The Filipino is talented

I believe that the Filipino is talented. Look around you and you’ll see Filipinos belting out tunes (even if they are out of tune), dance even if they have two left feet and act even if they have the same expression when trying to be happy or sad.

So many times, we Filipinos have demonstrated our talent. We no longer just look at Lea Salonga or those who are half Filipino by blood making it big in the international scene. We have designers, musicians and a boxer to show who we really are. A year ago, Efren Penaflorida showed the world that with a kariton classroom, education is not just for the wealthy. Designers Jerome Lorico, Jay Nicholas Sario, Oliver Tolentino and Anthony Tentativa showed their craftsmanship with the clothes they’ve designed, earning them recognition from international fashionistas. Charice belted her way to the US popular show Glee and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao displayed pride when he won against Antonio Margarito. Now, isn’t that talent?

Yes, the Filipino is talented, we know that. Instead of putting ourselves down, we should encourage ourselves way up. We have issues in our lives from poverty to unemployment but talent can be used to defeat these problems if used properly. Now if only the government can allot money for culture and arts as well as sports, Filipinos can shine and prove to the world that they are definitely world class.

alexa

  • UP nn grad

    To Alexa : Don’t be surprised, and don’t be discouraged either, that a few Pinoys in Pinas would think it is wrongheaded for Malacanang to “…allot money for culture and arts as well as sports”. You’d think odd, right, considering the attention for Pilipinas because of Manny Pacquiao or Anthony Tentativa.

    http://propinoy.net/2010/09/15/dear-mr-president-proposals-for-public-and-public-schools/

    That’s just how it is. Maybe it is a generational gap (bert’s generation would be older than alexa’s, I’d think) or maybe it is where some folks focus on engineering, accounting, nursing and medicine-related jobs… different folks, different strokes.

  • UP nn grad

    Alexa also expressed a thought worth repeating : — “if only the government can allot money for culture and arts as well as sports, Filipinos can shine and prove to the world that they are definitely world class.”

  • Bert

    Ah, your silence, your silence, UP n. You think like benignO thinks of the natives.

  • Bert

    Are you saying then that the Philippine government shall legislate laws that will allow the Michael Phelps of the world to be Filipino citizens? Here’s what you said:

    “One of the ways that Pilipinas can become more talented for the next generation and the generations after that is straightforward — to allow more foreigners to become Filipino citizens.”

    Would that law cover only the Michael Phelps of the world? Would it discriminate against the lesser Michael Phelps of the world? Or, is every foreigners welcome? What do you think?

  • UP nn grad

    bert: It will be the rules of the competition that determine how to create a team. For example, NBA basketball rules allow it, so Yao Ming (China) plays for Houston while Pau Gasol (Spain) plays for the Lakers.

    Michael Phelps, if he swims for Pilipinas can bring an Olympic gold medal that the country has been waiting for, except there are Olympic Games rules.

    How good are the all-Filipino basketball, swimming or skeet(shooting) teams? Have they won silver or gold in the Asian games?

  • Bert

    Do you mean to say, UP n, that the PBA all-Filipino team is good too but you’re suggesting that it be changed to an all-foreigners-all-Filipino team to make it world champion?

  • UP nn grad

    My assumption is that the current natives, self-assured of their place in the sun, are also ambitious and desiring that the next generations be better than the current ones.

  • Bert

    UP n,

    What’s wrong with the natives? Are you saying benignO is right after all with all he was saying about the natives?

  • UP nn grad

    One of the ways that Pilipinas can become more talented for the next generation and the generations after that is straightforward — to allow more foreigners to become Filipino citizens. Many mainland-China Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese along with Burmese-, Vietnamese- and Cambodian-Chinese would be interested in becoming part of Pilipinas citizenry. India-Indians, too, are very intelligent — just as intelligent as Israelis, Chinese and Czechs — and many of them would want to be part of Pilipinas. And then, there are countless highly-skilled and educated from Iraq — Christians (being bombed out of their homes) as well as moderate Muslims. Likewise from Lebanon. And among the handsome, gentle and hardworking people would be Kenyans, Tanzanians and citizens of the Ivory Coast.

    Before you know it,Pilipinas of 2050 just may be competitive for Olympic gold medals in track, archery, and others. The new citizens and their offsprings would even push further Pilipinas becoming more cosmopolitan and energentic with regards science, medicine, business and the arts.