Thursday, October 20, 2011


Feel Good kung isa kang Filipino.

Na inspired naman ako dito bilang isang Pinoy kaya kong ako lang ang kahuli- hulihang nakabasa nito huli man daw ay magaling nakahabol din. Ok tama na ang satsat.

Imagine a world without Filipinos
Abdullah Al-Maghlooth | Al-Watan,

Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”

Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.

Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’s seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors.

So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.

What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.

When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.

Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.

This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.

The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.

We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.

We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.

We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us.

LInk: Arab news.



Sey said...

Ang sarap namang basahin nito. Kinilabutan ako sa tuwa dahil there are people around the world who appreciate the hardwork and dedication of Filipino workers.

Thumbs up to all the OFW's!

nieco_speaks said...

salute! sarap naman ng feeling. :)

chino said...

Diamond - i agree with you buti nalang madaming pinoy sa mundo haha .Mabuhay ang Pilipino...

mayen said...

ang ganda naman nito. thanks for sharing. I suddenly realized, na talagang may purpose ang lahat. kaya siguro hindi umuunlad ang bansa natin kasi may ibang bansa na nangangailangan sa atin. At hindi rin pala maganda na lahat na lang ng tao sa paligid mayaman kailangan talaga balance. kasi kung lahat na lang kaya magbayad ng gagawa ng dapat na gagawin nila,eh pano na?

I feel proud to be a Filipino and I'm prouder to the OFW around the world. Kayo na talaga ang mga bagong bayani natin. :)

Anonymous said...

prod to be pinoy, tnx for sharng


Akoni said...

Nung mabasa ko ang title, nasimangot lang ako ng kunti, kasi naisip ko wala naman mangyayari sa mundo kung walang pilipino eh...iikot parin, pero nung nabasa ko na, nangiti ako, PILIPINO ako!!

Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

Feel good pa rin. Pero sana isagawa pa rin natin ang pagsasa-ayos ng mga bagay na dapat ayusin sa atin. Lalo na sa aspeto ng pamamahala. D'yan kasi tayo lagpak eh, kaya hindi tayo umuunlad.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

sabi ng nila.. proud to be pinoy... basta pinoy iba!!

Josh said...

Ang galing. Well, it's about time we reap the fruits of our labor. Ang sarap pakinggan pag ibang tao ang nagsasabi. This is a very nice post, sir!

Roy said...

such a very nice and interesting story to tell to the whole world.

so proud of it.

Ayie =) said...

Numanaks! Walang patumanggang noypi pride.

*tayo lang daw ang kayang kumain ng biryani araw araw. hihihi

Anonymous said...

napaka-uplifting specially kapag galing mismo dun sa mga ibang nationalities.

sir diamond r, thank you sa pagbabahagi nito. another reason why we will remain as proud filipino. isang identity talaga ang hardworking attitude natin at professionalism!

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