Is the solution to Filipino Dysfunction being more “UnFilipino”?

One of my theses about the Filipino Condition is that bad practices have been ingrained as part of Filipino culture, and thus have been identified with our nationality. For example, many Filipino became shoplifters in Hong Kong many years before that caused a store to ban Filipinos from entering. Because there were many enough cases […]

Pinoy Pridists Ride on Miami Heat Victory

With the victory of Miami heat in the recent NBA Finals, Pinoy Pride delusionists are sure to make noise again. Well, congratulations, Heat, you won fair and square (though I don’t watch NBA). They did win through skill, determination and other positive traits, which is also present in their coach Erik Spoelstra. If he steered […]

Rainy season proves Filipinos are stuck in a time loop

“Filipinos are very adaptable.” “Even storms can’t deter their will to survive.” “I’m so proud to be a Filipino.” “Baha ka lang, Pilipino ako.” (You’re only a flood; I’m a Filipino.) The torrent of praises aimed towards Filipinos isn’t likely to end after braving fierce winds of the southwest monsoon that ravaged the Philippines these […]

How many more scapegoats do we need, PNoy?

As soon as I finish my dinner, I make it a habit to allow my thoughts to float around to kill some time and stimulate my noggin. This time, my musings led me to a specific passage from one of my old, old articles. Projection has been a Filipino’s primary weapon when it comes to facing problems, […]

Lessons from Corona’s impeachment trial: Medicines, Shoes, and Critical Thinking

Recent reports narrated Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’s outrage over respondent Chief Justice Renato Corona’s statement regarding her allegiance; that she might be in cahoots with the Aquino administration. “I was never ever used by Malacañang,” Carpio-Morales told reporters in a press conference. “Hindi ako magpapagamit. I have been trying to be impartial. I have been trying […]

Deus ex machina: The Filipino’s Simplistic Mindset

Looking back to the events that transpired in the course of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial, it could be said that major highlights concerned envelopes. First, we had witnessed the amusing incident involving a certain “small lady” who, according to prosecutor Reynaldo Umali’s story, gave him an envelope which contained Corona’s bank records, and […]

Walking a fine line betwen critic and crab

A familiar concept to us Filipinos is the utak-talangka, or crab mentality. Explaining it in the simplest terms possible, I define it as the “if I can’t have it, neither can you” kind of mindset. Take crabs in a pot. In order to avoid that one of them escape from the pot, they all pull […]

The fallacy of Filipino composition

In the strictest sense of the term, the fallacy of composition is a logical fallacy where one asserts that what is valid for one part will be good for the whole. To illustrate this with an example, let’s imagine you are watching a concert while sitting down. To get a better view, you stand up. […]