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The Biyaheng Totoo series that was first broadcasted by GMA 7 last 2009 aimed to collect information from the 10 most impoverished places in the country and deliver it to the incoming president at that time. It covered the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Kabuntulan Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Surigao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Masbate, Northern Samar, Misamis Occidental, and Zamboanga del Norte. The two provinces that touched me most were the provinces of Abra and Maguindanao. These provinces faced problems with education and food security. For me, these problems are the core indicators of poverty. Being in a developing country and as an individual, it is not surprising to find out that some of my compatriots go through extreme situations especially those who are in the remote places. But as a student of the state university, it is disheartening to see that Filipinos have to go through these. The story of the province of Abra reached me not because we experience the same thing in my hometown. It reached me because I saw that some Filipinos make do with what they have just to feed their family. Some are not even just a family of four, but a rather big family. Food security is a problem that actually coincides with the other aspects of life. Food is what each and every person needs, and therefore, hunger is something that must be addressed immediately. Another problem that must be addressed immediately is the problem of transportation and education. In the province of Maguindanao, children have to pass through a river on the way to and from the school. This river is inhabited by the dangerous Philippine Crocodile, and is a passageway for insurgents and rebel groups in the area. This story reached me because I saw the passion of the children to learn. I was appalled by what they can do just to learn, even to the extent of risking their safety just to go to school. I saw in the two provinces that two of the most distressing problems of most Filipinos are education and food security. Seeing the children push through and making do with what they have just to live and learn, as a state scholar, makes me see what lacks in me. I have all these resources in front of me, yet I tend to lax and layback. What I have is what others would die for to gain. The thing that I learned most after watching the videos is that I should appreciate and give more importance to what I have. These are what each and every Filipino needs; food, education and life. I must learn to take care of it, so that in the end, when I reap the products of my hard work, I can, in return, share to the Filipino nation what I learned and gained. Through these videos, I saw things differently; I saw them in the eyes of the true Filipinos that should be rewarded and heralded for what they do to live.