Three Reasons Filipinos Take Pageants Seriously

It is already the nth day after the Miss Universe beauty pageant and a hell lot of Filipinos are still agog and aghast about it as they keep yakking about the win of Miss Philippines in the contest even to the point of mentioning it to everyone whether they give a damn or not. I really don’t get what goes on in the brains of these people that they take that pageant (or any pageant for that matter) really seriously. Listen to the American female commentator here. They act as if it was a discovery of a cure to cancer, someone found out how to make a spacecraft travel faster than the speed of light or that the Filipinos suddenly evolved their thinking capacities and made The Philippines a first world country.

Why is it that Filipinos are one of the people in this planet who give over-importance to a contest where natural endowments are overwhelmingly focused upon and not real accomplishments that take mental fortitude, nerves of steel and creativity that result in the development of products or building empires that benefit a lot of people? You are basically awarding an ornament. Just like picking a bunch of random flowers in a field and asking a 6 year old girl which is the most beautiful. That is all there is to it!

There are even a lot of puzzling male, female and childrens’ pageants in schools that are promoted by VALUES EDUCATION teachers. If our values education teachers are the ones promoting these kinds of mindsets, it is of no wonder why the country is the way it is and the people’s ways are not conducive to progress.

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Here are three reasons why Filipinos take these brainless pageants so seriously:

1. Filipinos are fatalistic. They believe that fortune is what is given to a person and not what a person creates. They value natural endowments like beauty which one is born with rather than accomplishments that one creates.

2. Filipinos perceive themselves as ugly. Come on, face it. A lot of Filipinos are in Spanish called “feo” and “fea”. They think that compared to East Asians and Caucasians, they who have dark and wrinkly skin (full of moles) are not beautiful (according to their colonial mentality). So they love it when the country fields a lot of European looking women to international beauty contests so that in case they win, the Pinoy audience would think that the world would also see them looking like these mestizas. The world would not though, but Filipinos are foolishly hopeful that they would.

3. Filipinos value form way more than substance. Beauty pageants are what people look like and not what they know, have accomplished or are capable of.

I bet you guys that when I watch TV Patrol tomorrow, my senses will again be freeze dried to numbness by the Miss Universe news again! Over-analyzing and sensationalizing every comment of another contestant or their personal lives. Maybe they’ll tell us how she soiled her gown when Steve Harvey announced that Miss Colombia became the Miss Universe.

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I am glad to have the privilege of being able to express my views via the GRP blog. I live in Southern California with my wife and kid and have a business dealing with real property. Between business and family, I amuse myself by observing different cultures and how they influence the destinies of individuals and groups. Thank you for reading.

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Sancho alconce
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Magnolia, which was once a division of food and bev giant San Miguel Corporation got rid of the annual miss magnolia because of similar reasons. They replaced it with grassroots self help for a community. It made a positive impact on the youth andcommunity. Political figure involvement was a no no. It was discontinued when nestle were negotiating for a take over. Sayang. No one picked up from where it started.

hehehe
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That one is better. Filipinos and their obsession with pageants shows how low their levels of thinking are.

Jamie
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It’s incredible how racist you are (and yes, if you are Filipino internalized racism is a thing). As a Filipino I cannot see any truth in these points. Everything, especially for Filipino-Americans, is earned. Hard work is praised above all, and to say that Filipinos believe that fortune is given is just ignorant. Filipinos also do not believe that they are ugly. I don’t know where you got this from because Filipinos are beautiful. To criticize Filipinos for being dark and filled with moles is colorism at its finest. I love my tan, and growing up my mother taught me… Read more »
Irineo B. R. Salazar
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pangit views.

hehehe
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Yes, beauty pageants are entertaining for all of humanity but it should stop there – entertainment. For Filipinos they treat it like a life and death situation and they keep trying to identify themselves with these individuals. When the world turns the TV off after seeing Ms. Universe, most forget about it and move on except those in the entertainment business. In The Philippines it goes on and on and on and on and on especially if their candidate won. You are actually talking about FIL-AMERICANS who possess a much different culture than Filipinos in The Philippines. Fil-Ams do value… Read more »
Greystanes
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Jamie, most of these “writers” are unemployed and are not well known for their accomplishments (if any) in their wider communities.

So chill out and don’t set too high a bar of standard for their opinion, just enjoy it for what it is 🙂

Nice to see someone that really does keep it real here, Happy holidays to you!

