Rubbish-littered Manila NAIA Terminal 3 airport lounge tells the real story

A photo of a waiting lounge littered with rubbish in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has caught the attention of many people and is making the rounds on social media.

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The photo was originally posted by former Philippine Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Twitter with the caption:

NAIA 3…trash left behind by passengers..if only they had done their patriotic duty to throw their trash in the bin.

The NAIA has for many years been consistently featured in lists of top worst airports in the world owing to the decrepit state of its physical structures and shoddy service within these that have made it world-renowned.

But this photo is evidence that airport officials alone cannot be blamed for its squalor — or for that matter the squalor of any public facility in the Philippines. What can be noted here is that the actual facility itself seems to be new and well-maintained. The floor is polished and the seats seem to be in good order. The problem here seems to be in the people who use the facility.

Indeed, ultimately what the Philippines is today reflects the character of the people who constitute the country.

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Gerry
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How true, Filipino’s that live in the Philipine’s are FUCKIN PIGS ! the first time I obsrved a Toyota ‘Hi_LUX’ pull off the CDO to Valencia highway to just thrwo out some garbage from a jollibee, ICBI and was repulsed. After living on a beach where every Monday the beach would be littered with the garbage that was not cleaned up by the Filipino’s that had visited that beach over the weekend ,I came to the conclusion :FILIPINO’s living in the Philippines are FUCKIN PIGS ! It is that simple, and obvious to any visitor that stays in the country… Read more »
Sarah
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Not only Filipinos in the Philippines, there also some here in Canada who behave like they are in the Philippines. They go the public parks and leave their litters all over the place.

DOm
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don’t generalize Filipinos not All Filipinos are like that…. You’re the most real Idiots..fucking PIG your Brain… Don’t comeback to Philippines….kainis ganitong tao kung mag-comment..

Gogs
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In the Philippines they elect morons like Noynoy, Nancy and Erap. They watch moronic TV at noontime and prime time. Their blockbuster movies are stupid. Anybody can take a leak anywhere in the city. Yet according to you we can’t generalize as uncivilized, uneducated , unrefined dolts?? OK !!!!!!!!!!!!

the maskara
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The people behind the movie & television industry in the Philippines know how to take advantage of the gullible television & movie-watching Filipinos. Feed their brains with the same tear-inducing, friends-and-neighbors-gossiping-and-fighting drama. The same romantic comedy that makes their hearts melt & private parts throb (got to be partly responsible for overpopulation in the country). The same cheap comedy flicks where they’ve got to have gay actors, preferably with motor mouths. You feed their brains with cerebral movies; movies that are going to make them think very hard (like “Fargo” & “The Manchurian Candidate”) & they will lose interest in… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
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Mr. Unknown. I more-or-less agree with you. Actually I DO agree with you but because I’m an expat married here I must adapt, but adapting does NOT mean accepting ignorance. What I try to do in my own small way is to point out stupid things first in a diplomatic way, and if not heeded, then I get ignorant & in their face. Stupid behavior is stupid behavior even if it hurts someone’s feelings.

Gerry
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@ DOm, OK Dom ! I won’t come back, BUT TELL ME: How do YOU think I will treat YOU when I see YOU in my country,huh?

What comes around goes around,PAL !

Jim DiGriz
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DOm, you are a litterer yourself.
You litter with your mouth. Please keep it shut and spare us the shit that comes out of it!

blah
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Butthurt much?

I suppose you’ll want to declare “persona non grata” and have the original commenter (who is only telling what they see after all) assassinated for speaking the truth.

Jack
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Gerry why do you make such racist remarks and use foul language?

Dave
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I feel like there’s a lazy consensus that “that’s what cleaners are paid for” here. You see it in all fast food places where no one clears the shit off their tables, the only country I’ve seen that happen. Maybe it’s an effect of so many adults still living under Mama’s roof and not having any responsibility.

