I don’t know if you can still call me the “ideal, patriotic Filipino”, especially when I say that if given the choice, I’d rather be anywhere (ON A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY at least) than suffer here in the Philippines.
Earlier, while grappling with a very tricky situation with one of my media invitees for her Schengen Visa, I suddenly had the brilliant idea to search the internet for countries where Filipinos can enter without the benefit of a visa. I mean, we do know that the fact that we are Filipinos pretty much made the list of countries we can visit very limited. Here are the few that would allow us to enter with just our passport, pocket money and good old lakas ng loob:
List from mabuhaycity.com
China(Mainland) (Visa on Arrival for Shenzhen area only)
East Timor (Visa on Arrival)
Hong Kong (China)
Iran (Visa on Arrival)
Korea(After visiting Korea 4 times with visa)
Laos(Visa on Arrival)
Maldives(Visa on Arrival and/or other requirements)
Myanmar(Visa on Arrival)
Pakistan (Visa on Arrival at Sost only at Pakistani-Chinese border)
Taiwan (Republic of China) (With special requirement)
Marshall Islands(Visa on Arrival)
Northern Mariana Islands(Visa on Arrival)
Sao Tome and Principe(Visa on Arrival)
Tanzania(Visa on Arrival)
Zambia(Visa on Arrival)
North America(May need transit visa to other countries)
South America(May need transit visa to other countries)
*Visa on Arrival – Will grant visa on arrival for a fee and other requirements such as proof of funds, etc.
So obviously, my dream countries like Japan and the UK wouldn’t allow Filipinos to enter their countries or even touch a tip of their boarders with a ten-foot pole. And for me to reach these countries, I must have the money to prove to them that I don’t have plans of being an undocumented alien, or show them that someone is willing to sponsor my sojourn to their countries should I have the chance to go there.
I really can’t blame them if they are a bit wary of Filipino travelers–especially since some of my kababayans have this genius idea of being TNT or undocumented aliens once they reach the country of their dreams (it’s usually the US!). Hence, the legitimate travelers and adventurers were the ones who suffer through the consequences in the end.