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.
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.