Sample of Filipino Profligacy?

Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao recently wrote an article about a “rich kid,” namely Robbie Antonio, son of Century Properties owner Jose Antonio. Robbie was having a one-billion-peso mansion built for himself somewhere here in Manila. Tiglao compared it to other profligate icons, such as Imelda Marcos and Herminio Disini. He hinted that Antonio’s plans may actually be a greater example of profligacy – especially with the plan for Antonio to fill the house with artwork featuring his own face.

Photo courtesy of Manila Times
Photo courtesy of Manila Times

Some people I know have expressed their defense of Antonio’s lifestyle. They say, as long as Antonio pays taxes, or he doesn’t hurt anyone, blah blah, it’s OK. Well, perhaps he does have a right, since it’s his money. However, there is still a lesson to be gleaned.

While I’m not going to bitch that this guy has no right to do what he does, and so and so, I am going to say that there are better things to do with P1 billion than spend it on a museum of egoism. There are no rules against what he did, but there are other principles that would call this a questionable thing to do – especially with the portraits of himself plan. Seriously, that’s ego-tripping (read this to know what I mean). Perhaps what it may signify is that Filipinos have a penchant for projection, showing that they have strong egoism. Yep, that word – Pinoy Pride. But in another sense, it is a demonstration of how poorly Filipinos handle money.

There are Filipinos who likely have bigger egos than Antonio. They are likely to say, “I want to be like this! I deserve this! I’m entitled to this!” or “We should be proud of this guy, he is Pinoy!” Sorry, bad idea. I think people would best treat this thing about Antonio as mere passing trivia, and not as a role model. Better ignore the media articles that paint him as such, they just needed material to print.

Some comments on the paper say, other Filipinos should instead be encouraged to strive on their own to become as rich as Antonio, or at least they become rich in the end. Yes, I have nothing against that. But they should find better things to do with P1 billion. Perhaps something with more – yes, I know that’s a touchy word – social responsibility. And yes, I’m still a believer that ostentatious display of wealth is reflective of bad character.

I also think people should stick to sound rules of financial responsibility, rather than dream of becoming rich asses with money to spend on their ego. As I keep on harping in my articles, egoism is the basis for much wrongdoing. Use your money less for egoism, and more for self-improvement and proper investment. Life’s not fair, but you should be.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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theone
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i don’t think him being narcissistic gives him the obligation to donate hence, he is such. sure it is “over the top/stick up his” move, and really ridiculous, but c’mon– his money. his property. leave him be.

mark
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what the hell! pera nya yun eh.. as long as legal ginagawa nya wala kayong pakialam….

Ruwan Weerakkody
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You missed the point of the article. He isnt doing anything illegal, but his egoistic museum rings a bell for principle. There are better things to do with a billion pesos than several portraits of oneself. Its really narcissistic to commission several portraits of oneself to be cluttered in a house.

libertas
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since he is not on bir taxpayers list then there is an issue.
kim henares ignoring the big fish/campaign donors so they are in effect spending tax money.
tacky is what you would expect from filipino nouveau riche.

theone
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tacky is what you’d expect from any COO (Child Of Owner) lol

theone
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wrongword

Tired
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You know what, I totally get it that we Filipinos have a lot of cultural traits that are worth criticizing but I think GRP has already come to a point of ascribing every perceived “bad” thing a Filipino does to his or her Filipino-Ness. Like reverse Filipino Pride-ism. It is the opposite extreme of a wrong we have been critical of. The world has no shortage of people who splurge using their wealth. Besides, he does earn the money he spends on whatever he chooses to. He is a big boy, so he is entitled to big toys. It is… Read more »
Registered US Room Nurse
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Registered US Room Nurse
“who says money can’t buy happiness, they just don’t know were to shop”…. This guy is doing it right.It’s kinda lame having a lot of pictures of yourself in your house but who am I to judge. I don’t know the feeling of having a billion pesos. I remember back then me and my wife are just happy to have 500 pesos dates. Now that I’m a nurse in the US, 1000 to 1500 are cheap for me. Now I’m into fashion and I like buying expensive clothes. It just about using money to make in order to feel fulfilled… Read more »
Haw
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As long as you can afford the things you buy, afford meaning that it won’t make a dent in your budget, buy away. Nothing is wrong with that if that will make you happy. The problem is buying things you cannot afford and need to loan money to pay for other expenses afterwards. Now that’s stupidity.

