Hello world!

Does your coach yell at you and tell you what you’re doing wrong in practice?  Why does he do that? Is it because he hates you and wants nothing to do with you?  You think so? Then why are you still on the team, and starting every game? Sometimes the harshest criticisms, those words that hurt the most, are what in the end lead you to achieve your best.

daybreak1In a very real way, this is what we’re about. We’re not here to put Pinoys down for the heck of it, after all, we are Pinoys too…it is an altogether uncomfortable realization that the land we call home is a dysfunctional mess, but it is hard not to see the painful truth.  We love our country, we want the Philippines and all Filipinos to improve, and for this country and society to live up to its potential. But before that can happen, we need to know what’s wrong about us so that we can fix ourselves and point ourselves in the right direction.

So who is the Anti-Pinoy?

In the day-to-day exchange that defines real life for most Pinoys, the daily news, radio and TV broadcasts, our cinema, and in casual conversation, the masa and those who celebrate mediocrity – those who are quick to boast about how ingenious Pinoys are and point to our colorful Jeepneys as examples, or who count the number of look-alike, sound-alike local celebrities or the once-in-a-generation gifted professional athlete as a measure of national greatness – set an UNPATRIOTIC example and lower the bar of public debate.

The more the Anti-Pinoy glorifies these mediocrities and focuses on the vacuous and the trivial, real issues that affect ordinary lives and futures are forgotten or pushed aside. Like the unambitious student who is praised by his parents despite consistently doing poorly in school, the bad habits and low expectations of Pinoy society are reinforced, making it that much harder with every passing day to find the right path. So that’s where we come in, and we bring a message: The path to prosperity, the path to the place the Philippines deserves among the world community, the path of patriotism for all true Pinoys is to first honestly and bravely acknowledge the ills of society and then have the initiative to seek to fix them.

The Filipino’s greatest enemy is himself – the Anti-Pinoy.

The question is, are you?

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I'm a writer, and I do things my own way. That might sound cool to you, unless you're one of the people who actually knows me, in which case you're probably shaking your head in exasperation at the depth of that understatement.
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41 Responses to Hello world!

  1. katcha says:

    can u do more research comparing the “presidentiables” for 2010 election? id like to see and compare based on facts who deserves my vote .

  2. uncle pinoy says:

    Good and timely blog.

    I am with you. I am the Uncle Pinoy.

  3. mario taporco says:

    Fuck bro!

    You’re definitely speaking to the choir.
    Fucken awesomeness.

    • BenK says:

      Well, Mario, that’s correct in one sense; those of us in the choir can only benefit by constantly thinking and being reminded of the big picture, so that we can make our message even sharper and more effective. But really, the larger goal is to open the millions of closed and under-developed minds out there. That’s not necessarily a matter of convincing people to “see things our way” — hell, we don’t even try to do that to each other — but rather to illustrate, over and over again, “the way we go about seeing things”: analysis, objectivity, critical thought, and discarding emotion. It’s something everybody can do, something everybody needs to do, and the process is much more important than the result.

  4. anjelik says:

    you guys have interesting blog here.. ^_^ i must agree with this one “the larger goal is to open the millions of closed and under-developed minds out there.” go go go!!!

  5. allanram says:

    If you really thought you can do a better job than the ones who are actually in the arena, why don’t you put your mouth where your money is and challenge them. Organize a party, put out your own candidate. Are you up to it? I doubt it. For your sake, do something other than sit in front of your PC and yak on this blog.

    • BenK says:

      You’re missing the point completely. It’s not that we think we can do a better job, it’s that we know the Filipino people and the leaders they already have can, if they’d pull their heads out and start thinking and doing things rationally and in a results-oriented way.

      And you would probably be surprised at what some of us do. We’re not the issue, though, so unless it helps us to better do what we do, there’s no reason to toot our own horns.

      • allanram says:

        And you’re missing the point too. If you think it’s as simple as pulling their heads together and start thinking… IT’S NOT. It’s like Obama thinking that the solution to the Afghanistan war is 30,000 more troops. It’s quite naive to think that solutions to problems are within easy grasp always.

      • BenK says:

        Congratulations, you are now the front-runner in our Stupidest Argumentative Analogy of the Month Contest, and it’s only Dec. 2. Obama’s policy on the Afghanistan War has nothing at all to do with the sorry state of everyday life in the Philippines, not even a little.

        You’ve also exposed yourself by assuming that we believe that THINKING is “simple” or “easy” (words you used). You’re just another true AP looking for someone to hand you the answers. Using your noodle to find solutions is neither simple nor easy, it’s often hard work and takes a long time. Two things which are vital to success in most any endeavor, and which are anathema to the Filipino personality.

