- Binahagi ng isan Pinay na nasa Singapore ang nakakatuwang karanasan niya sa isang taxi driver doon
- Natuwa ang Pinay nang kwentuhan siya ng driver tungkol sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
- Ginusto pa raw ng driver na Singaporean ng maging Pinoy dahil daw sa mga bagay na kayang gawin ng mga ito
Nakaktaba raw talaga ng puso ang karanasan ng isang Pinay na nakasakay sa taxi kung saan ang driver nito ay tila mas marami pang alam tungkol sa Pilipinas kaysa sa kanya.
Ayon sa kwento ni Alexa Balbuena, nang sabihin palang daw niya kung saan siya tutungo pagsakay niya sa taxi, sumagot agad ang tsuper ng “Don’t worry lah. Walang problema.”
Nagulat daw si Alexa na marunong magtagalog ang driver na Singaporean. Agad na tinanong ni Alexa kung paano natuto ang driver na magsalita ng wikang Pilipino. At dito na ito nagsalaysay ng pagmamahal sa bansang Pilipinas.
“Fifty years ago – I’m 65 now – everyone looked up to the Philippines. Everyone spoke really good English. You were under the Spanish regime for many years and were colonized by the Americans for a hundred years (50 years, I corrected), so Filipinos spoke English very well. No other country in Asia could do that.
“Fifty years ago, Singapore was still a fishing village. Malaysia’s oil was not yet “founded”. Indonesia didn’t believe in the outside world, even China. Thailand’s khob khun ka then is still very much the same now. And at the time, we only spoke Malay. So, everyone envied the Philippines.
“After school, I would take my shoeshine box, go to the pier and shine the shoes of Philippine sailors. They moved around in leather boots and Levi’s jackets, and for me, this was something I dreamed about.
“So, I told myself, ‘when I grow up, I want to be a Filipino!’ salaysay ng tsuper.
“When Singapore became independent, there was no one else to train our army but the Philippines. Lee Kwan Yew and Ferdinand Marcos were very good friends. They were excellent leaders. Marcos ruled with an iron fist and Lee Kwan Yew was a benevolent dictator. So, our top brass officers were sent to the Philippines for training," pagpapatuloy ng driver.
Kaya naman tinanong ni Alexa kung saan paano nalaman ng driver ang napakaraming bagay patungkol sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas at maging kay dating pangulong Ferdinand Marcos.
“Well, I did project management in the Middle East and met so many Filipinos there. I am Christian, so I usually spent time with them to worship.
“Filipinos, when they see each other, they’re so different you know. You can see their love and pride for their fellowmen and their country. They’re very patriotic. They could be away for so many years and still proudly say, ‘I am from the Philippines!’
“In the Middle East, there’s a row of fast food restaurants where lots of Filipinos worked. And when I went to eat, I always told them I’m an associate, that I’m a member of the Filipino association. And they accepted me freely and said, ‘okay pare, free flow drinks for you.’
“The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) contribute to 30% of the Philippine economy, you know. Thirty percent! They work so hard ah! They bring in the dollars. And then they send dutifully to their families back home. I really think there should be one day in a year where OFWs are celebrated around the world and given one month bonus by the government. I mean, seriously lah.
“So, I hope that with this short story you feel proud to be a Filipino. And not shy at all.”
Labis daw talagang namangha si Alexa sa mga nasabi ng tsuper sa Pilipinas na talaga naman daw nakakataba ng puso.
Hinding hindi raw niya malilimutan ang 15 minuto na usapan nila ng driver na napataas noo sa kanya sa pagiging Pilipino.
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