Vincent
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There we go again, this week’s flame-bait. So he spent 1 billion pesos, who cares? He spent it HERE, he employed construction workers, artists, craftsmen, and painters to create his ode to himself. Hell, that’s better than just keeping that 1 billion pesos to himself, at least he spent it to give work to other Filipinos. What’s so bad about that? Oh yeah, right, this is a Filipino hate site.

DiamondDogs
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Is this really a Filipino hate site or you’re really THAT dumb?

Your point…?

Vincent
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You can’t read? I said he hired Filipinos to work on his mansion, he provided JOBS, or does that make too much sense for you? This site defamed the country’s national heroes on Jose Rizal’s birthday, yup, hate site.

DiamondDogs
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I can’t read since YOU can’t read. I stopped reading when you said that this is a ‘hate site’.

Yup. Cool story, bro. 😛

DiamondDogs
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Add: You’re totally missing the point. If Jose Rizal is still alive until now, he would even agree on this site.

It was the likes of you who defamed this country. Again, missing the point.

Vincent
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Just look at what you said, I defamed the country HOW again? huh? What? They called our national heroes drunkards, and somehow I defamed the country? ???

Vincent
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This and that other Rolls Royce article just shows that this site is against any form of someone’s display of wealth, or rather the authors are envious of those WITH a lot of wealth. I even read somewhere here that buying a NEW CAR is bad, and a car isn’t really even a luxury, it’s mostly a necessity of middle-class trappings.

DiamondDogs
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Yep, and nobody is complaining about Noynoy buying a Porsche. You go retard by saying “Hey, it’s fine. Presidente naman siya, ah.” <_<

The author is not really envious. One of the author's points is that Filipino culture of entitlement… SUCKS. Aside from that, yes, Filipinos are worse on handling their own money.

Again, this site wasn't actually defaming Filipinos. You're actually EMO and nothing else. You'll respond with more EMO-driven comments because an ignorant Pinoy pleb like you would never understand. 🙂

Vincent
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If he buys a Porsche again, it’s his damn business and it’s his money. Now unless you can claim that the money for the Porsche was obtained illegally from the government, that’s none of our business.

Tired
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Are you sure that if he buys it it is NOT his money?

Tired
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I do not like Abnoy but getting into the realm of speculation is not helpful – even to GRP’s cause.

DiamondDogs
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“You can’t read? I said he hired Filipinos to work on his mansion, he provided JOBS, or does that make too much sense for you?”

Sorry, emo trollfag. But he wasn’t even in the league of the Sys, the Cojuangcos, the Ayalas, the Lopezes and (insert Filipino business family here).

He only provided jobs for his MANSION. What about everything else???

Then the trollfag goes crickets since he calls GRP a ‘hate site’ but can’t admit of his own hypocrisy. 😛

Vincent
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Oh so, a person can’t spend his money as he likes? who should be in charge of his money? YOU? are you actually arguing against the right to property now? if you don’t like our property rights, go move to a communist country where you can’t own anything.

