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“If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?” #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014



In order for me to answer the question “What can I give to the Philippines as a gift?”,
 I assessed the situation of our country first and asked myself, 
“What does Philippines needs” I stumbled because I know there is a lot!

If I will think of a best gift to give to the Philippines, I will give a package of honest officials, crystal clear budget and expense breakdown, a good education, justifiable employee benefits, senior citizens pension, every Filipino health care benefits, enough blue and white collar job opportunities, fair justice and cost of living, every family a home and a Philippines good reputation.

I am not mocking or lying and please don’t think that pretending to be God. Seriously, these all can be possible with one best gift I can give in general. 
A genuine daily prayer for the Philippines”.
Intangible, yes! But this is the best gift I could ever think of.  Prayer is the most powerful force. According to the book of Luke, for God, nothing shall be impossible. Matthew 7:7-8 in the bible says, “Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Believing in the Power of Prayer is trusting His will even if we can’t see a clear picture of His plan, even if there are a lot of questions bothering us and even if He said “NO”. Remember that there are only three answers to a prayer, Yes, No and wait. It’s always up to our faith until when to wait for our prayers to be granted. I will pray for the Philippines for the package of gifts I mentioned above. I will keep my faith and will wait for them to happen. And even when I died, I know that my prayer will not be in vain for I know that my future generation will enjoy what I already prayed for the Philippines.  

Prayer without work is dead. We need to help ourselves as well and show God that we are doing something with our desires. Same case with a young boy begging a PSP4 from his dad, He knows that his dad can afford it, still, he exerts some effort to show to his dad that he seriously wants that as a reward. He is studying so hard and proving that he deserves a PSP4. He is also saving money from his daily allowance as well. The point is, aside from a prayer, a sincere action is a big deal. The gift of a prayer with the touch of hand in action can best heal the Philippines. 

Among us teens and adults, who still knows “Panatang Makabayan” which usually recited in school ceremony? 

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas, aking lupang sinilangan, tahanan ng aking lahi; kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang maging malakas, masipag at marangal. Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking magulang; susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan, tutuparin ko ang tungkulin ng mamamayang makabayan; naglilingkod, nag-aaral at nagdarasal nang buong katapatan. laalay ko ang aking buhay, pangarap, pagsisikap sa bansang Pilipinas

English Version

I love the Philippines.
It is the land of my birth;
It is the home of my people.
It protects me and helps me to be strong, happy and useful.
In return, I will heed the counsel of my parents;
I will obey the rules of my school;
I will perform the duties of a patriotic, law-abiding citizen;
I will serve my country unselfishly and faithfully
I will be a true Filipino in thought, in word, and in deed.


A hand in action of every individual – this speaks of doing the simplest and the basic duty of a Filipino. To be a true Filipino in thought, in word, and in deed. No need to further discus. Hopefully, every one of us is still aware of this. That alone can explain what every Filipino should do. 


I know that the Philippines faces left and right corruption issues, I can't beg for those corrupt officials to stop it but I myself can pray for them to and I can do my part to refrain from the tiniest form of corruption in my everyday life. A good example is refraining from paying fixers along the long line of NBI clearance, arrangement with MMDA when caught due to road violation and accepting stuffs especially money from politician on candidacy period. 

I know starvation is one of our major problems most especially in depressed areas. I can’t feed them all but what I can do is to pray for them and be involved in some feeding program by NGO and by other private companies. Dropping some amount for disaster victims is not a huge damage for me. It’s better to give than to receive. Who wants to be devastated? No one! 

What I’ve mentioned are only few small actions, but there are bunch of things we can do as a simple gift to the Philippines. 

Imagine if we every one of us thinks the same way and do the same action as a responsible Filipino citizen? There will be peace, discipline and a better Philippines. I can’t say it’s totally perfect, but somehow minimizing the unpleasant works. 

If I alone can pray and offer a hand in action for the Philippines, anyone among us can also do. Just give time and realize what RIGHT is. 

The gift of a prayer with the touch of hand in action is the best gift I can give to the Philippines. Simple, yet powerful if every one of us took it seriously and sincerely.

