Do Filipinos speak too loudly and in an annoying manner in public spaces?

A letter posted by a disgruntled Singaporean frustrated over being unable to get a bit of peace and quiet in a public bus singled out Filipinos in a post on the site The Real Singapore. The author of the letter who signed off as “H” described the “nightmare” of finding himself in a bus full of “Pinoy maids” on his way home after a tiring day…

Immigrant workers hangout in Singapore on their day off.
Immigrant workers hangout in Singapore on their day off.

To my horror, 90% of the passengers in bus 106 were Pinoy maids. I do welcome them to take our public transport as it helps to contribute to our GDP and SMRT’s revenue. Unfortunately, this Pinoy maids were talking so loud in the bus.

They joked and burst out laughing loudly. Its nothing wrong to joke and chit chat in the bus as Sunday is only their off day, however, they should be a little bit more considerate by caring for other passengers too. What I could heard in the bus was Phillipino language and I felt like I am taking a bus in Manila. Their voice were just as loud as thunderstorm (I believe many Singaporeans experience this before. Once a group of Phillipinos boarded a bus or train, your resting time on your journey back home is gone).

I observed throughout my bus journey to Orchard. The maids will push to board the bus, and the Singaporeans will always have to take another bus as either bus is full or if Singaporean manage to board the bus, they will have to stand near the bus door.

‘H’ went further and proposed this controversial solution to the problem:

I would like to suggest to Public Transport Council to provide private buses to cater to Pinoy maids islandwide for them to go Orchard Road as the current situation is extremely bad (too crowded in buses and trains along Orchard road even on Sunday morning and evening!)

This has not been the first observation made about instances of Filipinos talking loudly in a public place. But for some reason, this obscure post made waves. No less than deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte weighed Malacanang in on the matter

“I’ve been to other places as well and we do tend to observe proper comportment and behavior,” she said.

Could there be something about Tagalog and other Philippine dialects and the way these are spoken that tends to get under peoples’ skins?

Back in 2010 a case was filed by 69 immigrant Filipino nurses over harassment and discrimination allegedly perpetrated by their employer Delano Regional Medical Center in Central California. The nurses accused the hospital management of singling out Filipinos in a directive prohibiting them from speaking in Tagalog or any other Philippine dialect.

She said the hospital’s former chief executive vowed that “he would install surveillance cameras in nursing stations. Whoever is caught, they were threatened with suspension or termination,” Lamug said. “Sometimes, we were speaking English, but due to our accent and diction, they thought we were speaking something else.”

Although the hospital, near Bakersfield, employed a mix of bilingual employees speaking Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and other languages, managers targeted only the Filipinos and encouraged supervisors and other staffers to “act as vigilantes.”

The Filipino nurses won a $975,000 settlement in what was described as “the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry.” The hospital management remained unapologetic and its officials stated that “they did nothing wrong and settled only because it made financial sense.”

[Photo courtesy The Real Singapore.]

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JCZzzzz
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“Could there be something about Tagalog and other Philippine dialects and the way these are spoken that tends to get under peoples’ skins?” No, its the way they carry themselves in public places. Talking so loud and so very noisy you’d think there’s a gang or turkeys onboard the bus. They are just so inconsiderate. You can also see them in public places congregating. Oftentimes they obstruct the common walkpaths. I could send you a photo since its almost Sunday. Its not just the maids. Sometimes even pinoy professionals when in a group among fellow filipinos tend to be so… Read more »
ChinoF
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What are maids talking about most often?

Could it be tsismis?

Something even Filipinos on home soil tend to be noisy about?

That would be dysfunction in action.

Or…

Singaporeans like many other people are annoyed at immigrants talking their jobs. Or fear an invasion by immigrant workers or something like that.

But hey. A bus only for Filipinos? Isn’t that actually a good idea?

It’s special treatment! Just what Pinoys want!

kidding me
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Lol, Pinoy are all inconsiderate promdi fucks. My neighbor has been continually honking his horn for the last 4 hours or so and woke me up from my deep sleep honking his horn. Why is he doing it? He’s filipino. No other nationality I’ve ever met would condone or find it acceptable to act in the way he acts. I hate this entire country and I hope all filipinos die.

Ike
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I am an OFW and there are instances when I ride public transportation in Dubai where a group of Indians, Pakistani, Sri Lankans or even Arabs like Egyptian talking loudly. Do I fault them or their nationaliy? NO! Because I know it is one coping mechanism for their homesickness!

Gogs
Member

Then what’s the excuse of the maingay here in our own shores?

Johnny Saint
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Here they’re drunk.

Ike
Guest

I am not making an excuse. I am stating a fact. Talking loudly when u are a group in public places is not confined to a single nationality

Johnny Saint
Guest

Does it make it any less rude and obnoxious?

Ike
Guest

Are we talking about the generalization of race or the impropriety? I never commented on the latter so why ask me that question?

Anthony Antonio
Guest

I agree with you Ike. That is their way of pouring and emptying their heartaches and loneliness. Although it is not right to do that in places where other people’s silence are disturb.

