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As part of the second anniversary of ‘My Life is My Message’ blog, here is something special I write for my fellow Filipinos.

I have heard this song for several times since it started to play on the radio. If not in radio, I usually here my 5-year-old and 3-year-old nephews singing this song. And honestly they knew this song first before I do. And I just get interested with it when I got the chance to scrutinize what the lyrics is all about because my nephews are kept on singing the last two words which repeatedly occur in the entire lyrics for how many times, ‘walang natira!’

Naalala ko, sabi ng teacher ko when I was second year highschool, mayaman daw ang Pilipinas noon sa likas na yaman. But when spaniards came to occupy us, everything were wasted. At ngayon, we can still experience the effect of how we were devasted by that reality kaya hindi na lang likas na yaman ang nawawala, even its people are losing kasi karamihan ng mahihirap o kahit ng mga mayayaman, nangingibang bansa para kumita ng kabuhayan.

Sino ba naman kasing ayaw yumaman? Sino bang hindi kelangan ng pera? Kahit ako, gugustuhin kong kumita ng maraming pera. GUsto kong maabot mga pangarap ko at alam kong magagawa ko lang yun kapag may pera ako. Sabi nga ng professor ko sa Economics, ang pera daw ay isang maduming bagay pero pinag-aagawan ng kahit na sino. In this earthly world, the most important of all is money. And the easiest possible legal job to get money, if you are a Filipino, is to become an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).

For me, there is nothing wrong from being an OFW. I understand why most of the Filipinos are leaving their family just to sustain the needs of their love ones. Kahit si mama  dumating sa stage na naisip niyang maging Domestic Helper (DH) sa ibang bansa kasi wala na kaming mapagkukunan ng pera. At isa pa, palaging tumataas ang mga bilihin, wala ring maraming available jobs tapos sasabayan pa ng magastos na pag-aaral sa college. Ganyan ang typical na buhay ng isang mahirap na Pilipino. Kaya I personally emphatize the real situation of the less privilege sector of society.

OO walang masama kung mangingibang-bansa tayo pero I beleive there is something wrong kung mamamatay na lang tayong OFW. Maraming teacher, engineer at nurse dito sa Pilipinas pero karamihan sa kanila mas gugustuhing magtrabaho sa mga hindi nila kalahi para kumita lang ng pera. I am not judging anyone but I know that you know that there is truth when I say the previous statement ‘cos even I is planning to go abroad to earn much and therefore buy the things I want.

But more than getting what I want, working abroad could probably be a source of investment. Instead of splurging during pay day, why not save money? It isn’t enough to have money on hand. The most important thing to know is how to spend wisely the money on hand. And how to make your money work for you!

Sticking on that idea, hindi na natin kelangan pang bumalik sa ibang bansa para iwan ulit ang mga pamilya natin. Kung alam lang ng bawat Pilipino ang importance ng financial intelligence at entrepreneurship, alam kong dadating yung panahon na wala nang Pilipino ang mangingibang-bansa. I am so hopeful to see Philippines, 50 or 100 years from now, just like China, US or Japan. If everyone will just know the importance of their small contribution to the Philippines, that small idea could probably ensue to a better greater society. And one day, you will be thankful na natulungan mo ang bansa mo kahit sa maliit na paraan para maging maunlad.

Kung iniisip mong imposible itong mga sinasabi ko, sasabihin ko sayo ngayon pa lang, nagkakamali ka! Una, walang imposible sa taong nag-iisip ng positibo. Pangalawa kung nagawa ng South Korea na maging maunlad, bakit tayo hindi? From nothing, look at them now. We were once more progressive than them, but through their hope and positive outlook, and unity and sense of nationhood they have reached where they are right now. (Read:   Korean Concerns Filipinos)

Anuman ang trabaho mo, naniniwala akong meron kang magagawa other than leaving the country to earn money. Katulad ng sasakyan, hindi ito gagalaw kung walang magpapaandar. It is our initiative that waits over-all progress. Kaya kung hindi tayo magsisimula, wala tayong matatapos. At kung hahayaan na lang nating iwanan ang bawat isa at ang Pilipinas, ano at sino na lang ang matitira sa atin?

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I wanna thank Gloc 9 and Sheng Belmonte for making this song. I was very inspired by this song to write this blog. The moment I received the message of the song, I became so worried of what will happen to us if this reality persists. At my age, I am starting to set my mind up for this reality so that I could do something about it. Ayaw kong mamatay nang walang nagagawang maganda sa bansa ko. At any simple little thing, alam kong meron akong magagawa. Dahil sa kantang ‘to, alam kong marami ring mga taong naghahangad ng katulad ng inisiip ko.

‘Walang Natira’ is such a heart-felt and eye-opener country song for every Filipinos! For the lyrics, click here.

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