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By The Mouse Potato | February 4, 2009
This is a true story taken from one of the most read newspapers in the Philippines…
A 70-year old ‘lolo’ from the province was accompanied by a grandson to the US Embassy in Manila for his VISA interview. The lolo spoke not a word of English so the grandson translated for him.
The Consul told the young man to ask his grandfather why he wanted to go to the States.
“Bakit daw po ninyo gustong pumunta sa Amerika?” The grandson translated.
“Sabihin mo gusto kong makita yung mga anak ko doon.”
“He said he wants to see his children there.”
Fair enough, that’s what the lolo’s application indicated.
The Consul had another question.”Ask him why does he have to go there? Why can’t his children just come and visit him here?” The grandson translated this in Tagalog.
Lolo replied:”Sabihin mo kasi dito pinanganak yung mga anak ko. Nakita na nila angPilipinas. Gusto ko namang makita ang Amerika bago ako mamatay.”
(Translation: “Tell him, my children were born here. They’ve seen t he Philippines already. I just want to see America before I die.”)
The HEARTLESS Consul was unimpressed as he declared, devoid of any emotion, that he was rejecting the visa application “because the applicant was unable to speak any word of English.”
“Reject daw yung visa ninyo kasi hindi raw kayo marunong mag-Ingles.”
The lolo was equally unimpressed. “Sabihin mo ito sa kanya at huwag na huwag mong papalitan ang sasabihin ko: “****** ina niya, bakit siya nandidito eh hindi naman siya marunong mag-Tagalog!?”
Translated, “He said: You son of a bitch, how come you are here, you do not know how to speak in Tagalog!?”
Taken aback, sense of humor still intact, the Consul relented and approved lolo’s visa application pronto!
Taken from the Philippine Star By Boo Chanco