REAL PROMISING (JOHN GOKONGWEI JR.’S AD CONGRESS SPEECH, EDITED, PART 8 OF 10)

Do not miss out the previous post:

THE IRREPLACEABLE LOSS (PART I), HARD-WORK (PART II), OPPORTUNITY (PART III)GROWING (PART IV)PERSEVERANCE (PART V)DETERMINATION (PART VI)REAL PROMISING (PART VII)

 

I have always wondered, like many of us, why we Filipinos have not lived up to our potential. We have proven we can. Manny Pacquiao and Efren Bata Reyes in sports. Lea Salonga and the UP Madrigal Singers in performing arts. Monique Lhuillier and Rafe Totenco in fashion. And these are just the names made famous by the media. There are many more who may not be celebrities but who have gained respect on the world stage.

But to be a truly great nation, we must also excel as entrepreneurs before the world. We must create Filipino brands for the global market place.

If we want to be philosophical, we can say that, with a world-class brand, we create pride for our nation. If we want to be practical, we can say that, with brands that succeed in the world, we create more jobs for our people, right here.

Then, we are able to take part in what’s really important-giving our people a big opportunity to raise their standards of living, giving them a real chance to improve their lives.

We can do it. Our neighbors have done it. So can we. In the last 54 years, Korea worked hard to rebuild itself after a world war and a civil war destroyed it. From an agricultural economy in 1945, it shifted to light industry, consumer products, and heavy industry in the ’80s. At the turn of the 21st century, the Korean government focused on making Korea the world’s leading IT nation. It did this by grabbing market share in key sectors like semiconductors, robotics, and biotechnology.

Today, one remarkable Korean brand has made it to the list of Top 100 Global Brands: Samsung. Less than a decade ago, Samsung meant nothing to consumers. By focusing on quality, design, and innovation, Samsung improved its products and its image. Today, it has surpassed the Japanese brand Sony. Now another Korean brand, LG Collins, is following in the footsteps of Samsung. It has also broken into the Top 100 Global Brands list.

 

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ASPIRATION (PART 9 OF 10)

LOOKING BACK (PART 10 OF 10)

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Wonderful Iraq

Here are a few wonderful things with this great nation:

1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq 

2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq was the cradle of civilization 

3. Noah built the ark in Iraq 

4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq 
 
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq !
 
6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq !
 
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq 
 
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq 
 
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel 
 
10. Amos cried out in Iraq !
 
11 Babylon , which is in Iraq , destroyed Jerusalem 
 
12. Daniel was in the lion’s den in Iraq !
 
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace!) 
 
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the ‘writing on the wall’ in Iraq 
 
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq 
 
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq ..
 
17. The wise men were from Iraq .
 
18. Peter preached in Iraq …
 
19. The ‘Empire of Man’ described in Revelation is called Babylon , which was a city in Iraq!
 
And you have probably seen this one: Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible.

But do you know which nation is second?

It is Iraq !

However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible.

The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia… The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris And Euphrates Rivers .

The name Iraq , means country with deep roots.
 
Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible. 
 
No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated 
With it than Iraq.