People in the Philippines - Pearl of the Orient Seas

Boracay beach (picture courtesy of photobucket)
Boracay beach (picture courtesy of photobucket)

 

Philippines---the Pearl of the Orient Seas

Most of the times, specially when I am sitting down in front of the computer, I cant help but reminisce my beautiful country, the Philippines. I cant help but be mesmerized by the beauty of it, beauty inside and out, just like a Filipina woman. I look at the pictures of the beautiful scenic spots and it makes me happier. I will always remember the times when I went to Banawe rice terraces, Chocolate hills at Bohol and even just looking at the rice fields stretching along Cagayan Valley always uplifts my mood. My country is a rich tropical country filled with people who are relaxed, happy and intelligent. People are humbled by lives experiences but they remain resilient and hardworking.

To those of you who don’t know where the Philippines is……it is a country in the southeast Asia bounded by the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. Northeast monsoon is from November to April and the southwest monsoon is from May to October. The total population according to the latest census is approximately 89 million (as of 2007). It is divided into three large island group, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Places are accessible round the clock through airplanes, buses and ferry boats.

Why I miss the Philippines?

The People

I miss the people, they are happy and always ready to smile and help others. They cant seem to be troubled by poverty. Most of their riches are encapsulated in their smile. They persevere through hard times, knows how to be happy, and most of all, knows how to survive through tough times. They know what life is all about. They love going to the mall, having fun, outing and singing at the karaoke bars. How I miss karaoke, I could sing Boulevard and I will always hit 100%. Now I can only sing in you tube. Everybody need to have a cell phone there. It is a fashion statement. People from all walks of life sending SMS non stop, it is a way of life.It is a unique culture.

I miss the life in Manila too, the city life. Even if I am far away I can still see what is happening there, (thanks to technology, internet), whether the media is putting hype on everything, politics, flooding, life etc. I am amuse, I know better than that. I miss my four beautiful children. I spent half of my expected life expectancy there. I miss the university where I used to work, and university life. So cool at the state university, all people from all walks of life and many come from different places all over the Philippines. It is like a cultural hub.

The sceneries, beautiful beaches, dialects

I miss the beautiful beaches in Palawan, Mindoro, although my friend in college before will always boast about the falls and the unexplored beaches in Samar, and even farthest to the north, Cagayan Valley. I miss Pagudpod.When you travel either by bus or through the sea, there is unending sceneries, blue and clear water, forest mountain, rice field or just trees, which make you wonder, how can a country so small yet so rich with natural resources. I spent my childhood in Cagayan Valley and I miss the caves where I use to just go once a week in Callao caves with my friends and enjoy walking in a tunnel cave. I was never afraid, instead, I always enjoy it.

I miss talking in Ilocano (my native tongue) with a fellow Ilocano in person. If you are a Filipino, you can almost speak two or more dialects, of course everybody can understand Filipino and English in general, even though some will have difficulty speaking. I can speak Waray, Ilocano and Bicol but with difficulty, although I can understand it very well. I can speak and understand Filipino and English very well.

The food, pampering and the like

Even though Filipino foods are available here, I still miss the way my mother cook adobo and beef steak, pinakbet and laing, my mother cooked the best laing in the world haha. I don’t think I can cook the way it is cook like my mother does. I will practice some more. I miss fish, ask me what kind of fish? Galunggong of course and bangus (milkfish). I miss how Raquel will cook for me. I don’t know where she is now, she used to help me with my children and she maintain the house for me. I miss the comfort of being wake up in the morning and Raquel will always tell me, ate your coffee is ready. So before going to work and going out in the busy streets of Manila, I am ready for anything that is going to happen. Whew, I guess I miss the life I had there, I am pampered. I use to juggle my time studying, working, maintaining a household, it was a little tough but I always get some help. It was difficult being a single parent. At present, I became more energetic, I mean physically, unlike before I do minimal household chores, now I can almost do anything, cook, wash, iron at the same time. Oh, how I improve doing household chores. I also love how I change and become more responsible doing household chores. I use to depend on help. Sometimes, I miss the pampering huh.

The Unique way of life

I miss tricycle, pedicab and jeepney, I miss people staring at you when you are inside jeepney and you also laugh while they are talking inside the jeepney. I use to text while inside the jeepney and it cost me my cell phone (whew brand new and expensive at that time). I miss the crowded malls, I will go to the malls with my children and they stay at kids at work and play video games while I roam around and window shop. I miss the haircut that costs only fifty pesos, and Nancy who use to go to the house to cut my nails and tell me ate, its time to change your pedicure now. Service at the house yay. I use to go to SM mall and wait for the show onstage waiting for moviestar, haha. I want to make Raquel happy, for helping me in the household.

I miss the karinderya (eatery), where I can eat anything and it is cheaper, my stomach is also used to turo turo style (point point). That’s the way to live in the city, you are ready to eat anywhere. I miss adidas (chicken feet), IUD (inside of chicken), and other street foods. I used to eat at state university (UP) where they also sell this stuff.