Jerry Lynch
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I really do not know why Filipinos are such slobs, but in general they are. Otherwise this country would not look like a giant trash can. Just yesterday I was sitting @ a sari 2 store in Tagaytay having a beer. During the drinking of 1 bottle I counted at least 10 people throwing trash on the ground. The last time a guy did that he was standing not 2 meters from a trash box and he threw the wrapper of his candy on the ground right in front of me. I picked it up, waved it in his face… Read more »
Grumpy Citizen
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For a country that claims to value education, this product speaks volumes.

Basically, our educational system sucks.

Our government sucks most of all, for letting our educational system drown in its mediocrity.

Pallacertus
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Pinoys like us tend to think of our private spaces as inviolable and sacrosanct, but public spaces? Let them smell, let them fester, let them rot — it’s the other guy’s or the government’s problem anyway.

And people wonder why the metropolis is so fucking unsightly.

Hulaboy
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That’s just not exclusive of Philippine airports. i’ve seen it happen even in LAX, Heathrow or CDG. some people are just pigs. that’s all. you can’t generalize a whole group of people because of this instance, just like “Gerry” commented. most likely these passengers are “mang-mang” and “probinsiyano” and they probably litter their own backyards as such. Ruffy Biazon just made this picture viral, which is unnecessary and irresponsible, especially the fact that the whole world is already eyeing at Manila airports causing more bad rap we don’t need.

domo
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But this is get real philippines. This site is all about the issues of our country and its people so please stop bandwagoning with some other nationalities. You’re just making yourself feel better.

Yawn
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Truth Hurts deal with it.

triple r
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so you would rather sweep this issue under the rug?

as a pure make-you-think piece i suggest reading this article… especially the one on delicadeza… the fallows article that should be recommended reading for all filipinos.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/1987/11/a-damaged-culture-a-new-philippines/7414/

fallows is wrong when he in effect states that Filipino culture is static and will remain unchangeable (but thirty years of little to no improvement after EDSA is making this harder and harder to argue)… it can be changed but it must begin with the people.

also acknowledging you have a problem is the first step to solving it.

RedSona
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Sorry, Hulaboy but your attitude to this is pretty irresponsible. Sure airports everywhere get visited by the odd litterbug who leaves a paper-bag and a plastic cup, but having extensively traveled myself (and spending MANY hours in them) I have never seen an airport left in THAT state. Next time you head out to Starbucks or grab some fast-food..or better yet..watch what people do at a packed out food court at the mall, and check out the state that they leave the tables in…even when they KNOW someone is going to take their table when they leave. The Universe doesn’t… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
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I agree, but the food court example does not really apply. The food courts have staff that runs around cleaning tables and if you tried to clean your place you would not find a bin & the guys are quite good @ cleaning up after you so in those places, just leave your tray because in 30 seconds or less your place will be readied for the next customer.

RedSona
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I know we are on the same page here, and the next best thing is (as you suggest) to pile your crap on the tray, ready for cleaning. But why doesn’t the food court apply? Even if there is staff to bus tables (which isn’t always the case, there are a handful of other eating places like the little snack stalls that fringe supermarkets), why isn’t there enough common decency to clean up after yourself as you go?

Jerry Lynch
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The reason the food court does not apply is because the staff there is very efficient at cleaning quickly and getting tables ready for new customers. If food courts had refuse containers and expected customers to clean up after themselves it would not be as efficient as the current procedure. I agree that people should keep their trash on or around their tray so it can be cleaned up quickly, but having ready staff to do the actual cleaning just works better. Notice that iun mall food courts there are no refuse bins and just for that very reason. They… Read more »
aer
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The truth is that bashing here will not change anything except driving traffic to this site to earn a few dollars on advertising. If you people care abouy the Philippines start cleaning the airport and stop claiming yyou are all righteous. The comments ove read here as if something you start a civil war, bashing anything even the Scout Rangers at the other post. Go to the airport, clean the mess to show that you walk the talk.

jim DiGriz
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Did you go there to pick up trash instead of commenting nonsense here? No? So shut your pie hole.

