Insulted much? Talaga lang huh!

The viral issue at www.hongwrong.com smacks of cultural ignorance on the publisher and on the educational system disseminating it. We are at an Age where Diversity is being embraced by the enlightened and I could have easily snapped back with this highly suggested “Widow” edit : “I am Chinese and my government is Asia’s bully, that’s why we take what can be taken when no one’s looking.”

So angry are we that a primary textbook and, even a few years before, a dictionary has defined our nationality to be synonymous to maids.  Insulting much? Is it really?
So angry are we that a primary textbook and, even a few years before, a dictionary has defined our nationality to be synonymous to maids.
Insulting much? Is it really?

Then what?
Will doing that belie the fact that majority of the Filipinos in HK are INFACT Domestic Helpers? Not only in HK but in the Middle East and Italy, for that matter.

So angry are we that a primary textbook and, even a few years before, a dictionary has defined our nationality to be synonymous to maids.

Insulting much? Is it really?
Is that more insulting than having a BS Education degree but one is relegated to scrub bathroom floors and tend to children not their own?

Is it more painful than having to work stay-in with a family of complete strangers miles away from one’s own?

Couple those instances with the threat of abuse and maybe death even by one’s own hand

A risky trade off isn’t it?
All thanks to the lack of opportunities in our country, our educated do not earn what should be rightfully ours yet those who work around our dysfunctional system are living high.

Add the many local employees who face “endo” just so, companies can save on their OPEX.

Ah the disparity of the rich and poor widens yet tolerant aren’t we of the abuse of the politicians we elected into office and the companies we patronize rabidly.

We sleep consoling ourselves with the delusion of being a Proud Filipino yet the truth can never be consoled with lies. It haunts until we awaken and grasp it.

English butler, French maid.
Popular references to old world jobs that has found its way to new world pop culture in Batman’s Alfred and in a Cosplay costume but why aren’t the Brits or the French taking offense?

But with us Flipinos, we take on full metal gear online and annihilate ANYONE who dares slap us with the truth that we are trying oh sooooo hard to deny.

What is the use of independence, if the slaves of today will be tyrants of tomorrow. " says Padre Florentino to the dying Simon in Rizal's "El Filibusterismo"
Suck it, kababayans! This is what Rizal has written about a century hence: “What is the use of independence, if the slaves of today will be tyrants of tomorrow. “; We were not ready for independence because we know not anything of who we are.

Suck it, kababayans! This is what Rizal has written about a century hence:
“What is the use of independence, if the slaves of today will be tyrants of tomorrow. ”

We were not ready for independence because we know not anything of who we are. Our pride is based on arrogance and not on merit. Our identity based on the dictates of the powerful, not owned and never understood. Thus, we hunger for POWER WITHOUT MERIT. We see it in our government, we feel its debility in our system, we breathe it like air and pass it off as normal. Like drugged prostitutes we go by, we exist but we know not anything about living.

We are here but we are not.

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About Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

Post Author: Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

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Jasper Cabales
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I really like these posts…
It motivates me to work and be better

Ms. Mike Portes
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Here’s to excellence regardless of all the obstacles!

joeld
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So much noise about a textbook for children from another land, which is true anyway.

But what about the textbook for children in our own country? The Aquinos from Ninoy, to Cory, to Noynoy are hailed as some sort of heroes. Why is there no noise there? This is clearly misleading our children or is this some sort of indoctrination? People in DepEd responsible for this are all assholes!

Ms. Mike Portes
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It is as misleading as having Aguinaldo as this Republic’s first President. Textbook history is often written with political color, it is then up to the standards of discussion an educational institution upholds so discernment is employed. Unfortunately, we have but a few that commit to enlightenment.

thryn
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Say a person does not have the means to witness an enlightening discussion they know nothing about, can you recommend them any historical books or websites to get started?

Jerry Lynch
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Like the author says, the vast majority of Filipinos in other Asian countries are domestic workers, truck drivers or restaurant workers. That is simple fact and something Filipinos should be ashamed of as a nationality. One problem is that college “guidance councilors” either are non-existent or incompetent. It is just plain irresponsible for a high school graduate to study nursing or elementary education when they should know damn well that there will be no job for them when they graduate. They end up being one of 6 people trying to sell 1 person 1 shirt or 1 pair of shoes.… Read more »
Ms. Mike Portes
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I would rather not take shame in taking blue collar jobs when this is the only means to make a living. What is shameful is having a government that oppresses the very lifeline of our country’s economy and an electorate that keeps on empowering the same government over and over.

Jerry Lynch
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I think you misunderstood me. It is no shame to take a job below one’s educational level, but it is a shame that so many people study courses for which they should know there are no damn jobs! Maybe if people studied such things as electrical engineering and commercial farming they might actually have a skill they could sell locally rather than going abroad to work sweeping floors and changing diapers.

THOM HARDY
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@MS.Mike You are correct, there is no shame in feeding ones family and doing whatever it takes to aCCOMPLISH THAT TASK. The well intentioned Mr.Lynch blames the ‘guidance counselor’ but that is not where the problem lies. It is the half-ass degrees that are churned out by alleged ‘Nursing’ schools that are blatantly stealing tuition from hard-working students and a gov’t. bureaucracy that then picks their pockets before sending them to far off lands to be “NURSES” when the the fact is the ‘education’ they PAID for doesn’t educate them enough to pass a ‘NURSING -BOARD’ EXAM anywhere in the… Read more »
cynicjam
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Since more than 60% of the Philippine population are poor and only having access to redundant reading materials, it’s no wonder that our workforce is under-skilled, hence the need to go overseas to find a better employment opportunity.

