29 September 2005


I was reading another Filipino blog whom I linked to, but then what I got from the blog was so discouraging, that I decided I stop reading it. I even deleted the link from my blog. What made me do so?

Well, that blog had information about how to immigrate to another country (I won't name the country in question, but some of the regular readers might abduce what blog I am talking about.). And all posts are about advice on how to immigrate to that country, basically, how to escape the Philippines. How to evacuate.

Now I did not delete that blog's link from my blog because I dislike the blogger. No. But I dislike what I am feeling from it that I decide not to read it anymore.

But then am I just faking my reality by doing so?

Apparently, what I really hate about is the fact that the Philippines has transformed itself so that it would be in a dire situation that its citizens actually want to escape from it. Do other countries' citizens feel that way in their country? Most of the developed countries' citizens don't. But if you ask any random Filipino and ask their opinion whether they would want to move out of the country given the opportunity, I guess they would say the affirmative.

Again, I am not condemning the people who actually go out and grab the opportunity to get out of the country. I am one of them. I am outside the country. Sometimes, I rationalize, that I came to Buffalo because I share my research interests with one of the faculty in this university, which is true, but then, upon looking at the big picture, it is an opportunity to get out, and my life outside the country is definitely better than staying there.

So there you have it, the problem. The problem doesn't lie on the people who try to immigrate and make a living outside. The problem is the government not providing a niche for its own citizens to prosper.

The reason why I deleted that link from my blog was because I am sick of the reality that the government has been putting on its citizens. To actually see the desperation, the efforts, the expenses these people put into the attempt of immigration, is sickening to the stomach. Pitiful indeed.

I do not blame these people. I believe that they are only doing that to survive. But if they've reached that stage that in order to survive, one must immigrate, then something must be really wrong with the country of origin.

To see the pictures of the victims of tragedy is depressing. I do acknowledge it, but I do not flood my eyes by looking at it all the time. The same with this case. It depresses me to read of the efforts that other people put forth just in order to evacuate the country.

No wonder there is this brain drain going on.


  1. you are right....the brain drain is a great problem faced by third world countries...
    nobody wants to leave their motherland.... who wants to be a second-class citizen in a foreign country ? nice post...take care...

  2. I've heard this brain drain phenomena ever since I was a grader back in the Philippines (during mid-70s). I've heard of Filipinos escaping our dear Motherland for greener pastures. It did not matter which government was in power. I don't believe that it is entirely the government's fault. The brain drain phenomena was only aggravated by the Philippine government's mere presence and its sickening graft and corruption. I attribute the problem essentially to colonial mentality, which somehow has been injected into 99.9% of every Filipino gene. The idea that "anything but the Philippines is better" makes most of the Filipinos want to leave the country. Sure, there are still remaining patriots who chose to stay but they are only a handful and that's because most of them belong to the upper middle-class who can afford to live a Western lifestyle (made in or exported to the Philippines). But for a regular citizen like me, would I exchange Philippines' steamy, balmy hot climate with Toronto's winter Wonderland. My answer is, of course, all the time.

  3. Hi L-I-W! Thanks for dropping by. I agree with you on Thomas Hobbes' theory on human survival. But he also advocated that sovereignty belongs to the people and not by divine right as claimed by kings and queens centuries ago. The power to reform the nation is in the people making up the government. The people is the government.
    So, my next question is, if it is not the Filipinos to blame, then who? The imperialists? The capitalists? The Westerners? Filipinos and foreigners alike would respond, "the Philippine Government." Which era or generation? GMAs, Eraps, Cory's, Marcos', Emilio Aguinaldo's?

    Philippines once boasted of its rich natural resources, which I believe it still has. Why did this " unknown entity," whom we are suppose to blame, not take the advantage of this opportunity and instead used his or her skills elsewhere? Isn't colonial mentality partly to blame?
    My other point is that the ills and sickness of the Philippine Society has become so ingrained that it seems that they were "injected in our genes."


  4. Hi LIW,

    I guess you've proven your case. I am wishing you good luck in your studies. By the way, which language(s) are you majoring in? Pardon my ignorance in this area.