Why I Am Not Proud To Be Filipino


Consider this a list, not exhaustive, of character traits that Filipinos need to overcome if they want to emerge as a better society – definitely better than their current situation indicates.

Filipinos are rude, undisciplined and inconsiderate

The quintessential example of this, of course, is to look at a daily commute and a typical traffic scene in the Philippines. What do they do? They all want to be first; if they spot a chance to overtake, they will. If you drive a car, if you use signal lights to turn or change lanes, a lot of drivers will not let you pass through.

Filipinos are overly emotional

How else to describe a people who elect their leaders based on a perceived sense of “honesty” and because their relatives died? How else to describe a people who are easily swayed by catchy one-liners and slogans and phrases? How else to describe a people who are better at reacting than responding; there is a difference between the two (hint: one of them involves thinking)

Filipinos lack a sense of self-responsibility

Filipinos always need a hero who will deliver them from their self-made wretchedness. A man like Rodrigo Duterte appeals to a people who are unable to appreciate the importance of policing themselves.

In addition, Filipinos have been so used to thinking that someone else will clean up after their own messes, they just leave their trash, literally.

Filipinos rely heavily on external factors and forces for validation

Two words: Pinoy Pride. That all too familiar feeling when someone with Filipino blood is successful abroad. Filipinos back home are quick to latch on to the success of that entity and claim it as their own, or worse, to put it up as proof that Filipinos are great and important members of the world community. And yet, more often than not, the success of that entity is due to his/her own hard work, and not because he/she has Filipino roots or heritage.

By the way, does it sound familiar to you that on occasion, Filipinos pay little attention to their talented countrymen until a foreign entity recognizes that talent? Now suddenly, they’re all over him.

Filipinos take criticism and alternative approaches/points of view very poorly

Filipinos have heard and been told too many times that they need to improve themselves and that they need to clean up their act if they want to get out of their current pathetic condition. They have one general reaction to all of these: indignation. All due to a paper thin ego that is better at dishing out than taking it.

Unfortunately, Filipinos put more emphasis on the tone and the perceived rudeness of the message more than on the actual content. Form over substance. And they can’t even put up proper counterarguments without resorting to Ah, basta! or argumentatum ad hominem.

Why such stubbornness or incorrigible self-righteousness persists, despite the disastrous outcome and results found in Filipino society, is something that has been baffling for many, many years.

Filipinos set abominably low standards for themselves

Pwede na iyan. Bahala na. Continuous improvement is a hard chore for the Filipino because he is forced to think to make it work – something he does not like doing. Mediocre mindset equals mediocre output equals substandard way of life.

Filipinos are lazy and unimaginative

There are many talented Filipinos. However, it seems that the problem is that collectively, their society doesn’t encourage such. What are some common reactions one can get if you try to present ideas to fellow Filipinos?

That can’t be done.
Don’t forget us when you become famous.
You make the rest of us look bad.
Why don’t you for a government office?
Ang ambisyoso mo naman!
Balato ko, ha!

Filipinos harbor a skewed concept of freedom

Filipinos think the “freedom” they supposedly earned in 1986 allows them to do whatever they want, regardless of the consequences. This “freedom” goes hand in hand with their concept of “democracy”. They just go through the motions; elect leaders whose platforms (or lack thereof) they didn’t exhaustively cross-examine, and they express shock that things come out the way they envisioned it to.

The following question remains without a convincing answer until now:

Proud to be Filipino? Of what exactly?

Obviously, Filipinos have been putting the cart before the horse; they feel pride for some inexplicable thing, then they go find something to feel proud of, however small and inappropriate. But true pride comes from a society building things as a collective, from accomplishing things where each member of that society can feel happy and satisfied knowing that they had a part in building that thing or accomplishment. Not just because they share some semblance of “Filipino blood” with the entity who became successful.

If Pwede na iyan, Bahala na, and a culture of impunity are the best that Filipinos can do together, well, they get what they deserve.


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А вы, друзья, как ни садитесь, все в музыканты не годитесь. - But you, my friends, however you sit, not all as musicians fit.

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А вы, друзья, как ни садитесь, все в музыканты не годитесь. - But you, my friends, however you sit, not all as musicians fit.

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Yes! Yes! Yes! If I may add… If a “foreigner” wrote this, he/she would be reported to Immigration and be deported as an “undesirable alien”.


like i said. if your ashamed of being a Filipino. go live in another country where you will be proud to be a citizen of.