Dave
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People from Hong Kong typically distance themselves from mainland China and its government, so your first paragraph trying to get back at them by insulting China just shows your own ‘cultural ignorance.’ Learn from HK’s example and at least make your racist jibes accurate!

Ms. Mike Portes
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This is hilarious! So I am dismissed as culturally ignorant based on that and to think this article.isn’t about the Hong Kong residents/Chinese at all.

Ok you say Hong Kong permanent residents aren’t Chinese? So please tell me, Hong Kong history aside, what nationality do they hold? I haven’t been to HK for years. Has anything changed since the CNL or the Chinese Nationality Law was adopted by the HK system since their turn over to Beijing?

Dave
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You don’t need to be so sensitive, my last line was obviously a joke. I meant your response about China’s government being Asia’s bully wouldn’t be received as an insult by the average Hong Kong local, who would probably agree with you. Insult something they actually hold dear if you want to make an impression (or rise above it and just don’t).

John Ballard
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Because it’s a fill-in-the-blank questionnaire, and the “correct” answer is supposed to be “Filipino”, it most certainly is offensive. And to Jerry, your comment “That is simple fact and something Filipinos should be ashamed of as a nationality” is not only insensitive, it’s off the mark. While the test itself perpetuates a stereotype, that stereotype isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. Sure, Filipinos would probably rather be known for something in a more educated-related field, but they in no way should be “ashamed as a nationality” that they are able to procure employment overseas as domestic helpers.… Read more »
Jay
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Well duh on your last statement. India rode on the bpo bandwagon and have advanced on different services than tech support call center hub. Philippines is just feasting on scraps of a job market that exploded in asia years ago. Food for thought but scraps for you.

Jerry Lynch
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“And to Jerry, your comment “That is simple fact and something Filipinos should be ashamed of as a nationality” is not only insensitive, it’s off the mark.” Perhaps it is a bit “insensitive,” (because the truth hurts?) but it certainly is NOT “off the mark.” Again, The Philippines as a nation and Filipinos as a nationality should be ashamed that they cannot do something about the sad state-of-affairs at home. They constantly reelect the same thieves and corrupt/inefficient politicians to office. Those politicians do nothing to solve the rampant educational, unemployment and other work related cultural problems. That forces nurses… Read more »
Toro Hyden
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When people are called names because of their occupation…it is really sad; but it is the truth. Most of our OFW are servants. Some are mistreated , overworked and not paid fairly.

Our economy is an Aquino Hacienda Luisita Serf Plantation economy…Aquino is the main slave trader…

Truth is truth…it is very hard to accept it. However, it is what we are: servants of the world.

ChinoF
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The problem is stereotypes. While sometimes, it is unavoidable, it still should be overcome, because stereotyping is a fallacy no matter how you see it. Yet, while I would criticize this book as too dependent on stereotypes, it is not really something worth ranting about. It’s based on some fact as well.

Jay
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So ofws are bagong bayani but when another country reinforces da stereotype, butthurt ensues? I mean this IS an identity the pinoy politicos and media agree on. Yet the common people have double standards on.

John Ballard
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um Jay, BZZZZZ! wrong! the Phils overtook India as the world’s call center hub precisely because of poor performance by Indian reps who couldn’t speak the English language as well as Filipinos and couldn’t connect with their western customer base. The Philippines workforce can and does. What makes me say that? Because I was an executive in that very field. An expert.

So sorry your sophomoric rejoinder doesn’t apply in this case. Better luck next time, JAY

John Ballard
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Ans to Jerry Lynch, you’re just way too all over the place to from any logical thought. A living, breathing contradiction. Try editing your thoughts to the bare bones, it would serve you – and everyone else – better.

Jerry Lynch
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@MS.Mike You are correct, there is no shame in feeding ones family and doing whatever it takes to aCCOMPLISH THAT TASK. The well intentioned Mr.Lynch blames the ‘guidance counselor’ but that is not where the problem lies. It is the half-ass degrees that are churned out by alleged ‘Nursing’ schools that are blatantly stealing tuition from hard-working students and a gov’t. bureaucracy that then picks their pockets before sending them to far off lands to be “NURSES” when the the fact is the ‘education’ they PAID for doesn’t educate them enough to pass a ‘NURSING -BOARD’ EXAM anywhere in the… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Jerry Lynch, I fully agree with you. “… only to find the degree they got is worthless toilet paper…” My Filipina partner is a University San Jose – Recoletes (Cebu City) graduate but her knowledge is at such a low level that she wouldnt stand a chance to get an appropriote job in my country based on her diploma. At one point, I told her that and all she could do was cry (no joke). She was and is so proud of graduating from that university. It really makes me wonder what students are taught in your country. I am… Read more »
archie
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Great article. Even the words “pinoy pride” itself is a symbol of stupidity and hollow egos. You insult pinoytards and they’ll hunt you down with every curse they have. What amazes is that pinoys can laugh when someone tell them ulol or putang ina ka but they get insulted with bobo or stupid when pointing out their mistakes. Best examples are tito sotto, mar roxas and noynoy. This nation is too sensitive with nonsense but too lazy to improve important goals.

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