Why Pinoy Pride will never save the Philippines

Some Pinoy Pride stuff had been in the radar lately. Local media ran a feature on a recently appointed American judge with Filipino blood (though the woman, thankfully, said she is an American first). Some NBA fans were quick to boast that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has Filipino blood. But same as the judge, he is an American first. Many Filipinos recently raised hell over Katherine Ryan’s controversial joke about Filipinos being “experimented on” in the cosmetic industry, when it is apparently based on an impression about the sad truth about the state of children in our country. Filipinos always feel punctured or insulted when they are the butt of jokes. They believe nothing should get in the way of being able to walk with their head held high, proud and happy, lording it over others. Filipinos insist that they deserve to be proud and that the solution to our problems is to have more pride as a people.

Oh really?

I have always been strongly vocal against Pinoy Pride for a good reason: it will never save the Philippines.

Goes to show you that pride can fail (photo courtesy of Business Insider)
Goes to show you that pride can fail (photo courtesy of Business Insider)

Pinoy Pride seems to be the belief that Filipinos are a special people from the rest of the world, and thus deserve special respect. For example, they insist that no one has the right to make Pinoys the butt of jokes. And if Pinoys are not given this special respect, they were “cheated,” “insulted” or “oppressed.” Pinoys love to imagine that they are “oppressed” people in the world. But when they do things like post pictures of themselves wearing their employer’s clothes without permission (the maid in Singapore), slap a helpless Alzheimer’s patient (Jonathan Aquino case), steal from a US children’s cancer fund (Rene Ballenas pleaded guilty to larceny), make a loan in the U.S. then run home to avoid paying it, murder a famous fashion designer (Andrew Cunanan killing Gianni Versace), complain about someone else’s name (the Filipino complaining about someone being named Kiki in Australia) or be on the defensive after the botched Manila Hostage Crisis, you know they are far from “oppressed” or “deserving pride.” It’s more like they need therapy. If only there was a psychiatric treatment called Ego Therapy.

Back to Katherine Ryan: Why is it that Filipinos tend to be the butt of some jokes like this? Most obvious answer is that they are clearly doing something wrong. Else, there would be no reason for someone to create the Top 8 Habits of Filipino Jerks (the article implies that if you are insulted by Ryan’s joke, then you are a jerk!).

I also see a connection between Pinoy Pride and the tendency of our culture to be effete and boisterous when it comes to self-promotion. This self-promotion often comes as efforts to claim that being Pinoy is special and is the secret behind the success of some people. Pinoys will snag the chance to ride on names, such as as Charice Pempengco, Arnel Pineda, Manny Pacquiao and Lea Salonga. This reasoning probably came from a false syllogism:

Charice/Manny/Arnel/Lea are talented and celebrated.

Charice/Manny/Arnel/Lea are Filipino.

Ergo Filipinos are all talented and should be celebrated.

I’m a Filipino, so I am talented and should be celebrated.

Unfortunately, this all goes down the toilet when you find that these vocal “proud Pinoys” are actually cockroaches who are too lazy to work, go drinking all day and want to milk their relatives dry.

Truly, as fellow blogger Gogs says, KSP is the root of all evil. And this KSPness is just so prominent when demonstrated by Filipinos. It’s just too hard to not notice.

It certainly is ironic while the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, its greatest fault is the worst sin of all, pride. So it’s time to remind Pinoys about their beliefs. An article from Catholic.org, eloquently explains why pride is bad news for anyone. Although this is a Catholic article, it explains things in a way that any Christian – or person with religion – would agree with. I am confident that even an atheist, deist or agnostic or other non-religious would agree, pride is a major cause of wrongdoing in human society.

Then come some critics saying “GRP is negative, putting down the Filipino.” OK then, name an instance where a Pinoy Pride initiative actually uplifted the lives of Filipinos, and brought them out of dysfunction.

None?

That’s the reality. Pinoy Pride never uplifted Filipino lives. Because Pinoy Pride itself is an act to cover up Filipino failings. It is a symptom of other attitude problems, such as sense of self-entitlement, emotionalism, anti-intellectualism and love of the underdog.

