How Filipino women can strongly contribute to building a more intelligent Philippines

The Net is awash lately with lots of lament about the sad state of intellectualism in Philippine society. Most recent is the stuff about the way Pinoys lionize new X Factor celeb and erstwhile caregiver Rose Fostanes. Like, is there nothing more to the Philippines than reality TV stars and beauty pageant winners?

Then there is the news about how our Labor Department is now mulling opening the local job market to foreigners. Jeez. As far as I understand these are just a handful of job types that require specialist skills. Certainly, a country of more than a hundred million could find even one qualified environmental planner or aircraft mechanic, right? Yeah, you’d think so. According to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, throw in a billion mutant DNA strands into the primordial soup pot and at least one organism with an improved brainstem will crawl out every million years or so. To be fair, it’s been only a few odd decades that the Philippines has been a nation.

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So I propose we ladies help evolution in the Philippines chug along a bit faster. I mean, talk of “revolution” among so-called “activists” has just gotten so old. What Filipinos really need to do is to evolve in the right direction. Slowly, perhaps, but maybe a bit more surely than these half-brained “revolutions” the “intelligentsia” keep yapping about.

Yeah, the only real way to make the Philippines a smarter country is to breed out idiots. And it could begin if Pinays start demanding a bit more from the men who court them. I mean, it’s gotten worse, specially in this hook-up culture. It does not take much anymore nowadays to get a girl to lift her skirt. This means that the boys no longer try as hard. They are no longer challenged. And when minds are not challenged, they wither. That’s about as good a basis as any to explain why it is difficult to be hopeful that the Philippines will be a better country someday — it is because our definition of what it means to be the fittest in the gene pool has become so mediocre. It is no longer about the cleverest, smartest, wittiest, strongest, or most creative guy. It has become all about the guy who best fits the role model put up before us by Star Cinema.

Hope in the youth? Nah. Dumb today, dumber tomorrow.

If boys cannot be bothered to challenge themselves, perhaps the gals will be up to the challenge of challenging themselves. Date boys who are wittier, deeper, and more thoughtful. Date boys who know how to wait and were not raised to expect instant gratification. I believe the best fitness indicator exhibited by a male specimen who fits the above criteria is reading. Find a guy who reads books.

Why is a guy who reads books a great catch?

It’s really very simple.

First of all, books are a very expensive luxury in the Philippines. So, Guarantee Number One: a guy who can afford reading books on a regular basis can afford to buy you a big juicy Wagyu steak dinner on a date. Second, it takes a lot of time and focus to read a book. So Guarantee Number Two: a guy who has the time to read books (and comprehend them) is not only financially rich, he’s time rich. Which means he is less inclined to be the type to worry about how to squeeze you into his schedule between his call center shifts and sleeping time. More importantly, he will listen and think through every nuance of the thoughts you express in conversation — because he’s got focus — a rare plus in the A.D.D. generation hanging out in Henry Sy’s malls today.

The third is a no-brainer: guys who read books are not shallow. And, thus, Guarantee Number Three: they will not fall for the next bimbo who drapes herself all over him — or the next one. Or the one that follows the next.

In short: A book in a guy’s hand may as well be a “Swiss Made” label plastered on his forehead.

Satisfaction guaranteed on three counts girls!

Best of all, if we ladies re-calibrate our tastes in men along these simple guidelines we will, in the process, help improve the Philippines’ gene pool by dooming dumbasses to extinction. Everybody wins. ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œThe man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.โ€

Mark Twain got that right.

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Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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Robert Haighton
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Kate,

You are triggering me big time. Does the same “test” also apply for Philippine women? So, I have to check out women that only read high end books?!

In most western countries (e-)books are not expensive to buy and can be rented even very cheaply from city libraries.

Johnny Saint
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There isn’t one establishment you can find in the metro that lends out e-books, Robert.

Cathy Tab
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I agree with Robert. If this is the case, we should to the same for women. I don’t think it is proper to use reading as a gauge to measure a person’s financial status nor measure a person based on finance. Oh and a financially rich guy working in a call center? I don’t know about that?! How about dating a reader for reasons such as research said readers are more compassionate, empathetic and kind. How about not worrying about men and focusing on how are we gonna make more women a reader and educate them to make better choices… Read more »
John
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i live in the Philippines 5 years and i think i noticed just 2 people reading book in public places. Filipinos and books is simple not match.

And if people read something here, they read total trash. To read quality literature and trashy romantic novels is huge difference. So you should add to your statement – guys who read quality books ๐Ÿ™‚

Gogs
Member

You must have CCTV in my workplace. You speak the truth.

