Sunday, September 21, 2008

i still remember it as CDG2M4NPSRV!

I was born and raised in the Philippines. For those of you who are not familiar, the Philippines is composed of 7,100 islands (in high tide, +1 in low tide) southeast of Hong Kong, China. As a nation, the Philippines is considered very "young" as having been independent for only over 100 years plus some. However, historically, the Philippines have as rich of a culture as the United States.

Last year, I became a naturalized citizen of the USA. Proudly, I am now a part of this country's interwoven tapestry of cultures, but my roots as a Filipino will never go away. I took the citizenship test, which makes me proud that I probably know most about our Consitution than the majority of the public.

This past Wednesday, we celebrated Consitution Day, the anniversary date of the day our forefathers signed the Constitution. Years ago, when I was an instructor for a small school outside of Chicago, I was assigned the task of commemorating Constitution Day through a series of presentations to our students. So here, thanks to http://www.constitutionfacts.com/, I share with you, some notable facts about our Constitution:

  • A General Assembly clerk named, Jacob Shallus "penned" the Constitution and was paid $30 ($661 today)

  • "Pensylvania" was misspelled

  • Four of the signers were born in Ireland

  • The oldest person to sign the Constitution is Benjamin Franklin, who was 81 at the time

  • The word democracry does not appear in the Constitution

  • Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution, he was in France as the US Minister

There are many fascinating facts about our Constitution and I remember trying to memorize all these facts as I prepared myself for the test. Gladly, I passed with flying colors!

What was important for me, is that I still remember what I have learned about the Constitution even though the test has come and gone. Learning involves a great deal of understanding and the many Why's? it portray.

In all of the facts and figures I had to memorize, I remember that the first 13 states were Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachussetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolian, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia.

I am very blessed for being a part of these two countries and having the ability to share my thoughts to the rest of the world.


At September 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Jsgirl said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you. How long did it take to complete the exam? It's always a wonderful thing when you acheive something that you've been wanting for so long. Once you have it, it is yours and no one can take it away from you. Welcome to our country! I'm sure you'll bring lots to share about your country as well. Yeahhhh!!!

At September 23, 2008 at 8:58 PM , Blogger suPerg!RL 13 said...

Thank you!
The entire interview/exam process took me around 1.5 hours. From what I understand, that was fast. Most likely because I was single and my parents were already US Citizens. I am truly blessed to be here.

At September 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Jsgirl said...

Wow...1.5 hours, that's awesome! I'm so happy for you. You deserve to be happy in whatever country you desire and I'm so glad it's America. Our economy may not be in the best state right now, but we have a lot more to offer and the first thing is 'diversity'. I'm looking forward to learning from you. Be blessed & take care!

At October 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Congrats to you. I think it is great that you take so much pride in your heritage and to your citizenship to the United States. Sadly, right now is a tough time for our country, but we still shouldn't take our freedoms and opportunities for granted. Thanks for all of the constitution facts. It has been many years since I took it and the main thing I remember was that I scored higher than my best friend.

At November 17, 2008 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Ray of Sunshine said...


Just wanted to let you know that I've changed my account name to jsgirl-rayofsunshine from jsgirl-halfthebattle. Please feel free to stop by anytime you like. Thanks and be blessed!



At December 15, 2008 at 3:27 AM , Blogger Dan B said...

That's really great. You have a right to be very proud of your accomplishment. Welcome to the American community, with all its brashness, its contentions, its struggles...and most of all, its freedoms!


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