Indeed, the REAL issue is not the Philippines — it is Filipinos

Indeed, the Philippines is a wild trail that needs to be negotiated. And as experienced trackers and wilderness negotiators will point out, navigating a wild trail is not for the faint-hearted and dimwitted. You need brains, you need stamina, you need guts.

Do Filipinos have any of those virtues?

Well now, don’t get us started.

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To begin with, Filipinos do not have any brains. That fact is reflected in the quality of their leaders in the Executive branch and their representatives in the Legislative branch of their government. All of these people were elected by popular vote.

The Vote. Remember that concept? That was the notion put on a pedestal by an entire generation of “activists” to represent that nebulous “power” that Filipinos “regained” after that so-called “revolution” in 1986. What we are seeing today is the utterly brainless way with which Filipinos wielded that power. So, invoking democracy’s most fundamental concept and the exceedingly simplest logic that uderpins it, these politicians represent — no, are embodiments of — the “will” of the Filipino people.

At the helm is one of the most uninspiring and unqualified leaders in Philippine history. And the bozos who preceded him in that office? Well, every camp in the Philippines’ vacuous political “debate” will have something to say about the quality and integrity of those as well. As for these “representatives” in Congress, no need to elaborate on that. We are in the midst of a vast thievery scandal the likes of which boggles even the minds of the very crooks themselves. The Senate, we are told, have “recommended” the filing of charges against a handful of them for gross malversation of hundreds of millions of pesos in public funds. Quaint. Like a den of thieves ratting on their chosen fall guys when feeling the crunch. Just another circus act in the on-going circus that is Philippine politics.

Second, Filipinos do not have stamina. Another no-brainer there. This is a society, after all, renowned for a national philosophy built around two key catchphrases: pwede na yan (“that’ll do, mate”) and ningas cogon (“adios, so much for that project”). So go figure. The Philippines today is the massive outcome of thousands of unfinished businesses and half-assed “results” from those proclamed “completed”. Much of its infrastructure is still hinged on cornerstones laid by former colonial masters America and Spain — 68 years after being granted “independence”! And as we are seeing today, the United States card still accounts for 99% of the Philippines’ defense strategy against external aggression and disaster response framework for domestic catastrophes. Mantakin mo yan.

Finally, Filipinos do not have any guts. Well, they do, but all of it has been laid in one basket: Manny Pacquiao. Beyond Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines really has not much to show as far as real guts in the real sense of the word are concerned. The whole Bangsamoro “Framework Agreement” recently touted as the herald of eternal peace in Mindanao is a case study of gutlessness on a national scale. That “peace” was bought at a huge cost to national equity — in exchange for the Philippines’ long-standing claim on the territory of Sabah and through the creation of the appalling precedent of a national government negotiating with armed terrorists. Guts, indeed. The only thing achieved here is a unilateral re-definition of that concept. Chalk one up for Pinoy Pride!

The lesson is quite simple. You can’t be a great nation unless you’ve got clear achievement to buttress that greatness. For now, it is all a nice and peachy exercise imagining that greatness and exchanging a few high-fives about it. But imagining it and actually aspiring to it are two vastly different exercises. With imagination, you only get ideas. With aspiration, you are likely to get real next steps in the right direction.

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Gogs
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I always believed the reason why “the most uninspiring and unqualified leaders in Philippine history” is there is because pinoys do not value hard work or achievement therefore they don’t look for it either. To make the circle complete that “leader” believes the opposite of what his own resume says. And pinoys are fine with that. PROUD TO BE PINOY!!!!

aaaaa
Guest

Yeah. What they want are people that make good drinking buddies instead of accomplished individuals. It’s sickening.

Sea Bee
Guest

Until people can be educated in responsible parenting; the undisciplined mindless ways of the masses will prevail. One need only look at the number of little bosslings having meltdowns in malls, restaurants, transportation vans, doctor’s offices, etc. to realize that most filipino parents do not place limits on their children’s behavior. All the kid has to do is cry, scream, and beller at the top of its little lungs and the parents give in. Spoiled children with a “me first” attitude become adults with the same thoughtless outlook on life.

Brock MacLean
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You are so true. Spoiled boys become irresponsible men and fathers..I talk to so many single moms on a dating site from the Philippines…Filipinas have children without a care in the world for the most part, knowing that their parents or others will share in the raising of another little brat. We in North America,at least the responsible ones, put more thought into getting a dog than most in the Philippines put into having another baby. If Japan had won the war, the Philippines may have become a better country.

