Two days ago, I went to my friend’s house for dinner — it’s already been a year since his father passed. It felt as if it was just yesterday though. The pain of seeing one of my best friends in unspeakable pain felt as if it wasn’t too long ago. But then time has its way of making us feel as if it’s either too fast or too slow. I guess I’ll have to be thankful that despite this sorrowful event, fast forward to now and I can’t be any more proud that my best buddy was able to do good, finally finish his thesis, and graduate (congratulations!).
Speaking of graduation, news about a student breaking the highest grade in the Philippines ever since the WWII was everywhere. My initial reaction was, “wow, how much smarter can this person get?” Then I found out that it was a she, and that she was a Filipino-Chinese graduating with a degree in Biology in the University of the Philippines, aiming to be a doctor someday. I don’t know her personally, but I’m just happy for her, and hopeful that she turns out to be the best in her field (no, pressure ^_^). There were negative comments about her, absurd questions about her background, and doubts regarding her willingness to serve the Philippines in the future. There were people who judged her of being non-Filipino, and I say it’s her business, not anyone else’s. Just like what my friend observed, “If there’s someone from a different country who has even a speck of Filipino blood in him/her who did something remarkable, ‘kung maka-Filipino pride, wagas’ even if that person never actually set foot in the Philippines. But in this case, someone who was born and raised in the Philippines, studied in a State University, is being judged as less of a Filipino just because her ethnicity is Chinese…” Let me just say that with all the intermarriages in our history, being a Filipino is more than the ethnicity. More than the problem of being overcritical, a lot of Filipinos tend to have a problem with how they say (or not say) things — they might mean good, yet, most of the time, their delivery turns out to be offensive. Personally, just say what you mean to say, and always choose the right words — and consider the receiver. Going back, give the girl a break, pinaghirapan niya yan… she deserves it. For Tiffany Uy, I hope you all the best… keep doing what you’re doing, and be a great Filipino-Chinese… be an awesome human being. 🙂
On another note, same-sex marriage is legal in the whole of the United States! Congratulations to the LGBT community! I can’t really say much, but know that I’m happy for the LGBT community…. Rainbows are awesome!! 🙂 🙂