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Oktubre 21, 2007

Panawagan sa mga OFWs

Filed under: Duon sa Amin,Mabuhay ang Pinoy,Maganda ang Pinas — kengkay @ 12:58 hapon

Ito ay isang fowarded email na kinataba ng aking puso. Sana ang makapag-basa nito ay magkaron ng inspirasyon at gumawa ng tamang aksyon. Magtulong tulong tayong lahat para sa ikagiginhawa ng ating bansa…hindi lang ito para sa mga OFWs kundi para rin sa mga asa Pinas.

By Harvey Keh

Dear Fellow Filipinos,

Good day to all of you!

Recently, I came across an article which talks about the main reasons why India is slowly but surely growing into a world power with a fast developing economy. One of the major reasons cited by the article is the fact that many Indians who have left to study, work or live abroad have now started to go back and help their country through various means. In an interview that I watched at CNN, many Indian youth have expressed that they want to study or work abroad just like Filipinos but the only difference is they see themselves coming back after a few years to bring back what they learned to help their country.

As I thought about this, I realized that we can learn much from the Indians. Imagine if every Filipino working or living abroad would just do his or her own small share towards helping our country, then I think in a few years we could also expect that our country would grow and not be left behind by our Asian neighbors like Vietnam, Thailand, China and India. I thought of suggesting some easy ways that Filipinos living abroad can help our country and I hope that you will consider doing some of these suggestions to help our Philippines:

Volunteer your time, talents and skills. Yes, you can volunteer for Philippine based Non Profit Organizations or foundations even if you are abroad. How? By doing things over the internet. For example, many Non-Profits need accountants who can help them fix up their financials or if you are good at designing websites or promotional materials, you can also offer your services to help promote the causes that the Non-Profits are currently working on. Another thing needed by non-profits here is to promote their cause to Filipinos abroad, you can volunteer your time to be their overseas Filipino champion who can help them reach many more Filipinos living abroad. Just think about what you can do and I’m sure there are a lot of foundations who would be happy to receive help from you.

Be an AHON Foundation Coordinator. AHON Foundation helps build public elementary school libraries all over the Philippines. Recently, DHL agreed to support AHON by agreeing to ship books in good condition from the mainland United States to the Philippines for free! However, we would need coordinators who can help us organize a book drive, collect books in their areas and be a pick-up point for DHL. U.S. Libraries and schools usually change their books every 3 years and I’m sure there are so many good books that Filipino students can still use if we can just bring them here in the Philippines. If you are interested to be an AHON Foundation Coordinator in the U.S., please email Donna
Odra at or you can visit our site at

Invest in the Philippines. I recently learned from a friend that a sure sign that the economy is growing is the fact that there is a property boom. Looking at newspapers, you can see condominiums, townhouses and subdivisions being developed left and right. Moreover, my friend tells me that by investing in real estate property, you not only help provide jobs to those who build the condominiums but a multiplier effect happens since you also provide jobs to suppliers of cement, steel and other materials used to develop property. Of course there are investments scams and shams thats why you need to check first before you invest, it might be good to ask your relatives who live here to check so that you don’t rely on just what you see over the internet.

Blog Good Things about the Philippines. With so many free blog sites available, its now very easy to develop and maintain a blog. Imagine if all of us during our free time become the pseudo-Tourism secretary and create and maintain a blog that would showcase nice things, places and people in the Philippines, we would be able to easily market the Philippines as a beautiful place to visit for foreigners. This will also counteract the notion that the Philippines is unsafe and unsanitary. Moreover, lets show that our country is not just a place for foreigners to find mail to order brides or domestic helpers. Through our own blogs lets showcase what it is to be truly Filipino. Once you are finished with developing and updating your blog, email an invitation to view it to all your friends especially to those who don’t know much about the Philippines. Hopefully, the next time someone Googles the Philippines, he would read about how beautiful our country and its people is and would feel that he would miss half of his life if he didn’t find the time to visit our country.