OhHellNo
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…and it gets pretty sad if you realize that if we dont fix this, the bad culture will end up xeroxing itself into the next generation (i.e., OUR KIDS).

Good thing there are sites like this in the net. Keep on writing man. Good luck.

shooter
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I thought it was the other way around. Filipinos are actually well respected abroad due to their work ethic. It’s the Philippines as a country that kind of a terrible mess.

shooter
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when they are abroad I mean. I had a job interview in a MY company and I asked why the company preferred Filipinos and they said because of their work ethic and quality their deliverable.

JT Jerzy
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@ shooter, u r correct, but not one of those of whom you speak. “quality their deliverable” is my proof of that.

Serge
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It’s the brain drain that is happening in the country. Most of the decent, hard working intellectuals go for greener pastures since their homeland’s environment is not conducive to productivity. What’re left are the dullards who can’t tell between a clown and a criminal.

Brock MacLean
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There are lots of nannys here in Canada who would be hard pressed to pass a grade 6 math exam. Nannys from the Philippines. Maybe America gets the bright ones…not Canada.

Jayvee
Guest

They wouldnt be nanny’s if they’r educated. Where’s your brain.

Talk Wise
Guest

This will never work. Do your part before you watch others. No matter how many words you write here you can never change how this country runs. Why not do something useful other than cry and cry with other crying babies?

Scourge of Sanctimony
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Scourge of Sanctimony

“Talk Wise” – you’re being ironic, right? We hope so, for your sake; though we imagine that you’re too thick for irony. Now that we’re done laughing at you, let’s continue. Calling us “crying babies” is the best you can come up with? Go back to the kiddies’ table where you belong and come back when you have something useful to say instead of wasting other people’s time. You are a shame to us all.

Carmichael
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Could have said better than calling other people “crybabies”..but yeah it’s not like what we say here will change the country for the better unless it’s applied by majority of us…probably pushed so by the great few.

Evil_Kon
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LIKED (I think your the most intelligent person in this thread).

Talk Wise
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you are no excuse to those who you thought are useless

WinterSoldier
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And you are supporting anti-intellectualism. That’s the typical Pinoy mindset.

YOU are useless. Deal with it.

JT Jerzy
Guest

Not really, there are intelligent Filipino’s and their private catholic schools produce some VERY intelligent students.
On the whole, the private schools in the philippines produce more intelligent people/citizens than public schools in the EU/USA/so called ‘free-world’ do (you get what you pay for!ever see a filipino politicians child attend a public school?). the problems of the country can be seen as a microcosm of the economies of the West. A few people get everything, the nobodies get to argue vehemently/violently over what is left-over, i.e. ‘the crumbs that fall off the table’….same shit, different country/location.

Serge
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Yet we hardly ever hear of these students being involved in significant scientific research. I don’t really know what these guys do once they graduate, but I sure bet Science and Technology isn’t a priority.

Also, these students pale in comparison with their Korean and Japanese counterparts who attend secular public schools so lauding religious schools as a genius factory is jumping the gun there.

JT Jerzy
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No, as it was in comparing the public schools in the EU/USA . I said nothing of Japan or Korea.

ChinoF
Member

No matter what anyone says, the non-intelligent, gutless and poor stamina Filipinos are still the louder ones and the most noticed. Even if they may be fewer, the whole state of the nation seems to reflect their influence more than the influence of the intelligent, gutsy and good stamina Filipinos. Perhaps, simply, the latter are de-powered by societal culture and norms, and even some rules. Or just the simple difficulties of life. Thus, the character of the nation is judged by the former.

kim
Guest

sana tagalog po naman para ma intindihan ng lahat….

joeld
Guest

That is exactly one of the problems of the filipino. “Sana tagalog naman para mainitindihan ng lahat”. That is why you have english movies and TV shows dubbed in tagalog. As if tagalog is the only dialect in the Philippines.

Instead of adopting to the environment, the filipino would rather cry foul and ask that other change to adopt to his inadequacies.

angie
Guest

But we have a national language called “Filipino”

My cambodian co-worker asked me, “Filipinos are good in english, but why Philippines is poor?, a third world country”

i don’t believe that language is a level of intelligence.

joeld
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No, filipinos are good in english decades ago. Those are the filipinos who either migrated to other countries and/or are now OFWs/expats, sacrificing to keep the Philippines economy afloat. Did you notice how the primetime news was delivered say about the 1980’s? It was in english. Every subject taught way back then, the medium was english except filipino subjects. Hence the graduates produced way back then had more “edge” making them more competitive internationally. That is what this country is reaping right now. After this generation you can expect less and less OFWs with the “edge” and the the filipino… Read more »
Gogs
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Angie, see my comment below. Media is always reflection of audience,. Look at newspapers in Tagalog. What is their content? Look at newscasts in Tagalog. What is the content? The tone of voice , the narrative ? Tagalog audience is not demanding when it comes to taste, discretion and intellect. You are welcome to prove me wrong by pointing out where in mass media is there intellectual discourse in Tagalog. Whatever there is of it here does not seek it in media in Tagalog.