Ilda
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Yes, he is free to spend his own money but the rest of the population are also free to criticise his actions. I for one think that he could be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. “Narcissism is defined by the dictionary as “an excessive love or admiration of oneself. It is also defined as a psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.” We all possess varying degrees of inclination to narcissism. A healthy dose of love for or admiration of one’s self helps us function normally. It helps us appreciate our own look and… Read more »
Gising Na Pinoy
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Antonio obviously can do anything he pleases with his money. He earned it. That we cannot argue with. What is “arguable” is the current state of things in this country when these kinds of acts of the extremely rich magnify the already uncrossable chasm between the rich and the poor. It is not Antonio per se that is the problem but the society he lives in. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of sensitivity to the people around you to know that this kind of splurging continues to widen the gap between the haves and not haves, and… Read more »
Vincent
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I don’t know about you, but the more he “splurges” more money comes out of his pockets, and into the pockets of the local businesses (construction firms, artists groups and whatnot). That doesn’t’ really help your argument. If he just kept that money in the bank, his wealth wouldn’t have helped the local economy.

benign0
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Nah. Money kept in banks is used by banks to fund loans to businesses. Funds left in the financial system gets channeled to those who, in theory, are best suited to put it to productive use. Consumerism, on the other hand, specially the type that disproportionately patronizes imports and foreign branded products results in those funds being diverted into the pockets of foreign companies’ head offices overseas.

Tired
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So what if he hires foreigners to do it and paid large money? He still was able to help the carpenters, bricklayers, masons, electricians, plumbers, wall painters, tile men etc who are most likely Pinoys. They ate at the restaurants nearby during their breaks and they bought materials from nearby Pinoy businesses. Their company must have been doing that for years, providing livelihood for hundreds or even thousands of people. That is beside the point anyway. Whether he helped or not does not matter. He really does not have to. Why does he need to help anyway? The Philippines is… Read more »
Tired
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I am sure the Antonios, owning hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate are preferred customers of the banks. They are no stranger to judicious and frugal money management. That mansion is just from their surplus. They already did their frugal sacrifices and it was just time that they celebrated the excess of it. Back when I was working at fast food I always bought a large bowl of ice cream whenever I got my paycheck. I was kitchen crew so it was hot and eating that bowl gave me psychological relief after enduring the heat in the kitchen.… Read more »
Tired
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Not if you have more where that came from.

Aegis-Judex
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Ultimately, it’s just a manifestation of hubris.

Hubris ante nemesis…

In his place, I probably would have invested that money in culture, the arts, science…maybe have a library filled with literary classics from Plato to Darwin to Mencius…or maybe put the cultural penchant for patronage to good use spotting musical talent (of the Gershwin and Rachmaninoff kind, thank you very much!) or scientific genius.
🙂

Chris
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Maybe it is not a case of narcissism. Maybe each painting is a different interpretation of his likeness by multiple artists and the display is a study of how an artist interprets and paints a subject?

Imagine asking a room full of children to draw a picture of a photo of a house that is posted on a wall and see what comes of it. Would you find the range of pictures drawn by the children interesting or would you consider it a waste of time?

libertas
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narcissist indeed
just like benjo benaldo – who can’t even shoot himself properly

Toinks
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He can do whatever he likes with HIS money. I wouldn’t like it if someone tries to tell me what to do with my money and they would have NO RIGHT to judge.

nenita bearneza
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@mr.robbie antonio thankful to know that you are blessed by such wealth.been a household interviewer since 2009.i know where most of the poorest of the poor are.am willing to send your gifts to these bothers of ours…i came from negros…..happy to read this blog……

yeah fuck
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dont care about this douche,he can do anything as long as its legitimately acquired…let him be man..if i have that kind of money. i’m buyin an island and name it for myself and you will and never should give a fuck about it…it’s his morals. Napoles ill’gotten money is a different thing..if i saw her personally i’ll tell everyone around that she is a fraud, but this guy? gimme a break mr. morality, you got no right

potaters
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I am equally annoyed at both. Both display high levels of narcissism. So fine, Mr. Antonio can do whatever he likes with his own money, nobody’s preventing him from doing that TO BE SURE, but it doesn’t mean I can’t recognize and can’t be annoyed with the display of narcisism. If you juxtapose him with guys who are legitimate billionaires like Zuckerberg and Buffett — (wag na nating isali ang word na sensitive) it’s not, oh what’s the word, classy. It’s devoid of any kind of modesty. As far as I know, modesty is still a quality in people we… Read more »
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