Aeta
Guest
@John, I agree with you on being an avid reader—not the trashy romantic novel-type, but good literature and objective news from internationally-acclaimed authors/writers and publications. The reason literacy through reading–including fundings that should be set aside for public libraries–are not a priority in this country, is because it’s not a lucrative endeavor compared to Filipino television and movies. The overwhelming majority of Filipino attitude is about maximizing short-term profit over long-term benefits for the entire country and its people. My assertion about ‘reading over watching’ as a form of entertainment supports my contention that Filipinos are shallow thinkers, and they… Read more »
Roboto
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most women nowadays couldnt care less if he reads. What they’re looking for is someone with money, so they can get preggy and just spend the BF/husbands money. Not all of them but, there seems to be a lot of them more than ever.

libertas
Guest

Date some-one who also writes!

Reading provides knowledge
Writing demonstrates individuality

Robert Haighton
Member

Date someone who is able and capable of looking outside the box, who is not blinded and indoctrinated by religion & culture, who is open-minded.

Gogs
Member

Libertas,

I know someone who did what you advised. My girlfirend. Hopefully she has not regretted it the last four years.

libertas
Guest

Number of new books published – annually

US – 292,000

UK – 149,000

India – 82,000

Italy – 40,000

Vietnam – 24,000

Thailand – 13,000

Myanmar – 3,500

Philippines – 1,000

A sad indictment of a cultural desert.

Gogs
Member

That’s a shocker! A nation that votes in bozos like Noynoy and Erap does not value literacy. They have no time to read yet noontime shows with the IQ lower than rambotan rate highly.

libertas
Guest

And the uneducated ‘politicians’, who would struggle to write even a shopping list, let alone laws, set the tone with no cultural pursuits, no academic papers/articles, or debate forums – instead karaoke ( pnoy’s favourite pastime) , and ktv bars.
what despicable role-models nationally and internationally

Gogs
Member

If you recall something I wrote a year ago about CNN Heroes it totally flies in formation with what Kate talks about here and what Benign0 and I talk about Isreal X Factor. What is valued , what is not and it’s manifestation in Philippine society. PROUD TO BE PINOY!!!! Regardless of our literacy level.

Aryianna
Guest
Wow, that’s really sad. I do notice that people do not read here. They love to watch mind numbing shows which I cannot even get myself to look at (I do not subscribe to cable). I just have the habit of bringing a book with me in case I get bored waiting in line, but I notice Filipinos don’t do that. This is not a country that emphasizes intellect. The average IQ level is just really below average. Sadness. I am a Filipina American who grew up in teh states and now living here in the Philippines. Adjustment is on-going… Read more »
Noel
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You are spot on, Aryianna. It takes too much effort to read quality literature. The Filipino culture is just not geared towards this endeavor.
The brains of those averse to reading such literature are washed into the technology of cellphones et al. Those who bring good-old fashioned books to read while waiting in line are a rare breed.

Robert Haighton
Member

I really hope, I am misguided. But my partner once said that “knowing too much, can be dangerous”.

I actually believe she meant it the way she said it. In an predominantly, overwhelming RC country, reading books can enlighten the soul and the consciounce/knowledge.

So by reading (too much), it can be the start of the crumble of the religion, like the crumble of the Berlin wall.

Normally, reading is/should be encouraged by the parents and its also a must while being a student. How else can I write my thesis?

yup
Guest

Look what happened at our national hero, he got shot because he knows too much and speak his mind. Even today, half of the entire Filipino populace don’t know what his writings all about!

Chrissie
Guest

That may be a gross underestimation, yup. I suspect that 98% of the Filipinos don’t know what Rizal’s writings are all about because even if there’s a required Rizal class in college, I doubt if it’s taken seriously or taught well….Gave a talk once on Rizal and in a roomful of nearly 100 people, not one knew a thing about Rizal’s writings, even the most highly educated ones. Too bad because if we read all his works and take them to heart, we’d be a better people and country.

Manang Mambobola
Guest

“Normally, reading is/should be encouraged by the parents and its also a must while being a student.”
– i agree with this, the habit should start as early as possible.

Robert Haighton
Member

To add furthermore:
If I dont read a book, nor read a magazine, read a newspaper, watch TV news, then how for heaven’s sake can I ever start a conversation fuelled with arguments (pro and con)?
Where can we talk about among collegues, students, friends or family members?

Gogs
Member

That is why I am addicted to talk shows via podcast. I love that dynamic of making a case for and against.

Chrissie
Guest

Very true, Robert. That’s why reading can be a curse in the Philippines because if you liked what you read (I particularly love reading non-fiction books), you’d want to share it with others by talking about what you read and swapping ideas about it with others, but whenever I try to do that with my friends, I almost always get dagger looks or looks that tell you they’re wondering what your problem is.

