The holiday season is a time of great reflection. Regardless of political and religious views, most people can agree that the holiday season is a wonderful time of the year in that we get the chance to spend time with friends and family and reflect upon what truly matters.
While you certainly can expect numerous articles from us on PERM, the retrogression of priority dates for Registered Nurses and our congressional lobbying to reverse the same, and other major legal developments and events that our firm is involved with, this article is not about that. Instead, it is nothing more than a thank you; a thank you that is the product of years of thought and reflection on what it is that we do, day in and day out: fighting for Filipinos.
Whether it is Maritess and her superfriends as described by Rex Navarete or representing the Manny Pacquiao's of the world, one thing remains true: there is no greater pleasure for our firm than representing Filipinos.
The question that Kelly and I often pose of ourselves is why? Neither one of us are Filipino (though Kelly does wear a Barong to work). Neither one of us are married to Filipinas. Instead, our desire to help people from the Philippines is based simply upon a long-standing love and respect of an intensely patriotic group of people: Filipinos.
Certainly, we get paid for our services. And, while reasonable, we are more expensive than most. But, it's not about the money. It's about the end result of seeing our clients smile. It's about a simple thank you, holiday prayers and wishes or better yet: when my client's moms' bring home made Diniguan to the office.
It's about relationships. Relationships with the people we do business with: newspapers, reporters, photographers, entertainers, crewmen, artists. It's about proudly supporting Filipino arts, culture and fashion and about taking the Filipino community to the next level: a level of assimilation with pride. It's about supporting "mainstream" Filipino owned businesses. It's about supporting our Armed Services and the sacrifices that the men and women of our military-including but not limited to Filipino soldiers-make for us. It's about intelligent participation in our society.
So, as you read this, ideally in the company of your friends and family, we simply ask that you take the time to reflect; to reflect upon what truly matters. Without your friends, family and health, all other issues are immaterial. Lastly, from our families to yours, thank you for the opportunity to have been of service and warmest holiday regards. May the New Year bring you and yours all that you wish and pray for.