I think it was through Facebook that I first bumped into this, as related to a controversy involving the Department of Tourism in Manila and McCann-Erickson. But that has been written about to death and I don’t see any added value to weighing in, so instead I’m focusing on the good thing that came out of this brouhaha. That controversy sparked this video which is touted as the unofficial tourism video of the Philippines.
I have watched it many times over and will keep watching it because it moves me in so many ways as a Filipino. I will always call the Philippines my home. Like I wrote on my FB wall:
I’ve watched this over and over again and I am always moved with pride. This is us.. this is what and who we are. When you feel disillusioned by things around you, this will remind you what we are about as a people.
If you’re a Filipino, you will understand what I mean. If you are just someone who strayed into this space or heard about this video, let me introduce you to the land of my birth. Hardly any words, hardly any people except for tiny specks in the bigger scenery, but all Filipino in torrents.
I cannot ever hope to capture all the emotion and thoughts it stirs up in me in writing. But I can sum it up in one word: Wow.
So true. More often than not, it’s harder not to fall in love with its land and its people.