Values and Virtues in the Philippines and Why They Don’t Help Much

As a young boy studying in a Catholic private school, I was often proud of the fact that even our so-called “goodness” was also graded in our report cards. You see, in the back of our report cards, you would find a grading system regarding our industry, initiative, obedience and other traits you would find in a good, law-abiding citizens. However, after graduating from college and being exposed to philosophical debates postulated by the likes of Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche and Machiavelli, I came to realize just how silly the whole concept was. I mean, it could be helpful in making sure that kids grew up right but considering just how chaotic and troublesome growing up really is I doubt that they would really mean anything in the long run.

tree_of_lifeTo make matters worse, I have come to notice a very troubling aspect of Filipino culture and that is the way a lot of Filipinos misinterpret common values and virtues that are found in more developed countries. Now, don’t get me wrong, these values and virtues can still be found in a good number of people but it saddens me to note what they mean to a lot of other people. At best, most of these people will only understand the basic stuff like what they mean in the dictionary but at worst, they don’t even know said values and virtues have an even deeper meaning beyond the basic.

I have stated in a previous article that most Filipinos don’t really understand the concept of honor and the smaller values that constitute it. Here, I will expound on how most Filipinos often forget the true meaning of some values and virtues and apply them out of context or worse.

Let me show you what I mean with some of the following observations I’ve made over the years:

Freedom

  • What it Actually Means: Freedom is about having a choice in matters and knowing what a given choice entails. In second Captain America film, it was stated by one character that: “Freedom is not a right but a responsibility.” This essentially means that everyone has the right to choose but that they must also choose wisely. Freedom, when abused, can be every bit as dangerous as oppression when used recklessly. An example of this in action is how everyone has the “freedom of speech”. You can say anything you want about a given subject but it is up to other people on how they react to it and whether or not they even listen to it in the first place. Sure, you can always go out and hit someone but the person you hit can also hit you back.
  • What Most Pinoys THINK it Means: Most Pinoys tend to think that “freedom” is simply about doing what you want without consequences. It means that a person can do anything from running across non-pedestrian lanes to outright mass-murder. I will note that lawlessness and freedom are two very different concepts but a lot of people seem to misinterpret it as such anyway. A good example of this abuse of “freedom” is when celebrities and their slaves think they can get away with everything. I once heard Kris Aquino say something about “people should stay out of her life” even though she broadcasts her daily activities on a 24-hour basis which implies that people have no choice but to watch her and shut up which spits on the very meaning of “freedom”.

Forgiveness

  • What it Actually Means: Here’s a common quote: “To err is human but to forgive is divine.” Indeed, forgiveness is actually very powerful as it liberates a victim from the influence of an oppressor. When you forgive an offender, it means that you are not letting that person have any effect on your life whatsoever and it frees you from bitterness and ill will. It’s not about simply “letting things slide”, it’s about letting go of a person’s neck so you can use the same hands to do something more constructive. Contrary to what our teleseryes may tell you, life is not about revenge. It’s all about making yourself a better person and bettering the people around you in the process. By forgiving someone who offended you, you banish any bitterness and hate in your heart so you can allow yourself to contribute to your society instead of wasting your time and brain cells on needless animosity. A good example of this is when Israel and her people forgave the Germans for what the had done to them during the Holocaust and when Pope John Paul II forgave the man who almost killed him during an assassination attempt. While Israel and Pope John Paul II forgave their offenders, they still let justice follow its usual course and Israel, to this day, is ever vigilant (or too vigilant) in protecting themselves and their people and Pope John Paul II’s assassin still went to jail for his crimes. Forgiveness just means not hating someone because of what they did to you but it doesn’t mean you’re going to let their offenses slide and spit on the face of justice.
  • What Most Pinoys THINK it Means: Here’s another common quote: “Forgive and Forget.” I hear lots of people saying it when they’re too lazy to pursue an issue. That’s why, if you’ll notice, even proven criminals can still run for office in this wretched little country of ours. Most Pinoys seem to think that when you “forgive” someone, it also means that you erase everything in your mind and heart about what they did to you in the past. Is it really any surprise that I meet a lot of people who refuse to “forgive” their enemies and continue bearing their grudges for years to come?