Gogs
Member

Valte is there trying to endear her boss to those who view this as standing up for the underdog. If the boss was simply competent and fair he wouldn’t need such shameless grabs at popularity .

Hyden Toro
Guest

It is not our language of Tagalog…it is our civilities; and acting in consideration of others…we have always been like that: “me mentality”…

When Filipinos are in groups; they act like “flocks and flocks of birds”…a good American friend told me. They hate also to fall in line, to wait. Some break infront of others in the line. This is a Very Rude gesture.

We were not brought up rigth by our parents, I think. Not proper sympathy and consideration to others. This is the reason, our country is in a mess…

KIM
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ITS TRUTH….
NO RESPECT 4 OTHERS.. NO RULES .. NOISY NATION. PRETEND GOD LOVING -ITS A HYPOCRITE. GREEDY 4 1 CENTAVO . .
NOTHING WILL CHANGE THATS THE WAY IS THEIR CULTURE.. – JUNGLE..

e. navasero
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Talking loudly is an international phenomenon. Just come to Canada, take a bus or skytrain and you’ll notice that people of every color do the thing. It may be cultural, force of habit or loss of hearing.
One can either admonish the loud “speakers”, say something or grin and bear it.

Ike
Guest

Precisely!

OnesimusUnbound
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Singapore should pass a law forbidding loud talking in the bus. Those who will be caught will pay 300 SGD.

Problem solve 🙂

David
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Yeah, I was in a Metrobank in Cebu City, and a group of call center people were getting their payroll, and they were talking so loudly in Visaya. The customers were getting irritated, and I got up from my seat and walked to a quieter part of the bank. The Managers were aware, and so were the security guards, and tellers, but nobody in charge said anything to quiet them down.What good are the guards if they can’t maintain a comfortable environment. Well, at least they open and close the doors. I can understand a McDonalds or a 7-11, but… Read more »
Erasmo Mallillin
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I am a Filipino and I lived in London for 40 years using the London Underground train stations (the “tube” as Londoners call it.) Passengers in the “tube” talk loudly and in different dialects and languages with all the body language, gestures, facial and eye expressions and no one bothers because it is a public enclosure and therefore it becomes noisy because of the varied verbal accents, intonations and elocutions while other passengers quietly read magazines, newspapers or using earphones and headphones listening to all forms of airwaves. I feel that this singaporean passenger feels very privelege in his or… Read more »
mariaeditha
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mariaedithanstitutes part of our humanity. There are some jobs where the workers are required to stay quiet or we keep quiet to focus or concentrate. Sometimes, we don’t get to speak for long hours. Domestic helpers are often left alone most of the day. Factory workers do the same routinary procedures day in and out. Many of the chores we do rob us of our humaneness, being treated like a “cog in the machine” or robots. During work breaks and day offs, we talk to regain and recover our humanness, to remind us that after those backbreaking tasks, we are… Read more »
BOBA
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RESPECT OTHERS…..
YOURE NOT ALONE…ITS PUBLIC PLACE.

bing
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i think its ok because its public! unless private! make sign in public places not allowed noise,,, the one who post this seems gossiper too,,, they r just jealous for they are limited,,, Filipinos are competitive in any ways, can speak in any language,, if singaporean dont want foriegner then stop hiring! if they dont want noise , then post! why need to expose to humuliate in public,, hey u can never gain any favor,, if u like favor bring it to the senate court, to banned that noise,,, un educated those who,,,, than

mariaeditha
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The first sentence should be. Language constitutes part of our humanity.

cynicjam
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First impression still counts. If a group of Filipinos act rude/unprofessional over a group of foreigners then I can’t blame the latter if they think we are a rude nation indeed. Still, people should not base their assumptions just because of a “few bad eggs.”

Another commentator here also said that talking loud in public isn’t just a Filipino thing: I see Chinese and Koreans do the same when they are in a large group most of the time when I go to public places.

neil tristan yabut
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what the argument missed is that speaking in filipino or any other philippine language/dialect is not the same as speaking loudly

kamikaze
Guest

I also tend to generalize before. But my father(a man of few words) who worked for almost a decade in Saudi, told me that the Indians are the “loudest”. I also experienced several times on my way to work a lot of “loud” Chinese inside the elevator.

Jim DiGriz
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I think Filipinos in general are noisy, because they are already damaged by noise. The things that are acceptable here with regards to noise would get you into serious trouble in other countries. There is constant noise surrounding here. Car blowing their horns (prohibited in Europe within City limits), singing Karaoke as loud as possible at 2 in the morning, entering boutique shops where you think you stepped into a Disco, sitting on a Bus and the Music is blaring in your ear, et cetera. I think Filipinos are suffering from noise damage. It is also not connected to poverty… Read more »
Sam
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100% agree. Well said

Kamikaze
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Maybe to answer benigno’s question “do filipinos speak too loudly and…..”, the answer is an honest yes. But to insinuate that we are the only race with that unique “attribute”, then that is a definite no.

Joshua
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He’s not singling out Filipinos as the only ones with that attribute.

Kamikaze
Guest

I was not referring to jim, joshua.

