This Eastern Pearl: the Philippines,
this masterpiece of nature, wins
my heart and soul immediately:
breathtaking islands in the Sea...
This Eastern People: pious, poor,
and rich... their beauty! Oh, I'm sure:
a friendly God, almighty-wise,
created once this paradise...
This Eastern Spirit: high above
these charming miracles of love -
this Magic Pearl, so deep, so high:
no better place to live and die...!
Jan. 2011, h.a.
© Hilmar Alquiros The Philippines 2002 ff.