Rainy season proves Filipinos are stuck in a time loop

“Filipinos are very adaptable.”

“Even storms can’t deter their will to survive.”

“I’m so proud to be a Filipino.”

“Baha ka lang, Pilipino ako.” (You’re only a flood; I’m a Filipino.)

The torrent of praises aimed towards Filipinos isn’t likely to end after braving fierce winds of the southwest monsoon that ravaged the Philippines these past few days.  Apparently, the heavy rains served as proof of the Filipino’s unique capability for being resourceful, innovative and cooperative no matter how dire the situation is. The monsoon did not dampen the Filipino’s spirit; it only fanned the flames of his survival instincts. Needless to say, recent events demonstrated what the Filipino is allegedly famous for; the ability to cope with just about anything.

Hooray for Filipino ingenuity. Three cheers for Filipino courage. Let’s celebrate in the spirit of bayanihan that has always lived in the hearts of Filipinos. Well, until next year then!

Indeed, we need only wait until next year (in the very least) for the very same things to happen again; floods, a bunch of Filipinos too stubborn to move out of their homes threatened by floods, a bunch of valiant volunteers braving the floods, a bunch of politicians waving at people affected by the floods, and a whole army of Filipinos with renewed hope, unmindful of the next flood that may come, perpetuating the never-ending chain of events that has always tarnished the image of the Philippines.

Sure, it’s not as if I intend to put the capacity of Filipinos to help in a negative light, and I certainly don’t see adaptability as a negative trait. However, the annual rainy season in the Philippines consistently proves a persistent truth; we never solve problems.

This “flood” problem has existed in the Philippines for so long, and the same things happen again and again. Like an eternal rerun of a cheesy telenovela, the rainy season is sure to give us an annual show depicting the valiance of the average Juan, his selfless sacrifice for those in need, the caring nature of the government, and so on. It just doesn’t end.

It’s like we’re stuck in a time loop or something.

The events that transpired bring a certain passage to mind.

And so is the ability to cope with present hardships, being a crucial part of change. Filipinos, apparently, are always known to smile no matter how bad it gets. Filipinos are known to cope with any problems they face and still survive for another day. This is one trait most Filipinos brag all the time to the rest of the world, always quick to point out the average Juan’s capability to withstand anything nature throws at him. “Adaptable,” “flexible,” “strong” and “happy” are some of the words usually attached to the Filipino identity. And, not surprisingly, they’re actually good traits. However, the problem starts when we stop at the “coping” part.

The problem starts when we remain adaptable, flexible, strong and happy for a looooooong time without any real plan ahead to actually ease the burden we currently experience. The problem starts when optimism is tantamount to acceptance of mediocrity and intellectual stagnation.

I believe this is exactly what’s happening to us all this time. We have learned to cope with the harshness of the typhoons that pay us a visit every year, but we have already stopped going beyond the coping part. We have become complacent. We are contented with seeing the smiling faces of Filipinos as they helped each other out. We are satisfied with the government annually expressing its concern to us Filipinos, that we are not alone in this ordeal.

We are okay with not solving anything, because we get by. We are okay with being stuck in a time loop. After all, we do love telenovelas, don’t we?

And so the rerun continues; floods, a bunch of Filipinos too stubborn to move out of their homes threatened by floods, a bunch of valiant volunteers braving the floods, a bunch of politicians waving at people affected by the floods, and a whole army of Filipinos with renewed hope, unmindful of the next flood that may come, perpetuating the never-ending chain of events that has always tarnished the image of the Philippines.

But isn’t it irritating to see and hear the same thing again and again? Someday, somehow, shouldn’t we become annoyed watching the same telenovela all our lives and work towards change? Eventually, shouldn’t we realize that there more to this life than being stuck in an annual, unchanging drama? Perpetual flooding, politicians campaigning for power under the guise of helping the people, yearly casualties, aren’t they tiring?

“Coping” is a step towards change, but “coping” is not change in itself. We Filipinos must realize that only when we shake off our nationalist hubris and recognize that there are things that we can’t and shouldn’t accept. There are things that we can’t and shouldn’t live with.

Or have Filipinos finally learned to cope with this mediocrity as well?

Oh well, at least we have another show to look forward to next year.

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Amy Lee
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There is only ONE TRAIT I will celebrate as Filipino and that is the BAYANIHAN trait. The rest is no longer funny nor admirable. Like what this article said, “adaptable, flexible, strong and happy” gets old faster and faster as we experience the same disaster-related problems and inefficiency,incompetency year after year after year.

Joe
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Some good points in this post. As you say, problems are never solved, just temporary fixes put in place. Much like the roads and everything else. Rather than fix a road properly, they’ll just do a temporary bodge job to get it going for now and then come back to it every couple of months (look at the huge holes that appear in C5 in the same place every couple months). Then curb side paint. Rather than use the proper paint that will last for years, they use a standard household paint that isn’t meant to that kind of high… Read more »
PHguy
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“Baha ka lang; Pilipino ako.”

^ I could still remember how I LOLed and then facepalm with this quote. Pinoy self-aggrandizing in the works.

Hypocrites

jeanne
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Hey Arche. Nice article. As much as nice as other articles about this forever flood mentality of some of our fellow countrymen. Actually, I like to echo a sentiment – why would Filipios would rally about this thing. It happens annually (predictably enough) and nobody seems to care. It’s like these people like to self-inflict pain on themselves. It’s nice that we have the capacity to endure but aren’t these people getting tired? If I were me, I would move anywhere from there. I guess some people aren’t tired of the show. Perosnnally, I moved on mediocre shows. It’s just… Read more »
Arche
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Thanks for reading, jeanne. 🙂

Exactly my point; aren’t Filipinos tired of this yearly torrent of despair, this annual storm of unpreparedness?