Jerry Lynch
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You have to have a ticket to get in so who is going to buy a ticket just to clean up after Filipino shitheads/

aer
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Tinuruan ko mga anak ko panu mag ayos, mag segregate ng basura, what ive seen here from most posts are the nonsence, look how many of you criticize the AFP,is just one example of sickness of this site!

domo
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Awww truth hurts much for you asshurt? Here apply this butthurt cream to your ass!

dong
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“what have you done”

well highlighting you and your ilk’s despicable practice of routinely turning a place into a pig sty is one. problem with people like you is you don’t do anything and still enjoy the perks that come with someone’s “complaint”.

btw, i don’t throw trash on the floor. is that walk the walk enough for you?

s
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From what I have seen here in the Philippines the people here are pigs. They hire maids to do the cooking and cleaning, it’s like they can’t even take care of a 25 or 30 square meter house. The simple fact is Filipinos are lazy, incompetent and stubborn to the point of being foolish. It is not generalizing when you see the same thing happening over and over in different places.

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored.

aer
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Calling human beings pigs is the most racist thing ive read on this blog. Please stay civil and avoid calling names,kayo rin ang magsisi sa huli, spread the love not hate!!!

Jim DiGriz
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No! Calling humans pigs is an insult to pigs as they are actually clean animals. They are only dirty when being held by humans.

domo
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And yet you hypocrites also call even your fellow Filipino muslims as dibidi dibidi. Who is spreading the hate now? Btw I bet you’re one of those idiots at skyscrapercity.

Monakh
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good points dude
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but being “probinsyano” myself I was slightly offended from that comment… not all “probinsyanos” are “mangmang”, just like not all Manileños are cosmopolitan or well educated.

Dick s. O'rosary
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This could very well have been done by a bunch of squatters.

Jerry Lynch
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There are several things at work here. Filipinos in general are not taught what to do with their trash, partly because there is no SYSTEM for proper trash disposal. In most places there is no refuse service that comes around periodically to remove household garbage so people “learn” to just pitch it wherever they can.Until a system that works is in place the problem will persist. This leads directly to the situation in the airport. There simply are not enough trash bins for people to use even if they want to. Then, to make matters worse, the entire airport itself… Read more »
RedSona
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Don’t know if you see it (Or read it), but that’s NAIA 3. Sure it’s not the best airport in the world but it’s relatively well maintained and a damn sight better than NAIA 1–the dump I am going to assume you are talking about. There ARE trash cans in 3, not as many as I would like to see..but that’s public spaces for you in the Philippines..never enough trash cans. Even if this was taken in that decrepit puke green painted hell that is NAIA 1 (Which is also equipped with visible trash cans in waiting areas), it still… Read more »
Sarah
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Here in Canada and maybe in some countries too, if we don’t find any garbage bin around or close by, we bring the litter with us and throw them in our own garbage bin at home. Simple as that. No system is no excuse to just leave your litters everywhere.

justakano
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I am a American living in this pig pen. And I still do as I always have done. No trash can around? Put it in my pocket till I find one. I just wish the locals would stop pissing on everything like dogs to a lamp post. Just go before you leave,,, is it that hard?? for real (pun) is it ?? The stink of piss on the streets is just nasty people! Just a bunch of savages. Drop your loin cloth whenever or wherever the urge strikes. Take the bone out of your nose and loose the loin cloth… Read more »
Robert
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This kind of problem we can found not only in the Philippines, but we can found anywhere in the world..in this case the attitude of the passengers, would be penalize for doing this thngs ….they should throw their garbage in the proper place.

birobiro
Guest

damn, whatcha you doin livin in a pig pen man? The PHILS is fine for short holidays by the beach and such, but livin there?

Dave
Guest

I never had trouble finding a trash can in NAIA 3. As Philippines terminals go, it’s really not bad. Even the Wi-Fi works most of the time.