Kamikaze
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If i was, i would have put my post inside his reply box, as I am responding inside your inbox now. I was merely opining as a whole on the article and its title, hence, “maybe to answer……”

libertas
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“Manners maketh man” In a wider context, I would say filipinos overall would come out well compared to many nationalities travelling/being abroad. Much as i love singapore, i think this attitude says more about the inability of singaporeans to adopt a work hard/play hard life balance, be more worldly, less arrogant, and chill sometimes. Filipinas at lucky plaza on a sunday brighten up the locale, and the filipino club in orchard towers is a great place on a sunday. Generally, the americans have the worst reputation as tourists, but rapidly being caught up/overtaken by the chinese Germans at a buffet… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

The Filipinos are the gossipers?

oldbreadstinks
Guest
“Filipinas at lucky plaza on a sunday brighten up the locale, and the filipino club in orchard towers is a great place on a sunday.” Alas.. the locals do not think so. Lol Lucky plaza is known among Singaporeans as a “Chinatown ” for pinoys, sleazy bars and salesman waiting to scam you of your money when buying cameras and electronics. And orchard towers… already has very poor reputation, To put it simply, the nickname of orchard towers among locals who know what the place Is infamous for is “four floors of whores ” or “four levels of sin”
oldbreadstinks
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I’ve worked with around 20-30 Filipino professionals in the last 10 years in Singapore , not a single one of them ever appeared on the news, nor visit lucky plaza if they can help it

And they know what lucky plaza means and rather avoid it

Kamikaze
Guest

That was educating libertas! Nice one.

ChinoF
Member

Think about it when your neighbor videokes as loud as he can in the middle of the night even if you and the other neighbors are puyat and need to sleep. Filipinos may have a special case of inconsideration when it comes to their making noise.

Ike
Guest

That doesn’t show a character of a race but only of your neighbor.

Gogs
Member

The question is, if you can be inconsiderate at home , is if possible to be inconsiderate abroad?

Ike
Guest

An inconsiderate person, be it Filipino, Singaporean, American, etc is inconsiderate irregardless of he/she is abroad or in the homeland. In the same manner, a considerate person of any nationality is considerate no.matter where he is.

Gogs
Member

Exactly . Like your office mate with lousy taste in music who believes she is doing everybody a favor by cranking up the volume . Oooooo Square Rooms. I Miss You Like Crazy, All I Need. Shoot me now !

Ike
Guest

I assume you are Filipino. So with your statement it is safe to say you do the same in the office.

Gogs
Member

There are bombastic, inconsiderate people in any culture but I can easily imagine Pinays abroad living up to it. Or do you think they are all reserved ?

Ike
Guest

My problem with your statement is your generalization. Sure there will be Pinas who may be tactless and repulsive in how they act in public. But does that mean your mother, sister and wife too? And do you mean female of other nationalities don’t?

Gogs
Member

So you have a problem with me making a case that it is plausible? OK, do you want to call this a generalization? http://heart-2-heart-online.com/2010/06/27/pinoys-in-queensway-bridge-hk/

Dennis
Guest

Their most common excuse is “Baket, library ba to?” (Is this a library?)or “Eh di tumira ka sa sementeryo” (Then go live in a cemetery).

JT Jerzy
Guest

This Singaporean douchbag is another one of those idiots that doesn’t understand that PUBLIC PLACES are for PUBLIC DISCOURSE. Anything short of ‘disturbing the peace’ is acceptable behavior.

Tell this douchbag ‘H’, if he wants peace and quiet that he should go to the god damn LIBRARY!!! He has no right to tell people not to talk on public transportation, none what-so-ever…even if they are a bunch of annoying Filipina bitches, that are cackling like a bunch of cranky old hens.

domo
Guest

But he still has a point you asshurt moron. Those noisy pinays don’t have the right to sound like megaphones publicly because they are in Singapore not in the Philippines so they better follow the rules there otherwise they better get their asses back to fliplandia. Or are you just playing the victim card because they are our kababayan?

Krauss
Guest
Chill man… JT Jerzy’s actually one of GRP’s best supporters. He was being sarcastic with what he said (I think). As I can see it, this “H” isn’t branding Filipino workers there as noisy but rather he’s only making a call for Filipinos there to not be bombastic in public. People should stop scapegoating already and just heed the call. “That kind of stuff happens everywhere! Don’t ‘generalize’ us Filipinos as noisy! waaa! We are very, very, hospitable race! Why you insult us! waaa!” says the average butthurt pinoy. Ever heard of two wrongs don’t make a right, you crybabies?… Read more »
BOBA
Guest

YOURE NOT HOSPITABLE NATION AS YOU THINK..
UNDER YOUR SMILE IS HATE, ANGER JEALOUSY..
YOUR NATION IS NOISE LOVERS . . MANY TIMES IS NOT MUSIC, JUST CRAZY LOUD NOISY. JUNGLE CULTURE.
EDUCATED SMART FILIPINOS GO ABROAD, NEVER RETURN TO OWN COUNTRY… WHO STAY THERE . .

BOBA
Guest

THANX . .

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