Common, irritating ways Filipinos react to criticism

It is no secret that Filipinos are collectively extremely sensitive to criticism. In fact, a term exists in the vernacular to describe just how bad Filipinos are at taking it: balat-sibuyas, literally, onion-skinned. The explanation is that, just as onion skin peels rather easily, the Filipino “skin” easily gets hurt. Fact is, there is a […]

Filipinos should learn to question authority intelligently

Intelligent people can be the worst teachers. They tend to be impatient with their students. This is because they assume that the students will understand what they are trying to say on their first attempt at explaining something. Because it is easy for them to understand things, it can be hard for intelligent people to […]

Why is da Pinoy so easily butthurt? Is it an excuse?

GetRealPhilippines repeatedly points out the sensitivity of da Pinoy as something that is immature and something we should grow out of–and fast, for many reasons: Ego distorts our way of thinking–it helps Pinoys make excuses for bad behavior instead of correcting them. Ego shifts blame–it helps insists that it’s Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s fault that the Philippines […]

President Noynoy Aquino’s mouth is his own worst enemy

Despite how president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino keeps telling the public about how he is going to ignore his critics, or how “he prays for their enlightenment”, how he wishes to suppress dissenting views, or even just basically wishes for them to vanish, it looks like he is actually giving them more reason to exist. […]

President Noynoy Aquino cannot ignore his critics

Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is setting himself up for failure with his New Year’s resolution for 2014, which is to “ignore his critics”. The fact that he had to make this his New Year’s resolution already means that he is having a hard time ignoring his critics in the first place. Not to […]

Study reveals that Filipinos like PNoy should welcome negativity and bad news to get in a good mood

Scientists at Israel’s Tel Aviv University have found a cure for Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino’s aversion to media’s “negative reporting”. The result of a recent study revealed that repeated exposure to negativity rather than shying away from it is the trick to avoiding falling into a bad mood. Here are some excerpts from […]

President Aquino needs more than mantras and prayers to be spared from criticism

Once again, we find Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III lamenting the “negativism” from the local media: “Negativism has continued in the media. It is as if there is no controversial issue, media coverage becomes boring,” Aquino said in his speech aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan. “There were some who were very good […]

Living in bubbles – pop goes the Philippines!

Among the talking points currently on the plates of the pundits here in the Philippines is the article published on Forbes by Jesse Colombo. He describes himself as “an economic analyst and anti-economic bubble activist who was recognized by the London Times for predicting the Global Financial Crisis. I am currently warning about growing bubbles […]