Robert Haighton
Member

So Chrissie, what do your friends want to talk about instead? The weather, chit-chat, Sinulog, god, the mall? If you ask me, those are very shallow subjects.

(this is not about you but about your friends. So maybe I should ask them, right? LOL)

Manang Mambobola
Guest

I feel you Crissie.. I love to read books (business books, motivational books, psychological thrillers and classic books)but can’t talk about them with friends because they don’t know what I’m talking about. Instead of acting like a smart*ss, I adjust and join in on their showbiz and office chikas and aldub craziness which I enjoy also. So I’m like a closet bookworm. But, I’m lucky to have a life partner who I can talk to about anything under the sun because, he to, loves to read, is intelligent, insightful and inspiring.

Chrissie
Guest

Unfortunately, many Filipinos love talking about other people’s lives, a.k.a. “chismis,” and therefore don’t feel the urge to read books, except if they’re about Kris Aquino and her latest exploits or misadventures. But why read books or magazines on that when Boy Abunda always talks about it on TV, and all you have to do is stare at that idiot box?

Robert Haighton
Member

Watching TV doesnt need to hurt one’s soul. I like watching BBC’s Panorama, or the US “60 minutes”. I like investigative journalism. But thats something I didnt see in the Philippines yet.

cynicjam
Member

I prefer to watch CNN and documentaries than watch local TV shows that only pumps endless predictable and horrible telenovelas, not to mention having idiotic journalism funded by oligarchs.

cynicjam
Member

Tell me about it. “Chismis” is one of those past times that Filipinos love to do…

If that time for nonsense chit-chat would be converted to intelligent conversations then maybe we’d be all a little wiser.

libertas
Guest

Datawind, a uk company has developed a low cost tablet for schools/3rd world (equivalent in power to 1st ipad) and is being given to all 220 million indian schoolchildren
Cost 20 us$ each ( 1,000 pesos)

Pilots ongoing in thailand, vietnam, myanmar, mexico etc…. but not philippines!

And whilst philippines likes to talk of high smartphone penetration, they are not being used to read free books magazines, but simply vote on x factor shows or send endless ‘ hi, how are you’ messages.

Gogs
Member

In this context, the pinoy is a pinoy. Try to help all you want but you will see in their behavior what they value. Hence the presence of yellow zobies. Loud yellow zombies.

Gogs
Member

Budget for the tablets was diverted to the purchase of yellow bracelets.

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

In other words, all that that technology available in the Philippines has mostly done is to amplify just how shallow Filipinos are.

libertas
Guest

Exactly.

Loan offers, and binay text blasts.

A nation of luddites. Being behind a filipino using an atm machine is a slow painful wait.

Technology just used for financial scams and child cybersex.

Sea Bee
Guest

For a country whose official hero is Jose Rizal; very few seem to share his skepticism towards the clergy. Instead, what is seen instead is that hysterical stampede of people trying to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. Most colleges are diploma mills that do little to prepare students to be informed citizens who will hold their politicians accountable. Instead, the more corrupt a politician is; the more he is popular.

Aryianna
Guest

Yes, what happened to the Jose Rizals? I guess even during his time he and his “Illustrado” colleagues were rare breeds. The same seems to true today.

vince
Guest

booksale used to have cheap second hand books and novels. they still do but they have risen in price compared to the 30-50 pesos per book I paid back in the 1990’s. Still it is cheaper than brand new.

and these days, ebooks are the rage. some older ones are even free to download. so the guy fiddling with his cellphone or tablet may just be reading a novel

Dirch
Guest

Are you saying liberated women are less intelligent than the conservative ones? I think it’s the opposite. And there are certainly lots of second hand book in the Phils. Our country’s literacy problem is caused by poverty, people would rather watch wowowillie than read. So your solution will not really work.

Johnny Saint
Guest

“Certainly, a country of more than a hundred million could find even one qualified environmental planner or aircraft mechanic, right?”

Of course you can. It seems the real problem isn’t so much the supply. We have local expertise. (Although there is a lot to be said for the quality of the professionals here, but that’s another matter altogether.) We just don’t seem to trust our own. Put it down to “KSP” standard thinking and Erap’s “mental colony.”

Johnny Saint
Guest

“The third is a no-brainer: guys who read books are not shallow. And, thus, Guarantee Number Three: they will not fall for the next bimbo who drapes herself all over him โ€” or the next one. Or the one that follows the next.”

Speaking as a guy — yes he will. Whether or not he knows which fork to use for the salad. It’s the ugly truth.

