Onion skins are so annoying

The term we use to describe hyper-sensitive people here in the Philippines is balat-sibuyas, which literally means “onion-skinned”. The analogy is that just as onion skin easily comes off, Filipino people are easily hurt.

I aim to derive another analogy using the onion. Attempting to get a message across to Filipinos creatively is like peeling onions: it makes one want to cry.

Go watch the video “20 things I dislike about the Philippines” in one of the links below, and watch the tears start to roll down, and the onion skins start to fly.

Video link on Channelfix site
One of the last links remaining on Youtube

Jimmy Sieczka, the guy talking in the video, is the latest target of the ridiculous emo reactions of our balat-sibuyas kababayans who never fail to rise to the occasion whenever somebody comes along and says something that puts Filipinos in a “purportedly bad light”.

Predictable as ever, hyper-sensitive Filipinos showed their penchant for shooting the messenger, and ignoring the message. “Oh he’s not Filipino, why should I care?” “If I ever see you on the street, you’re a dead man!” “Your own country has its own flaws, so why focus on ours?”

Do all these sound familiar?

In a radio interview featuring Jimmy on Thursday morning, March 15, with Mo Twister, Mo himself said there should have been a 21st item to dislike: the NAIA airport! Well, we may never know what Jimmy actually thinks of Cebu’s airport, but it’s safe to assume that had he been based in Manila, not only would have the NAIA airport definitely made the list, a 20 list item would have been too short.

Seriously, people! It’s satire! It’s sarcasm! We should be smart enough to know that we are supposed to take things like this with a grain of salt! As many of us here in GRP like to say over and over and over, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, literary devices such as sarcasm and satire are lost upon Filipinos. Whether they choose to ignore it, or really don’t get it, the result is the same. They come out looking stupid.

To their credit, Filipinos wouldn’t show this much rage over it if it weren’t true. Then again, the over-reaction to Taylor Kitsch confusing the Philippines for Indonesia shows that onion skins start flying once the Philippines is mentioned regardless.

Filipinos never fail to show their trademark indignation that masks a lack of substance underneath. Yet once again, we fail to grasp a more important question: so we know what’s wrong with the country, what are we doing about it?

For the record, the video was funny more than anything.


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It’s all true what this guy is saying. The truth hurts! There is no way around it. I’m embarrassed to bring in a guest from my US friends just to see the dirtiest country. What is the government doing about it? How could they correct all of these neglect and eye sores? If the place is dirty, people don’t deserve and don’t get respect. How could they? people just pissed, litter, & spit everywhere they wished. On the other hand, let say the place is clean and organized like “the fort”, “McKinnley Hill” they are clean, people are embarrassed to… Read more »

that’s because most filipinos are morons. they can’t even vote for the right people during elections, how can you expect them to recognize something as complex as a satire?


Those who would be “outraged” by this video are hypocrites. The guy is just speaking out loud what most of us think of privately.

Since he’s a foreigner, a lot of people will call for him to be called persona non grata. If he was a local, people will say that he’s being unpatriotic

If there’s one thing you can call him, it should be HONEST!


This reaction is to be expected out of ordinary Filipinos. But what bothers me more is that even our leaders can’t even listen to reason. In the news last night, the undersecretary of DOT belittled the poor guy and said, “for every 20 things that he does not like about the PH, I can think of 2,000 things that I like about it.” And they are even contemplating on summoning the guy to have him explain or say sorry.

Such ABNOYs!


and what’s funny is the same people who are crying foul over this video are gushing all over the other video produced by the same team entitled “20 things i love about the philippines”, when that video is clearly also a satire! they love the philippines because of pirated dvds, unsanitary food preparation, the fact that you can urinate everywhere etc etc. damn, these filipinos can’t even distinguish between a real compliment from one that is meant to be a joke. i am so ashamed to be associated with these people!


Haha! True, Fantards of the “Pinas!”


Yeah, my eyes are peeling when I read the youtube comments.