Family First

  • What it Actually Means: Family first is actually something very nice. It means that you are a man or woman who looks after your family and that they will always be the center of your life. Indeed, the basic unit of any community is a family after all. There’s also the idea that life’s first lessons are learned at home. This means that, as a parent, it is your responsibility to look after your children and correct their mistakes.
  • What Most Pinoys THINK it Means: Okay, this is where we often get in trouble. Most Pinoys misinterpret this as saying that you should only look after your own family and no one else. That’s why nepotism continues to be such a big problem in the Philippines. Government officials often appoint their own kin over more qualified individuals because of this crooked way of thinking. I often think that there might actually be a lot of gifted minds and good hearts among the Filipino people but they are never given a chance to lead because most officials would rather have someone they’re related to take their place rather than someone who is a complete stranger to them. To make things worse, in some circles, being family-oriented means tolerating the bad behavior of people because they are “family” anyway. I’ve even known parents today who outright to discipline their children’s misbehavior as they seem to think that that is a schoolteacher’s job and that they can’t bring themselves to “put their foot down” against their children.

Oh, and readers, feel free to add more examples when you can…

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FRED MERTZ
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I agree with most of this article, except the part about what ‘Freedom actually means’….

I could also add a few things as the author implores, but I am not a Filipino so will decline the offer.

it can also be argued that what a certain ‘value’ means in the Filippines is OK and doesn’t have to mean the same thing as it does outside of the Filippines. People have the right to define their culture as they see fit…..regardless of what those outside of the culture think…its TUFF SHIT, yes?

TaengGorbachev
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Mostly spot on about forgiveness according to Filipinos, but there is another thing: To forgive and forget is to vote or re-elect.It’s as if a vote is the proof of forgiveness for Filipinos.

jameboy
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“Freedom is not a right but a responsibility.” This essentially means that everyone has the right to choose but that they must also choose wisely. ======== Yes, freedom is a right WITH responsibility. That’s the reason why we have laws and guidelines as to how we exercise such right. Everyone has the right but they must be responsible exercising such right. In matters of voting, ‘choosing wisely’ is relative. Is ‘choosing wisely’ based on somebody’s standard or mine? Is ‘choosing wisely’ means I also vote who you vote? Isn’t my personal choice who to vote not ‘choosing wisely’? I think… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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“Freedom is about having a choice in matters and knowing what a given choice entails.”
“Freedom is not a right but a responsibility.”

Every country has no law that forbids to procreate. But to have a large family when somebody can not afford it, is irresponsable.
Its a pity that mature grown up parents dont realize that.

Mercury
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I really think those “values education” subjects shoved down to our throats during our younger years are pretty useless.

I mean, look at those people who run our government. They might be graduates with degrees but at the end of the day, most of them are crooks.

Those subjects should be abolished if they are such as useless a pile of rubble.

jameboy
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But you have to distinguish. Unlike those people running the gov’t. most people like me or you went to public school. Those crooks you are talking about mostly come from U.P., Ateneo, and other exclusive or private schools.

If they got their values education like we do, how come they are prone to corruption that us? I don’t think values education or whatever you call it has something to do with them becoming crooks.

Sick Amore
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Which reminded me of the following quotes:

“absolute power attracts the corruptible” and “the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery”

Sea Bee
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In his recent visit, the Pope asked us to be “ready to go beyond your homes and to care for your brothers and sisters who are most in need.” This is difficult for me. i have become numbed by the onslaught of the countless poor and dispossessed. I have stepped over so many children sleeping in the street, that I no longer feel anything. I sometimes wish that the poor would just go away and go back to the provinces. The clamor and filth created by these colonies of squatters makes me want to run away to a gated community.… Read more »
LA702
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@Grimwald

This is like a high school essay gone wrong. I’m giving you an “F”. LOL !!!

Jaja
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Bottom line: the very source of our dysfunction as a people are our families themselves (not all).

avardulithiel
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The Pope’s challenge is very difficult; not because its not doable but because the culture apathy is prevalent in the Filipino culture. The poor care for their survival, the rich care for amassing wealth, and those in the middle are torn between both. The government? Doesn’t care

Andy Gee
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What absolute crap, how one person could generalize to these completely devoid of merit opinions is beyond me.
Unsubbed, bye

Hyden Toro_00ty7
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Freedom must be understood, that it goes with it your responsibility to do good…for your country, the world and your fellowmen.

