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Would You Say It With Me? I Am Proud to Be an American

Updated on February 14, 2016

Proudly Naturalized American originally from the Philippines

Yes, that’s me a naturalized citizen. I chose to be an American. Why? Because this is a great country. I am in love with the values of freedom and liberty.

Although the Philippines, the place where I was born is a third world country, my family's status is more than A-okay -- almost affluent. So, I really did not miss anything at all during my growing up years. I was educated in private schools, and had all the toys I ever wanted. When I was little, my dad always gave me a jigsaw puzzle of America whenever he came from a trip in the United States; and of course, he told me stories of how wonderful the people are and how the views of the land are breathtaking!

I love to be an American because I love American values - the freedom and liberties. I was told about the sincerity of the people in helping one another. Groups are formed for this purpose like, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the American Red Cross. To be part of a country that helps its citizens and people from other countries is truly amazing.

Me with Popeye and my first batch of siblings :)
Me with Popeye and my first batch of siblings :)

Reminiscing …

My father read to me Dick and Jane books, and Mother Goose nursery rhymes. He sang to me patriotic and country songs. When I was 4 years old, my mother taught me to write the English Alphabets.

I love my Raggedy Ann Doll. Of course, I love my Barbie dolls.

The very first movie that I ever saw and remember is Bambi produced by Walt Disney, and I cried buckets and buckets of tears. When I was in gradeschool, I would rush home to catch Sesame Street. Late Sunday afternoons was spent with the Muppet Show. Around that period, my night time show was Little House on The Prairie. I also remember the cartoons – Superman, Popeye the Sailorman, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons.

Then, when I was in my teens, I became fascinated with Hallmark greeting cards and Holly Hobbie. I also received my very first Parker Pen.

The teenage Me and the grown-up Raggedy Ann at the terrace of our house at Scout Borromeo, Quezon City, Philippines
The teenage Me and the grown-up Raggedy Ann at the terrace of our house at Scout Borromeo, Quezon City, Philippines

On American-made …

Now that I am much older, I still enjoy the books, the dolls, the shows, the pens and other things from my past. I buy American-made products like Pyrex and Corningware, glasses by Libbey, sewing machine by Singer. My husband, he wears work clothes by Carhartt. Sadly, as of writing, not all products I mentioned are wholly made in the U.S.

Of course, when I was much younger, the value attached to it is because I find entertainment and pleasure and that’s all. Now, the value lies more than appreciation – in anything American-made. It brings me to awe, how this country encourage creativity; the freedom to feel happy, the privilege of ownership and security ... And the value of hard work, its fruits are dignity and independence.

Upholding Values …

I am proud to be an American because I belong to a country known for its compassion, and protector of freedom and democracy and the values of:

Cleanliness / Equality / Honesty / Self-reliance and hard work / Promptness / Responsibility

In his research, Dr. Thomas E. Grouling, of Drake University, came up with what Americans value the most: Individual Freedom, Choice of Education, The Family, and Privacy.

Me and my precious Naturalized American Certificate at the USCIS Bldg in Newark, NJ
Me and my precious Naturalized American Certificate at the USCIS Bldg in Newark, NJ

Doing my part …

As proof of my sincerity in saying I am proud to be an American my words follow my actions which is summarized by an article from the USCIS:

· Support and defend the Constitution

· Serve the country when required

· Participate in the democratic process

· Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws

· Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others

· Participate in your local community


I love America so much that I would like to shout it on the rooftop. My husband was surprised that I could sing the four stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner. I was a bit dismayed that when I got my citizenship, the National Anthem was not played. But, my spirits perked up and I sang to my heart’s content when they played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”

There is so much to love about America – the beauty of the land, the mix and varied cultures, the traditional values, the freedom-loving people. How about you, what would make you say – I am proud to be an American!


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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Belated but VERY SINCERE THANK YOU to you Ladyjane1.

      Kerlynb ... I was !!! hehehe. Now, am what in the Philippines would call -- Amerikana ;) Let me know where to send the saltwater taffy and yeah, it comes in different flavors like cherry, too.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Love the pictures! So you were from QC! :)

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      Lovely hub and congrats on becoming an American, it is a great country. Cheers to you.

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you, MariaA!

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      MariaA 6 years ago

      I so love the way you told you story. How I wish I could say it with you ... but I am not an American. Nonetheless, I believe everything and anything made in America.

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Mr. Watkins, am very grateful to have you in my page. Thanks for reading!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I love your spirit and treasure your values and I am proud to have you as a fellow American. Your words above are sensational! They are wonderful! They are marvelous. If only those born in this country could see it the way you do; they would grateful instead of ingrates. Beautiful Hub! Thank you! Welcome to the HubPages Community!

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      I remain humbled, many thanks to Ms. Peg and Mr. Merritt.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Awesome hub, and people like yourself make me proud to be an American.

      Thanks for sharing and being proud of this Nation.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Beautifully written. I am proud to be an American too! I admire your determination to become a citizen and enjoyed the trip down memory lane - Holly Hobby, Parker Pens, Raggety Ann Dolls, ah yes. I had a Popeye puppet that I loved.

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you, AV! I admire you a lot! Thank also Lord de Cross!

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      American View 6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Great hub and wonderful views. We are proud you are an American Too

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Monettefor Jack,


      proud to be american too!


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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Thank you, Rachel!

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      Rachel Woodruff 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Beautiful hub, and I too am Proud to be an American. Thank you so much for sharing your story.


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