Is the solution to Filipino Dysfunction being more “UnFilipino”?

One of my theses about the Filipino Condition is that bad practices have been ingrained as part of Filipino culture, and thus have been identified with our nationality. For example, many Filipino became shoplifters in Hong Kong many years before that caused a store to ban Filipinos from entering. Because there were many enough cases to make such an impression, the store owner believed that the risk too high to let any Filipino in. This may be true in the U.S. too, were beside a “Shoplifting is a crime” sign reportedly is the Tagalog version: “Krimen ang Pagnanakaw.” No other language. Filipinos are also observed to be noisy during occasions, especially during videoke singing, because they don’t care about their neighbors’ comfort. There is also our being onion-skinned when we are criticized by other countries, and our arrogant form of the Pinoy Pride habit. Some observe that we may be the only nation that brings home big “Balikbayan” boxes full of consumer goods, which hints to a harmful level of consumerism in our country.

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I feel that the association of such habits with our countrymen’s “ugali” or routine behavior and culture has reached a point that, tragically, trying to dissociate being Filipino from them is difficult, no matter how few the cases actually are compared to the majority. And another tragedy is that some Filipinos choose to embrace these flaws without thinking of the harm they cause. Thus, it has led me to consider that solutions to Filipino dysfunctions involve applying and practicing values that might be considered “UnFilipino.”

Other examples: drinking (and getting drunk) every weekend at the kanto is considered very Filipino. If you are more of a teetotaler, or someone who avoid alcohol, you’ll be seen as a “killjoy” or walang pakisama. Which is actually far from the truth, but Filipino attitudes often state it this way.

One of the more common practices is to bring in friends and relatives at work, the classic nepotism problem. We citizens complain of politicians bringing in their friends and relatives at work. Yet these politicians may safely say, isn’t that what you ordinary people do too? If we do want to remove or control this practice of referring relatives and friends to work, wouldn’t we be affecting a very “Filipino” practice?

The entrenchment of some practices may have reached a point wherein, if you don’t practice these, even if you are doing wrong, you are considered “not Filipino.” Of course, this would be erroneous, not everything that is flawed about us should be considered Filipino. Unfortunately, the association of such habits with our nationality is strongly held by many people, especially those in other countries, because of the many incidents involving them, and perhaps because of misrepresentation by the mass media.

We certainly have positive Filipino values too, such as caring for family to a point, and we have a tendency to befriend and extend ourselves to other people in a personal manner. For example, we try to befriend people in our workplaces, rather than just have them as workmates. The value of humility as opposed to pride is the right application of the principle of “hiya.” It is also a core Filipino value to treat others to treat ourselves, according to a slide show I found on the Net.

But there is another study that says Filipino values are not really indigenous. There are a lot of influences even from other countries from older times. Like any country’s culture, there are always foreign influences that we must be conscious of. So it makes more sense to consciously take control of these influences and use them to improve our behavior and societal conduct rather than excise them. I believe we need to look at influences outside of our normal concept of “the Filipino zone” because our own traditional values seem inadequate and somewhat flawed.

Today, there are a lot of helpful sources we can derive from. One example is Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Effective People, which has a basis on values. Another is the Protestant work ethic, wherein hard work as a duty and not as a means to an end or reward is highlighted. There is a manual called Ethical Reasoning, by Richard Paul and Linda Elder which contains an excellent discussion of ethics, which argues for a universal acceptance of ethical principles. I believe it is important for Filipinos to study this. A lot of Filipinos repeat the principles contained in these and other sources, among them Francis Kong.

My focus on foreign examples is because of my impression that most modern ideas and ideas about ethics and philosophy that would benefit us will come from other shores. Perhaps that is why fate brought many OFWs around the world; to learn the values of other countries. I also believe our own traditional local values need reform. Thus, not only do we review our values, but we also pick from other cultures to accept principles that will help us improve our views and behavior as a people.

I do agree that some foreign influences can be bad. For example, my idea about the arrogant brand of Pinoy Pride is that it imitates the way Americans have their nationalism. In America, you could find examples of people who believe “my country, right or wrong,” wherein they are willing to support even unethical acts of their country. That would be the wrong kind of pride and can lead to immoral acts. Thus, we need to have the right kind of pride that does not border on this type of state fanaticism.