Forgiveness releases the soul and your mind, from all “negative emotions”…I believe it is a “Divine Gift”. To forgive others and yourself.
It is in the “Lord’s Prayer”…we cannot go on in life, without hurting others; and being hurt by others.

Family first, is an ingrained culture in our country…my American friend, who is married to a Filipina; complained to me that; when he married his wife. He married her whole family..

jameboy
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Freedom must be understood, that it goes with it your responsibility to do good…for your country, the world and your fellowmen.
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That’s gibberish.

Freedom is not about “to do good” it’s about absence of external control. Being at liberty from any kind of restraint.

To “do good for your country, the world and your fellowmen” sounds more like a motto of a Marvel super hero than what freedom is. Stop romanticizing what freedom. It’s a very simple term for you to stretch it too far and too out of context. 🙂

Hyden Toro_88hg
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@ YellowTard Jameboy:

“Freedom is the absence of external control”?
So, you are a “Control Freak”?

What I have written, I have written. You are just a YellowTard Paid Hack nuisance…as mentallly retarded, as your Patron Aquino…

jameboy
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“Freedom is the absence of external control”?
So, you are a “Control Freak”?
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Ngeeekkkkk!!! Will somebody help the poor guy? He cannot even comprehend a simple statement.

What I have written, I have written. – Toro
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Yes, and it was wrong. Writing is not the issue, saying is. 🙂

Hyden Toro_99ty2
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@jameboy

You idiotic Aquino Ass Kisser…you cannot understand English? How much do your Patron Aquino pays you? It comes from my taxes…kiss and lick Aquino’s Ass again…you are doing a good job for him. Maybe, he will pay you more…
Do you ever have the dignity, to earn your living in a better way?

jameboy
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Man, don’t you want to defend or explain your statement that I quoted? I think you are too obsessed with Aquino that you cannot post without mentioning him. Terrible. You keep on accusing me of siding with Aquino when you cannot even show an iota of evidence. For someone, who is educated and who now works abroad, that kind of thinking is simply childish. I’d like to see you engage me on per issue basis. Don’t attack me with your “I-hate-Aquino” personal agenda. That’s not what I’m here for. In fact, you cannot even show a post I put up… Read more »
jameboy
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And also Toro, you’re a puppy, everybody knows it. Quit the bullying. I won’t work. Never. 🙂

jameboy
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If we want to change anything, we should start by changing OURSELVES. ======== That line has been with us, like, forever. Growing up, I firmly believe that that is the key to a frutiful and positive change and development. But, alas, I don’t think it even make sense now. Let me say why. Changing ourselves infers that the process toward change starts from within. We’ll do it ourselves. We change on our own volition. That attaining change individually will end up to changing collectively and will result to the desired change for the whole. But obviously we’re still far from… Read more »
jameboy
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Forgiveness releases the soul and your mind, from all “negative emotions”…I believe it is a “Divine Gift”. To forgive others and yourself. It is in the “Lord’s Prayer”…we cannot go on in life, without hurting others; and being hurt by others. ======== Really? Forgiveness releases the soul and mind from all negative emotions? Apparently, you have not practice that and have yet to have a ‘release’ because most of your post are all about negativity, name-calling, wild accusations and stupid allegations. If you believe in the ‘Divine gift’ why not show it through the post you put up? Someoe who… Read more »
Hyden Toro_88hg
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@Jameboy YellowTard

People have eyes…they can see what I’m talking about; while you Paid Hack of Aquino is defending him like a Rabid Dog. I don’t believe, you do it for free…

Kiss and lick Aquino’s Ass again, Dude…maybe he will pay you more from my taxes…

jameboy
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People have eyes…they can see what I’m talking about; – Toro’
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Yes, they know you’re talking about “Aquino”. Every post you put up, there is “Aquino” there.

And you know what? People are bored.

They want to see some reason, logic or idea in your post.

Surely, for an educated (allegedly) person like you, there is more than “Aquino” on that round thing atop your shoulder.

Or am I wrong? 😉

Hyden Toro_78ky
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

What is your business on my education?
I did not owe it from Aquino, or from you.