Carmichael
Guest

“Filipinos are good in english, but why Philippines is poor?”

Ironic isn’t it? Still we should still try to be good at it. and also don’t forget the very thing one can do best..if it’s language skills then ok.

Aldztrust
Guest

Japanese, for the most part, use Japanese language and they’re fine with that. What’s your problem with Tagalog, anyway?

Gogs
Member

Look at “quality” of available Tagalog reading material, you guys won’t read it even if it was available. It might be self perpetuating deeper Tagalog insight not read so it’s not produced and people only literate in Tagalog just don’t learn.

angie
Guest

you missed my point by a mile.

japanese, korean and chinese barely speak english what they have is a strong spirit of nationalism and national pride.

we speak english back home and almost everything is written in english even our constitution but look at the present state of our country. si lito lapid lang ang hindi marunong mag englsh lahat sila well verse. umunlad ba tayo?

i speak english and french pero kapag filipino kausap ko dito sa lugar ko, nag ta-tatagalog ako, dahil filipino ako.

Barbero
Guest

Are you trying to imply that if we will use tagalog more often – uunlad tayo? Well as what Gogs said – mass media is 99.99% tangalog, tagalog “news”, tagalog telenobela, tagalize foreign telenobelas, tagalog noon time shows and since it is watch by 99% of the Filipinos eh di dapat asensado na tayo diba ano?

And are you trying to imply we should have more lito lapid in the senate – baka sakali umasenso ano?

Carmichael
Guest
“Are you trying to imply that if we will use tagalog more often – uunlad tayo?” No we won’t. It’s more on preserving national identity and it’s just as essential as having the right people in government, more local industries, our people proud to serve the country and contribute to it’s success (that’s nationalism not keep speaking our own dialect and ignoring other language because it’s unpatriotic) and development of other better jobs to add variety and lessening those who has to work abroad because they couldn’t find work here. We just don’t get nationalism as much as our neighboring… Read more »
kid123
Guest

Hi Angie Im Ilonggo and Im having problem expressing myself in Tagalog. How about I talk in Hiligaynon so that I can express myself better as a “Filipino” .

ChinoF
Member

You translate it for us, please?

angie
Guest

@barbero

hindi ko alam kung saang mababang paaralan ka pinag aral ng magulang mo. marunong kang magbasa pero hindi maka unawa.

Japanese people do not speak english do you think they are stupid? NO

Call centres or BPO are growing and spreading like mushrooms in the Philippines. is it because that we speak english? NO

I am sorry to say this, but we are cheap labour.

JimDiGriz
Guest
I just can’t say it enough, education, education, education! … which is virtually non existent in the Philippines. All the average kids learn since close to 30 years now is singing, dancing and praying. No wonder everyone is a dumbshit! Hardly anyone speaks English anymore. Everything is idiotic shits and giggles. There is no pride in a job well done, because all jobs are done half assed. Holy shit! I watched the construction of laying drainage pipes along Roxas Blvd. service road (between Buendia and Vito Cruz) for ONE YEAR now. The outcome (they are almost finished those lame ass… Read more »
Brock MacLean
Guest

Been to the Philippines 3 times from Canada…your comments do make me laugh..though it is not meant to be funny…

Abbie
Guest

Your observation about how Filipinos vote hits it right on the spot. I learned it early enough when we vote for Student Council in schools. The popular and good looking wins most of the time even if there is more qualified to fill the position. This got me wary of politics from then on.

