Jejemon Culture: The True Cause Of Destruction Of The Philippines Today


According to ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius, culture dictates or at least takes a large part in the formation of one’s morals. If his words and writings are to be taken into account, having a culture centered around wisdom contributes to making one a productive part of society and, by extension, improving and strengthening a nation overall. By the same logic, a dysfunctional culture that disdains wisdom creates deeply broken individuals who, through their foolishness, contributes to the deterioration of the community they dwell in.

In the present day, with the way our country seems to be destroying itself through rampant anti-intellectualism, is it perhaps our very culture today that continues to destroy us as a nation? In her latest article, Kate Natividad describes how Tagalog has no place in a presidential debate. Over here in Add’s article, he shows us that Tagalog shouldn’t even be our national language. However, I for one believe that it is not our language per se that is wrong with our country today but our very culture, from the way we live to the way we see the world that waylays our attempts at making progress and destroys any chance we have of making something of ourselves as a people.

Today, we call the ever-growing anti-intellectual movement of the Philippines as “Jejemon” which perhaps began life with youths who took pleasure in misspelling words, misquoting statements, misunderstanding ideas and generally misusing their lives when texting. Today, Jejemon culture is promoted by the local media what with Vice Ganda putting a different spin to the definition of “philosophy” which is actually quite different from its original meaning. Deeply rooted in materialism and immaturity, Jejemon culture has contributed greatly to the misuse and misunderstanding of many ideas and the loss of wisdom in not just youths but most of society in general.

As I see it, Jejemon culture is simply just an extension or, perhaps more appropriately, child of “Bakya” culture just as President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III is the son of former president Corazon Cojuanco-Aquino. A dysfunctional culture promoted and propagated by the local media aligned with the Aquino family which champions drama over good sense, Bakya culture was adapted by many maids and nannies who knew little about quality programming and thus passed it on to their own hapless children as well as the children they were tasked with looking after. While I have always believed in the freedom to choose one’s preferences, the fact that our media has been infested with dumb and often over-dramatic teleseryes and little else has affected our culture in many subliminal ways which eventually resulted in the creation of Jejemon culture. The mistaken belief that a dumb and greedy housewife can even be called a stateswoman is what ultimately led to the idea that a juvenile, indolent and perhaps mentally disturbed loser could be a good leader.

While our chosen language and butchery thereof through misspellings and the overuse of gay lingo (which I think only mirrors our identity crisis as a people) may be a factor in the gradual but certain destruction of our country, it is our culture that really needs to change if we truly want hope for the Philippines…


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Crap Eater
Amen to you sir. The question would be how? People are stubborn. People are thought to live and think freely. Although this statement is messed up because people act based on how they’re brought up and most people I know grew up watching these teleseryes. Most people I know do not care about how our country will fare in the future. I cannot blame them as they are either focused on their own selves and their own future or just plainly don’t care about our country believing maybe things will be as stable as it was yesterday. I can understand… Read more »
>> However, I for one believe that it is not our language per se that is wrong with our country today but our very culture. Although the exact syllables that make up the words are neutral in and of themselves, there is a strong connection between Pinoy dysfunction and Tagalog. Let me give a simple illustration. Let’s say I go to the national library where 99% of all the titles available (covering science, technology, history, fiction etc.) were in English, with only 1% in Tagalog. Then when I scan the Tagalog titles, they are restricted to shallow romance, comedy and… Read more »

I can’t help but notice how Idiocracy is dead on when it comes to the Philippines. Though unlike the movie where the degradation is exposited through a few scenes, we get to see that degradation first-hand.

The only way the country can improve at this point is if someone hijacks the media. Tv and radios especially. Because part of the reason this popular culture persists is because the people are usually stuck with what’s available. Perfect example? All radio stations only play love songs.


Cory Aquino had to dumb the Filipino electorates thru: her daughter, Kris Aquino; teleseryas; Wowoowee Shows; the ‘Wisdom of the Ages”, Boy Abundia; the freak, Vice Ganda; etc…
This gave the Presidential Path to his Mentally Retarded son, Benigno Aquino III. Like attracts like…mentally retarded attracts, mentally retarded , also. And, we have now these results…it is good that , some are awakening!

This “Jejemon” and “Bakya” mentalities are the reasons why the Failippines will never graduate to a First World nation and the Failipinos respected by other countries as people who are above just being a “yes man” servant in the international arena. Unfortunately for us Failipinos, we prefer the comfortable role of competing with and outshining one another, with whatever aristocratic attitude we have acquired through our cheesy “teleserye” programs, while we cower at the sight of foreigners and feign the servitude demeanor of our pre-colonial ancestors to gain favor. In short, we Failipinos are just a bunch of hypocritical and… Read more »
Kari Normann
Robert Haighton
Pls allow me to share how things work in my country when it comes to the Dutch and English language. And then all I see is that my country is not much different to the Philippines. – Foreign books are translated into Dutch and then issued/released in bookstores and libraries; those books can also obtained in the original language but availablity in that case maybe low; to get a copy anyway, we have to resort to online websites like or or download them as E-book. – Foreign TV programs (we do have a lot of those) aired on… Read more »
Robert Haighton

To add a little more:
– We also – like the Philippines – have dialects but not as many. We only may have 3 or 4. In the Southern province of Limburg they have their own dialect which I cant and dont understand one bit. The ‘national’ language is also called ABN (Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands = General civilized Dutch).

– All Dutch newspapers are printed in Dutch. As far as I know there is no Dutch newspaper that is printed in another language.

– Foreign newspapers and magazines are readily available in kiosks and newsstands/bookshops.

Pin Ball

From what I know, the way some Koreans/Japanese see SE Asia generally is that, people from poor Asian countries speak good Englishie! Hehehe


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