Are you envious that I have the dignity to earn a good living, instead of kissing and licking asses , like you pathetic idiot…

Your Patron , Aquino is the President. what has he done to create jobs; and the Land Reform Program….Answer my question, and don’t divert it with your childish blogs..

Hyden Toro 45th
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

Yes, sure your Master Aquino will always be on my comment. Until, he will do his job and blame others, for his failings…

jameboy
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Paid Hack of Aquino
Kiss and lick Aquino’s Ass
I did not owe it from Aquino
Your Patron , Aquino
You idiotic Aquino Ass Kisser
How much do your Patron Aquino
kiss and lick Aquino’s Ass
your Patron Aquino
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Is that really the Divine gift? 😉

Terrible. 🙁

jameboy
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What is your business on my education? – Toro
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I think it’s low. 🙂

I did not owe it from Aquino, or from you. – Toro
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That is why it’s low.

Are you envious that I have the dignity…
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Oops, you don’t know what dignity, let’s go back to ‘Aquino’. 🙂

jameboy
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Yes, sure your Master Aquino will always be on my comment.
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Good for you! At least, you have something to write about other than nothing. 🙂

Pallacertus
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Can we just agree that Noynoy supporters aren’t base turds, and aren’t supposed to be treated like base turds?

Can we at least maintain a measure of civility? Hyden Toro (and his alts)? jameboy? Everyone?

jameboy
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Forgiveness releases the soul and your mind…..

I believe it is a “Divine Gift”……

It is in the “Lord’s Prayer”….

Yada, yada, yada….. 🙂

Hyden Toro5th
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@ YellowTard Jameboy:

Divine gift is one of my belief. Is there something wrong with it?

Yes, it is in the Lord’s Prayers…do you know how to pray the Lord’s Prayer?

Go on with your Childish tantrum…

jameboy
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Divine gift is one of my belief. Is there something wrong with it? – Toro
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Yes, you don’t have the gift so don’t talk about belief. 🙂

Yes, it is in the Lord’s Prayers…do you know how to pray the Lord’s Prayer? – Toro
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I know how to pray but because of you I no longer do it. 🙂

Hyden Toro 45th
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

If Aquino will stop blaming others ; and take responsibility…I will desist from attacking him…

He must implement the Land Reform Program, for his serfs and for the Filipino farmers…

jameboy
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I will desist from attacking him… – Toro
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No, you just continue what you are doing. That’s all you know. You cannot engage others other than what you are doing now.

You have perfected the “Aquino” offense. Continue it and who knows, you might get promoted and get to write an article here about, guess what, Aquino.

Lol! 🙂

jameboy
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Toro, I had fun with you. Thanks for being a sport. Let me take a rest. 🙂

Hyden Toro_67h
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@YellowTard Jameboy

You can start licking the ass of your Patron Aquino…you diverted the issues of Land Reform Program of his Hacienda Luisita; and his accepting responsibility of his failures. You do not answer my questions…

I know you are a Paid Hack of Aquino…poor you, this is the way you earn your living?

jameboy
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I know you are a Paid Hack of Aquino…poor you, this is the way you earn your living? ======== 🙂 I know you area a one-issue know-nothing member of this blog. You hate Aquino. You eat, breath and defecate ‘Aquino’. ALL of your posts prove that. Good for you, you have something to write that you know. Nobody here doubt that you are an “Aquino-only” issue. Know nothing and no idea about other issues outside “Aquino”. And you accused me or earning a living for Aquino by writing in a Get Real blog? 🙂 Does that mean that there are… Read more »
Hyden Toro_55uh
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

You are a Paid Hack of Aquino…why do you defend him? Why do you not answer my question of his Hacienda Luisita? Why do you not answer my question about his stopping the Land Reform?

Anyway, you are acting like a clown, and a real ass kisser of Aquino. Not only his apologist but, his ass licker…poor you…

jameboy
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…why do you defend him (Aquino)? – TORO
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What? Where did I defend him? All I know is you always attack him for you perfected the ‘Aquino offense’. Before you ask me that question, show first the post that I defended him and then we’ll start from there. In the meantime, your hallucination is getting out of control. Do something about it because you have been an embarrassment with those posts for two days now. 🙂

Hyden Toro-99fv
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

You lick the Ass of Aquino. Then, pays you…why do you rabidly defend him on GRP? I don’t believe you do it for free…or,to to give him a favor…

You again lick his balls…he gives you a blowjob…what a pathetic scene….

jameboy
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You again lick his balls…he gives you a blowjob…
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And you said you work abroad with your wife helping you and you have grandchildren?