Sponsor a poor Filipino Scholar. I know this sounds like a cliche but by investing in education, the effects are tremendous. By supporting a well-deserving but financially disadvantaged Filipino Scholar, you not only help him finish his education but you also help his present family and future family. In short, by helping a Filipino youth finish college there is a multiplier effect that happens since you now provide him with a better opportunity to find a good job that would in turn help him provide a better life to his or her present family and eventually his future family. By giving the gift of quality education, you help solve poverty not by just one person at a time but by one family at a time. How much does it cost to help a Filipino youth to finish college? Just US $500.00 a year or less than US $ 2.00 a day. If you want to help, just email Pathways to Higher Education-Philippines at or you can visit our site at

Visit the Philippines. I remember when I was flying back home from Hong Kong last year, my seatmate in the plane was a Filipino who has lived in L.A. for the past 35 years of his life and not one single time did he ever find the chance to visit the Philippines in those 35 years. He was very excited and I told him that many has changed since then, that’s why every chance that I get to meet a Filipino living abroard I strongly encourage them to visit the Philippines since you not only get a renewed sense of nationalism but by visiting you also get to see how many things we can still do to help our country. If you solely rely on what you see on the internet or what you watch through TFC, Pinoy TV or the Mabuhay Channel, this wouldn’t be enough for you to really understand what is happening in our country. In the economic side of this, by visiting you spend money in the Philippines which then helps prop up the economy and provide more employment to Filipinos. And of course, I’m sure your relatives would love to see you again and prepare a small feast of adobo, lechon and sinigang for you… so don’t wait for 30 years! The Philippines would certainly welcome you back with open arms 🙂

Mentor a Filipino Youth Online. A good friend of mine based in Koronadal City, South Cotabato started a few years back a very innovative online mentoring system by which Filipinos living and working abroad could help impart good advice to Filipino College students and serve as their mentor to guide them in making their decisions and in charting a good path in life. The mentoring happened online through emails and chats, now you can even talk to each other through Skype or even Yahoo Messenger. If you have the time and wisdom to share with our Filipino youth, you may want to consider being an Online Mentor and help ensure that the Filipino youth of today will achieve a better and brighter future. If you would like to be a mentor or learn more about this program, you can email Jing Ureta at or

Teach your children the language and culture of the Philippines. A few months ago, I met a couple who migrated to Australia 15 years ago and started their family there. When I talked to their children who grew up there and were 8 and 10 years old already, I was amazed that they could speak fluent Tagalog and they really knew so many things about the Philippines. They even knew how to sing the Philippine National Anthem despite the fact that it was only their first time to visit the country. I hope that many Filipino families would also teach their children our culture and heritage so that they can grow up with a sense of Filipino identity wherever they may go. Its very hard to teach someone to love the Philippines and contribute to nation-building if he wasn’t raised up to believe that he is a Filipino in the first place.

Send this email to your friends who work or live abroad. In my encounters and talks with Filipinos living or working abroad, they have always told me that they really want to help and be part of nation-building but they just don’t know how. Now, through this email we can help by presenting some concrete ways by which Filipinos can keep in touch with our country and be part of our efforts to make this nation great again. I’ve always believed that by doing one good small thing at a time, great things can eventually happen!

Unang aksyon ko e i-blog ito. Ang sunod e pramis kong mag blag at least once a week about something positive about Pinas. At araw araw naman ay tinuturuan ko ang mga mga anak ko ng tungkol sa Pinas, kundi man bagong salita, ay kwentuhan kami tungkol sa Pinas; at sempre, marunong silang ng larung pinoy na pinoy tulad ng jolens, jackstones, piko at patintero; at kumakain sila ng lutong Pinoy. At sempre, kada dalawang taon e bumibisita kami sa Pinas at pinupuntahan ang mga sikat na tourist attractions sa atin. Ngayon, balak kong maging online mentor; kasi although gusto ni Kengkoy na sa Pinas talaga mag-retire, gusto nya ring mag invest, di pa nga lang sigurado kung sa anong bagay.

Sige na, sali na kayo!


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  1. I love love love this post! It’s exactly the kind of thing I’m into! Baka lang mapahaba ang aking comment. Pasensiya na.

    One of the things commendable about the Indians is that they don’t turn their backs on their country and their religion (don’t get me wrong – I’m not religious, but rather try to be spiritual). After obtaining an MBA from Harvard, they go back to India to share their knowledge. They visit the temple and pay homage to their god/s.

    Re volunteering – before leaving the country in 2003, I ran workshops all over the Philippines for teachers and city government employees free of charge because I felt if I didn’t do that, no one else would. So I went to far flung areas of the Philippines, like Luuk (which is Abu Sayyaf country) and ran workshops there. In return, I asked to meet an Abu Sayyaf member so I can understand them better, as well sa an MNLF leader. Then when my husband went to the Philippines, I took him there to run training with me, too! Syempre naloka family and friends ko. They asked if I have totally lost my mind taking my white British husband to Mindanao. But guess what. My husband tells everyone that the best, the friendliest, the warmest and nicest people he’s ever met were the Muslim people in Luuk (Sulu).

