country of spirited people / 元気な人々の国

November 11, 2013

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2 December 2010, Philippines
Ateneo de Manila High School

I was in a highly rated national hospital in London in early September for a week.  I was taken care of by a team of the British doctors and a group of hard-working nurses – majority of the nurses were from the Philippines.  They were prompt, kind and cheerful.  My experience in the hospital was lifted up by their merrily smiles a lot.

And now in their mother country, many towns and villages are totally devastated and many people are living without safe place, food and water.  I really hope that the help they need and deserve will arrive to them as quickly as possible.

This stamp is celebrating their most historical educational institution‘s 60th anniversary since it became a university.

9月に一週間ほど、脳神経科で名高いロンドン市内の国立病院に入院したのですが、治療チームは医師団はイギリス人、看護士&看護婦はダントツでフィリピン人が多かった。彼ら、彼女たちは、きびきびとよく働き、親切で暖かい人たちでした。あの元気な笑顔がなかったら、わたしの入院生活はずいぶんと陰鬱になっていた気がします。

あの人たちの故国が今、大変なことになっている。一刻も早く、安全に眠れる場所や食料や水が被災地に届く事を祈ります。

この切手は16世紀にさかのぼる歴史を持つ学校が、大学になって60年を祝う切手です。

2 Responses to “country of spirited people / 元気な人々の国”

  1. wendy Says:

    Recently, a film in Singapore won accolades in Cannes. It is called ilo ilo, named after a province in Philippines. The story is about a generation of Singaporeans who has grown up with their Filipino nannies. These Filipino ladies bring much warmth and motherly care to the children, elderly and ill of other countries, often leaving their own families back home. Deepest respect to them indeed.

    • Tomoko Azumi Says:

      hi Wendy!
      Thank you for your comment. How are you?
      I really hope the international support will help out problems in Philippines. We should not forget about it until everyone has proper shelters…


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