But at times, even if the solutions we look for are not anti-Filipino or exclusively foreign, they seem to oppose beliefs many Filipinos today hold, to the point that exploring these solutions certainly carries the risk of being branded “unFilipino” or “anti-Filipino.” For example, when Stephen Covey thought of “win-win,” Filipinos would immediately say that it is stupid. They would say, you can’t be “everybody happy,” if you win, someone has to lose! For example, in gambling, if you win, then the other betters lose money. “That’s how it has to be!” the Filipino may say. Thus, Filipinos insist on the zero-sum game and would rather have someone lose so he may gain.

We need to combat these attitudes among Filipinos. We need to remove from our people these values that encourage false pride, disregard for ethics and apathy towards society, and replace them with better beliefs. There is a need to inculcate renewed values among Filipino so they may conduct their lives properly and remove the bad habits associated with their nationality.

I did say these solutions are not exclusively “unFilipino.” There are merely principles that exist in universal values and ethics. Yet some of them go against the grain of Filipino behavior in society. Even humility is often rejected because Filipinos believe they should project their pride. Criticizing a fellow Filipinio for his wrongs has been slammed as “UnFilipino.” But in spite of this branding, the risk is still worth taking. Challenging popular views is one of the keys to meaningful social change.

How to inculcate these values is admittedly a Herculean task. There are a lot of factors affecting Filipino beliefs and behavior, among them mass media and education. Perhaps going into these media to challenge the prevalent and traditional beliefs could be done (but this is the scope of another article).

By applying the above solution, we can redefine what one means by being Filipino. The key is to dissociate the Filipino identity from the bad practices mentioned above. The more values, principles and behaviors that are more beneficial, like Stephen Covey’s “Win-win” and other Seven Habits, are associated with being Filipino, the more our behavior as a people will improve and so will our situation.

And why look to other shores for ideas in values? It is a given that the Philippines cannot exist in a vacuum. We are only one nation among many. Even if we have our own values, they have to be in sync with those of the rest of the world. Thus, let us make a careful study of such values and pick the right ones.

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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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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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WinterSoldier
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Filipinos are also a mixed people since 400 years old; we were mixed along with Asia and some of Europe.

BTW, the Spaniards instilled a class system and education. They also brought the Catholic religion but Filipinos still find ways to screw it up.

The Americans came to streamline everything in their vision, especially a flawed government the Filipinos took and copied the wrong way. That’s why there is a big difference if we compare American and Filipino politics.

Tired
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In the USA there are no signs in Tagalog there that say “Krimen ang Pagnanakaw”. Filipino Americans are one of the most affluent ethnic groups in the USA, better off than whites. See: http://www.asian-nation.org/demographics.shtml Filipino Americans: Least amount in poverty Second highest median family income Third hightest percentage of homeowners Third lowest in public assistance etc… http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357017/in-us-asian-immigrants-better-off-than-whites “Indians had the highest median household income among Asians, at $89,600 in 2010 compared to non-Hispanic whites at $54,000. Filipinos were second highest, followed by Chinese and Japanese” Please verify your facts first before blurting out “information” based merely on the stereotypes you… Read more »
oldbread
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More often than not. Filipinos in the states had proper upbringing. If some Filipino kid were to grow up in the US, it’s very likely the parents are there too A dysfunctional Filipino society seems to have deep roots in broken families So are broken families part of Filipino family values and cultural aspects ? Why do Filipinos (self identified as Filipinos, mouth the superiority of their family values ) returning from the US often expressed cultural shock and horror at what they saw? Especially for those who’ve never been home Since young ? And then LoL proceed to label… Read more »
Tired
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It is true about Family. Most white, Hispanic and Black families do not have the same level of respect, obedience and expectations as Asians (incuding Pinoy) families. Most of my relatives have at least upper management positions and businesses. The kids have straight A’s (or else) and go to Ivy League universities without exception. In The Philippines there are no jobs so a lot of families are broken because parents become OFWs or they are underemployed so they end up getting 2 or more jobs. Others are even unemployed and set a bad example to their children. The solution the… Read more »
Tired
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No one is trying to play your thought-police boss. You write and publish, then take the heat.