Jojo Cuenca
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What else do you expect from my countrymen. We’re not Japanese who love their country & will do everything to keep it clean. We shit & piss anywhere & everywhere. We throw our garbage anywhere & everywhere. Just look at our streets, sidewalks & slum areas. We’re kind of like filthy swines.

TiredTaxpayer
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Tang ina nyo mga squatter!

PinoyAko
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I agree with all the sentiments… People just throw their garbage everywhere. Like the old commercial in the 80’s were a family just throw out the garbage off the window of a new car on a family trip and the head of the family says…iba na ang neat! It goes down why sewerage clogged up easily. And when it begins to flood, you would see people had their trash, neatly wrap in a garbage plastic bag and let it float like a paper boat, wherever it may lead up to, who cares!!!

triple r
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three words: get real philippines

jim DiGriz
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It is all a question of proper education. I used to live in Malate around the corner from St. Pauls College. The streets around the school were littered with garbage left behind by the students. They just threw about anything on the ground. I always asked, why no one in that school notices and cares about that? What kind of a college do they run? If I were in charge there I would get the students to pick up the trash around the school at least once a week to teach them not to litter. But we all know what… Read more »
fredo
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Yes!
Culture of corruption!
Culture of dishonesty!
Culture of Kayabangan!
Culture of wanna be!
Culture pa rin ng kababuyan!
Yan ang Filipino

Narra
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I guess the “real” garbage disposal is an alien thing to a number of Filipinos. The fact that they throw their garbage anywhere shows that they see their country as trash mountain. Yes, it has something to do with your love for your country. Even Values Education or GMRC (good manners and right conduct) seemed ineffective anymore especially when kids would see adults carelessly flaunting their “dirty ways”. Since Filipinos are easily enticed by cool advertisements, maybe educating Filipinos on proper garbage disposals should be done in that form, too. Perhaps each person should also be given a flyer on… Read more »
triple r
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Just can’t let this topic go. It’s such a mystery to me. How can a people who are so clean with their bodies just let their surroundings go to shit?

I just have to let it out… it takes everything I have to stop and not slap the shit out of any person I see littering.

piogante
Guest

probably those sitting there didn’t bother to stand up and throw their rubbish in the nearby bin for fear of not being able to regain their seats while doing their supposed ‘patriotic duty’

david
Guest

Reminds me of a Filipino cemetery after the burial.

dora
Guest

This is a wake up call for NAIA management to do tough measures w/ regards to littering in or out of the airport! Teach those litterbugs a lesson!!!

leonilo estrella
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Hindi naman lahat ng pinoy eh,tamad, tayo nga ang pinaka masipag, pag andun tayo sa ibang bansa, dito sa Singapore, marami bawal dito, pero mga pinoy masunurin, ewan ko ba sa atin bakit di sumusunod sa mga maliliit na bagay, gaya ng magtapon ng basura. Sana matuto na tayo, para din sa atin ito, at sana naman mga pinuno natin ay silang gabay para sa atin, matuto na kayo, mga pulitiko, patnubayan nawa tayo ng Maykapal.

unknown
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Thats why i left the philippines…dont wanna go back to that hellhole specialy the visayan people oh…my God theyre nasty as fuck. And they dont know how to respect…

Buto
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Kasalanan mo Ruffa Biazon at ng mga katulad mo sa ruling class kung bakit ganyan ang mga ugali ng mga Pinoy. Masyado kayo nag pabaya habang nasa position kayo. Kinuha nyo ng mga pera sa edukasyon, binabaan nyo ang standard ng edukasyon, kinurakot nyo ang mga pera na para sa mapa ayos ang NAIA, binulsa nyo ang pera na pang bili ng mga rubbish bins at dump trucks, etc.. Sa maikling salita, NAGPABAYA KAYO sa gobyerno noon pa! Kaya ayan ang bunga ng inyong kasakiman. Mga lider kayo ng mga baboy, bobo at mga inutil. Tapos kung makagamit kayo ng… Read more »
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