ChinoF
Member

Unemployed, eh. Here is another false generalization. I.E., a lie.

Greystanes
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a group of people who like to write their opinions but don’t have any qualities or qualifications noteworthy enough for them to be published in mainstream media so they make a website for themselves.

Not meant as a insult, more a observation.

There is a big difference between “armchair i-think-therefore-i-am intellectuals” and the real ones out in the world, if you think anyone that writes for this site is a real intellectual, you need to get real 🙂

this site is good for a smile and a occasional laugh, kudos for that 🙂

Irineo B. R. Salazar
Guest

like writing so negative about Filipinos and the Philippines is?

ChinoF
Member

Thanks for the occasional snicker, too.

Pageants are for Sissies
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Pageants are for Sissies

Didn’t you consider that the writers here do not like to work in the mainstream media industry but write just as a hobby? That is what blogs are for. Since you are not Anderson Cooper, then your opinion is irrelevant too. Rule: Never contradict yourself.

boingk
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“a group of people who like to write their opinions but don’t have any qualities or qualifications noteworthy enough for them to be published in mainstream media so they make a website for themselves.”

Care to point out what “qualifications” are needed here to satisfy your very discerning taste? Your comment is also an armchair-intellectual-wannabe opinion drivel.=)

!@#$%
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hahah…log on to “Missosology” website. it´s a pinoy-centric website on pageantry just to make pinoy feel good about themselves. no other countries would go there and praise the pinoy for winning pageants, so pinoy created a webiste to give themselves a “pat on the back”..really pathetic!

gondor
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Yes, and the writers too are raised by goats and eat manure everyday.

Those who cannot counter well thought out views resort to these things.

You know you have won your argument once you get your first ad hominem.

Emong
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Looks like Greystanes is a credentialist. =) Here, try to refute the very intellectual points here without resorting to ad hominems and you just might pass for what you’re trying to imply about yourself. =) Merry Christmas!

http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2014/04/whats-a-credential-anyway/

Yeng
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I c what u did there lol

This site is 10 years old, if they really had great contributors they would of inspired the revolution by now.

I think GRP is a plant of the government to provide fake ineffectual dissent tbh, no mob or pitchforks just some whines hidden on the net.

Just imo just sayin.

tomas
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Govt-planted? Have you actually read the articles here? And for someone who “clearly” knows this is just some empty whining you sure did take your time to post a comment. I saw what you did there as well.

Keh keh keh
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It’s actually like the parable of the sower. The information is out there from people like GRP and it can fall on the rocky ground, thornbushes or fertile ground. For the most part, Pinoys are rocks and thorns like you. But some Pinoys like me actually benefitted from it. From their articles, I got rid of Filipino mindsets and ways that were limiting my growth. For one thing, I was working overseas before and while my fellow OFWs were sending all their money back home and blowing them on luho, gadgets and pabongga, I was saving to invest. I was… Read more »
domo
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“I think GRP is a plant of the government to provide fake ineffectual dissent tbh, no mob or pitchforks just some whines hidden on the net.”

Where did you get that mumbo jumbo trolltard? From your ass?

Jerry Lynch
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Moles are unhealthy and should be removed. Dark skin is lovely and should be enhanced. Now, I can guarantee that nobody in Germany (save perhaps Filipinos there) are talking about the German woman who just won Miss Universe. She is just as much German as she is Pinay and she is ugly in my estimation, what with her narrow face, light skin and long nose. I came to The Philippines to find a short, dark girl with a short nose & I’m happy with her.

!@#$%
Guest

Pia was a product of her prostitute and her john…we can see that she has caught a white victim..poor guy..doesnt know what´s heading his way..

ChinoF
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Number 2 explains it. Beauty pageants along with music videos and other media are part of commercial exploits to impress upon consumers an impossible standard of beauty. Ordinary people will really feel ugly and will buy more products to try and become beautiful. There’s a Marilyn Manson quote that describes this, media convinces you that you’re not beautiful, so you buy products to try and fix that.

There was this article I saw somewhere about beauty pageants and media causing women to buy more beauty products and be like western women. The setting of the article was in India.

wah ching
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Yup. The way to sell to people is to feel they are lacking something and the beauty industry has been employing that tactic brilliantly.

Lee
Guest

Problema ng buong mundo

domo
Guest

Bandwagoning much irresponsible failipino?

ChinoF
Member

Aha, I found the article (click here).