How about you?
If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?
Let us know and inspire us with what you want to give to the Philippines.

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11 comments:

  1. What I can give to the Philippines is my time for with it I can show with pride what a true Filipino is: hard working and respectful.

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  2. If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines that would be sharing what i have learned to those who need it. It is never a secret about the increasing no of out of school youth. by helping them to learn how to write and read it'll make a big difference.

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  3. That is true prayer and action are the best thing you can give. Another one thing I think is a smile from you heart, coz a simple smile can inspire people and when they smile too they tend to inspire other people as well. A lot of changes can bring when you smile. Changes that this country basically needs.

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  4. Kung may isang bagay akong ireregalo sa Pilipinas, ito ay pagmamahal at
    pagpapahalaga ng mga Pilipino sa ating bayan. Kung makikita lamang
    nating lahat ang ganda at ituturing na espesyal sa atin ang bansang
    ito, iingatan at pangangalagaan natin ang Pilipinas.

    Sa aking palagay dito mag-uugat ang kaunlaran ng ating bayan. Kung
    nakikita lamang ng mga Pilipino na mahalaga para sa kanila ang
    Pilipinas, pipiliin nilang dito magtrabaho. Kung sino pa ang
    magagaling ay sila pa ang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Ngunit hindi
    tayo ang umuunlad kundi ang mga bansang pinagtatrabahuhan nila. Kapag
    nangyari na ito, ang Pilipinas lamang ang kanilang pipiliin.
    Tulong-tulong na pauunlarin ang bayang ito.

    Kung may pagpapahalaga ang mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas, wala sana tayong
    polusyon ngayon. Katulad ng isang bahay, hindi mo hahayaang madumi
    ito at hindi mo din ito dudumihan. Hindi ka magtatapon ng kalat sa
    kung saan. Ituturing mo ang bansang ito bilang iyong tahanan na hindi
    mo kailanman pababayaan na masira.

    Sa tulong ng Globe, maaari nating bigyan ang bawat tao sa isang
    komunidad na gumawa ng isang resolusyon (kagaya nang hinding hindi
    nako kailanman magtatapon ng basura sa maling lugar) para sa bansang
    ito na personal at espesyal sa kanila. Isang bagay na sa tingin nila,
    na kahit maliit, ay makatutulong sa ating bayan. Maaaring bawat taon,
    kapag natupad ito ng mga mamamayan, bigyan sila ng Globe ng
    gantimpala. Ngunit kung iisipin, hindi ang gantimpala ang mahalaga
    kundi ang mga maliliit na resolusyon na natupad sa loob ng isang
    taon.

    Sabi nga ng aking propesor, pahahalagahan mo lang ang isang bagay kapag nakita mo na ang tunay na ganda at espesyal na parte nito sa iyong
    buhay.

    Maaaring mapangarap ang regalong aking napili pero hindi ito imposible.
    Magsisimula ito sa ating mga sarili. At sana sa pagdating ng panahon
    na lahat tayo ay natutunan na ang tunay na halaga ng Pilipinas, hindi
    pa huli ang lahat.

    -Bernadine B. Bautista
    bernadinebautista25@gmail.com

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  5. appreciation for all things at the philippines... (environment, both living and non living thigs, places and people)

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  6. My gift to the Philippines will be the gift of opportunity.
    Opportunity for job, for education, for food, for shelter, for health services and all the other basic necessities each and every one of us will need. If there are enough opportunities for all us then equality can never be far enough to achieve. If those things will be provided crime rate, poverty, homeless, illiterate, and hunger could be all lessen. Peace in every people can be possible and we can all work hand in hand in making this country more efficient and successful.

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  7. If I can give something to the Philippines that is immaterial, that would be Discipline. If one person wakes up one morning and decided that "starting today, I will follow rules and the law, I will be a disciplined citizen." And religiously and conscientiously does this everyday for the rest of his life, and other people will see this change and because of this example others will follow suit. If this will be our mentality, don't you think our country would be a better place to live in? Where: - people don't throw their trash just anywhere, drivers follow their lanes, public utility vehicles stops at points only where it is allowed to drop or pick up passengers, people cross where it s only allowed to cross the street, motorists follow the speed limit and are diligent, people know how to fall in line and don't cut in a line, we arrive in meetings or gatherings on time, we don't vandalize and other thousand more things that we can do to show discipline.

