anecdote 2 – THE ESSENTIAL FILIPINO discovering dreams


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you must empty your cup
so the He can fill it
you must give away your wealth
so He can enrich you
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THE ESSENTIAL FILIPINO
discovering dreams
a british journalist breezed into manila
with an assignment to write
about ‘the essential filipino’
he smiled confidently over his easy assignment
relishing the free tour as complementary reward
for three days, he ran around searching
he rejected the business district of makati
which reminded him of cold calculating london
he went to historical places in intramuros
but saw only a glimpse of the past not the present
next he tried the native cuisine at market market
delicious yes but nothing on the essential filipino
he was getting not only tired but also nervous
that he has not found his ‘easy’ story yet
time was running out, he had to go back in two days
he wasted the next day on inconsequential probes
into malls, churches, monuments
on his last day, he wrote his editor saying that
no one can possibly write about the essential filipino
in so short time, he asked for an extension
he was expecting a week, the editor was kind
but he was given only one lousy day extension
in desperation, on his last day
he took a wild stab at marketplaces
in singalong, he sat on a curb too tired to think
then he realized his mistake
he was looking for places not people
the thought hit him like a terrorist’s bomb
the essential filipino is a person not a place
how stupid could he be, he thought
sitting on the curb in exasperation
he began looking at faces that passed by
he noticed a boy selling fishballs from a rolling cart
he had a torn shirt and was barefoot
what attracted him was not the fishballs
the boy gyrated like michael jackson
unmindful of the noisy crowd around him
the journalist approached him
noticing the headphones he wore
he instantly realized it was loud music
music that drowned the noise
and transported the boy into his inner garden
the journalist had to scream
in order to bring him back into the real world
the boy removed the headphones
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JOURNALIST
Hey, what are you doing?
BOY
Fishballs, sir, wanna buy?
JOURNALIST
Nice earphones, huh?
THE BOY GIVES THE EARPHONES TO THE JOURNALIST, WHO PUT THEM ON. HE INSTANTLY REMOVES IT, ALMOST FALLING FROM THE DEFEANING ROCK MUSIC. THE BOY SMILES AND PUT HIS EARPHONES BACK ON.
JOURNALIST
Hey, wait, we’re talking.

THE BOY REMOVES THE EARPHONES AND HANDS HIM THE TINY MP3 PLAYER FROM HIS POCKET. THE JOURNALIST EXAMINES IT.

JOURNALIST
Where did you get this? This is expensive, first-class mp3 player with first-class earphones. Don’t jive with your shirt.
HE FLICKS THE HOLE IN HIS SHIRT.
BOY
I saved income from selling fishballs for one whole year just to buy that. Nice huh?
JOURNALIST
Why don’t you buy a new shirt and shoes?
BOY
No need. Not important. Waste of hard earned money. Clothes don’t make me happy, only music.
JOURNALIST
You kill yourself selling fishballs the whole day for a year just to buy those?
BOY
Why not? What would you buy? What is your dream? Me, my dream is now real. I don’t need shirts and shoes, just a dream of dancing to music becoming real. What is your dream?
AT FIRST, THE JOURNALIST IS AT A LOSS FOR WORDS BECAUSE HE REALLY HAS NO ‘DREAM’ IN MIND, OR PERHAPS HIS DREAM IS TO FILE A STORY, THAT IS ALL, BUT THAT IS NOT REALLY A ‘DREAM’. A DREAM MUST BE SPIRITUAL AND FOREVER.
JOURNALIST
I guess I have no dream. Or yes I have a dream but it is not a good dream.
BOY
Too bad. You must be very sad. Buy yourself an mp3.
JOURNALIST
But that is not my dream.
BOY
So what is your real dream. There must be something you really really like.
JOURNALIST
I have been working so hard to survive that I forget what I really really like. My life is work work work.
BOY
But I also work work work. Let me tell you how to have a dream.
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and so the british journalist
was beginning to discern the essential filipino
he was amazed how in his dire poverty
the boy rejected the very materialism
that was gradually destroying affluent society
the essential filipino was a free spirit
who was poor and happy all at once
perhaps it came from his insular environment
or from his distant past, his austronesian roots
of nomads in tiny boats roaming the vast seas
the journalist took out a notebook
and started writing frantically
the boy peers into his writing, trying to read
and he says aloud ‘essential filipino … free spirit
spiritual dreams … nomadic boat people …
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BOY
(Grabbing the notebook.) I know this is your dream. You just don’t know it. What you write here is your dream.
JOURNALIST
(Stunned at the boy’s perception.) I … I … I guess so.
BOY
It is not a guess. You know it. Once you know your dream, you must get it, or else you will be very sad and soon you will die because you know you have no more reason to live for. You cannot live just to live, can you?
JOURNALIST
Guess not. Thank you for telling me my dream.
ALMOST IN TEARS, THE JOURNALIST HUGS THE BOY AND GIVES HIM A HUNDRED PESO BILL. THE BOY IS STUNNED.
BOY
What for?
JOURNALIST
Because you help me find my dream that was right in front of my nose all this while.
BOY
Yes, you cannot see things that are too near. You have to move back to see.
JOURNALIST
Go, buy yourself more music.
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it took thirty minutes for the journalist
to write his story at his hotel
in ten electronic milliseconds
the story was at the editor’s desk
the editor replied
‘this is the best story yet for a long time
our journalists often write about absurd things
but what you wrote
is an important wisdom for the affluent world
stay there for a month and write me more’
the journalist had a field day
his dream, like the boy, was now a reality
he would hang around with street vendors
later, he moved to the countryside
and talked to farmers and fishermen
he immersed himself in the essential filipino
poor, happy, equipped with a different kind of wisdom
unknown in the rich nations
he married a kalinga native and wrote a book
a best seller entitled ‘discovering dreams’
eastwind
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where goodness abounds
there also is evil lurking
to sow confusion and hatred among the good
where evil abounds
there also is goodness lurking
to reach out and convert among the evil
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mahatma gandhi’s principle of non-violence
revolves around the concept that –
peace is a more powerful weapon than war
a smile is more powerful than a sneer
a whisper is louder than a scream
the calm is in the eye of the storm
and total darkness recedes
when a single candlelight glows
we pedestal great men, creating semi-gods
like michael jackson and john lennon
not knowing the fame and fortune we bestow
would devour their spirits and consume them totally
of what use is the tall pedestal
men tell us to scale
when we would grow into giants
and fall with a resounding crash
better to be a happy unknown ant
than a sad noted giant
there is virtue in anonymity
and folly in popularity
IMPORTANT MINISTRY MATERIALS
GO TO LINK BELOW
1 Healing oil and disaster prophecies
2 Award winning powerpoints
3 Selected youtube healing documentaries
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2010/02/announcement3-–-blogsite-library-links/
THE LORD REIGNS IN CYBERSPACE
amdg

Published by Anton

Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full-time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008. OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel media in the Philippines with over 500,000+ followers and thousands of readers, and is still organically growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome! He was recognized as Go Negosyo's Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo's 7th book: "Go Negosyo's 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs" in 2011. In 2015, Anton Diaz received the first Tourism Star Award for media by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer. Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world!

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