      • BongV says:

        allanram:

        for starters
        – vote for a mayor who gives focus to education.
        – vote for a councilor who gives focus to education
        – vote for a governor who gives focus to education
        – vote for a barangay kagawad who gives focus to education
        – vote for a barangay captain who gives focus to education
        – vote for a senator who gives focus to education
        – vote for a congressman who gives focus to education

        and while you are at – it – exercise “bayanihan” so that your entire community will:
        – vote for a mayor who gives focus to education.
        – vote for a councilor who gives focus to education
        – vote for a governor who gives focus to education
        – vote for a barangay kagawad who gives focus to education
        – vote for a barangay captain who gives focus to education
        – vote for a senator who gives focus to education
        – vote for a congressman who gives focus to education

        replicate that to the 40 million registered Filipino voters – then you could wind up with more school buildings, more teachers, more well-paid teachers, more classrooms, more books, heck you can even have breakfast feeding programs.

        obviously, it’s easier to vote on CNN – multiple times. provide an enabling environment for skewed voting, oh by golly, they’ll take like fish takes to a pond.

  6. Ray Rodriguez says:

    How do you know the people behind this blog are not doing something for their fellows? I know of at least one blogger here who gathered enough money for two truckloads of goods that were distributed to flooded areas.

  7. allanram says:

    @Benk: Have you heard of the chaos theory or in plain lingo (so you will understand) unpredictability? The coin doesn’t always fall the way you intended it to be and no matter how hard you think and plan things, they DON’T always go the way you like it. God, how a group of individuals can share the same naivety is beyond me. I was saying that with Obama, with probably the world’s greatest thinkers and strategists around him, and still he’s struggling with the war in Afghanistan— and to bring the argument to his own country, struggling with a solution to the U.S. Health Care Plan. You think Fiilipinos are vastly superior to them so they can easily formulate a way to solve the Philippine’s problems?

    • ilda says:

      What is your solution then Mr Allanram if you don’t want people to use their brain?

      • allanram says:

        I don’t know the answer, either, ilda but I am sure glorifying Filipinos’ mediocrities and focusing on the vacuous and the trivial isn’t one of them.

      • benign0 says:

        You say we are “glorifying” them, I say we are highlighting them.

        By highlighting them, they are clearly presented as issues that need to be addressed. Can anyone truly deny that the national “debate” during elections is vacuous? Do we just pretend that this issue does not exist?

        The truth hurts, but without PAIN we will not be alerted to problems. In the same way the reason our body feels pain is so that we are aware of an injury or a health degeneration.

      • ilda says:

        Hey allanram,

        Please take the time to read this: http://antipinoy.com/between-poverty-and-ignorance/

        Let me know what you think. Thanks 🙂

      • BenK says:

        What a cop-out. You can’t articulate any sort of alternative approach, how do you know anyone else’s is wrong?

    • Filo says:

      Have you heard of the chaos theory or in plain lingo (so you will understand) unpredictability? The coin doesn’t always fall the way you intended it to be and no matter how hard you think and plan things, they DON’T always go the way you like it.

      Why, if that’s the way you see everything, then you should never step out of your room because whatever you do and whatever you think, whatever you plan, chaos is out to get you, right allanram?

      That really says nothing about the reliability of other people’s thinking capacity, but it certainly tells us plenty about yours.

  8. benign0 says:

    The Philippines is the result of too much action underpinned by too little thinking. The challenge at the moment is upgrading this thinking. We are not a society renowned not for our intellectual products. As a matter of fact, we are valued more for our ability to act (labour-added-value) then on our ability to think (design-added-value).

    If “action” is such a be-all-end-all, then why are college-educated people more highly-paid than labourers? That’s because an ability to think is a SKILL that requires years of training. Compare that to being a labourer where no more than an elementary school education is necessary.

  9. allanram says:

    @benigno: I didn’t say “glorifying”. You did. It’s up there in your blog 4th paragraph.

    • benign0 says:

      When we refer to the “Anti Pinoy” we are referring to people like you, dude.

      Goes to show you haven’t comprehended a single word in the above blog.

      Tough luck. 😀

    • Filo says:

      Allanram you’ve just proven to everyone that even you don’t practise thinking regularly, and this was just simple exercise of reading of one phrase. Tsk tsk tsk.

      Case closed, anti-pinoy! 😛

  10. Hsing Tao says:

    Allanram is a typical Pinoy who misses the simplest of points.

  11. Acheron says:

    Pitiful.

    “So that’s where we come in, and we bring a message: The path to prosperity, the path to the place the Philippines deserves among the world community, the path of patriotism for all true Pinoys is to first honestly and bravely acknowledge the ills of society and then have the initiative to seek to fix them.”

    And you come in where? I don’t see you anywhere.

    • Kanto boy says:

      Acheron,

      You’re so fucking stupid, huh? You can’t see that this site PRESENTS what the ills of society are so that:

      1. Pinoys can first honesty and bravely acknowledge said ills of society
      2. Pinoys can then have the initiative to seek to fix them.

      Acheron, YOU ARE A FUCKING ANTI-PINOY!

      Why? Because you either don’t have the brains to recognize where this website comes in, or you really are UNWILLING to acknowledge the ills of society that need to be fixed which this website painstakingly points out.