Very sad indeed. 🙁

Hyden Toro76sd
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

You told people that I have a low education; and low intelligence. Then, you have a comment on your Blog: “You perfected the Aquino offense…”

If I’m as stupid as you think…how can I “perfect things”? Like the “perfected Aquino offense”…

Aquino’s YellowTard Hackers are frustrated in Hacking my blogs and computer. This is the truth….YellowTard Jameboy is contradicting himself…How pathetic these people are…

jameboy
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You told people that I have a low education; and low intelligence… – Toro ======== Don’t play ‘awa’. Just show my post saying you are low educated/intelligence and if true, I’ll apologize. Actually, I remember saying you are an educated person for you to be focus on one issue only. If I’m as stupid as you think…how can I “perfect things”? Like the “perfected Aquino offense”… – Toro ======== True, you perfected the Aquino offense because that is all you do. You bully, not because of issues but because of Aquino and Aquino only. Tell me, where did I disagree/agree… Read more »
benign0
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@Hyden_Toro: I am inclined to agree with @jameboy. Though much of what you say about Aquino may be true (and many of these things I personally agree with), I am also growing tired of the way you turn every issue into an anti-Aquino rant. For your sake, I suggest you try broadening the range of your argument domains and think outside the square when making comments here. Labelling everyone who disagrees with you a “YellowTard” subtracts rather than adds to your credibility. Just a friendly suggestion. Take it from me who also routinely gets accused of being a “paid hack”… Read more »
jameboy
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For that, I’ll hold my piece.

I apologize for wasting space in your blog benign0. I don’t take the exchanges with Toro personally but I admit, it went overboard.

Sorry. 🙁

jameboy
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*peace.

benign0
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I was actually addressing @Hyden_Toro jumping off your own observations. He seems to have not taken on board our suggestions seeing that his comment form following the above recent posts remains the same.

Hyden Toro77fz
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@BenignO You know where I stand;you know how I think, my belief, etc…we started as Bloggers in the now closed: “Filipino Voices” Website. The Webmaster, became Aquino supporter, and sold it to Aquino. Then, they closed the Website… I love exposing YellowTards…they are Too Dumb, to hide their intents, like their Patron. I enjoy playing with the Aquino Hackers, who hack my computer. They may had hacked the HCOSPCOS machine…but they are very frustrated to hack my computer. Pandering for CREDIBILITY is not one of my vices. If the reader, agrees with me. I will appreciate it. If he/she does… Read more »
twisky
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I’ve observed mainly that ideals and values come easily to those who are sure of their identity and their place in society, and we lack this in our people— across every class we have. Maybe the better question is who are we beyond the superficial traits and values we like to adhere to. Who is the Filipino? Thinking out of the box, which is the ‘reason’ most people attribute to ‘diskarte’ is kind of difficult if we have no idea of what the box is in the first place. That to me, is very disturbing.

benign0
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This seems to be the root of it all. A weak sense of identity. What, after all, does ‘the Filipino’ stand for?

jameboy
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We are primarily Asian and a mixture of everything (from Chinese to Malays to Hispanics to Americans, etc.). I don’t think we lack identity. In fact, we have multiple identities because of the conglomeration brought about by different genes in us. And that’s one of the reason why Filipinos adapt easily in different environment. Being genetically mixed accord us values and ideals from those cultures that coopted our geneology or ancestry. The ‘what is a Filipino’ question has been around with us for sometime and it makes for a good conversation for it enlighten us in a way on the… Read more »
Hyden Toro_25uv
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

You really descended from the monkey. there is still a stub of tail on your rear. This is the reason you are acting like a monkey…

jameboy
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@YellowTard Jameboy:
“You really descended from the monkey. there is still a stub of tail on your rear. This is the reason you are acting like a monkey…” – TORO

“You told people that I have a low education; and low intelligence.” – TORO
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Kindly reconcile those contrasting statements you made above. 🙂