Lee
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Let me disagree with your arrogant article. 1. Check the number of OFWs we have around the world. Is that what you refer to pinoys as just waiting for the opportunity instead of creating it? Filipinos know that the government won’t be of so much help to uplift them out of poverty, they took initiatives to look for other opportunities somewhere.In getting such jobs overseas, they have to undergo numerous trainings and certifications. That fact alone makes your point 1 invalid. 2. Pinoys perceived as ugly? Lol. Dude, did you make such survey? First time I have heard that. We… Read more »
Irineo B. R. Salazar
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baka pangit siya at bobo.

OFWism is a symptom
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The number of OFWs is actually a symptom of a greater ailment called LACK OF OPPORTUNITY in the home country. It is not something to be applauded or admired. It is not something borne out of creativity. It is something they are FORCED to endure to SURVIVE. They leave their families and especially kids at home. Their wives or husbands meet JODY and the kids grow up without real guidance from their father. Imagine being a father and not being able to read your kid a bedtime story? Not being to kiss his boo-boo when he is hurt and hug… Read more »
captjoe25
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Don’t you see the clear picture. The Dysfunctional, regressive culture of the philippines is what makes the Failippines the Sick man of Asia. Enough of the charades. Beauty pageants are for shallow people. It’s only good for entertainment and that’s about it.

benign0
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@Lee, Lol! For someone who thinks the author’s “opinion does not matter anyway to the rest of us” you sure wrote one hell of a comment.

Truth is, OFWism is hard evidence that the sheer number of Filipinos coming together as a nation of 100 million utterly failed to produce a land of domestic opportunity for its own people so much so that Filipinos still have to rely on opportunities originating externally to sustain themselves.

Tough luck. The truth is a hard pill to swallow. 😀

Jerry Lynch
Guest

The very fact that there is a large number of OFWs is a symptom of a national disease. If people could make a good living at home they would stay home and raise their families rather than going abroad while their spouses find other playmates and their kids grow up missing a real family life. Having many OFWs is nothing to be proud of, but rather, should be a source of shame.

!@#$%
Guest

philippines has the highest number of pretentious women. they act nice because they want something $$$$…

Lee
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IQ gamitin kuya. Nag OFW mga tao dahil sa walang masyadong opportunities. Meaning gumawa sila ng oportuinidad kasi nga wala magawa gobyerno. Ngayon kasalanan bayan ng ordinaryong tao? (Kasi kasalanan ng voters..blah blah blah….ok, point taken)I addressed the first point, iba response mo. Sino bang gustong malayo sa pamilya? Wala ngang choice kaya nag.abroad. Nag abroad na lang kaysa NGANGA walang makain.But then but then, determinado mga pinoy makapag.aral mga anak at mabigyan magandang buhay.Again invalidates point 1. Kuya, magcite ka man lang ng pinoy artists,ang mga comedian pa. Alangan naman sila protaganists sa drama. Common sense din. They earn… Read more »
Ray Hong
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Ikaw ang walang IQ. The country itself, collectively, has not been able to CREATE opportunities for its own citizens for whatever reason that is why OFWs are FORCED to put themselves in the cheap labor basket of the world. Opportunities are created for them by those other countries, they did not create the opportunities themselves. You could count the Pinoys who are in main roles portraying intelligent people in Pinoy cinema and those idiots you would notice the pattern of having the tisoys as bidas or in the forefront and the ethnic looking ones as dolts, “batuk batukan” or sidekicks.… Read more »
Jerry Lynch
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In general Filipinos are uneducated, onion-skinned idiots with nothing to offer society other than labor and cheap sex.

beenawhile
Guest

In general I agree, when it comes to the lowlands. You won’t find that in the Cordillera’s, except when the barbarian Tagalog hordes invade for vacation

DH Employer
Guest

Creating opportunities na pala ang pagiging tsimay na DH. Hahaha. Pinoy ka nga.

Bean
Guest

Lee sagad ang kaabnormalan mo

Bean
Guest

Lee ang bobo mo hindi lahat ng korean nag pa plastic surgery… matagal na ko nakatira dito sa pinas marami nag papanggap na mahirap at walang pera. pero pag dating sa sarili may pera para pam pa beauty. lol

Wolf
Guest

Lee isang malakas na bwahahahahahahahahaha…. Last ko na itong comment, may bisita pa ako for Christmas.lol…………………makikikain lang ka lang sa pupuntahan mo lol …. alam ko naman pulubi ka hahahahaha at bading ka hahahahahaha

domo
Guest

Isaksak mo itong video sa mukha mo bobong pinoy! Ang hirap sa iyo tingin mo palagi sa buhay ay fairy tale e.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFJZUCg3_DQ

Sino ngayon ang may mahinang IQ inutil?

domo
Guest

I bet you’re one of those kapamilya/kapuso/kapatid fanboys who believes too much on what the media said especially the “bagong bayani” bullshit.

