The Philippine Archipelago occupies a special place on planet Earth. The only Christian country in Asia, though South Korea is running a close second and gaining the Christian Gospel has been preached in the Republic for hundreds of years first starting with colonialist Spain. Like Ireland before her, Filipinos routinely send out hundreds of missionaries to other nations to preach the Way of Jesus Christ.
Unlike the United States, traditional family values are very much alive and well in the Philippines where families are large, loving, religious, educated and work oriented. The typical nuclear unit of husband, wife, one and a ½ child according to statistics, dog, and 4 car garages before the current economic meltdown is common in the United States. In the Philippines the extended family holds sway. In the Archipelago seniors are generally respected, differed to, and valued for their supposed wisdom. In the United States old people are viewed as expensive nuisances and put away quietly in nursing homes. Gay people have been fully integrated in Philippine Catholic society much more than in the secularist United States.
Filipinos know the value of hard work. Filipino students generally out score their American counterparts in academic and professional examinations. Fil-Am or Filipino-American kids are usually honor students who devote sizable portions of their day to intensive study. Unlike many other Asian students who ‘over-achieve’ contrasted to an equally number of American kids who don’t devote adequate time to academics, Filipino youths generally maintain a healthy balance of fun and work.
Save for religion (Christian and Muslim) Filipino society is largely homogenous. Homogeneity can be a unifying force. Religion can be a divisive one. There are several major languages spoken in the Islands. English is the common language of business, education, religion though Tagalog is the national tongue.
America needs the Philippines. Considering the United States major Asian allies Japan and South Korea the Philippine Republic is the only one who can identify with us ideologically, semi-culturally, and religiously. Filipinos and Americans share common moral viewpoints, a healthy work ethic, and both societies place a high value on education.
Unfortunately the United States hasn’t played fair in all instances with their Filipino counterparts. The issues of just compensation for Filipino veterans who fought side-by-side with their U.S. brothers and sisters during World War II have yet to be actualized. The pittance offered to those heroic warriors who fought, suffered, and died defending the honor of both countries was a paltry sum. The amount offered was grossly unequal to the pain and suffering Filipino soldiers endured in defense of Freedom against the then ultra-aggressive and bestial Imperial Japanese Empire’s blitz through Asia.
When the U.S. military abandoned Clark Air Force Base some say with a little ‘help’ from then erupting Mt. Pinatubo, American service personnel alleged dumped huge amounts of toxic waste materials in Subic Bay shortly before their departure. Filipinos are dying from that toxic trash.
In their worship of all things Caucasian American the people of the Philippines like mix-raced persons in the U.S. are America’s biggest supporters; natural allies. The U.S. and Filipino mindsets are similar in many respects. The benefits would be enormous if mainstream American society would tap into this. The United States isn’t the Roman Empire. During that so-called ‘less enlightened’ era one had to render unto Cesar in terms of taxes paid and time served in one of the Roman Republic’s later the emperor’s many legions and the rest was pretty much a given. Republican nor later Imperial Rome didn’t care about skin color, individual religious beliefs and ethnicity; the United States does.
Ancient Rome never excluded people by race, language, religion, or national origin though being a Christian did pose a serious health hazard once the radical Christian message spread throughout the Empire. Racial and ethnic equality was perhaps the real reason why Rome’s eagles flew so high for 1,953 years. Rome called it quits after Constantinople fell to invading Muslim forces in 1453. Fifty-nine years later Christopher Columbus landed on the Island of Hispaniola and discovered who lived on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Contemporary America is no Rome. Racial bigotry may doom the United States well before its tri-centennial.
The Philippines could have become America’s 51st state. Extreme distance from the North American continent was among the primary considerations in factoring out statehood for Guam and the Philippines. Shortly after Philippine liberation from Spain and during the following Philippine-American War, Filipinos has always desired being rid from all colonial encumbrances.
The United States and the Philippines have a symbiotic bond. Both countries fought, bled, and die in defense of human rights during the last world war. Intermarriage between Filipinas and American men are high and rising. Both countries are Christian founded on democratic principles at least in theory and many Filipinos share an almost addictive attachment the American entertainment, sports, and cosmetics industries. With the threat of war between the Philippines and China both countries will need each other more so.