Hayden Toro78rg
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@YellowTard Jameboy:

I don’t have to reconcile anything…
I believe you descended from the monkey…because you are behaving like a monkey…

Whatever my family is, is out of question. I have a wife and 3 kids…no grandchildren…We are proud to have the dignity to earn a good living…we have both careers…my wife is British. She is a university graduate from Britain…maybe she loved, my low intelligence, as you had claimed…but I know she is not stupid…

No licking ass of a President, like Aquino…

twisky
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Definitely the question has been with us for some time, but I don’t think we have a specific answer, as a society. Yes by race & genetics we definitely we are a mix, so were the ancient Romans, the English, the Germans, the Spanish, the Americans, Hong Kongese even, and basically every other culture that opened their doors to other races or cultures. We’re not unique in this aspect— yet every one of those I mentioned, knew who they are, culturally. Their identity as a whole, as a society was a singular complex concept that boiled away genes/religion/ideology, when looked… Read more »
jameboy
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We’re not sure who we are, that’s the scary part. There’s no room to develop simply because we are not sure what to develop into as a group; which is ironic because we have that East Asian group-oriented mentalities down pat. ======== I’m more scared of denial than not being sure of who we are. If you think we have that “East Asian group-oriented mentalities” how come you are not sure of who you are? I don’t get it. Also, not knowing who you are infers that you have nothing to base your existence or heritage or your identity, etc.… Read more »
twisky
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@jameboy— Try reading back and understanding what I wrote— don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge you your condescending judgement of my opinion, maybe complex concepts are what they are— complex and difficult to digest. Also, try looking up the definition of chameleon and irony. Benigno I think had a better understanding of my point. Again, I don’t see hoping for a better common understanding or definition of a people as baggage, because it complicates matters further trying to push boundaries when you don’t know what they are— how can one develop deep value within themselves if the understanding is… Read more »
twisky
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correction: informed opinion in an informal exchange of ideas.

jameboy
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twisky, I’m sorry to burst your bubble that forced you to respond in a personal manner to me. No offense meant. You put up a post that I happened to disagree with, so I do what everybody does, critique it. I quoted the part I don’t agree with and you could have rebutted or disprove it but you chose not to. You instead focus on the ‘hurt’ part of my response. I have no control on that. Talk about condescending, I suggest you read back your posts because my response to you was carefully patterned with the way you expressed… Read more »
twisky
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Just saw your reply and it made me chuckle. I’m a bit flattered, actually, that you must go out of your way to needle me.

Nope, it wasn’t personal at all however can’t exactly choose the way you understand what I observe in you?

xx,T

benign0
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Sometimes an entire group or even an entire nation is defined by what its collective achievement(s). Perhaps because the Philippines lacks any other basis for defining a national-level identity that trumps all ethnic, cultural, and tribal affiliations that weigh down its efforts to “unify” then Filipinos need to strive to achieve something that can be attributed to the whole collective rather than just on an exceptional individual. Unfortunately collective achievement does not seem to be a strong tradition in the Philippines. There may be a few exceptional individual achievers amongst this country of 100 million, but when it comes to… Read more »
Brown Eyes
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Freedom is not what it really meant for the Filipinos, they attributed it in a more physical means rather than a spiritual thing.

Sometimes too much freedom instigated disorder, disunity, and chaos.

Too much Freedom made us ignorant, that even a simple rule of law cannot be followed. That is why even our government still walk the path of
corruption.

We paid high price for freedom. They gave us Freedom, but used it against us.

ZL
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Freedom isn’t doing just what you want to do, but what you ought to do. There are some boundaries in life which we are born into by circumstance, but it’s knowing what to do within these boundaries and be able to maximize one’s potential. There may be those that are born impoverished and are bound by monetary capability, but it does not stop one to try and improve one’s self and be able to change his life. I have an uncle and his best friend who were born impoverished and were living in a community of illegal settlers. Everyday it… Read more »
ZL
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Thanksgiving and 4th of July are celebrated by Filipinos but our own Holy Week is used instead for parties and concerts rather than giving thanks for Christ’s sacrifice for us. A solemn time for prayer and thanksgiving bug Filipinos give thanks more to a holiday of another country which has no bearing on us.

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