mcalleyboy
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I found that living in the US was very lonely for me (I’m a US citizen) so many rules and touchy neighbors, I could never play my music loud and yet they smoked day and night, I could smell their choking smoking drift into my bedroom from another apartment, I never complained. I do feel Tagalog as a language is doing more harm than good, maybe it’s time to drop it and go to English and then teach Chinese as the second language, sure would open allot more doors, what good is the Tagalog language if it only is spoken… Read more »
oldbread
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Over here we hate loud music past 9 pm But it’s not stopping my neighbors. Nor their smoke from coming over They’re Filipinos in case you’re curious Philippines is a nation with 100 million population And in this world, population size means power, and a strong economy. Look at all the other countries with 100 million population and above and the threat they pose to their neighbors ( other than Bangladesh ) Asean itself was create to rein in Indonesia The problem is with mismanagement not ( the country is so smal) You don’t see hordes of fan girls saying… Read more »
domo
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“And in this world, population size means power, and a strong economy.”
Flawed logic is flawed like when pnoy said that heavy traffic in imperial Manila means a strong economy. Then why does India, with the population of more than a billion, are one of the poorest countries in the world? Why does your country and even New Zeaaland have a strong economy despite their less than 5 million population size?

oldbread
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India actually has a pretty strong economy And a powerful base for domestic consumption Singapore is one of the largest investors in India. Top three in fact. But India has her own domestic problems regarding rampant corruption. The size of India’s economy dwarfs ours just like Indonesian economy is bigger than Singapore and Malaysia’s combined With no resources, a war fought for Singapore might be won with current war materials but would bankrupt and wipe out the value of sgd. Toliet paper would be worth more Same goes for new Zealand For larger countries they can sustain themselves. Can new… Read more »
Gerry
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ur right, no one wants to speak tagalog/Cebuano. its about as much fun to speak as Portuguese.

Robert Haighton
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ChinoF, based on my own personal experiences of being in the Philippines and based on what I read in Phili newspapers and based on what I read on other websites, I just wonder how the “perfect” Filipino society should or must look like? I can compare the Filipino society (as far as I know that society) to the Dutch society and then make lots of comments and how to improve, progress, evolve the Filipino society. But I dont know if the PS (Philippine society) wants to become a copy (cat) of the Dutch society. There are a lot of things… Read more »
jcc
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Why don’t just pen the article like: “Pinoy Bashing As An Art.” You consider shoplifting as if it is a heinous crimes that infected only the Filipinos. Petty as well as high crimes cross racial barriers. In like manner, you will consider bank holduppers as reprehensible creatures, but not the bank owners who use the banks as their private piggy banks, run with the money and let the government bails it out. You consider petty thefts to address dire hunger/needs of those who probably have no money as signs of Filipino dysfunction but you won’t see that million other Filipinos… Read more »
oldbread
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Ahbut not all Filipinos live honestly abroad Make a guess where on earth just had the first pinoy burger king robbery ever And just to make sure you know. No one ever robbed a burger king here before And it was an inside job too. If you want to hear throw nice stuff there’s the church, the priest there would tell you every Sunday without fail, repent and the pearly Gates open for thee Followed by singing and dancing Why come here and disagree then ask for a positive article to praise yourselves It’s like buying a dog then complaining… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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What kind of delusional reasoning is that?! You are actually encouraging bank robbery because you don’t agree with your government’s economic policy?

domo
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Seriously is that abogado de patola really an attorney? Or did he just cheated the BAR exam only to pass for the sake of money from his clients?

Amir Al Bahr
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If only I could write as well as Chino, I would pen an article like “The Failure of Pinoy Logic as exemplified by Jose Camano”. Cite the specific part of the article, attorney with a small “a”, where Chino says that Filipinos are the only shoplifters that exist. And exactly what the hell do bank hold-uppers and bank owners have to do with the main point in the article? Guess what, jcc, true to the typical Pinoy mindset, you consider ” that million other Filipinos are living the honest here and abroad” as something to be lauded as an accomplishment,… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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You make a big deal about how you’ve come to embrace the American dream and yet you have spared no opportunity to attack the United States. And now you’ve taken it further with your sympathetic treatment of terrorist acts as revenge against government policy you take issue with. Listening to your tangential rants gives me a clearer understanding of why US intelligence services find it necessary to target American nationals on the basis of political association. On the whole, I wouldn’t be surprised — or displeased — if you might one day find yourself under intimate scrutiny by some very… Read more »
jcc
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hehehe…. one’s patriot is another man’s terrorist. snowden is a traitor/patriot depending on one’s outlook.. attack the U.S.? — i am just giving you lectures on American history, but because your pea brain cannot process them, you see phantoms in those lectures. read patrick henry, tom paine and thomas jefferson — american spirit is not about blind subservience but enligthened engagement over public issues and vigilance to government’s tyranny. Or savor Snowden’s curt reply: “To be called by Cheney a traitor, is the most honorable thing conferred on me.” Or savor’s T. Jefferson’s ideals of free speech: “If there be… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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What? An opinion on GRP now has to be vetted by jcc to be considered worthy? — “…phantoms in those lectures?” What ghosts? I described your comments here and in previous articles as “attacks” against the United States. Which they are — a verbal barrage excoriating the US for what you feel is a pattern of betrayal by its leaders of America’s ideals and the citizens to whom they are supposed to be responsible. You have said as much yourself. I, on the other hand, find them overly simplistic, peevish, utterly without context. And — in the case of this… Read more »
jcc
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Then sue me! 🙂

