Why Anti-Foreignism is Bad for Us

When Filipinos hear the word pro-foreign, probably the idea that runs through their minds is, “oh, how bad.” They’ll call it treason, anti-patriotism, anti-nationalistic. Thing is, they don’t get the point. What is wrong with being pro-foreign? Pro-foreignism does not necessarily mean anti-patriotism. Pro-foreign for me is as good as liking foreign stuff without necessarily hating anything of your own country. Others would use the famous but clichéd tag Colonial Mentality.

I wrote in my blog that colonial mentality is a myth.  It is a myth in the sense that not all Filipinos see everything foreign as better. In fact, many Filipinos even blame foreign influence for all the problems of the country, but it is yet another myth for me. It is also a myth that everything foreign is better, and so is the myth that everything Filipino is better and everything foreign is bad. And so the worst myth resulting from this is that the country is better off keeping out other countries’ influences.

Some people have the mythical notion that to like something of another country, you have to hate your own. Which is ridiculous, since foreign and Filipino stuff do not instantly contradict. These anti-foreignists will probably use the Biblical adage, “No servant can serve two masters.” Thing is, nationality or national loyalty is not a master. It is just a socio-cultural aspect. It’s never as sacred as God itself. Thus, I dogmatically state that liking foreign influence is not betrayal… just look at our government system. It is foreign-influenced!

There are Filipinos who believe that foreign interference or even just associating with foreigners is bad. For example, in politics, some are against the Visiting Forces Agreement, which they say is an invasion or violation of territory. Supporters of VFA get branded as Pro-American. Hmmm, are you sure Pro-American means Anti-Filipino?

There are policies you can brand as anti-foreign. One of them is the land ownership provision in the Constitution, which prohibits foreign companies from owning land. It’s a protectionist law that supports our local oligarchy – who supported the 1987 Constitution in the first place. It made sure that foreign entities may never come in to challenge the local oligarchs on equal footing, and thus bring in quality management, practices and services that may put our own local businesses to shame. Keeping foreigners out has kept our country a feudal society, full of inequality and corruption. And it drives out our people to become servants in other countries!

Culture has a lot of anti-foreign areas. When I refuse to watch TFC or ABS-CBN, or if I say I prefer watching Japanese anime to local dramas (or if I say I prefer watching anime in English dub or English subtitles rather than in Tagalog dub), some will say, “You are unpatriotic!” For some, criticizing Filipino faults, like when saying “the Filipino is lazy, which is why our country is poor,” is thought of as unpatriotic (Anti-Pinoy! hehehe). When I state, “let’s be more like the Swedish, who allow Atheists to practice their belief and promote true religious freedom,” or “let’s be more like our ASEAN neighbors who allow foreign investments to flow in more freely,” again, I may risk being branded as pro-foreign and unpatriotic. If I would criticize the Filipino tradition that a birthday celebrant be the one to give a bash to other people, and say the western tradition of other people pitching in instead is better, I would probably get a knocking off.

Another anti-foreign reaction of Filipinos is hostility towards foreign opinions of our nation. James Fallows wrote of our country as a “damaged culture” – which it is – and some hate what he said. Chip Tsao was recently criticized for calling the Philippines a “nation of servants” – which we are, anyway. Lately, a book of James Putzel, A Captive Land: The Politics of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines, was criticized, because he was quoted in the GMA News Report on Hacienda Luisita. Probably another effort at saying, “You damn foreigners! Keep off our land! We don’t want you interfering in our matters! And you have no right to comment on us!” I’m sure William Henry Scott has had his own share of vehement critics for being interested in our culture and making his own opinions about it.

Anti-foreignism is stupidity. If we did follow more anti-foreign policies and practices, we would certainly go back to the Stone Age. One of the important things to remember is that our modern Filipino identity is not devoid of anything foreign. If you remove everything foreign… we would go back to the age of Alibata! As stated in most of my history classes, there is no modern Filipino culture. Everything modern comes from foreign shores. Everything that is purely Filipino, unadulterated, belongs to Pre-Spanish era – primitive times. Just remember: Philippines = King Philip of Spain. Our country is named after a foreign ruler!