Brock MacLean
Guest

As a Canadian, I was surprised to read the help wanted ads in the papers and it was openly discriminatory to people over 5 feet tall, and single and under 25 years old….there was an ad for a mechanic and they wanted him to no more than 30 years old!!! What is that all about?? Age discrimination. In Canada, we prefer someone with experience, not discriminate against it..It seems there is too much emphasis on how someone looks there in the Philippines…crazy for me…

Hyden Toro
Guest
We, Filipinos suffered so much, from colonization. We have no self respect already. Our leaders have no self respect. It’s me…my family…my clan or relatives. In our politics; if a politician comes from a said province or region. People there , or his constituents will profit from it. Thru: graft , corruption , juicy jobs or position placements in government offices; whereby they can enrich themselves. It is a very dysfunctional political system, run by dysfunctional people. The Aquinos hold on their Hacienda Luisita, which they scammed from the Filipino people is a good example. It is a show of… Read more »
libertas
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There is nothing in politics more hypocritical, egocentric, or dangerous to the well-being of a nation than a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy, except maybe when it is headed by a puppet of big business, who also happens to be a noynoying clown, and, just for good measure, a fawning poodle to barack obama. Woof, woof, – fetch. Such administrations soon becomes the victim of their own propaganda, ignores its mandate, magnifies inequalities, applies preferential justice and political persecution, and are ultimately unable to separate fact from fiction, right from wrong, and legal from illegal, as pnoy aquino and his… Read more »
libertas
Guest
I came across an old article about culture in the philippines from the atlantic magazine – 1987. Interesting to revisit it after 25 years to see what remains valid “The countries that surround the Philippines have become the world’s most famous showcases for the impact of culture on economic development. Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore–all are short on natural resources, but all (as their officials never stop telling you) have clawed their way up through hard study and hard work. Unfortunately for its people, the Philippines illustrates the contrary: that culture can make a naturally rich country poor. There… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

Yep, this is old classic that got the ball rolling for “criticism of the Philippines.”

Hello Filipino
Member

Great article. Thanks for sharing. 25 years later, nothing has changed.

Brock MacLean
Guest

probably alot more men going there to chase the women. Now the Koreans are there in busloads to have fun with the ladies for a few days..Chinese men are aplenty also…not just fat old white guys from the US anymore..

libertas
Guest

I thought it might be.
Good to reproduce/revisit now and again for new generation – just to drive home how little has changed, and it puts cory aquino in her place – as a waste of space, just like pnoy

Omni Tigris
Guest

If we stay in this present state. we will soon be losing competitiveness among migrant workers like Indonesia and India. I for one is an OFW and I have notice a big decline in performance Half-baked) of my fellow worker especially the young ones.

Richarddr1234
Guest

I’m proud to be Pinoy, my favorite subject in school was TAGALOG.

Brock MacLean
Guest

if a dress costs P160 and it is on sale for 25% off, what is the final price?

cynicjam
Member

AND? What’s your point?

libertas
Guest
English is the established language of international business, law, internet, and yet despite a significant headstart over its asean neighbours, the philippines just sat back and did little to capitalise on its initial comparative and competitive advantage, resulting in filipinos being relegated to menial jobs worldwide – always the servants, never the masters -, and consequently the country has now been overtaken economically, and culturally, by its asean neighbours, who garner international respect for their work ethic, innovation, and whose companies climb in the global 1000. Even within the much lauded BPO industry it is simply providing ‘cheap bums on… Read more »
andrew
Guest
“Culturally there is no getting away from the fact that filipinos are inherently lazy, lack creativity, and have little passion to inquire/learn” well, that’s true. pre-Spanish times, sino ba ang magta-trabaho kung lahat ng kelangan mo is at arms reach? pag gutom ka just go outside and you’ll see coconut trees and other vegetation. mayaman sa natural resources ang kalupaan bago dumating ang espanya. ang inang kalikasan ay nagbibigay ng yaman para sa atin noon. think about the Navi in the movie Avatar. ganun ang buhay ng mga ninuno natin. and mostly animist ang religion. “mother earth guide us.” bakit… Read more »
Sick Amore
Guest
Hmmm, I see your point. Say, the richest people in the Philippines are Tsinoys if not Spanish meztizo. Back in the old days, under Spanish-Japanese-American rule, are there really moneyed true blooded Filipinos? The natives were known for their craftsmanship, talents, hard work, engineering skills and ingenuity (hagdan-hangdang palayan). But being “slaves” for centuries, Indios became more familiar with being workers or operators. Although they resist and fight colonial rule that “won” them their “independence”, they still look for managers to lead them afterwards. What did they gain with that independence anyway? What was handed back to them? They only… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

Like I said before, the Philippines is a beautiful land. The people who live on it tend not to be. No wonder Cito Beltran wrote, “Ours is not a beautiful mind.”

andrew
Guest

only the lumads in the south can preserve their culture and keep mother nature protected (keeping their region beautiful). they are egalitarian. no one is above the other.

however, I think they have working class and non-working class.

so don’t generalize the Philippines. probably just in metro manila area. this place is shitty really.

xenia vs ertiga
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certainly like your website but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts.
Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very
troublesome to tell the reality however I’ll surely come back again.