OUR SENTIMENTS EXACTLY

“Clarisse, kausap ko si Paul noong isang gabi. Sinabi niya sa akin na, malungkot siyang uuwi ng Pilipinas, hindi dahil sa magkakahiwalay kayo. Malungkot siyang uuwi ng Pilipinas dahil wala man lamang daw siyang dalang appliances.”

“Pero sabi ko hindi, mali…mayroon kang iuuwi, Paul, mayroon….Iyon iyong SENSE of PRIDE mo para sa mga kababayan natin dito na nagtatrabaho. At sila ang tunay na KAPURI-PURI sa lahat, di ba?.”

“Minsan, madalas nakakagawa tayo ng pagkakamali…parang nakakalimutan na natin ang mga pinangarap natin sa buhay, iyong mga pinangako nating gawin. Tapos kadalasan pa, nasasaktan mo pa kung sino pa iyong mahal mo.”

“Pero kailanman, tayong mga Pilipino HINDI NATIN NAKALIMUTAN KUNG BAKIT TAYO NASA IBANG BANSA. NANDITO TAYO PARA SA MGA MAHAL NATIN SA BUHAY.”

“Kahit gaano kahirap ang buhay dito, kahit gaano kalungkot, titiisin natin iyon, para lang mapaligaya natin ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.”

“Sa bawat patak ng pawis natin, ng luha natin; alam niyo kung ano ang kapalit lang noon? Iyon lang simpleng ngiti na galing sa kanila.”

“So, kahit magkawatak-watak tayong mga Pilipino; hindi tayo magkita-kita, iisa lang naman ang hangad natin–Iyon ay MAGING BUO ANG PAMILYA NATIN.”

“At syempre, para matupad iyon, kailangan nating tumayo pagkatapos nating madapa para matupad iyong mga pangarap nila.”

“May kasabihan nga e, Ang PILIPINO kahit saan lugar mo dalin sa buong mundo, THE BEST IYAN!, THE BEST TALAGA.”

Raffy’s monologue in a wedding scene from the 2005 Star Cinema’s  movie Dubai.

13 September 2010, Monday. One of my colleagues and housemates here in Penang who’s on a short break in Manila posted this scene on a video on his facebook wall. I wanted to post the said video on my blog and even sent request from the person who uploaded it but I’m itchy to share it.

Because we still have 7 more days off before we resume to duty next Monday and I’m having a lazy day, I painstakingly transcribed Aga Muhlach’s monologue in one of the Tagalog films that in my opinion,  best reflects most expats and OFWs’ sentiments and insights. Ricardo Lee who wrote the story and the screenplay brilliantly expressed my present thoughts exactly.

I have seen the movie several times back home but it didn’t cut through me until I became what I am today.

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* Thanks to Mr. Romel Rivera for sharing the link to the video. If you want to watch it, click  here.

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17 thoughts on “OUR SENTIMENTS EXACTLY

  1. i caught Dubai in Cinema One pero di ko lagi nasisimulan–parang 3x ko napanood bago ko nabuo ang pelikula.:p a familiar tale of every OFW, Aga’s character is quite interesting–madiskarte, pabling, loyal sa pamilya.

    i’ve heard stories of Filipinos’ excellence abroad. i had a client from Minnesota and he grew up thinking that all nurses are Filipinos. as a boy, his neighbors were Filipino nurses working at the Mayo Clinic. when he got sick, he was taken cared of by a Filipino nurse. i felt myself glowing with pride as he expressed his admiration to Filipino caregivers.

    on the flip side, i’ve also learned about negative attitudes of Filipinos abroad—that they couldn’t stand up to their western counterparts even when they’re right, or they would kiss-ass to get favors from the boss, or how they behave like they’re still in the Philippines–tsismis dito, tsismis don, may crab mentality, utangang na walang bayaran, mahilig sa finger-pointing. that they easily blend into the local culture but end up losing their identity. or how locals look down on them because they’re too materialistic–pag nilibre daw ng kape, hihingi pa ng cake. how they whine and complain about everything but don’t take steps to change the situation. i can only bow my head when i listen to all these, nakakalungkot.

    1. thanks, luna for taking time sharing your insights. i really appreciate it.
      i am with you in taking pride for the priceless efforts of all pinoy overseas.
      i also share the same feelings when i hear stories about shameless and thoughtless kababayan whose negative attitudes somehow reflect our nation as a whole.

  2. doc anna, duet tayo ng kanta ng side A : Hold On! …:)
    huwag muna uwi, isipin ang ringgit! hahaha…

    seriously, i know how you feel. what’s good with us being completely new strangers in a foreign land far from our families back home is we’re quite a number. madami karamay, mas masaya! mas magaan sa loob. kaya natin ‘to, para sa ringgit = remittance!

  3. sa totoo lang dami pa natin talagang kailangan matutunan at isa yan sa pinak importante na dapat nating malaman. dami kasi pera lang talaga ang iniisip. thanks for sharing doc di ko pa napapanood yan.

  4. it’s really a big sacrifice to work abroad. parang mamamatay ako kung ako yun makamiss ng precious moments ng families and friends here in pinas. kaya saludo ako sa mga malalakas ang loob, willing to do everything para sa pamilya.

    ok, penge pasalubong sa december. hehe

  5. Hirap talga mag work away from home. My 3 months stay nga sa Sydney made me super homesick what more pa dun sa mga OFW. Kaya since na experienced ko na rin mapalayo sa family ko, dun nagsimula pag hanga ko sa mga OFW na katulad mo Doc. Grabe ang hirap pero kaya nyo 🙂

    Cheers sa mga OFW!!!

  6. That is very touching indeed. And it sort of relates to some degree to the work that I do here in the UK. I admire people who are willing to endure so much so that their families would have a better life/education. However, there are risks that are not worth taking from the outset, and I hope that our fellow Filipinos will come to the same conclusion I have – that kapit sa patalim sometimes results in one’s peril or even death.

    Sorry I haven’t visited sooner. Been under the weather.

    Many thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

  7. DOc Aga, ayy doc gelo pala hehehe, miss you na wow naman OFW na ang dating mo talaga, saludo ako sa’yo!! hehehe AMEN ako sa post, kelan ang bakasyon mo? Sorry super busy ako at di na nakakadalaw sa mga blogs

    1. feeling is mutual, sardz! this blog misses you so. 🙂

      i know you can relate with that mushy but meaningful post. tinamaan kasi ako when i viewed that scene again so i was inspired to transcribed it and share it here.

      kailan bakasyon ko? bakasyon pa ako ngayon until monday next week. kailan bakasyon ko sa pinas? hmmm… hopefully on christmas holidays we’ll be granted days off to spend with our loved ones back home.

      glad to have you back here. enjoy your break in pinas and i know you’ll miss it again when you & your family moved back to US soon.

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