Thus, the right way to handle this is to accept our foreign influences and make the best of them. Rejection of foreign influences could mean rejection of things that could actually help us move forward.

When foreign entities comment or write about the Filipinos, the Filipino should not automatically reject the opinion or evaluation. If we Filipinos make judgments about Americans, British, Germans, Japanese, Koreans and others, then they have the right to make judgments about us. Simple golden rule. Also, we should look at the merits of what they say, not just at their being foreigners.

Keeping foreign influences off our shores denies us access to new ideas and technologies. We would not know about democracy if the Americans did not come over and show it to us. We would not know about high-tech robots, nor would Filipino scientists go about making them if the Japanese did not give us Voltes V and Shaider. And our local fiction like Captain Barbell, Darna, Zaido (oh how I cringe at this), Lastik Man, and even Panday had their foreign inspirations. Basically, our own modern culture won’t get off the ground without foreign influence.

Thus, I conclude is that being anti-foreign is detrimental.

Flatly denying or refusing foreign influence or interaction denies that we are not the only ones on the planet and that we’re not the best nation on it either. We should learn to live properly along with our fellow countries and not deny ourselves the benefits they could give us (we’re already giving them the benefit of our labor!). The Philippines is not a hermit in a rabbit hole – and can never be.


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48 Responses to Why Anti-Foreignism is Bad for Us

  1. Kahlil says:

    hey chino 🙂

    great post. this is a must read for xenophobic OFWs who are too scared to cultivate relations with other races. instead of learning about other people’s cultures, we clam up and hide under the veneer of the “kabayan” brand of patriotism. and within our own country, this goes down even deeper into our “barrio-barrio” mentality. i think most pinoys are natural tribalists.

  2. benign0 says:

    The point it seems is that everything needs to be taken on a case-to-case basis. Some things are better sourced from overseas and some things are potentially better sourced domestically. Food for example is something I believe we should be self-sufficient in. A small disruption in the supply chain or world market for grains and foofstuffs can tip our country over into a severe food shortage (or a crash in the prices of our cash crops).

    How can we be anti-foreign if we are the world’s biggest importer of our very own staple food?

    Singapore is a country that had the self-confidence to take what it needed, discard what it didn’t need, and incorporate its colonial legacies to emerge with a distinct culture. If you think ours is one such culture in any case — a Latino-Asian blend which we could actually turn into an asset rather than a liability. We just need to discard the aspects of it that don’t work for us.

    We’ve even allowed English proficiency to degenerate thanks to the emo-politics of moronic “maka-bayans” who set us down the no-results road of Tagalogism. English was a valuable asset that we simply flushed down the crapper in the same way that we trashed the very forests that once made our islands the pearls of the orient.

    Indeed, the Philippines is a beautiful country. It’s Filipinos who are making it the bat-ugly bunch of volcanic rocks that it is turning to.

  3. Persona Non Grata says:

    Chino, those anti-foreignism are just pakitang-tao. Those are the people who were denied Visas to the U.S. They are stuck. In the Philippines. Filipinos are hypocrites. They are sour grapes. If they cannot go to the U.S. they accuse those who got Visas as unpatriotic.

    These anti-foreigners speaks english. They are the very ones who look down on my brown brothers as uncultured because they do not know how to speak English. These anti-foreigners are the ones who check your “tiketa” if it is made in the U.S. They martsa with their Nikes, Adidas and Pumas. They martsa to show off their “dapa”

    Fiipinos are numero uno hypocrites.

    • ilda says:

      Don’t forget the iPods and the Macbooks!

    • Gman says:

      PNG, it is never wise to generalize. Actions of handful people does not represent the collective. In your desire to express how open-minded you are, you just showed how easy you were swayed by your own habitual biases and narrow-mindedness. It is sad but i think in a way, some of the examples you wrote on your post points to you.

      Please don’t think that every Filipino desires to live in a foreign land.