Oh I miss festivities too.

Huh….wishes wishes,,,,One day I will be there and I can experience everything again.

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

yeah there's nothing more compared to our beautiful beaches. :-)

I love laing, adobo and sinigang. And man, I'm craving for adobo!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

to blaise25: keep on writing, thanks a lot for having the time to read this....yeah i miss philippiesn, filipino are the best!


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maudine_05 6 years ago from United States

Sarap tlga mging pinoy!!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

HI maudine_05, thnaks for dropping by! how are you, kumusta?


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Wonderfully friendly and generous people... Great food, nice beaches. What's not to like? Great post!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi carolina muscle, thanks for your wonderful comment about Filipinos, yes and I miss it, have been here for quite some time now and miss the foods and the scenery too, missed of course the people too!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Great article prettydarkhorse. I have met many women from the Philippines when I lived in Chicago. They have a very distinctive look about them, especially their bold fashion choices, very sleek! Thank you for showing us your great birthplace country!

Ben


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Ben Zoltak for reading tbis hub, I am glad you like it, one day you might want to go there and visit, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Wonderful descriptions. Thank you prettydarkhorse. It sounds like you had a lot of rain though. I remember Vietnam- monsoon season seemed to last forever. It was muddy where I was though. I wish I had seen the Philippines.


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Rascal Russ Miles 6 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

Hey Sweet Maita, your descriptive Hub makes me long for your beatiful homeland. How about you showing me around The Philippines. We can travel there together if you like.

Where are you now?

You like karaoke too. Although I don't sing well, I love it also. How about you sending me a link to your own YouTube performances? I have a song that you, a lovely lady, with minor changes can sing much better than I do. 'Truck Drivers And Salesmen'. How about you sing it in the feminine, post it or, if you send me a wave file, I'll see if I can put it up with some better music if you like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znj4-hbPn5M

Carpe diem "seize the day" ~ Russ


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Micky, yes Philippines is very beautiful too, and it is raining there all year wround, your right, how are you, I thought I have responded to this before, make me forgetful, thank you Micky, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Russ, thanks for the links, you can sing alright YEHEY, I also watched Grow Old with you, nice and i like the trucks and the driver too,

I also watched your other videos,

yes my country is very beautiful, and I can be your tourist guide as well,

am in Dallas now

is it snowing there in your place,

thanks as well for reading my hubs too, Maita


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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA

very nice description of our country.. I can feel it.. actually my family and I just visited there last year.. my kids always enjoy their stay there whenever we visit.. it's true, people there are happy despite poverty.. as long as they have their gadgets like cellphone, digicam, computer, and the night life which I complained about because my teenager kids enjoy it too.. of course as a parent, I always think about their safety at night or midnight.. it's city life.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey dyesebel, where are you located now? your comments are well taken and indeed true, yes they are a very happy people miss it, I miss the life there, are you missing it too, Thanks BTW for reading this one, Maita


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dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA

I'm in Maryland.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks, am in TEXAS, ang lamig diyan, stay warm friend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks, am in TEXAS, ang lamig diyan, stay warm friend, Maita


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Sounds like a nice place to visit; I see why you miss it


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

cool morning, thnaks for your visit, nice place my country is, Maita


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

It's sound so beautiful and welcoming!! I have two cousins that are half Filipino (hope I spelled that correctly) and I know they both hope to go and visit one day soon. Maybe I can squeeze into their suitcase? lol :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

its a beautiful country I can go with you hehe, Maita


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Your vivid description of our country, "Ang Perlas Ng Silangan", makes me feel proud of you even more- a beautiful Filipina living in the US whose heart is in the Philippines. Maita, is there anyone better than a patriotic, nationalistic lady that you are? More! Mabuhay ka!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Now I can feel your homesickness by this hub. Your wishes will come true in the best of time God will bestow on you. Don't worry, just pray for that, God is listening, if it is for good for everyone in your family, God will. If by this time it hasn't materialize yet, someday He will.


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Dr irum 5 years ago

Wow beautiful beach , now i am planing to go there .


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Visit it Dr imum, it is a nice country.


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PaperNotes 5 years ago

Hmm, I can sense that you really miss the Philippines. It is close to Christmas season and it is one of the best seasons in the country. I am sure that this is also one of the things you miss about our country.


May | Filipino Food 5 years ago

I totally agree! Philippines is really the "Pearl of the Orient". Awesome nature, warm people, and beautiful places. I love you Philippines!


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Mr Nice 4 years ago from North America

Hi pretty,

Comos ta ka,

You look very cute with the new hair style. Long time no chat, it was your fault because you stopped coming to my Hubs.

Can we start all over again....hahaha.

Well, How are you and your daughter? What else is new?

Very interesting Hub about Philippine. When are we going to Philippine? Good night

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