Hillary Clinton Pays Tribute to Filipinos

This was sent to me by a Filipino friend residing in Canada. It’s good to hear something good being said about us Filipinos, and by an influential person at that.
Mabuhay and Filipino at Pilipinas!
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“Hillary Clinton pays tribute to Filipinos

NEW YORK, United States—State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton is probably the highest American official who has an intimate knowledge of Filipinos, their dreams, and aspirations.
This was manifest during the signing of the $434-million US Millennium Corp. grant that she and visiting President Benigno Aquino III presided over last September 22 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Speaking extemporaneously, Clinton—who speaks openly of her close relationship with Filipinos, especially during her term as senator representing New York—gave a glimpse of how much she knows about the Filipino psyche.
She said: “Millions of people in the Philippines have left their native land for a better opportunity. They love the Philippines, I know because I know many of them. They try to go home when they can afford to do it. They retire back to the Philippines. They want to be sure their children and grandchildren are raised in the Philippines.”
Then Clinton, dressed in an elegant indigo blue suit, addressing the new Philippine president continued: “We hope that, Mr. President, the people of your country will be able to make a good living in their own country. And in order to do that, there must be a partnership that creates the conditions for economic opportunity.”
But what endeared the charming state secretary to the Filipinos in the audience were these words: “I know how smart the Filipino people are. I know how hard they work. I’m not sure there’s any group of people anywhere in the world that work harder than Filipinos.
“But let’s be very honest here. Too many of them feel that they cannot progress in their own country. Too many of them feel that the elite in business and politics basically call the shots, and there’s not much room for someone who’s hardworking, but not connected. Too many of them believe that even if they get the best education they can, that there won’t be an opportunity for them, and so they take that education and help build someone else’s economy, very often here in the United States.”
This writer observed that as Mrs. Clinton made her way to the stage where the signing ceremony was to take place, she hugged some Filipino friends in the audience. And on her way out, she blew kisses to the same groups of Filipino American friends and constituents from New York state.
Not too many top diplomatic officials would risk speaking these strong words in an official function. But Hillary Clinton, because of her close relationship with the Filipino people has the inside track—and the charm and candor—to speak up. Even the usually skeptical media people covering the event were quite impressed by the gracious top American diplomat.
Clinton’s remarks—and how she delivered them with graciousness and tack—were the topic for conversation during dinner among the Philippine media people who covered the event.
Here is a powerful US official who knows and understands the dreams and aspirations of Filipinos, especially the three million Pinoys who have chosen the United States as their adopted country. For most of us who toil in the “land of milk and honey,” it’s really nice to know that Hillary Clinton is there for us.
– Jun Medina, FilAm Star”
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Charice – the new pride of the Philippines

Charice just recently had her debut in the popular US tv show, “Glee”.

Filipinos all over the world watched the opening episode of Glee because of Charice. The response was overwhelming! We are all so proud of you Charice!

Here is a link to Charice’s website:

http://www.charicemusic.com/blog/watch-charice-on-glee/

Charice was first discovered in Youtube and then had her first tv debut in Ellen’s show, then Oprah’s show. Later she was taken by David Foster into his fold and now she is in “Glee”.  Wow! What talent!

A Visit to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Early this month, Puerto Princesa served as venue for our annual, National  Convention of the Biology Teacher Association of the Philippines (BIOTA). A tour of the place is always part of our  convention, so we got to tour the world famous Underground River of Palawan.

I wrote an article about the Underground River tour and published it in my hubpages. The link is found below.

http://hubpages.com/hub/I-Recommend-a-Visit-to-the-Underground-River-of-Puerto-Princesa-Philippines

Some of us also did a side tour to another tourist spot – the Mangrove Paddle Tour. It’s another tour that I highly recommend. You can do this tour before or after your Underground River tour. I also wrote another hub about this. The link is found below.

http://hubpages.com/hub/I-Recommend-a-Mangrove-Paddle-Tour-in-Puerto-Princesa

Visit our various travel spots especially this summer! They are beautiful!

A Minute with Noynoy Aquino

Yesterday, we joined a volunteer movement for the presidential campaign of Noynoy Aquino. We had a one whole day interaction with representatives from other volunteer groups from all over the country. It was a heartwarming and invigorating experience. My husband and I even facilitated the workshop session for regions 6,7 and 8.

At the end of the day, our President gave a short talk and then had a photo session with all the various groups.

Our minute with Noynoy started when he was leaving the venue. As he walked to the doorway from the stage, he saw me and immediately extended his hand while saying “ma’am”. I was so pleasantly surprised because I did not think that he would remember me.

You see, Noy was my student in his Nat Sci subject when he was in first year college. That was in the late 70s or early 80s yet. So that was a long time ago. But he remembered and even singled me out from among the hundreds of people there in the room. Imagine! That’s really amazing!

I asked him “you remember me?” He simply answered, “of course ma’am, and sir too (referring to my husband)”. He even told me that some of his other classmates are also among those in the crowd.

Of course we would have long talks then because that was the time that his dad was in prison. His grades would go up and down depending on the stresses he was then encountering. But I can tell you that he is very bright and humble.

All I can say now is – what a man! What an amazing memory! What humility! I’m sure he will definitely be a good president.

So I had my one minute with Noynoy and I have this photo to share.