Our neighboring village, the Philippines, is celebrating their Independence Day today, 12 June, from the colonization of the United States. (oops! Change that to Spain. I stand corrected. It's Sofia's info, by the way. LOL)
The country, which was once the most prosperous nation in our region, has been through a lot of changes from the prosperous 50's and 60's, through the intellectual revolution of the 70's, through the dictator (but fabulous!) regime of the 80's and the economic kick-start of the 90’s.
We Thais received their teachers and professors to our universities with open arms. They have taught us English, Mathematics and Agriculture. And most of all, they taught us that Asians like us can be globally competitive and expand our horizons beyond our borders.
If they can only learn OR RE-learn the importance of unity – that despite their political and ideological differences as a nation – they can work together for the advancement of their country.
Happy 109th Independence Day, Philippines!
--Pisanu (OMG! I can't believe
I just wrote that! So serious lah!)