      What a stupid fucking prick you are, Acheron!

      • Iya Justimbaste says:

        And Acheron, like the scientific method, the first step in solving a problem is to identify it and that’s what we do.

  12. katcha says:

    can u do more research comparing the “presidentiables” for 2010 election? id like to see and compare based on facts who deserves my vote .

  13. Can we have a blog about day-after computerized-vote count?

    1. Will there be organized chaos?
    2. Will there be coup-de-t’at caused by chaos?
    3. Will there be a martial law caused by chaos?
    4. Will it be forever be tainted as rigged as like we are pestered by “Did Erap resigned?” “Did Erap abscond?” “Did Erap forced out?” until now these questions still haunt us.
    5. Will the elected by the computer-count ever sit and serve?
    6. Will there be everlasting invistigation to nowhere?
    7. Will the Supreme Court get swamped with election decisions?
    8. Will the sitting president be able to serve the people instead of parrying questions of the election result?
    9. Will we ever be free of scandals, corruptions, vote-rigging?
    10Will there ever be a goot analysis from columnistas to inform the people instead of the people searching in blogs for answers?

    I know you got plenty of questions out there. Let’s get going on this before some troll columnistas hijack your thread.

    Thank you.

  14. “… once-in-a-generation gifted professional athlete as a measure of national greatness …” CHOSE A WHITE AMERICAN LAWYER AGAINST MAYWEATHER when there are plenty of Fake-Ams UCLA law graduate. Why did Manny Pacquiao chose, assuming he chose instead of roach, a white American lawyer.

    Kasi ang Fake-Ams are not up to par pagkatapos hindi sila magpakitilawaan

  15. ben says:

    Hello, I would just like to point out something.

    To me, I am the Anti-Pinoy. I did not grow up here and all along I thought the Pinoy was synonymous to the Filipino (it being the heritage side) as I was growing up. But in recent years, as I thought about it, the Pinoy is the Anti-Filipino. The Pinoy, to me, was simply a term derived by those to identify themselves as “cool” or “mainstream.”

    This is arguable, but this was fanned by the mainstream media, contemporary music and the tv shows and movies that we (oh so badly) produce. From Bamboo (Noypi) to the PBB theme song, we can see how this has perverted the Filipino into turning into the Pinoy.

    It’s like a brand I guess. Our logo as a Filipino was just not cool anymore, so we changed the logo, revamped it to becoming a Pinoy.

    I maybe wrong, but from some of the comments and posts here, I see some of you referring to the common population as [i]Da Pinoy[/i]. Isn’t this a little inconsistent with the article above but more consistent with my interpretation of this term?

    Anyway, that’s all.

  16. ben says:

    Oh btw… It seems we don’t use BBcode here… Do we use HTML?
    Thanks.

  17. Duffer says:

    I can see what you are trying to do here and perhaps it is necessary. A dose of reality is needed every so often. I also see that your idea of improving someone is through tough love. While I respect your choice of method, I respectfully disagree with it.

    In my day, children were disciplined through spanking. We were made to lie down over the couch and then whacked with a large leather belt over our behinds. I can say that my and my siblings grew up as well-mannered citizens and with good values. As I raise my kids however I realized that the belt and couch method is not always the best. Corporal punishment is not the only way to instill discipline and to improve a child. Encouragement and loving affection can also do that and has been proven to result in even better raised children.

    This is how I see your site, a site that uses the belt and couch. I know you are trying to improve the Filipinos but you are doing so through “tough love” with the hope that Filipinos will be whipped into shape. I would rather emphasize the good of the Filipino and banner that, in the hope of improving the race. In Michael Moore’s documentary on gun violence he notes that in Canada the news is dominated by good news about the country and news on crime are kept in the middle of the papers. He concludes that as a result Canadians are more peace-loving. I think this is a better approach for Filipinos where we encourage each other rather than put each other down.

    Like what i said I see what you are doing and your intentions are good. I guess I just do not agree with the method. Good luck and best regards. I doubt if I will be visiting your site with regularity hereafter. In the few times I would though i will be sure to voice my opinions. Thanks.

  18. Micca says:

    I’m so glad i found this website. I’m very annoyed at pinoys who says “I’m proud to be pinoy.” especially those who don’t speak the language or never been in the Philippines. What’s there to be proud of if everything there is a mess

  19. meh says:

    When I first heard and visited this website, honestly, I was upset because of the fact that there are people who criticize Filipinos so much that they even made a site like this. But after I read some of the blogs, I totally understood all of the things the authors were pointing out and I realized them myself when I was still in Philippines. 
    I’m hoping more Filipinos will find this website and will learn from the blog posts here.
    I also want Philippines to be one of the best countries and a land that I’ll be proud of.

  20. Cy says:

    Thank you very much AP! I just browsed at this site for enjoyment, but later on I found out that the theme resonated with many of the issues I want to resolve with other people, but who won’t discuss them with me. And then… the journey started.

    Peace.

    Cy

  21. anon says:

    sana nag-tagalog ka 

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