Let me lift an explanation from an earlier blog post, slightly revised: Pinoy Pride initiatives rise out of the imaginary notion that Filipinos are under attack. But way I see it, they are just attacking themselves. Filipinos are the ones declaring themselves inferior, and then imagine someone else saying it, like a foreigner. Based on this schizophrenic fear of a delusional enemy, they embark on Filipino Pride programs to try and push up their image. But these programs may involve covering up or denying the mistakes of the Filipinos. Thus, Filipinos actually end up pulling themselves down further.

Pinoy Pride will never save the Philippines because it is part of the problem. It was never a solution. It leads to Filipinos acting foolishly and without wisdom, caring only to feed their ego. Acts of pride are self-deflating by nature, because they are acts of projection that highlight the person’s faults instead of strengths. People may believe they are showing strength or good traits, when in fact, they are showing serious flaws.

I believe we can never attack Pinoy Pride enough, because it is the cancer itself that continues to shoot down all efforts to improve our people’s behavior. Why is corruption so hard to remove? Because the people are too proud to change. Perhaps that’s why our countrymen are experiencing a moral crisis. We’re Pinoys, we’re already perfect, we’re special. So we don’t need to change.

And neither do the dysfunctions of our country.

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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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eachhisown
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Pinoy Pride is being creative in coating Vanilla cream on a pile of dung. It can never be denied the noblest Filipino value of supporting almost all their relatives like sending them to school, helping them to find jobs and even sustaining their daily subsistence. However, the negative result of this virtue is that most Filipinos become parasitic, irresponsible and pay little concern to value and respect things given to them and even to almost everything in their surroundings. Filipino Pride is very good at creating new terms to make desirable to the ear despicable behaviors like (to mention a… Read more »
joe
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Pride is a problem, it’s done nothing for African Americans, Nazi Germany, Mexico, or any other culture or country.

I think the people that trump pride are generally those with little success in their lives. They ride the coattails of successful countrymen in order to share in a ‘cultural’ victory, but it’s mostly just junk energy with absolutely no pay offs.

Pride does not make you successful. Having interests, working hard, being moral, and obeying God make you a success.

Jericho
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Good read and a very good point but the question remains what then is needed to uplift the Philippines?

MidwayHaven
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Well, in relation to this article, maybe we should think less of “Pinoy Pride” and begin to think of “Filipino Humility.” Such a virtue may make us think of the truth of things, then we could continue on from there.

Romeo
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Agree with you. GRP is indeed too nega. Humility should have been the 90% of this topic. It would have achieved the same result but in a positively different perspective.

kimeli
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communism

Jack C
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We seem to prefer to leech off another successful Filipino’s success rather than get the gumption to pursue our own, individual success.

We don’t deserve our “Pinoy Pride” until we earned it ourselves. Otherwise, humility goes a long way.

inciang
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what about the phenomenon called GRP pride? where GRP writers and their fans consider themselves superior to everyone else and are therefore too proud to accept when theyre wrong and need to change have you observed that? this cancer manifests in irrational hatred toward anything filipio especially any positive news about the philippines.

benign0
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So where/when exactly were we wrong? Cite specific examples plez.

Romeo
Guest

Maybe GRP should also feature more positive traits of the Filipino. Although I agree with you that it is us who are pulling ourselves down, ending a negative topic with a positive solution will make the item useful. Definitely, the answers will remain in one’s psyche longer than our seemingly unending liabilities.

Gogs
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Positive news about the Philippines? Like what?? Pinoys fueled by KSP go gaga over the Jessica Sanchez’s of the world. People who had nothing to do with the Philippines yet pinoys want to piggy back on them. Inciang, you love GRP otherwise you would not spend one second here. Comment some more you just root your love in us more. Leave, and you are gone. Either way, GRP wins.

Amir Al Bahr
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Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you inciang, the 5th incarnation of sendonggirl, AKA cdokay, amity, and oca. As far as we’re concerned, nobody here has ever gone around saying they were superior to anyone else here. It just happened that GRP’s observations and commentary are consistently spot on. GRP’s observations and commentaries have always been open to challenge. Tough luck for trolls like you that resist decent conversation and exchange of views and see it as nothing but a pissing contest that you can’t even win. You’re not very smart, are you, sendonggirl? Same old shit, no matter what… Read more »
Johnny Derp
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Well Mr. Sendonggirl?
We’re waiting for your answer.
Oh yeah that’s right, you don’t have one.