522Hayden007Toro99999.99
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It is Fiesta mentality. Filipinos love fiestas. A Filipina wins the Miss Universe crown. So, it is time to celebrate. The hardship of life; our being OFW slaves, are temporarily forgotten. The thievery of our Political leaders, are temporarily shelved.The incompetence of Mar Roxas and the mental retardation of Aquino are temporarily hidden. Let us celebrate! We attach ourselves, to Miss Wurtzbach, Miss Universe. then we savor her victory. This is the Filipino way , to be happy. It is like, getting into your system a “shabu”; once the effect of the “shabu” is gone. Back to the realities of… Read more »
Lee
Guest

Oo nga no, kay raming problema ng pilipinas! Iyak na lang tayo everyday, better yet suicide. How you handle problems is a choice. But it doesn’t mean problems are forgotten. Ms. Philippines won! Yehey, bakit naman magpaka sad nanalo na nga, Dysfunctional na yan pag opposite reaction. (Half full, half empty glass concept).

WekWek
Guest

Hindi sinasabing mag suicide. Sinasabi lang na huwag daanin sa drugs ang problema dahil hindi maaalis yun. It gives the illusion of problems being solved if you bask in the Pacquiao or Pia glories. Parang pakiramdam ng tao wala namang mali sa ating mga Pilipino kasi tingnan mo si Pia, si Jessica Sanchez at Pacquiao ang gagaling naman eh. Wala nang mali sa ating mga Pilipino.

Also, a sign of idiocy is if you contradict yourself. Do not say it is your last post if you are still posting.

Bean
Guest

Lee utot mo

Lynn Gavino
Guest

Have you been to a Fiesta? I’m sure you did. Did you enjoy Filipino hospitality? Yes, you did. You were all smile while enjoying their celebrations.
Filipinos, like the rest of the world have their imperfections. Just like you! ( what ever race you are ) So bear with us. We are not all what you perceived.

Jerry Lynch
Guest

You are awful presumptuous. Yes I’ve been to a fiesta, but usually I wish they just did not exist because they are nothing but noise, a waste of time and money and a major inconvenience for all. No I do not enjoy them.

Whenever I have any kind of criticism of The Philippines all sense of “Filipino hospitality” gets thrown under the bus and I’m told, “If you don’t like (our fucked up) country you can (take all the money you spend here) and go back where you came from.

Pageants are for Sissies
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Pageants are for Sissies

Here is a pageant promoted by a Values Education Department. And you wonder why the country is going down the drain.

Hollywood High81
Guest

another hateful rant from crab….your an embarassment to all fil/am, you still have that crab mentality that you brought along from pinas… you are clearly an FOB

Pageants are for Sissies
Guest
Pageants are for Sissies

Only Pinoys in ghetto enclaves like Daly City love pageants. They retained their FOB culture. Those who adapted forgot about pageants the next day.

domo
Guest

You know who is having a crab mentality? failipinos like you who doesn’t appreciate your own skin thus always using skin whitening products in order to make yourself look like a European.

Hi 5
Guest

ang bobo naman ng mga hurado na… sure mga bading ang nasa likod ni Pia kaya siya nanalo at isama natin ang cheap pinoy at cheap pinay hehehehehehe pinoy monkey pride pa more.

Hi 5
Guest

nakakatawa ang mga comment ng mga supporters ni Pia puro bitter butthurt at mentality crab lang ang alam sabihin hehehehe… basta fan ng mga beauty pageants sabaw at limitado lang ang utak… agree ako sa nag post ng topic na ito na si rafterman.

Aryianna
Guest

Very well stated points.

d_forsaken
Guest

We’re doing it wrong, absolutely wrong! Miss Universe should be about Space Exploration, Miss World about Science and Miss Earth about Going Green!

Agogo Banana
Guest

For me it is OK to have pageants that showcase only physical beauty but Filipinos just over-value them. They are for entertainment, not for the history books.

anonymous
Guest

Why do GAYS go crazy over FEMALE beauty pageants? Shouldn’t they be focused more on MALE pageants and competitions?

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