Felicity Merriman

‘Tis no doubt that they can’t stand a petty slur against them and yet they go into great lengths just to ridicule foreigners.


Because Lourd and his clones were not enough. lol

In fairness for the video, I found no traces of bashing. Just straight telling-off of the in-your-face facts. Funny to some extent.

The only thing that bothers me is that he made a culture comparison. It’s true that the US has a lot better stuffs, so I wonder why can’t other Filipinos strive for the better.


Actually, Filipinos who are “balat-sibuyas” about this video are very few.. (at least in my circle), so to say that Filipinos are very insensitive in general is not fair. My first reaction when i saw this video was “oo totoo nga to” (all the video showed was true), and laughed, hoping that this message would reach the concerned public officials esp P-Noy.


Those onion-skinned flips better go back to high school and understand the difference between racism and criticism.

daily yummy reipces

I LOL at all those negative post about this video! It’s true what he said.. If we pinoys want to do something about it then why don’t we change for the better? What are we waiting for? the government? If something wrong happens we blame the government being corrupt and all, yet we are waiting. like what JFK said ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country.

My favorite part was when he said in the Philippines “you’re not actually required to finish the project you started. It’s like everything in this country is under construction.” This is true even for the apartment building my dad had built in the Philippines. When I saw it I was like “is it finished? There’s no ceiling in the bathroom.” We lived in one of the rooms for a month vacation. Everything is either incomplete or incompetently built. Some stairs in the Philippines has steps that are too small for any regular sized feet and there is no standard size… Read more »

What Jimmy Sieczka’s saying are all truth. We must face the reality. I think he’s video must serve as a wake up call for the government. I am also a Filipino and I don’t want to lie to myself. I am actually seeing what he mentioned in his video. Instead of taking it negatively, why don’t we just take it as a constructive comment.

In order for us to lure tourists and investors, we have to show them that it’s really more fun in the Philippines and not more annoying to be in the Philippines.

Carlos Cinco

A little harsh, but yeah, totally agreeable. Pinoys really can’t understand sarcasm, we didn’t grow up with that kind of thing. To tell you the truth, sarcasm is as American as apple pie. Video was funny as hell, I was laughing my butt off. I’m sure the dude in that video loves the Philippines. This place, regardless of what’s to dislike about it, is home – not just to us, but to foreigners who love the place too.

Lord Chimera

Well the guy has a point about his piece. Instead of hopping mad and blowing off our top shouldn’t we ask ourselves what can be done so that foreigners will have a positive perspective on our nation?

On a unrelated note(YMMV) if the King in Yellow wants us to stop criticizing him or at least tone it down he must show some positive or suffer his mind that stuff.


Hehe! I liked the video because it confirms what I have been ranting at all my life.

Try to Six Sigma the Philippines and you’ll be hounded as a Pinoy-basher. This country has obsolescence as a birthright.


I kept laughing the whole time because what he said (in the video) is so true. For those who keep on saying things about Jimmy Sieczka, watch the video first. And oh, ‘dislike’ is much different than ‘hate’.

Kirk Whallum
I still believe it’s not for a foreigner like Jimmy to voice out/broadcast his personal observation in public. True his observations were valid, but for the last 3 years he has been in the Philippines, he should have had the decency to understand and know the Philippine government is trying their best to turn things around for the better. As a foreigner it is not my business to dictate Filipinos they stop using skin whiteners. What valid reason do I have for that? If Filipinos wanted to look like Michael Jackson then who am I to stop them? It’s not… Read more »
Joe America
Why was this provocative article buried under GRP’s “Glitz and Glamour” rather than headlined? I almost never read the vacuous “Glitz and Glamour” articles. It raises many points of importance. Does someone with a visa have equal rights to free speech, or not? I’ve been told to “go home” when I strike a nerve. Yet my kid’s future rests on the Philippines being progressive. I’m here legally. I import all my wealth here. What’s with the resistance to my ideas? Sarcasm is largely lost on Filipinos. And satire. This is a function of an education system that teaches things, teaches… Read more »