Tough luck, you still LOSE, TROLL

WinterSoldier
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Laughable. Very laughable.

Your ilk represents the dumb Pinoys whose weapons of choice are straight-up pure ignorance and blatant idiocy. And please, you’re a total whore if you use positive news as a means to make you ‘feel good’.

In other words, the likes of YOU are killing the Failippines. You want to make yourself feel good while you keep on unknowingly destroying this country hehehehehehehe.

GRP wins. Nothing more. 😀

Gogs
Member

If pinoys want to wallow in pinoy pride then they have to learn to look at both sides of the ledger. Maybe they don’t because on the other side of the ledger, there are way more significant items that easily outweigh the trivial “pride” items. So of course the solution is either widen the blind spot or exercise selective amnesia. Anybody who sheds light on that is a hater and negative.

Johnny Derp
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It seems that this is yet another epic FAIL for Mr. Sendong”girl” and the malacanang stooge group.

WinterSoldier
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This comment is still gold:

“You can’t be proud of what you didn’t achieve, idiot. You were born a Filipino, much like I was. Hence we both cannot take ‘pride’ in something we were put into.”

Real pride comes from the COLLECTIVE. That also means CRITICAL THINKING and PROGRESS. I’m sure every typical Pinoy would respond like:

“Paano ba maging Proud to be Pinoy? Malay ko sa iyo. Hahahaha. ‘Di kita maintindihan dahil bobo ata ako.”

kurochan
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As if the Filipino race was a centuries old civilization that contributed greatly to the advancement of human knowledge. Hence, the Pinoy pride was conceived, for lacking actual contribution to the human race, clings to whoever gets recognised even if that someone has a tiniest bit of Filipino heritage in them.

Lyle
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This is a great article! Sadly, most Filipinos are in denial as sadly, ‘Yabang’ and ‘Pikon’ are hand in hand ingrained in our culture.

Beacon
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I am at a loss here. When I read your title, I’ll admit I was a bit offended but after seeing how you not only validated your point but also gave current examples of how we view ourselves as a collective, it’s no wonder we are disliked by our neighbors. Reading the comments made me see that we literally are kidding ourselves and how the world really sees us a people. How can we clam pride when we don’t even have a clear identity? A product of colonialism? Perhaps. I’ve met so many Pinoys in the US who have chosen… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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The events in 1986 resulted in the ouster of a dictator who, I think most people will agree, was not exactly the paragon of virtue he made himself out to be. He and his family are a contemptible lot who committed a number of reprehensible acts for which they remain unpunished. That was the right thing to do. And it inspired other countries to do the same thing that year. You SHOULD feel outraged that AFTERWARD “ningas cogon” took hold again and wasted the opportunities the revolution gave us.

WinterSoldier
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Honestly, you were part of a big great lie. And you are proud of it? Fact is that you are totally wrong.

20 years after EDSA 1 and look at what happened. Reality speaks for itself.

Johnny Saint
Guest
Hold on a minute WinterSoldier. What exactly was the lie? Are we saying now that the Aquinos manipulated events to convince the Filipino public that the events of February 1986 were spontaneous when in reality they were the machinations of Marcos’ political rivals? You give them too much credit for intelligence and initiative they DO NOT POSSESS. The fact is the EDSA revolution, which started out as a failed coup, was a manifestation of the collective distaste for the Marcos regime. Most people simply had had enough of their abuse. That suited Enrile who was by then just trying to… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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What I meant is EDSA 1 since it represented the 2% of the whole population who took part of it. Most in Visayas and Mindanao doesn’t give a damn.

Alright, those machinations were done by the Marcos side, but if these people want Marcos out, they should choose Doy Laurel, if you ask me. But people uplift the humanly nice Cory and the Aquinos as demi-gods of the country when just as much corruption happened in her time as much as Marcos did, to go with inefficient decision making as a leader to boot.

The rest is history.