jcc
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Soledad O’brien on CNN or MSNBC’s Chris Matthews are Americans. It is all right for them to critize American leaders/policies, but not all right for Fil-Ams to do the same. Now whose thinking exhibits canine ‘servility?”

jcc
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You can critize Pinoys the way you critize Americans… But you already admitted that your criticism against them was just anecdotal, no much substance, datawise/research wise.

Amir Al Bahr
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Americans are allowed to criticize their government and society, but Filipinos are not allowed to criticize their own. Is this what you’ve been trying to get across, jcc?

Why are you so concerned about America’s affairs, anyway? They are irrelevant to this discussion about FILIPINO society, to begin with.

Wow, giving lectures, looks like someone has resorted to credentials to attempt to get across how valid their argument is.

Apparently, the only thing you’ve learned in law school is talk people to death with irrelevant facts and long-winded and utterly nonsense “argumentation”.

Johnny Saint
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“Sue” you? For what? For being a pretentious pseudo intellectual lacking original thought? Or for being a flaming asshole? I know America is a litigious society and that is certainly within your right. But the only thing a suit will prove is that there are better ways to waste the court’s time. — Only Americans can criticize America? So — frank dissent is no longer allowed? You are implying the US has arrogated to itself the right to decide who may or may not speak in the world and everyone else must tow the line? That no other nation may… Read more »
jcc
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hoohum… try analyzing your own posts to see who is a actually trying hard to be a pseduo-intellectual…

jcc
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BTW, I am critizing principally American policies not Americans as a race. You critize Pinoys as abominable creature/race unworthy of the great strides of other great culture such as America…

Servile!

i did not consider Americans as “shoplifters” only Winona Ryder, but your consider Pinoys shoflifters because one or two-Filipino were caught shoplifting, and you gloat on the sign in establishment: “No Filipinos Allowed,” while I consider it a racial slur.

jcc
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“He performed an act of osculation with Uncle Sam’s gluteus maximus and now that he has his American citizenship he feels the need to flex the arrogance he seems to think he is entitled to.” So who is trying hard to sound a “pseudo intellectual here” trying hard to impress with his overtaxed idioms and syntax.? In America, there is no such thing as “free lunch,” unless you belong to some race with “entitlement” mentality. Most Filipinos here have to work in order to eat. I would like to inform you that Michigan Pinoys do not avail themselves of ‘public… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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Everyone on GRP has analyzed your posts, jcc. It’s been reiterated several times. Irrelevant nonsense.

jcc
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funny, did you make a headcount, or just your imagination?

Amir Al Bahr
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You critize Pinoys as abominable creature/race unworthy of the great strides of other great culture such as America… Stop putting words into other people’s mouths, jcc. But then again, maybe you can’t help it, being a “lawyer” and all. i did not consider Americans as “shoplifters” only Winona Ryder, but your consider Pinoys shoflifters because one or two-Filipino were caught shoplifting, and you gloat on the sign in establishment: “No Filipinos Allowed,” while I consider it a racial slur. Again, stop putting words into other people’s mouths. Get this through your thick skull, attorney with a small “a”: singling out… Read more »
jcc
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hohohummm .. you simply refuse to see that Pinoys abroad, specially in America are successful and they were doing honest jobs to live. Some screwed-up, but all nationalities have their own screw-ups, but they are being addressed as human frailties, not “race-frailties.”

jcc
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i mean these screw-ups must be addressed as ‘human frailties’ not race-based frailties…

Johnny Saint
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Complete survey. With charts and analysis by the guy who worked in the cubicle next to Edward Snowden.

