ilipinos of today have
become by necessity a hardy and resilient bunch. By necessity because
we've been colonized for centuries by foreigners, tyrannized by a
ruthless dictator, and to this day victimized by those who are supposed
to lead us. Even nature at times seems to have it in for us, hurling one
typhoon after another at the country. And through it all we Filipinos
continue to carry on with a smile.
But that smile is now
starting to wear thin. And the dam holding back all that negative energy
is beginning to show some cracks.
We here at PhilNews are
often accused of highlighting what's wrong with us Pinoys, rather than
what is good about us. Critics say we see the glass as half empty,
rather than half full. However, we see our mission as using our global
reach to put a spotlight on our problems so that they can be addressed.
The Philippines has
myriad problems that hold back its progress. Problems that keep the poor
in poverty. And problems that allow the rich and powerful to keep that
wealth and power solely amongst themselves. Some problems are fairly
recent, many are centuries old. But all these problems, hold us back,
keep us down, and prevent the country from achieving its goals.
We'd like to take this
opportunity to thank you our loyal readers for standing by us all these
years. In January of 2016 PhilNews.com will celebrate its 20th year
online. We hope to be around for another 20 years.
With your help, we can
"move the needle," "bend the curve" and
nudge our kabayans be it ever so slightly in the right direction,
in order that the Philippines can take its
rightful place among the nations of the world. No longer saddled by
traits and conditions that have held us down for centuries, Filipinos
will be able to soar to new heights. This is our vision of tomorrow. And
together we will get the nation there.
and Merry Christmas to one and all!