Rope barricades have to be placed to keep people from making a stampede for these branded accessories on sale in time for the Chinese New Year. Lines are heavy at the Prada and Coach bag boutiques where items cost from P30,000 to about P200,000. Lines are not as heavy in Hermes and Gucci outlets where bags can cost over a million pesos each.
Well, we have to admit that that the Chinese in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world deserve all their wealth because they have a high sense of discipline, work ethics and toil 10 times harder than the average Pinoy. Janitors in Hong Kong never rest until every tiny speck of dust in the glass is cleaned; on the contrary, the Pinoy service providers are more preoccupied in watching the movements of their supervisors because only then would they start to work.
Although highly skilled in doing deep well system and plumbing works, he rarely looks for job but fathers so many children. Always running to us for help, he eventually got me to be the godfather of one of his children. One time while on family vacation in the US, I got a call in the middle of the night from our house help who told us that my kumpare’s son needed to be brought to the hospital and they had no money. Although I assisted him financially, the son eventually died in the hospital because it turned out he was already very sick before they decided to take him to a doctor.
This is one of the reasons why I am convinced that education and not dole outs will eventually help Filipinos get quality lives they deserve. Well, they may not get to be like the high-rolling Hong Kongers, but at least they will have enough education, pride and discipline to work hard to earn and save money for emergencies and not face the humiliation of lining up for P16.00 sardines in times of calamities.
I have a high admiration for the work ethics of the Chinese people and always imparts this Chinese proverb to the scholars and users of our five Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library literacy advocacy: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Thus, it is for this reason that the Kris Library in cooperation with the Kapatirang Claretiano Inc. (KCI) – a group of former Claretian priests and seminarians -- has decided to spend the P51,000 donated by the people of New Zealand in helping some of the 123,000 students affected by Typhoon Sendong regain their normal schooling. KCI and Kris will be spending the money in buying textbooks and school supplies for kids who lost all their school materials to the floods (pls read http://www.krislibrary.com/1/post/2012/01/new-zealanders-raise-p51000-to-help-kci-kris-library-relief-mission-for-typhoon-sendong-victims.html ).
In December, KCI and Kris also raised P13,000 to buy medicines, sardines and other basic stuff for flood victims in Iligan and Cagayan (please also read http://www.krislibrary.com/1/post/2011/12/ex-priests-and-seminarians-join-typhoon-sendong-relief-effort.html ).
But as we engage in the difficult task of helping poor Filipinos kids get good education and become self-reliant and disciplined workers like the Hong Kong and Filipino-Chinese, we continue to ask for help from everyone to donate books, clothing, old computers or even financial assistance to help us in the task of teaching the Filipino youth how to fish.
Please check out Kris Library website at http://www.krislibrary.com/donate.html to see how you can make the donations.
As we celebrate the start of the Year of the Water Dragon tomorrow, let us all do our part to bridge the gap between those of us who have more blessings in life and those who have almost nothing in life, more so the Typhoon Sendong victims. What windfall of blessing we’ll have in 2012 if we’ll start it by giving and sharing.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (Happy Chinese New Year)!!!