country. Majority of the top business establishments are owned by Chinese or other nationals. All the expensive suburbs are owned and populated by Chinese because they are the ones running the country by using the politicians. Rather than employed by other nationals in the country, they would rather go overseas to give their families a decent living. Even the media encourage going overseas to work. After finishing education, they spend the rest of their lives overseas, because their knowledge and skills are not compensated enough.. How much love can you give to a country when your family suffers, when you're underpaid and overworked. Filipinos are taught to love first and foremost but how long is a piece of string when you're family is suffering specially in health. So any chance to leave the country to support the family is worth doing. Bit late to teach people to love the country, it takes a whole new revolution.. The Philippines is not just the Filipinos, it's the Chinese, Japanese, Americans and other nationals all taking advantage of the Filipino's smiles and good natured.

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  3. This is the message of my musical composition entitled "Dakilang Mamamayan" encouraging all Filipino people to do good things for our motherland Filipinas.

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  4. i'am a filipino, i read the whole article and im crying now. i feel so ashamed and at the same time helpless for i know this is so true in my country. day by day i see my country change to worse in many ways. and to be honest i envy south korea for i know that s.korea really started from scratch and had it tougher than what filipinos always complain today. and now s.korea is well and koreans did not need a brutal government to do this. if this comment could save my country then with all my tears right now, i beg anyone to please open the eyes of my fellow filipinos! pls help us before their stupidity of worshipping politicians blindly just because they act tough or cool to their eyes. PLEASE HELP Philippines before we filipinos destroy our own country.

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  5. I cried while reading this.....

    Filipino always wanted "IMPORTED", colonialism planted and nurtured by USA.
    Filipino cannot love their country, they rather ESCAPE Poverty....... mock those who were left behind.

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