Amir Al Bahr
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Hohum talaga. Sablay arguments all the way. you simply refuse to see that Pinoys abroad, specially in America are successful and they were doing honest jobs to live. What makes you think any of us explicitly said that, jcc? If they are, well and good for them. But like I said earlier, what you like to extol as a virtue, is in fact an acceptable minimum in advanced societies. Then again, in a country like the Philippines with abominably low standards of decency and quality of thought perhaps that is such a big thing. Some screwed-up, but all nationalities have… Read more »
jcc
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hayyy…. i thought english is such a pretty straightforward language… “must be addressed as human frailties not race-based frailties.”

i said they should be addressed as opposed as to not being addressed at all…

conclusion: i did not say that we must not addressed those problems… you did by misquoting me…

jcc
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unless of course you can consider your input the epitome of your self-deluding wisdom, i would say, you have to shut up!

Amir Al Bahr
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Make me, jcc.

But don’t “lecture” me to death on the “equally dastardly evils of America and the West”, which is what you’ve been doing not just in this blog, but on that other one about the FilAm judge, mmmkay?

Now who between us has been exhibiting self-deluding wisdom? Who’s the one who’s been “trying” to “lecture” other people about America’s “evils” even if it is absolutely irrelevant to the topic of the article at hand?

Looks to me that the only “self-deluded wise man” is you, attorney with a small “a”.

jcc
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just want to say that evil-doing is not the exclusive terrain of the pinoys, and the americans whom you have shown quite a tremendous servility, could have edged us out on the issue. just go back to your world history, wait until they are translated in other languages because english comprehension was your weakness. btw gerry, in michigan, unlike california, you can count pinoys in your fingers. this is a very small community… they party every weekend and share their joys… and you seem not to relish the idea that no pinoys here are on welfare checks.. as if such… Read more »
Gerry
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‘every filipino in Michigan rides in their own vehicle’, REALLY? can YOU PROVE THAT?
and NOT ONE Filipino in Michigan rides public transport? not even the environmentally conscious ones?
and EVEN, TADA, not a single Filipino in Michigan receives S.S. cheques or is on public assistance?
UN-PROVABLE, HENCE IDIOTIC.

jcc
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Before you shoot your foot further, please consider that Michigan’s Detroit is considered the Motor City of the U.S. because the Big Three Car Manufacturers are there, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Public transport was not highly-developed because it was their idea to provide car for everyone, hence no need for a public transport. Unlike California and New York, where subways and rail transit are efficient and cost-effective, Detroit neglected their public transport. Thus, while it is elegant to ride public transport in California, New York and other highly urbanized metropolis, it is not so in Michigan. The city grew… Read more »
Amir Al Bahr
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just want to say that evil-doing is not the exclusive terrain of the pinoys Who said it was? I don’t recall ChinoF, or Johnny Saint, or I saying such a thing. Where in the article does it say that it is? and the americans whom you have shown quite a tremendous servility, could have edged us out on the issue. So What? if the Americans “edge us out on the issue”? And what makes you think anyone is showing “servility” to the Americans here, hmm? just go back to your world history, wait until they are translated in other languages… Read more »
benign0
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@jcc: Pinoys are like this in the US and Pinoys are like that in the US. The simple message emerging from all that drivel is that Pinoys excel overseas but not within the islands, ergo: Pinoys are better off scattered across the world in little quaint pockets of Pinoyness rather than concentrated in a bunch of volcanic islands to the tune of 100 million waving a big red-white-and-blue flag highlighting the really big point that there really is NO point to the whole concept of “the Philippines”.

ha ha! 😀

jcc
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I mean feat, not fate… Pinoys are capable of doing such a feat! Other nationalities are all over the world too, not only the Pinoys. They could be successful abroad because they were away from their native lands. Just like the Chinese when they came to the Philippines, they strived hard to become successful. Besides those who migrated to other lands, just like you going to Australia, are finest among us and the most talented, hence there are more success story than sob-stories. So it is not surprising that they succeed in foreign lands. The unfortunate ones who remain in… Read more »
benign0
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@jcc: Lol! Goes to show you remain true to form in the way you consistently miss the key points in the brilliant messages posted in this fine blog as evident in what you write here: It is like this: If you embark on a crusade to pillory and bash Pinoys, you would pick one or two incidents where Pinoys made bad and highlight them in your write-up, but you were totally oblivious of their success stories because they would not support your bias/agenda. Being true to my form will not reinvent the wheel just for you and your “attorney” with… Read more »
jcc
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it is like this benign0: you look at the flaws of the Filipino people as a glass half-empty while I look at the as half-full. you and your contributors are look at the pollution in the river while i look at the lush prarie caressed by the sunlight in all its bright splendor. i see hope in us, while you see gloom….