Beacon
Guest
Johnny Saint, you and I share the same thoughts on this. Winter, you deviated from the point I was trying to make. We are talking about Pinoy Pride and regardless of the “lie” you were pertaining to, EDSA 1 was and still is my proudest moment as a Pinoy. Ridding the country of a dictator with minimal( I remember only 1 casualty) collateral damage. It was the feeling of winning knowing our lives were at stake. Ver was ready to open fire at civilians and was waiting for Marcos to approve. Had it not been for Ted Koppel interviewing Marcos… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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Beacon, WinterSoldier, Let’s put it in perspective. Were there foreign elements involved in the ouster of the Marcoses? Yes, there were. Certainly the CIA was funding local anti-Marcos organizations such as Joe Concepcion’s NAMFREL through groups like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The US has always had an interest in the Philippines because of the Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Force Base — military bases that were key strategic sites from which every US invasion of Asia had gone through since 1898. It is not impossible that the US had come to the conclusion that Marcos was… Read more »
Yves
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I totally agree with this! Lack of education is also the cause of this Filipino pride. This should be taught to everyone.

Nick Dreamer
Guest

Yeah dude, buy our tuition for us if you really care alot!

SPOTON
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I’m a Filipino but I will always be proud as a Filipino however what I hate about MOST filipino is they will a.) Always use “family” as an excuse for EVERYTHING and ANYTHING b.) Who HOPES to much that everything will come their way. Pffft. c.) Who ALWAYS uses ‘AGE’ that you should be well more respected and ALWAYS right. F off! World works TWO WAYS mate. d.) Authoritative, you CANNOT make ANY MISTAKES. Apparently, the older you get the more rights you have? Whatever. e.) They always BITCH about everything especially when they’re overseas. You can’t teach them and… Read more »
Ruwan Weerakkody
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I really like to write essays like this.

I am so pissed off Dan Brown insultsted Maynila, calling its ‘gates of hell’. so disgoosted xD

johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

I agree with the article, too much pride prevents us from seeing ourselves as part of the truth.

We need to learn to value the individual over the “race” or group. For example. when everyone fails an exam except for one, we should admire that person instead of saying that the guy cheated because he studied or didn’t let anyone copy his work.

Reyzen
Guest

Good read. To all the Filipinos whose only salvation is their pride.

marco
Guest

If you are living in this country that has suffered so much pain, suffering from both the local government to the natural calamities that strikes the Philippines every year (needless to say how many times per year), then giving that edification and boosting the morals of Filipinos by being proud of the achievement of other Filipinos, then F*CK OFF YOU HATERS ESP THOSE FILIPINOS WITH CRAB MENTALITY!!! Get delivered from Spain’s inflicted virus in our culture! What evil can someone who is proudly pinoy can do to you??? STUPID BLOG THIS IS!

RandomCommenter
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I think it’s trying to communicate…

I didn’t get the whole message this guy was trying to convey…

IMO, there’s nothing wrong with being proud of what the other Filipinos did, really. It can boost the morale and help others to reach for their dreams. Clinging on to their achievements and thinking its because of the “Filipino Blood”, however, is a different story.

Gerard
Guest
I don’t see why you didn’t remember the Ondoy disaster. It was the Filipino Pride that kept us fighting. Have you not seen photos Sila isang katrina lang sobrang kailangan pa ng brad pitt para maayos. Tayo, disaster after disaster we became resillient.Having these icons showed us that we can achieve anything through hardwork, determination and prayer which is realy what Filipino Pride is about. Its the same motivation that drove our ancestors to fight for our freedom from the spaniards and americans even though we are out gunned outmatched and outnumbered. Is that not to be proud of? This… Read more »
marco
Guest

very well said. talk about FACTS and not baseless opinions on stupid carb mentality inflicted virus like most of the people here have!

what do you want to do with FILIPINOS??? bury them with all your hate and racist opinions and steal away anything that could inspire and uplift them??????? gosh!!!!!! people nowadays are SICK!!! big time SICK in their senses!