    I have always been proud to be Pinoy, but became even prouder once I migrated. Mind you, my husband and I have every intention of relocating back to Manila. We can’t wait! For now, we simply go home twice a year.

    And I don’t understand why Pinoys over here (UK) refuse to teach their kids Filipino and their own vernacular language. It’s so weird. To be quite frank, I believe it is because they seem to think that Filipino is an inferior language and that it’s a sign of education if their kids didn’t speak it. How laughable is that?

    Re Philippine tourism – that’s what I’m trying to do (in my own little way) on my The Goddess In You on the Travel Goddess page. Blogoloco and I are really intent on promoting the Philippines as a tourist destination. We get so much bad press left and right, and it falls on our shoulders to change the world’s perception.

    The Philippines is such a unique country on so many levels! Did you know that we are the third largest English speaking nation in the world, next to the US and the UK?

    Next year I will obtain my British citizenship, and exactly the day after, I intend to re-acquire my Pinoy citizenship!

    I will read parts of this post on my show on Saturday. Thanks for this Kengkay! I will stop here and let other people have their say.

    Proud to be Pinoy,
    Your Love Coach

    kengkay: dear joy, i salute you. saludo ako sa yo at sa yong hubby for your dedication and your faith in our nation. sana mas maraming taong ganyan. i am proud of being a pinoy — bawat may magtanong sa akin dito at kung saan ako mapunta, sinasabihan ko agad ng litanya ko tungkol sa mga ganda ng pinas at galing ng mga pinoys. proud ako sempre, feeling ko ako yung kinukwento ko yumpala kapitbahay namin 😀 i encourage people here to try visiting pinas. i teach my kids tagalog. marunong sila maglaro ng larong pinoy. tawag nung bunso ko sa big sister nya ay ATE, tawag nila sa grandparents nila ay lolo at lola, tawag nila sa mga pinsan nila ay kuya at ate, etsetera… meron silang pinay passports at sempre, kilala nila ang pilipinas…and i hope, they would learn to love it like i love pinas… am one with you and blogoloco, let’s promote pinas…

    Komento ni joy — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 8:13 umaga | Sagutin

  2. I like your idea Mommy Kengks and i Harvey Keh thanks to your wonderful and inpirational email about our country and our people. Proud Pinoy kayo!

    kengkay: thanks for blogging about it, too dear ambo…

    Komento ni Ambo — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 10:10 umaga | Sagutin

  3. nakaka-inspire, i hope every filipino abroad thinks like that.. lalo na yung mga nandito sa pinas, basta sama sama lahat kaya 😀

    proudly pinoy,
    kengkay: great to know that, sama sama tayo 😀

    Komento ni joanjoyce — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 10:50 umaga | Sagutin

  4. […] Pinoy, Thoughts, Society, Philippines, Blogs) by AMBO Posted on 10-22-2007 I came accross at Kengkay’s Blog and i read Harvey Keh’s email. Harvey became so popular when he wrote why he wanted to leave […]

    Pasa ni Kababayan Para Sa Atin Ito | — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 11:25 umaga | Sagutin

  5. […] of blog-hopping around my friends’ blogs leaving my paw-prints in each of them when I read Kengkay’s post about Harvey Keh’s email to OFW’s. His name rings a bell and I remembered that this is […]

    Pasa ni A Call for Overseas Filipinos « Nomadic Thoughts — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 3:27 hapon | Sagutin

  6. Ako rin tinuturuan ko ng tagalog si Lana saka kinukuwentuhan ko rin tungkol sa ‘pinas. Gagawin ko rin ngang magblog ng magagandang bagay tungkol sa atin para kahit paano ma-promote ko ang bansa natin kahit sa maliit na paraan lang. 🙂
    kengkay: hala, kapitbahay, ituro mo kay Lana na masarap ang walastik at malinamnam ang sisig. sabihan mo din ako ha…

    Komento ni Kiko Matsing — Oktubre 22, 2007 @ 9:34 hapon | Sagutin

  7. magaling! sige, mula ngayon, i will try to promote our country’s culture as well. ^^
    kengkay: sige ha, pramis 😀 sabihan mo ako…

    Komento ni Raymond Lee Quijano — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 12:17 umaga | Sagutin

  8. naku thanks at pinost mo! i received this email a long time ago, actually, i have to find it in my blog, siguro na post ko na rin!
    kengkay: welkam, reyna. di mo sya makita sa blog mo kasi chat room na yun e, hahahaha

    Komento ni reyna elena — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 1:27 umaga | Sagutin

