Throwback Thrusday: Fil-AM Friendship Day 2013

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In addition to 4th of July celebration, the Philippines is celebrating the FIL-AM Friendship day!

Check out the article below as CSI celebrates this special day!  It was written by CSI’s PR Consultant three years ago.

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A New Philippines

CSI Professionals, Inc – One with Global Filipinos & the New Administration in Rebuilding our Nation

A VISION:

“My friends do not forget that your readiness to suffer will light a torch of freedom which can never be put out. Do not forget that we who are now in the middle of our years mine… must inspire the youth when they are almost in the brink of despair.”           – NINOY Aquino, 1981 (Los Angeles, CA)

A Globalized Filipino: At present, the ‘independent’ Filipino may also be defined as the ‘Global Filipino’ who has ventured into bringing his/her talents and skills abroad to better provide for their families and to make the  ‘Filipino’ known for what he/she is truly made of and capable of doing.  As an independent, Global Filipino, we expect to be treated with respect and with equal rights as humans, even outside our country.

There could be truth in Science, “no two things can occupy a space, at the same time.”  And, another, a Reality, which says, “All things are created twice.” For a family, it maybe a blueprint, for a life, it is probably, a mission.  Have we ever imagined ourselves in a day, without a goal and a plan? As responsible adults, we then realized, any parent would have seen it, as a potential of their child, not too long ago. No matter what it maybe, it’s a form of a mental creation which always precedes the physical, or next, creation.

The Vision not only helps us spot the future, but, most especially, present opportunities where others fail or negligently ignore. It points us to a future; big or small and inspire us to ask, “Where do I want to be two, five or even, ten years from now?”

The answer may take time- it is a process, combined with a Dream. Do we remember Disneyland? Of course, we do! There is more about the “happiest place on earth”; it was a product of a vision, turned into reality. If we were even paying attention, Walt Disney’s creative and sense of vision helped him spot ideas invisible to others and to look ahead of future opportunities. Sure, just like anything and anyone or any other company; it went through difficult times and challenges before it could sing to the world: “When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are, anything your hearts desire, Will come to you…”

June 30, 2010 signifies a turning point for the Filipinos; for our home country, the Philippines.  I asked myself why and what Am I doing as a Filipino; ones having a little vision or even so big, just like P-Noy doing so far away from a land once called, HOME?  It could be a question of so many Filipinos who thought, that, success is defined elsewhere or anywhere, but, home.  For some, it was a matter of choice and destiny; for others, it was out of desperation and survival.  Whatever the case maybe, we still bring in us, the courage, fortitude our forefathers have instilled in our grandparents and every generation after that.

I would normally stay beyond the wee hours looking for unanswered solutions to current issues of unemployment and immigration for our so-called, Filipino-American Clients, in Los Angeles. For so many years; it was a clear and overwhelming answer of; “hope in a promise land” of “milk and honey”.  I pause and take a quite moment of reflection, and maybe, ‘missed out on something very important; it’s the HOPE and BELIEF that, better things are yet to come for Filipinos who knew how to start and end with the right combination in dealing and facing adversity, wherever they maybe.

A very striking excerpt on P-Noy’s Inaugural Speech:

“I am like you. Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet – migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered—is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?”

For some, we may now have the answers.  For others, it may look so “vague and ambiguous” until now.  It is a question that will forever linger in our minds and hearts. Perhaps, a part of history, that will remain.

For the Filipino-Americans, may we not forget where we once came from and how much of us, is an emerging powerful, resilient Filipino; who stood the test of time.  We’ve come across a multitude of clients; trying to better their lives in this country.  There were days of doubt and there were moments of magnanimous feeling of victory:  (1) once we meet the right sponsoring company, (2) earn the “green” that feeds our family, and (3) eventually, obtain the Permanent Residency; we so dreamt and even fought for.

We focus on the struggle; the hope that, our children and the next won’t have to suffer the same…. Yet again, we fail to recognize, that, those challenges molded us to what and where we are now in the midst of triumphs, willing to withstand crisis that may come our way.

To our New P-Noy; may this reach you a thousand miles away-

An excerpt of your speech mentioned:

“This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.”

We in turn, affirm a responsibility not only to ourselves but, to a society of hard working Filipinos; whose only vision started not very different from yours: “Maging isang mabuting Anak, Kapatid, at Mamayang Pilipino.”  With us, is a vision for our selves, families for a better and peaceful life, ahead of us.

Not foregoing our social responsibility that, our actions will “either make or break”, a future once so clear and promising.

We could have started with a vision; then, came a purpose and turned into a cycle of processes (the what’s, the who’s and how’s) on how it maybe accomplished. In our own “little world”, it happens, and they are asked in so many ways than, one:

it could be a client receiving a news of denial on their work permit, an employer who decided to forego an employee of so many years, a simple complaint of not having enough money to pay her/his dues and, all other circumstances that may seem endless but, undeniably, true.

The question and a definition is our role to patiently serve not only ourselves, but, the community who so hardly bestow and “entrust their lives on a stranger like us”.  I once heard this from a former Associate; it takes pride to remember this line from him and we thank and wish him well, wherever he maybe.

Just like P-Noy, in both cases, we join him, the people and our nation; away from home, once, we had these visions (its first creations), embedded in our minds, step-by-step, little-by-little to bring its second, to life!

So we end, just like the Disney famous line, “what dreams do you hold?” … “makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires, will come to you.”

And, finally, living your famous father’s line in his speech in front of the Filipino-American in Los Angeles, Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.  said,

“….must inspire the youth when they are almost in the brink of despair. Do not forget that the purpose of life is precisely to examine our being, not merely be a floating flotsam in the time – in the floods of time. Do not forget as Longfellow said, that we should never be like driven cattle, but be a hero in the strife.” – NINOY Aquino, 1981    (Los Angeles, CA)”.

P-Noy, your father is already a Hero of our time… you are now, becoming a Hope of a better Filipino in all of us, whether near or afar!   And so, you ended,

“My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.”

“My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have traveled far on the right path, and that we are able to bequeath a better future to the next generation. Join me in continuing this fight for change.”

We are one in this battle for change. May we all take part in providing our share as true blooded, Filipinos!   Learn what you can, and share what you know.

Spreading good news is tantamount to sharing a part of yourself that you want others to benefit from.Allow people who have been there, and who know how to get there, to help you. CSI Professionals is dedicated to help you and will walk with you throughout your journey. Join us in discovering the Global Filipino in YOU on July 15 & 16, 2010 at our Glendale Branch Office. Reserve your seats and don’t miss this opportunity! Our contact details are below. As we always say, you will never KNOW unless you will never COME to know.

To schedule a free consultation here in Los Angeles,

Please call and visit us in our office locations:

LA Corporate Office: 3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1520, Los Angeles, CA 90010;

tel. no. 213-487-5059

Glendale Branch Office: 100 N. Brand Blvd. 6th Floor Glendale, CA 91203;

tel. no. 818-476-0082

Our website is www.csiprofessionalsinc.com

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