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The Filipino Diaspora: Bakit Ang Hirap Mahalin ng Pilipinas

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Let's face it, Filipinos have a thing for migration. It's practically woven into the national DNA. We've got relatives in California, cousins in Canada, and titas dominating the nursing scene in every major hospital across the globe. There's even a running joke: "Japan, Japan, sagot sa kahirapan" (Japan, Japan, the answer to poverty) or the ever-pragmatic, "Kung gusto mong umasenso ang iyong buhay, mag-asawa ng AFAM" (If you want to succeed in life, marry a foreigner). Look, I get it. The Philippines is a beautiful country, overflowing with talented, resilient people. But let's be honest, sometimes it feels like paradise with a hefty "but" attached. The allure of better opportunities, higher salaries, and a perceived escape from the daily grind beckons strongly. We see it everywhere: families uprooting themselves, leaving behind not just jobs but entire support systems – parents, siblings, even those adorable little pamangkins who call