Well done, Fallen Angel…

The 3 most common pinoy signs: Out of Stock, Out of Order, Out to lunch.
It’s a miracle more companies aren’t Out Of Business!

So, in keeping with the subject: Pasensya na poooooo!


Another Pinoy classic comeback: “If you’re ashamed of being a Filipino, go live in another country..”


You live in Metro Manila don’t you? Your first point is obviously pointed at driver behavior in Metro Manila. Metro Manila is not the only place for Filipinos in the Philippines. On your general point on how Filipino’s vote their politicians is obviously pointing to lack of education and what the needs of our countrymen need, which are basic necessities like food, clothing, and money and not how you describe it as a character trait. The phrase “bahala na” does not always mean leave it to faith or chance, it is sometimes said “I’ve done everything I can. Bahala na.”… Read more »

Bill Hicks: “People ask me ‘are you proud to be an American?’ and I say, ‘I don’t know, I didn’t have a lot to do with it. My parents f****d there, that’s about all.'”

Krazy Garlic Chef
What the author summarized are true and we as Filipinos should not be proud of it. However, in the spirit of fairness a d trasnparency, the author should have also listed things that we Filipinos should be proud about. All races are not perfec and share fauls,cultures, and historical atrocities we are not, and will never be proud of. But if you hate being Filipino and leads its non-Filipino detractors in maligning your own race then it is you who should be ashamed of yourself. Just like this full blooded Filipino who hates everything about the Philippines with tbe exeption… Read more »

Well said well said. Very good analysis and observation.


Stereotype &/or Reality? There’s no perfect Human Being, Society or any Culture in our Planet. The author is right in some degree, mixed with arrogance & hypocrisy.


Oohh, a post about Filipinos! Proud to be Pinoy!

Bing Bong

Mostly true, but I’ve met a few Filipino’s with higher values and beliefs standards than many other humans I’ve encountered.It comes from good parenting, societal structure and is complicated.BUT THE ARTICLE IS ACCURATE,for 90%+ of the population.

GET OUT NOW,and never return until you are a citizen of another country.NO FUTURE FOR THE PHILIPPINES, could be a big hit song there,its true enough…someone should redo the SEX-PISTOLS song there,Filipino musicians are first rate and are good at imitating things.

Bing Bong

you forgot ‘have a low to non-existant self-esteem level’.

Bing Bong

the worst trait is the throwing garbage around wherever they happen to go, that is truly acting and being like ,u know,OINK-OINK=pig. Most societies frown on littering severely, if you do that,I dont care where you live or what nation your from…you are a fuckin pig !

Adelina Guerrero
Maraming tama sa sinabi mo, ang masama sa Pilipino saludo sila sa foreigner at hindi nila tinataguyod ang sariling atin. Kagaya na lang ng mga performer, mas magaling ang Pinoy pero nag iimport tayo at lumalabas ang dollar ng bansa dahil dito. Maraming mangmang at kulang sa outlook ang maraming Pinoy. Binoboto lang nila ang makapagbibigay ng kaunting ginhawa kagaya ng isang kilong bigas. Sana maging matinik sila kunin nila pero iboto nila ang matinong tao. At isa pa me talangka attitude ang maraming Pinoy. Mas matalino ang Pinoy kesa ibang lahi, hindi lang nabibigyan ng tamang pagkakataon.


Robert Haighton

as a foreigner I witnessed, experienced all of the issues mentioned by you, every time I am in Cebu.

And I keep on wondering what was/is the root of all those issues or where did it all start.

Secondly, I keep on wondering why I never met a person who said “enough is enough”.

Every time I leave Cebu (going back home), I am always frustrated, especially about all the inefficiencies.


eto pa “If Pwede na iyan, Bahala na, and a culture of impunity are the best that Filipinos can do together, well, they get what they deserve”

bakit “they”? hindi ka ba pilipino?.


i just noticed lahat “they” not once do I see “we filipinos”

how much more arrogant can you get? it’s like every else is.. but not you?


Partly correct but the author forgot to mention that these undesirable traits are also present in any other culture and these do not represent the entire Filipino community.Sure there are bad apples in a bunch but not all.How many times I’ve seen Filipinos with better work ethics, take more responsibility than others,have more sound judgement according to conscience.


If everybody only had self awareness. I’m Filipino and thanks to this post I have realized that I am guilty of some and not guilty of most. Which by the way gives me an eye opener to initiate change. Not change in anybody’s life, but change in myself. A change for the better. It wouldn’t hurt to try be a better citizen.