    The tangible thing that I want to give to the Philippines is the gift of Education. I still strongly believe that education is the key for success; yes, there are those who make their lives and the lives of their loved ones easier and comfortable by making a living and succeeding in their fields even though they have not finished school. But that's one in a million. Having proper education will still give someone an edge to survive in this world. One can get a better paying job, thus, one will have greater chances of helping his/her family for a better life.

    With that being said, to answer the question: "If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”, I would like #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 help me by Adopting a Scholar or Donating to REAL LIFE FOUNDATION.

    Real LIFE Foundation is a christian non-profit, NGO that was incorporated in 2007 with the vision of seeing thousands of marginalized Filipino youth educated, gainfully employed and uplifting their communities. The goal of Real LIFE Foundation is to transform lives, families & communities through hope and education. Real LIFE Foundation is one of the organizations that is in line with what I believe in. Like them, I strongly regard that education is the key to a better life.

    The foundation does not only help its recipients by paying for their tuition, but they also help equip them in most, if not all, that they will need to finish college and what they'll be needing when they start looking for a job. They hold personality development coaching for the scholars and even tackles on how to dress and present their selves properly during job interviews and when they're already employed. Also, the students’ other miscellaneous expenses will be covered, like books, uniforms, OJT expenses and a daily meal & transportation allowance. Because of that the scholars don’t have to worry if they will be able to eat or get to school.

    As I've said awhile back, Real LIFE Foundation does not only focuses on the financial side of putting a student in school but also comprehensively addresses the needs of their scholars that will help them thrive after finishing school. This is done through their LIFE Coaching, which is the character development program of the Real LIFE Foundation and which provides mentoring for their scholars in Leadership, Integrity, Faith, and Excellence.

    helloviellobits.blogspot.com

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  8. This is a great idea! My gift to the Philippines though is a little different.

    One thing I noticed is that whenever someone posts a picture showing the beauty of our country, Pinoys are quick to say, "Wow ang ganda! Parang wala ka sa Pinas!"

    Why is that?

    Our country is beautiful. I'm not only talking about white sand beaches or amazing waterfalls all over our tourism posters; I'm talking about beauty in the unexpected - a cozy little cafe in an eskinita in Quezon City, or an ukay haven hidden away in Paranaque. Our country is bursting with culture and stories to tell, but when Filipinos look around, they focus on the negative.

    People don't see the food trip opportunities around Katipunan, or the art and culture of The Collective, or the musical playground of Cubao X. How can we expect foreigners to appreciate our country when we can't even do that ourselves? How can we expect to grow as a nation when we lack a very important aspect: love of country?

    With this in mind, the idea I came up with is a website or app that shows the unexpected beauty of our country.

    The purpose of the website/app is simple: Become a tourist in your own city, and fall in love with it. Just like how Parisians love Paris, or New Yorkers love the Big Apple, it's possible for the people of Manila to fall in love with Manila - dirt, pollution, culture and all.

    "MNL 143 - Love This City" - The site or app will thrive on submissions or posts by regular people. Users take photos of both popular and popular places they think people should see and experience. They can post great food finds, events, and other happenings that people rarely see or visit. They can also include a guide to the place! (ex. Newbie's Guide to Divisoria) This gives people a chance to experience the city in a way they've never experienced before. I bet people who've lived in Manila their whole lives have yet to experience the city beyond the typical malls and will appreciate hole-in-the-wall boutiques and surprises. This project will allow Filipinos to appreciate our own, instead of always longing for the beauty of other countries.

    Over time, the website/app can expand by including other cities like Cebu, Davao, etc. This project will do so much more than just supply Filipinos with information that will change the way they look at the country / the city. Instead of seeing Manila as overpopulated and dirty, maybe we can all start appreciating the culture and all the things Manila has to offer.

