I won’t be part of the brain drain

It'll be easy for me to establish myself abroad. I have to keep my ties to the Philippines strong. If I wait until I'm rich, my reasons for caring won't be as vivid. I might forget why I love my country despite the smog, the traffic, the scandals. I'll make sure I remember. I'll keep an eye out for stories that make me feel good about the Philippines and I'll keep looking for ways to help.

I pledge 10% of my income towards charitable causes. I don't want to stop at sending money home. I want to find a cause that I can be involved in, that will e-mail me reports of the difference it is making in people's lives.

As long as the Philippines is real to me, I will also be fully real and alive.

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