Aside from the many beautiful places to enjoy here.
There are also many positive qualities that Filipinos possess.
Wherever we are, these make us shine.
1. Being approachable.
People don’t think twice in approaching to ask for help.
Even if the Filipinos don’t know the answer to a question asked or the assistance sought for, they will surely find a way to help even if it means calling another friend or at times accompanying the person to his destination.
2. Being friendly.
While at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), I befriended a Vietnamese woman who was also travelling alone.
We were on our way to the same terminal, Tom Bradley International, which is located at the west end.
I saw her asking directions. I overheard the name of the terminal I was going.
I waited for her, introduced myself and told her I was going to the same terminal.
I said we follow each other and look for the arrows going to our terminal.
We boarded together.
I have not seen her once we had a stopover in Taipei, Taiwan.
We had different connecting flights. It was nice knowing her though.
Yesterday, we visited the cooperative in our city where we are members.
The teller told me I need to close the accounts of my daughters because the cooperative has introduced a new savings program for the kids.
The staff assigned at the department was friendly and my girls were able to open a new account without any hassle at all.
3. Being helpful.
On our way to Tom Bradley International Terminal, I overheard 3 employees in LAX talking in Filipino.
I approached them and asked “kuya saan po dito ang way papuntang Tom Bradley?” (Older brothers, where is the way to Tom Bradley?)”
They have given us directions and even the boarding gate to our airline.
On our tickets there was no assigned boarding gate yet.
They even reminded us to check on the screen for possible changes of boarding gates.
At the baggage claim area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, I had a difficulty lifting my red luggage as it’s somewhat big.
Another passenger lifted it for me.
I was so thankful.
4. Being resilient.
With so many calamities that came our way the people have adapted to such adversities.
They bounce back stronger, closer to family members and at times with new skills.
While in Arizona, I met a Filipino mother who lost her only daughter to Super typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2013.
She still sad when she remembers her daughter but she has recovered.
She is a teacher.
5. Willingness to Take Initiative.
Filipinos are willing to contribute anything they can for the success of the company or the business.
They don’t just wait to be told what to do.
They take the initiave.