Pinoy engineers, IT professionals, caregivers and other careers are equally deserving, but because Pinay nurses are well-known and well-loved all over the world, they hog the limelight. The rest of us dutifully stand back and give them their due.
In his State of the Union Address last Feb 12, US Pres Barack Obama honored kabayan Menchu Sanchez, a New Jersey nurse, for devising an impromptu evacuation plan for 20 newborn patients, without regard for their own safety, while Hurricane Sandy was howling.
And just over a week ago, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, chose to speak to a Pinay nurse over two of her colleagues in a hospital visit and joked that the Philippines must be “half empty” with so many of our kabayan in the UK’s National Health Service, the equivalent of our Department of Health back home.
They carry our cultural DNA, represent us everywhere, and for good or bad, are the face of the Filipino all over the world. At least one in ten OFWs is a nurse, and we are proud to call them our own. The above instances are just the most famous, but every day a Pinay nurse makes us proud to be Pinoy. A big big hello to our kabayan nurses here in New Zealand, Americas, the Europe and everywhere on God’s good Earth!
Mabuhay po kayong lahat!
- Pinoy nurse among ‘extraordinary Americans’ at SOTU (rappler.com)
- US President Obama mentioned Pinay Nurse heroism during Hurricane Sandy in State of the Union Address (expatnoypi.wordpress.com)
- Diaspora, a fatal disease (opinion.inquirer.net)
- bringing the Philippine Embassy to your bakuran (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Prince Philip Cracks Filipino Joke (drudge.com)
- proud of our repost, proud of our kabayan (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- OFWs urged: Come home more often, join FB, invite all (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- REPOST FROM a BLOG: For Mrs. Cynthia Villar’s Demeaning Statement on Filipino Nurses (emotista.com)
- bansot, potot & boy liit : celebrating pinoy height (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Filipino nurse Menchu Sanchez hailed as modern day hero by Obama in State of the Union address (marichulambino.com)