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This morning while inside a jeepney to Eastwood, an OPM song made all the thoughts running through my head stop. It was very unusual for an OPM song to catch my attention but this one made me listen. I heard a female voice singing…

Napakaraming inhinyero dito sa amin ngunit bakit tila walang natira…

In English, it roughly translates to “There are many engineers in here but it seems that none are left…”

The song’s title is Walang Natira by Gloc 9 and Sheng Belmonte. This song hit me hard. The first thing I did when I arrived home was to search the song and YouTube. I have been playing it over and over again since I found it. Here’s the video:

I couldn’t help but feel sad. I am very much affected by this video to the point that I got teary eyed after the second time I played it. It’s a sad reality that most Filipinos leave their families in search of greener pastures. They gamble their future on foreign land. Also, as the song repeats for numerous times, none are left for the Philippines. Engineers, teachers, nurses – a huge bulk of them are leaving our country. We need them here as well. We them in order for our country to progress.

It really frustrates me that I can only do so little to help the Philippines. It breaks my heart to hear about the struggles Overseas Filipino Workers go through just to make a living and provide for their loved ones. I am hoping that things will change in the future.

Napakaraming tama dito sa amin ngunit bakit tila walang natira…