WinterSoldier
Guest
“Is that not to be proud of? This trait is our heritage and its one of our most noble traits as a race. And if someone thought that we are not a great race, having this in our hearts and in our minds, would you not be offended?” There is no ‘race’, as proven by the Human Genome Project, also considering the Filipinos in over 400 years have long mixed with the rest of Asia and some of Europe. And you’re totally missed the point. How can you say that we are noble when you express disdain to foreigners who… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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Your post is a proof that you are indeed STUPID. 😛 There is no morale boost for Filipinos when we talk about INDIVIDUAL achievements. Spain’s inflicted virus in our culture? Lies. The Spaniards came, instilled a class system and education. Much like people like you mock at the Spanish who brought the Catholic religion, embrace it as the national religion but still find ways to screw its concepts up. And it’s the fault of every Filipino like you about why we have a flawed, dysfunctional culture. And the ‘crab mentality’ shtick fits more on people like you. Wanna know why?… Read more »
Parallax
Guest

pinoy pride
+
pinoy excuses (e.g., blaming spanish colonization)
=
stoopid

seriously man, you should get your head checked.

libertas
Guest

False pride is a mechanism for the avoidance of shame.

Vicarious pride a means to mitigate inferority.

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority”.
– Arthur Schopenhauer, Aphorisms

Alvin
Guest

Brilliant quotes! Even better than Arthur Schopenhauer’s due to their brevity.

These are going straight to my quotes collection file.
libertas, I will attribute them to you, of course.

marco
Guest

AGAIN!!! What harm can any Filipino do to you by being proud of their kababayan’s achievements???? even my neighbor who was promoted from being a lieutenant at the air force now a captain, i made sure to let him know i am proud of his achievement, and he was inspired to work harder and inspire other military officers as well… WHERE IS THE EVIL IN THIS??? haters will remain haters for they are the worst virus in our society. GET LOST!

WinterSoldier
Guest

Maybe you should GET LOST because you are totally missing the point.

True pride as a country comes from COLLECTIVE, not INDIVIDUAL achievements. CRITICAL TH INKING and PROGRESS are also important but I’m very positive that you don’t have one.

Get lost because you can’t accept the fact that you’re BUTTHURT because you’re only choice is to respond with emotional outbursts. Sorry, but the likes of you are to be considered being the worst virus in our society because our society and culture is flawed and dysfunctional because of people like you.

Deal with it. 😛

sumguy
Guest

Wow.

You, sir are one of those people that really needs to breath in and absorb what is in this message.

I’m sick of people with piss poor debating skills using “HATERZ GNA HATE LOL” as a defense.

It’s almost as bad as just ending an argument with “whatever”.

FilipinoPride
Guest

Another self-hating article from self-hating Pinoys. Go f yourselves.

WinterSoldier
Guest

And go f*ck your false sense of pride because you’re encouraging everyone to delude themselves. 😛

roy
Guest

How about you respect other people’s opinions, instead of replying to each and every one here that does not agree with you or the author? You point to their style of writing, yet you use the f word so liberally and end your tirades with a smiley.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Opinions can be BIASED. Facts have none.

As Margaret Thatcher said: “Listen to WHAT I say, not HOW I say it.”

I can now consider yours as an EMO comment.

Parallax
Guest

@FilipinoPride:
does it not tire you to be this dumb? ugh.

this country’s most abundant but useless resource: point-missers.

Fritz de Leon Zamora
Guest
F*ck this country. I think it’s true that “Pinoy Pride” is the cancer of this goddamn country. Some of our dumb-ass countrymen feel insulted when foreign people point out the problems in our country. They feel oppressed and insulted when it is really the truth. Just look at Manila. Dan Brown described it as the “Gates of Hell” in his book entitled Inferno. And guess what happened? You got it! The majority of our countrymen didn’t agree with it and reacted as if it wasn’t true at all. They’re like, “OMG, someone insulted us/ our country! We are a superior… Read more »
WinterSoldier
Guest

And those are people who are indeed the worst virus in our society.

Keyword: ONION-SKINNED. :p

Nick Dreamer
Guest

Pessimistic loser

WinterSoldier
Guest

At least I have hope for this country by using critical thinking and not other way around.

Most of Filipinos have victim mentality. And it’s not right.

Nick Dreamer
Guest

“We are a superior race” was never true. C’mon give me a hit on who said that besides you or anyone from this forum. I want a legit video.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Here’s a legit video:

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