Parallax
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@jcc:

refusal to see/acknowledge the problem prevents you from solving the problem. if you can’t grasp the problem, maybe it’s because you don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a problem, and at the risk of sounding repetitive, THAT has always been YOUR problem, so every insight on tackling these cultural dysfunctions is wasted on you. you will never get past the first step of the process of solving a problem (which is identifying it) with that mindset.

jcc
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Solving the problems lie in the hands of policy-makers… We are all just kibitzers here.

How many of you here have validated the position that because of your blog, policy makers have adjusted their agenda to suit your perception.

The last time I look, when the govt. took the bold steps of putting to task people who have betrayed the interest of the people, your blog saw it as simple persecution. Duh!

Johnny Saint
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You really don’t get it fo you, jcc? People who contribute opinions on GRP recognise and value Filipino potential. You prefer to look at things through rose colored glasses. You can frolic under the sun all you want. But that garbage with the razor sharp glass under all the pretty flowers will still shred your soles. And that odor isn’t morning dew. It’s the stench of the sewage spilling out from the open canal just behind the trees. Better to look reality in the face and deal with it than to live in self delusion. No wonder you keep missing… Read more »
Parallax
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@jcc:

solving the problems of filipino society lies in the hands of everyone in it, not just policymakers. who do you think put the policymakers there? sneaky shoe-making elves? duh.

maybe you just want most filipinos to stay proud while being complete idiots in choosing their leaders. pinoy pride, pinoy pride – look how far in REAL, TANGIBLE progress that has gotten THE NATION.

but hey, stay as dense as you wish, buddy. (and thanks for unwittingly admitting that there ARE problems that should be someone’s problems to address. too bad you only highlighted the dimwitted pinoy preference of passing the buck.)

oldbread
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Idon’t think I’ve ever heard of any Filipino spoke about a perfect society. They either talk about what they’re great at ( Manny and those American idol kids) or what’s wrong or what’s going wrong As for what they want done right… they sometimes talk about stuff. But when I question them on those stuff they don’t understand why they’re asking for them. Some common stuff I heard Death penalty (perfect society??? ) Less protests (peace demostration might be better? ) Less corruption strong economy clean streets Want to be like Singapore and have Lamborghinis on the streets ( never… Read more »
libertas
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“No man is an island” john donne There is something unique in island cultures which can readily breed insularity, ignorance, and paranoia, resulting in a defensive and protectionist approach to the world outside. Within the philippines this is manifest in numerous ways, which adversely affect the culture and the opportunity to develop economically. The intransigent stance against economic constitutional change is one, allied with the prohibition of foreign professionals working in the country, which is a double whammy since it restricts knowledge transfer/standards improvement, and makes it difficult for foreign companies/investors to gain access to skills/services/personnel they need. The philippines… Read more »
Providentia
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“Another is the Protestant work ethic, wherein hard work as a duty and not as a means to an end or reward is highlighted.” That is the mindset of slavery. Why in the name of sanity would we ever deify work? In the very book itself that promotes that, work (or hard labor) is the CURSE of humanity beginning from its exile from “paradise.” Even in its earlier Persian and Zoroastrian cultural roots, “work with matter” was inherently evil. The entire miseries of earthly human existence is believed to be the byproduct of a defective angel/designer. Jesus himself is aghast… Read more »
Gerry
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it sure is refreshing to see someone stand up and criticize the BPO industry in the Filippines. why on earth does anyone want one of those shit jobs that are exported to the country to save a corporate scumbag mind-set and avoid paying a westerner what he/she should be paid. as if E10/hr. is an un-sustainable amount, when these corporations are making billions ( and pay Filipino’s peanuts).
GOOD FOR YOU!

WinterSoldier
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TROLL.

You’re brainwashed by Yellow Propaganda. 😛

Deal with it.

redlead
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Proud pinoys should watch this brilliant vid from Vsauce, especially the last part. As i was watching this, I feel a relation between KSPs and grandstanding pinoys and the kind of “honor” one should have in their life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P85Fj8m6v84

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You provide way more insight and depth than fishball/ Vicente/ sendonggirl etc.

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dustin
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they are a race of liars cheats & thieves. No matter what you say it wont change. They see money & just cant help themselves. They always put themselves 1st & i find them so stupid in the way they think. Ask a pinoy can you do this & he will say yes. Well yes he probably can do it, not correctly but he can do it, for instance my wife had a pinoy fit our electric shower & i went to use it & it wobbled. I disconnected it & took it off the wall. When he drilled the… Read more »
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