My Open Letter To The Philippines

published by Bren

Last updated: May 19, 2020

So…around three months ago Anton from Our Awesome Planet asked me to write a guest post for him. Excited about being featured on one of the biggest blogs in the Philippines I said “Sure! About what?”

He said, “If you were to write an open letter to Filipinos about the things they don’t appreciate and the things they need to improve on, what would that be?”

Suddenly I wasn’t so excited anymore. I mean, I’m just not qualified to tell other people what’s wrong with their country. Isn’t that a job for smart people, like economists and professors and stuff? There was just no way. In fact, I was inches away from just emailing him back and saying “Look Anton, thanks but, that’s really not something I’m able to write for you. Sorry.”

However, two months later (yes, months!) and with some encouragement, I finally finished it. I won’t say how many hours it took, but let’s just say it was a lot.

For those of you who blog, you’ll know how terrifying it is to press “Publish” and have your thoughts broadcasted to the world. Publishing here on my blog is scary enough, but on OAP? That blog is huge! Thankfully, it all worked out, and it was received in exactly the way I had hoped.

Anyway, here it is.

Thoughts, praises and criticisms: A letter from a foreigner who fell in love with The Philippines 

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