Apparently, most Filipinos have numbed themselves from the pain, and managed to cope–not solve–with the disasters that chronically befall them.

upNngrad
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Ketsana/Ondoy of 2009 was supposed to be a hundred-year event the next Ketsana to be at least 75 years away. Then, 2012 came.

Malakanyang is hoping that Pinoys-of-Pilipinas will put on their blinders to refuse to see that Ondoy-3 will strike before Noy-I-Noy-Noy leaves office.

ChinoF
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All we could show to the world is that we’re stuck with coping with disasters instead of avoiding them. And it is possible to avoid floods and disasters.

RONNIE
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any wonder that the country is a laughingstock?a place to be avoided? it doesnt have to be this way,THAT IS THE SAD PART.

Hyden Toro
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Filipinos are too patient…Typhoon “Ondoy” came. Plans for flood control were presented. After which, nothing happenned. Noynoy Aquino cancelled the funds, for the flood control project. In favor of his Pork Barrel. And for the Pork Barrels of his political supporters. There is nothing to be proud about. Our leaders have given us “Shits”. And we enjoy the “Shits” they give us…Accepting them as normal, every year. May Katok ka ng ulo; if you accept being flooded every year as normal happening…Nahawa na ata tayo, kay Noynoy Aquino at si Kris Aquino…

RONNIE
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Nothin new to see/hear.Corrupt politicians stealing everything that isn’t nailed down.Citizens that haven’t a clue as to how to effect change.The CA$H stolen in the last 30 yrs. could have provided a military capable of defending the Philippines territories and an infrastructure to be proud about.Instead Filipino’s got nothing but charity when calamity occurs,FULL OF SHIT POLITICIANS that do nothing but steal for themselves.The relief funds are even stolen/misappropriated.The Philippines is a lost cause,so sad to see a country so beautiful,a people reasonably talented just screwed into inescapable poverty and desperate conditions caused by a few despotic rats.Almost unbelievable.

dust
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I think most filipinos know how to prevent floods, but we have a thick headed kababayans who doesnt give a dmn about prevention. It is always like this “sanay na kami sa baha”… if those people especially the squatters think that way… then you deserve na bahain kayo… because you are used to it! and you probably like it! and it will happen over and over again.

pussyfoot
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Haha funny article. Well it’s just that, we don’t have so much options to counter the flood than to wait for it until it dries. Stay safe people. Let us keep praying!

MidwayHaven
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Hence the idea that the people should have PREPARED for this mess to not happen in the first place.

Sid
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People like you should be shot on sight.

Joe
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@pussyfoot: What do you mean ‘we dont have so much options to counter the flood’. Of course there are options. Better draining, remove the trash that currently blocks so many of the drains and sewers. Build reservoirs that are able to contain the water. Strictly prevent people from squatting beside rivers, if that can’t be done then put proper walls in place that will contain the water when it rises. You want to just sit back and cross your fingers? Hope for the best? It’s that kind of thinking that holds back the PH. Same kinda thinking that lets the… Read more »
The Philippine Guild
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the president should start examining statistics of death and damage brought about by annual rainstorms and its resulting sub-problems. and focus less on his communications group personnel. image will be reflective of his own output so if he has no output, so is his image — nothing but a blank page in history books.

anonymous
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They do it…
The problem is the word spelled us P-E-O-P-L-E. Our trait as Filipinos that are backfiring so bad is the Utang na Loob mentality.
Utang na Loob is the main caused of our political structure we have nowadays. It has provided the basis of a rich society controlling the poor WITHOUT THE POOR QUESTIONING…
Kaya I think the only way the Philippines could progress is for that attitude to be reformed… we may thank people for helping us, BUT NOT TO THE POINT WE IDEOLIZING THEM!

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j
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Complacent! Exactly!

I was talking to my peers about this “sanay na kami” mentality. It’s like people have lost hope for change. I know they didn’t because there is still some left in them thinking that there will come a year when they won’t get flooded. But voice is hardly heard in this government unless you have good backing and those politicians wouldn’t care anyway unless they gain profit from it. Corruption coupled by mediocrity = a doomed nation.

Noysucks
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“The problem starts when we remain adaptable, flexible, strong and happy for a looooooong time without any real plan ahead to actually ease the burden we currently experience. The problem starts when optimism is tantamount to acceptance of mediocrity and intellectual stagnation.” – We do really have a twisted sense of “think positive,” alright. It’s like we’re just simply not minding the trash, thinking it’ll just go away in an instant…

jaks2
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so it would be better if pinoys were not adaptable?

joeld
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yes

Suibon
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Yes, because then we might actually plan on saving our butts, moving to higher ground, formulating plans that actually work, instead of just enduring and enduring and enduring year after decade after century.

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pinoymenot
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Yeah, we filipinos are adaptable and will still endure all incompetency of our local government.

reynaldomabelin
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“Filipinos are very adaptable.”
“Even storms can’t deter their will to survive.”
“I’m so proud to be a Filipino.”
“Baha ka lang, Pilipino ako.” (You’re only a flood; I’m a Filipino.) these words were exaggerated by the yellow media to hide the inadequacy of the Noytards.

kit
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Well, i guess next year..God knows..there will be another disaster. I will expect to hear “Baha ka lang, Pilipino ako” “Sanay na kami sa baha” “Im proud to be a Filipino”.LOL..retards

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