    When you love someone, you are willing to do anything and make sacrifices to make that person happy. In the same manner, when you love your country, you become more cooperative if it means you'll be contributing to its growth and development. Improving our country can't come from political reforms or mass-feeding projects if we can't even cover the basics. First, we must love our country, and the rest will follow.

    hellotonichi.blogspot.com

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  9. I want to give the gift of light to the Philippines. More specifically the gift of SOLAR POWER. As a victim of the super typhoon Yolanda, wherein we totally had no communication due to power outage for a while and even until now electricity has not been fully restored in many places that were in Yolanda’s path, having backup power coming from SOLAR Energy is truly indispensable. Too much chaos occurs in the dark at night when a lot of people cannot rest easy for fear of thieves and looters. Having light (literally!) in these dark and trying times is what we truly need. But I do also wish for every Filipino household, Yolanda victim or not, to have 100% sustainable hybrid homes and eco-friendly houses that combine rainwater harvesting and clean energy generation (THINK: UNLIMITED WATER SUPPLY & SOLAR POWERED HOUSES!). This way our electric bills and carbon footprints will be largely diminished as well as we can show our love for Mother Earth.

    - Maria Velasquez-Franco of www.bastaigatsikat.com for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

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  10. Though I have an extensive explanation of my gift on my own post for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014, here's another gift I would give to my countrymen if can:

    Helping hands. A million helping hands.

    After Yolanda, I realized that a LOT of people are willing to help. It was my first time to volunteer and repack donations and it was amazingly heartwarming to see strangers talking to each other, hand in hand and helping each other with only one goal for the day. And I want that again, not only during calamities but every single day.
    There are still people out there who needs help, RIGHT NOW. Just look at the street children and displaced people everyday.

    Here's the plan inside my head: An organization where people of ALL ages -- from grandparents to high schoolers, can join and browse for "projects" online, much like browsing for available jobs, where they can volunteer/donate. This organization can build a lot of projects for different kind of things!

    Example:
    San Andres Area: Soup Kitchen -- 2/3/14 @ 7pm.
    Needed: 5 volunteers to cook, 5 volunteers to distribute, 10 Males for crowd control.
    Materials: 4 tables, Bring your own cooking utensils and casserole.

    Poblacion area: Basket Ball Court Rebuilding -- 3/15/14 @ 3pm.
    Needed: 10 Males for rebuilding bleachers, 10 volunteers to repaint
    Materials: 3 Red paints, Nails, Bring your own hammers

    Boni area: Basic Tutoring Class -- 4/20/14 @ 8am - 6pm
    Needed: 20 volunteers to teach, 10 volunteers to make food.
    Materials. Teachers must bring 5 recycled papers and pencils each. Food makers must bring 10 eggs and bread.

    NOW, let me ask you, if this website were real. Wouldn't you click that JOIN button?

    A million helping hands. Think about it. :)


    Here's my own idea for #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 :
    http://cerrise.tumblr.com/post/72683544534/if-there-is-one-thing-you-can-give-to-the-philippines

    :)

    --Cherry Franco
    franchenn@yahoo.com

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  11. If there’s one thing that I can give my dear country that
    would be …. The gift of Health.

    I want to do a medical mission with the help ofNuffnang Philippines and Globe thru #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014

    Health is wealth. No amount of money, time and effort can
    ever, ever, bring the best of your health back, once it’s gone.

    In my 6 years of practice as a nurse, I have seen how our
    healthcare system struggles to provide quality care for our countrymen, may it be in manpower, medicines, or equipments both in the
    community and hospital.

    I’ve seen people deteriorating day by day because they can’t
    afford to go to a doctor. I’ve seen
    patients die because their
    families didn’t have enough money to buy basic medicines.

    I am believing that we can do something about this. One of
    those needy, ailing, indigent patients could be your mom, dad, granparent,
    relative, dear friend, loved one…

    In short, we are all CONNECTED, one way or another. So it is
    not just a matter of “about them” because it is
    ABOUT US — ALL OF US.

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