  9. nabasa ko to kay ambo, na nakuha niya pala sayo 🙂 pero sabi ko nga sa blog niya, yung travelling part ang aking contribution, hehe. i know madami pang ibang dapat gawin pero i’ll start one way or another. basta i know i’m still proud to be pinoy and this is my home.
    kengkay: ris, that is good to know. sige, kwentuhan mo kami ng travels mo around pinas

    Komento ni ris — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 2:46 umaga | Sagutin

  10. The problem with the Philippines is there is nothing to get back to once you are out of the country. Why would you go back when you have a better life abroad. Another thing is that there is no cooperation in part of our government.
    kengkay: the problem in the Philippines is that the people dont care enough to send the very best 😀 maraming dapat balikan sa bansa natin kung itataboy mo sa isip ang mga baho sa politika. actually, i did go back when i was having fun abroad. and my husband and i are planning to retire in the philippines. maganda ang pilipinas, ang problema nga lang, nawawala ang ganda natin dahil sa mga nangyayari sa gubyerno. Atsaka ang pinoy kasi masyadong mapagbigay, makakalimutin lalo na kapag sa politika ang tutok… pero sigurado naman ako, sa ganyang attitude natin ay may ganda ring mangyayari. Sigurado ako. I am an optimist and mahal ko ang Pinas, kaya ganyang ang takbo ng utak ko 😀

    Komento ni Igor Kaag — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 5:48 umaga | Sagutin

  11. hi kengs,magandang project to! Ma i paste at copy ko nga ito will serve as reminder sa akin din.Madalas akong nag bla blag tungkol sa mga alemango at baryo alemanya.Nakakalimutan ko lagi ating inang bayan.Dapat ipabaril ang mga tulad ko sa luneta,hahaha sori sori inang bayan,simula ngayon gagayahin ko rin si kengkay,maggablag din ako tungkol sa iyo:)

    Kengs,ano kaya pedeng maging project natin (mga pinoys) laban sa mga magnanakaw na politiko.Ayan kasi no.1 problema sa atin eh kaya maraming naghihirap.
    kengkay: hi cheh, hayan, minsan nakakalimutan lang talaga natin na ipagmalaki di ba kahit na labs na labs natin ang pinas kasi natututok sa ibang bagay e. pareho tayo, na print ko na sya at naka tatoo na sya sa noo ko, hahaha. sa lahat ng sulok e meron ng reminder. yung tanong mo naman about politics, eherm, neks question, haha. sa totoo lang, minsan e pati sa panaginip ko nagiging super hero ako, nalulunok ko ang bato ni darna, dahil sa mga lintek na masamang damo sa politikong yan kaya lang alam mo yun, parang alam mo ang solusyon pero di mo sya makapa… sana nga meron tayong maging project para sa ganyan ano… isip-isep. ang mauna dapat yung mga politiko, magbagong buhay na sana ang mga pasaway sa kanila. madaling sabihin pero…ayan na naman si darna…sige nga, mag isip tayo… pero simulan na natin mag blog about pinas: redi, get set, go…

    Komento ni cheh — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 7:28 umaga | Sagutin

  12. yup. great ideas! if every pinoy blogger follows the 4th suggestion, maybe the collective “good vibes” will turn our country around!
    kengkay: tama ka, sa dami ng mga pinoy bloggers, at sa dami ng dapat ipagmalaki sa pinas, sigurado magandang maganda talaga tayo 😀

    Komento ni taroogs — Oktubre 23, 2007 @ 10:24 umaga | Sagutin

  13. Sali ko sa call na ito 🙂
    kengkay: salamat, kapatid na auee ;D

    Komento ni auee — Oktubre 24, 2007 @ 7:46 umaga | Sagutin

  14. […] alam nyo kung sino ang guest nya? Si Harvey Keh, yung nagsulat nung panawagan sa OFWs. Kaya siguradong very interesting itong Usapang […]

    Pasa ni Wak Kalimutan… « — Oktubre 26, 2007 @ 7:50 umaga | Sagutin

  15. great post! problem lang kasi sa mga ibang pinoy migrating is that they get the idea of “once they go out” sa pinas parang ayaw na nila bumalik at ang hinahanap hanap nila ay yung bansang hindi naman nila bayan. though i honestly agree malaki ang possibilty ganun na nga ang maging feeling u once you get out of the country dahil una, sobrang hirap na nag economy ng pinas at pangalawa ung cost of living sa pinas hindi balance sa sasahurin ng mga empleyado kaya hindi mo rin masisi talaga ang mga nangingibang bansa.

