The Pinoy Addiction To Drama And Why It Isn’t Helping The Country


Bimbo #1: “Why are you here? Don’t you know that this house doesn’t belong to you?”

Bimbo #2: “I’m the real heir to your family’s fortune! We were switched at birth, don’t you know? Now, I’m here to take it all back, including my husband!”

Bimbo #1: “No, you can’t have him! I paid so much to impersonate and replace you!”

Bimbo #2: “My husband is mine and mine alone!”

Narrator: And the two Bimbos go at each other, slapping and pulling each other’s hair.

This is all too often the kind of scenario I see on local TV programs marketed as “drama”. The themes and scenes all too often revolve around infidelity, revenge and general stupidity. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like drama from time to time as well. However, with the way it saturates the Philippine media, one can help but notice how it has some subtle but still noticeable effect on the people who consume it regularly.

Truth be told, I and a handful of others are beginning to agree that the Pinoy addiction to drama contributes at least somewhat to the overall deterioration of society. Now, I will say that it probably isn’t the only factor in Pinoy social deterioration, but through my observations, I can surmise that it certainly isn’t helping.

As an example, let’s talk about the idea of burying former president Marcos among heroes. Alternatively, we can also discuss who actually killed Ninoy Aquino all those years ago. Ladies and gentlemen, how long has it been since those times and how long will we remain lost and stagnated in the past? It’s been more than thirty years now yet both issues remain unresolved and it seems that only a very few people want to seek closure about them. In sheer defiance of reason and goodwill, people keep both issues open like festering corpses laid to rot in the sun.

Why? Because there are those of us who are addicted to this kind of thing. There are those of us who simply can’t let go of the past for fear that it will make them irrelevant in the present. There are those of us who hold on to family grudges, useless and destructive vices and general dysfunction simply because they’re too entertaining to let go of. Instead of avoiding drama and making things as efficient as possible, it’s sad to note that there are those of us who are actively seeking it out for misguided and all too often selfish reasons.

Let’s be honest here, if we really want to progress in our lives, I think it’s time we set aside the drama of the past so we can build a better future for our country. While yes, I do enjoy the occasional drama (of course, they’re rarely the local brand) and I don’t think we should abolish them altogether but can’t we just keep them in our books and TV shows without letting them seep into our lives? Let’s keep drama as just entertainment and keep it out of our lives and aspirations.



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Sadly, this has been the norm and this has been the greatest weapon the yellows been brandishing for decades and the forseable future


Failipinos are addicted to these so-called “dramas” and “tele-basuras”. Failipinos cannot change anything if they cannot change their way of thinking and what they’re watching.

Random Citizen
Koreanovelas have a word for these kinds of dramas: “Makjang”. Makjangs always have over-the-top stories in modern settings, with infidelity and birth secrets (“ako ang tunay mong ina”) as plot staples. Can’t say we copied Makjang format from the Koreans, since we have been using the same format since… dawn of Philippine TV shows? But what I can say is that perhaps Makjangs are very much easily welcomed to our primetime shows when they were introduced to the Philippines. I really can’t blame the networks for coughing out too many dramas though. It’s just the “tried and true” format. Action… Read more »

As I recently highlighted, many of the stories show poor people suddenly waking up one day and finding out that they’re heirs of a rich family, or someone rich helps out the poor protagonist as a “fairy godmother.” Basically, the story plots reflect the moocher mentality of Phlippines society.

Jerry Lynch
I can say categorically that Filipinos most certainly not addicted to reading novels, because in 12 years living here I have seen exactly ONE Filipino reading a novel, or any book not a school book. The bar where I occasionally shoot billiards or watch live music may very well have the largest library in all the Philippines. It has a room about the size of my CR that has maybe a thousand donated books that are borrowed, exchanged or otherwise used. Somehow I think the poster who talked about reading novels was also trying to say that reading novels would… Read more »
Aquino and his thieving cahoots , desensitized and distracted the Filipinos; thru these: nonsense telebasuras; game shows; Kris Aquino talk shows; etc…the ABS-CBN owned by the Lopezes, who have many government contracts; present these nonsense shows in their TV networks. They are like the, “mandurukut sa Quiapo”…they desensitize and distract their victims; then pick their pockets… They steal thru: DAP, PDAF, Typhoon Yolanda Relief Funds, etc…; they Bribe Senators and Congresspeople with Pork Barrels to further their political agendas; they let people be massacred; they steal elections; etc… It is good that people are beginning to notice, that they are… Read more »

Telebasuras. One of the main cause , why the Failippines is one Dysfunctional society by watching this mind numbing nonsense shows. No educational value but only contributes to pinoys onion skin mentality and dysfunctional mindset. Mexico and south american countries watch it too. See and observe the similarities.

Pepe Rep

What bothers me more is that we also seem to be addicted to drama and exciting plot-twists in our politics to the point of having overly dramatized impeachment cases and extra-constitutional means to make politicians accountable (not really, just to remove the eyesore) such as “people power” fiesta revolutions. I guess it’s just too boring for us to have the right systems in place and government moving about like clockwork as it should.


I do admit my fave shows have drama in them (for instance, Gundam was envisioned by Yoshiyuki Tomino as a space drama. Tokusatsu can be technically considered drama.), but at least it is not the annoying and intellectually-degrading kind like the ones we keep on seeing on our TV screens…. >.<


And even worse than television dramas is their social media addiction. The Philippines has been labeled the Social Networking Capital of the World, with Filipinos being the most active users on sites such as Facebook and Twitter than any other country on Earth. I don’t have to remind everyone here what kinds of activities they do online either. Let’s face it: Filipinos live and breathe drama and instinctively crave dramatic situations, whether in real life, in the media, or in cyberspace. Unless you completely alter the genetic makeup of the Filipino, I do not see this ever going away.

I think it’s safe to say that the majority of the authors here wants to elevate the standards of the people. By standards meaning for example less TV drama. While I do agree with the author that too much garbage populated the Philippine television. But as Jerry Lynch commented most Filipinos don’t want other things besides well, drama. Although I won’t say Filipinos don’t want to read, actually they like to read although rarely breed of Filipinos reads novels and other enlightening written piece, majority however just like another version of drama. I think it’s called pocket books. Yes, those… Read more »
WE ARE ROBBED of this basic needs: SECTION 1. The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all. ***comment: we failed this skipped to SECTION 3. (1) All educational institutions shall include the study of the Constitution as part of the curricula. ***Comment: not applied (2) They shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties… Read more »
Aeta, I even find the “fuck you” approach to be a temporary fix, at least if done by fellow Filipinos. I give Filipinos credit for one thing: they are geniuses at recognizing a problem and complaining about it…but then not much else after that. Translating awareness into true action, and implementing change and preserving that change for the long term, is their ultimate weakness. It is only a matter of time before they gradually sink back into their usual habits. The Filipino mind, the moment it reaches a goal or certain level of satisfaction, rapidly relaxes to a point of… Read more »
Aeta, the most important step is for Filipinos to swallow their pride and admit that they are incapable of being self-sufficient as a people and then ask for a helping hand. Why wait? Filipinos can go out and start begging better superior countries to fix their nation starting today. Heck, the country keeps sending off their own people and making other countries take care of them through the OFW scam already. Why stop there? What do you expect anyway? That Filipinos are suddenly going to reach deep down inside and start getting things done together through a series of harsh… Read more »