Jaeyoun Kim, a Korean student who studied
here in the Philippines, shared his firsthand experience with the
Filipinos‘ way of life, mores and folkways. And he humbly begged to
every Filipino on what to do; thus, he came up with pragmatic
solution to the problem that ills the country Philippines.
Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the
Philippines. Do you really think corruption is the problem of the
Philippines? I don’t think so. I strongly believe that the problem is
lack of love for the Philippines.
The only thing I learned from the Catholic Church was that we have to
love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. 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 the Church. They prayed for 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 have released from prison. They
said they would start a new life in other countries and never come back
to the Philippines...
When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a
priest. 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’ ways make me sad, and I see them
everyday. The Philippines in the only Catholic country in Asia, 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 that 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 hanppy after
taking the boat. They said they would not take the boat again because
they sympathized with the boatmen (who) were very poor and had a small
frame. Most people just took the boat and enjoyed it. But my parents
did not enjoy it because of love for them.
My mother who has been working for the Catholic Church since I was
very young, told me that if we just go to mass without changing
ourselves, we are not catholic 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 the 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 key word, which Filipinos should remember.
We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from the
person himself. 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.
I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love,
because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes
people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love
your neighborhood and country.
Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the
Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned.
There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach him or
her how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their
neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be happy
if you love others.
That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.