    pero ang importante at the end of the day, hindi pa rin nila nalilimutan kung sila nanggaling. at magandang project itong post mo kengkay at harvey. will support this by sending this email to my colleagues here in saudi arabia.

    kengkay: ang problema kasi e yung iba kapag nangibang bansa, nalimutan na nilang pinoy sila. alam mo yun? e pwede namang tanggikilin ang atin… maraming paraan

    Komento ni gmacomics — Hulyo 25, 2008 @ 7:18 umaga | Sagutin

  16. salamat po sa post ms kengkay,
    panahon na ngang pag isipan at pag usapan ang tungkol sa pinas ng mahigit 10% ng populasyon ng bansa na nasa labas nito. yup 1 sa bawat 10 pinoy ay ofw at kung marami duon sa mga yun maabot natin, magiging maranda resulta ng panawagan ninyo ni harvey. sang ayon akong pundasyon ng pagbabagong totoo ang edukasyon na dapat nating alalayan.

    iniisip ko lang po, siguro mas madali kunin na lamang ang praktikal na pagtingin kesa ligawan ang aandap andap na damdaming nasyonalismo. ang ibig ko sabihin ng praktikal halimbawa ay: mas matalino ang anak mo kung 2 kaagad ang wika na natututunan niya sa bahay saan ka man nakaresidente (pilipino man o cebuano o ilokano + yung wika ng bansa e.g. ingles), ang pansin ko kasi pag bilingual bata ang husay matuto ng pang 3 o 4 pang lengwahe. o kaya naman mas praktikal ding mag invest na lang sa pinas kesa naman puro dole out lang ang naipapadala natin sa mga kamag anak. iniisip ko lang po kasi parang wala appeal nationalismo sa ngayon e….

    kengkay: tama ka, dapat mag invest at tangkilikin ang sariling atin! at oo, kasi kapag bata pa sila tapos exposed sila sa ibat ibang klaseng salita, para silang sponge, kaya dapat encourage din yon. basta sa akin, ma-appeal ang nationalismo 😀

    Komento ni v — Hulyo 31, 2008 @ 3:00 hapon | Sagutin

  17. My dear Kengkay, Joy, Harvey and Ambo, Maganda, maganda ang mga ideya, exactly gusto ko ito. I for one worked abroad for almost 38 years and I may experience, the whole time being the only Filipino in the company, I had always been a good if not a better example of what I could offer while working with all kinds of expats. I gained all their respect, and many expats learned fom me being a good trainer and giving all the tricks of the trade (sabi nga) and a lot of things I need to explain to them about the height of Abu Sayyaf problems, the people power against Erap and other major local issues that hit both the CNN and the BBC news. Yes people abroad are more watchful about the negative issues about the Philippiens, since they have embedded in their minds that the country’s 7,106 islands are generally peaceful paradise with palm frondas on the beaches and the diving spots around Palawan and the perfect cone of Mayon. My British secretary even copied pictures of Philippine scenic spots from the internet and kept in a scrapbook with the hope that on retiring they could visit our country. Some of my fellow expats had been assigned in the country and all they could tell others are memories of cheap quality beers of bars along Ermita not to mention the lovely hookers and hardened transvestites, While riding in jeepneys many been victimmised by pickpockets and dips. They could not help themselves comparing Manila with cities of Jakarta and Bangkok. One good thing I love from them, they found most Pinoys are religious and almost always happy and hospitable. Everytime I returned from my rotqtion leave, I always brought them pasalubongs, like dried mangoes, dried durian (which they make fun off) and would you believe Skyflakes crackers. Some of them would even ask me to bring them souvenirs like embroidered blouses, and shirts, and the good old “barrel man” sculpture. Thank for you time.

    kengkay: am glad to know na maraming pinoy talaga ang ‘goodwill’ ambassadors para sa ating bansa! sa halos lahat naman ng bansa may mga masasamang pangyayari din, pero sana i focus natin yung kagandahan at hindi yung kapangitan. sa totoo lang, mas maraming magagandang beaches sa pinas kesa sa ibang parte ng mundo! at dito sa alemanya, halos lahat ng kakilala ko e alam na nila kung ano ang pandesal, adobo, chicharon, etc pati nga tabo e, hehehe

    Komento ni spacebaboon — Setyembre 17, 2008 @ 2:22 umaga | Sagutin

  18. […] probably be receiving in your spam box in the next days or weeks.  This time it is "Panawagan sa mga OFWs".   Hear ye, hear […]

    Pasa ni ARS LONGA » Blog Archive » PANAWAGAN SA MGA OFWs — Setyembre 19, 2008 @ 9:38 hapon | Sagutin

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