Johnny Saint
Guest
I have a friend who is a very successful businessman. He got his start trading in high-end luxury vehicles and diversified into restaurant chains. His business deals usually involve millions of Pesos. By his own admission he’s never read one single book in his life. Not even in college. He claims he handled that by paying others to tutor him. And, in some cases, to take tests for him. He recently dumped his “starter” wife and is currently dating a much younger professional woman 20 years his junior. From what I can tell the new girlfriend is very well read,… Read more »
libertas
Guest

if you can write the checks, you can get the chicks

Johnny Saint
Guest

That says more about Filipino women than men.

StrayDog
Guest
I think that’s highly commendable, even though probably not a dude I will have in my close, inner circle of friends. No doubt, he could be a ‘buddy’ should we share a hobby, or, if he be a neighbour, a relative, or a friend of a friend, then he’ll be the go-to guy for questions regarding “diskarte” or other things involving street smarts and or business acumen. While I agree with the article’s sentiment of meaningful literacy, critical thinking, and curiosity, not all of us are Right Brained types. Some people excel in math, engineering, the sciences… NUMBERS! Just because… Read more »
StrayDog
Guest

PS.
Because substance and appreciation is what separates the consumer from the enthusiast. Going further with my analogy, there is a significant difference between the dude who dresses up his car and does nothing with it except make “porma”, and the guy who races it and measures his abilities against others – be it drag, slalom, wheel to wheel circuit racing, or time attack.

Even though one can be an avid reader, one can also be simply a reader of basura, eg. the Toilight novels and the like

Despair
Member

Libraries. Bookstores with cheap prices for books. And MORE libraries. Educational shows too, if TV can’t really be avoided. Libraries should sell large amounts of “mapapakinabangang genre ng libro” like sci-fi, textbooks, references. etc

But then, Pinoys hate books because it is “so bigat”, enjoys more noontime shows and telenovelas than reading books, or just busy hunting for patapon Flips that instead went abroad because singing opportunities here suck.

Damaged na ang literacy nila sa books, teh.

Johnny Saint
Guest

“…cheap prices for books.”

Shouldn’t books be priced according to what the market determines their price should be?

At any rate, all those books, or any other reading material for that matter, will remain unread on the shelves if Filipinos don’t have the cultural aptitude to read in the first place. And not just trashy “romance” novels or drivel like the “Twilight” saga or inane graphic novels where the only expression on the characters’ faces is a grimace.

Johnny Saint
Guest

You’re not married, are you?

Hyden Toro
Guest

@Johnny Saint:

I am married to a British girl, for two years now. We have a daughter…oh…bloody me…

Johnny Saint
Guest

Hyden,

I was responding to a comment that has since been deleted. It wasn’t directed at you. Sorry for the mix up.

Johnny Saint
Guest

This really should be deleted. It was a response to previous comment that was deleted.

Johnny Saint
Guest

This really should be deleted. It was a response to previous comment that was deleted. Now it makes no sense.

Pmel
Guest

Dear Kate,

Are you telling Filipino Girls to date Upper Middle Class boys? I mean, Time Rich Boys? Wagyu Steak? Swiss Made, labels? What if they’re poor girls? Poor boys can’t afford those. They can’t afford a good book– not even the Harry Potter Series. Unless they go for the SALES and you know how boys aren’t attracted to the SALES label. But if only it’s those Sandman Series or DCs and Marvel Collectibles for half the prize.

John
Guest

there are libraries. It is free. No excuses.

benign0
Admin

@Pmel: You seem to be taking things a little bit too literally.

bangbangali
Guest

There would be no red light district if boys of all kinds could not be attracted by SALES…maybe Pmel was actually being witty with: “half the prize”.

libertas
Guest

Look for a woman who reads – “50 shades of grey” – in the bedroom

“50 sheds of grey” – in the lounge

“50 Plates of Scrumptiousness: How to seduce your love via their tummy” (available in paperback) – in the kitchen

A recipe for a balanced diet and relationship

cynicjam
Member

I’d love to have a woman with the brains, beauty and a big heart at the same time.

I guess that’s not too much to ask these days.

libertas
Guest

and if it doesn’t work out
“50 ways to leave your lover” – paul simon

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I think Pnoy has his own book

50 shades of gay

ChinoF
Member

You remind me of this booksale that’s happening at National Bookstore Quezon Avenue until his Sunday, January 19. And I haven’t even been there yet. Argh.

ChinoF
Member

Finally was there and got a few books. hehe

Hyden Toro
Guest
It was Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, who had a program of producing a Superman. The White Aryan type. Blond hair and Blue eyed. The rest of mankind, Jews, non aryan, etc…will be considered “Sub-human” So, he experimented with Nazi girls, to be impregnated by smart German man. Oh…how wonderful to be smart , then… The truth is: geniuses and morons will appear in any family, race or color. We still don’t know much about Genetic Engineering. It is in its infancy stage… Attitudes and cultures are hard to remove. Especially, us Filipnos. You don’t know the Genetic History of… Read more »