      Moving along, ChinoF has a point. But most Filipinos don’t really care about this pro-foreignism issue because there never really is a major one. KSP activists and hypocrite grandstanding senators is a poor representation of the people, please bear that in mind.

      Still, other countries, like the US, have no moral ascendancy over us because we are different people and culture. They have their faults too but it is not my business. They are just meddlers.

      • Persona non Grata says:

        Gman, here is “generalization” as defined by my mentor.

        He said, in “Amerika”, people subtly “generalize” by not living in a violent, unsafe community. These “violent”, “unsafe community” are not 100% unsafe. They go far away from inner city to life in a “safe” gated community. Having said that, it defines “generalization” as austere example.

        Schooling their children in private, catholic school is another form of “generalization”. Compton school, Jordan High, Lincoln high and other schools in inner city has good teachers, too. They have good students, too. Why do parents send their children to Beverly Hills High School? It is a long drive. Poor students are discriminated against by wealth, by color, by car their parents drive.

        Living in the United States than in the Philippines is another form of “generalization”. NOT ALL FILIPINOS ARE BAD! Why leave Philippines. Why live in the U.S.? We have good life in the Philippines. Everything is fresh. You left Philippines because we are not paid well? There are companies who pays well. Your leaving the Philippines is another form of “generalization”.

        Therefore, I have the authority to “generalize”. It is a major word.

        Most of all, it is easier to generalize than pinpoint Peter, Paul, Mary, Pedro, Jose are not bad.

      • Wander-ruh says:

        sure, you can’t generalize. If you have at least P100 million in the bank or are earning P100k a month, then you could move to a gated community or a high-rise somewhere in one of the posh developments in your region. However, the sad fact is that you will still leave your gated community and commute to work every day and worm your way through traffic jams, see children begging for alms on the street (if not snorting rugby), and if you are procreating like there’s no tomorrow because those morons in frocks told you to, the government will take more money from you, not necessarily to feed or clothe or house the destitute but to send its own officials to foreign soirees.

        The sad fact is that the bad far outweigh the good in the Philippines, and things are far from improving.

      • Ponse says:

        “They are just meddlers.”

        And we Pinoys are not? If we don’t want foreigners to meddle with any of our affairs then we should throw out every foreign company that deals business with us and deport every pinoy that works overseas or else we are hypocrites. We come to their lands to work and benefit the fruits of their society and at the same time we need foreign investments to keep our economy running so it is only natural that our business is their business because on many levels, on many degrees we are interconnected whether we like it or not.

        We are just to proud and delusional to face the truth of our flaws. So what if a foreigner criticizes us accurately? Getting our collective panties in the bunch and acting like impotent monkeys won’t change the fact that what the foreigner said was true.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        The U.S. State Department will always meddle with the Philippine political system. Our country is like a pawn in the Political World struggle with Russia and China. Russian spies are recently arrested in the U.S. today. Russia’s Primier Putin was an ex KGB man. So, the Cold War is not over yet. Economic supremacy is the issue here. Complicated with Islamic radical ideology. The world continues to be a dangerous place.

    • Wander-ruh says:

      MOre like, they martsa with their *fake* Levis, Adidas and Nikes.

  4. Cats says:

    Filipinos, whether anti-foreigners or not, communists or anti-communists, can still redeem this country, with or without outside help. We just need to develop the determination to move forward as a country. We must steer the country to test its strenghts.

    • Persona Non Grata says:

      In theory, yes. In reality, NO!

      I am fatal. Fatalistic.

    • Wander-ruh says:

      Let’s face it–we need outside help to move this country forward. It’s wrong to say that just because you engage the participation of foreign organizations and businesses, you are already patriotic. Just look at the leading companies in the Philippines and ask yourself which among these are foreign-owned. Look at the outsourcing industry and ask yourself if the companies that provide back-office, documentation, and software development services will survive if they did not cater to foreign companies.

      My take on this issue is actually rather on the practical side–we need foreign help, we need foreign investments, and we also need to assimilate the practices and ideas that have made other countries prosper.

    • ChinoF says:

      I agree that the problem is basically taking extremes. “Either you are all for local, or all for foreign. Even if you like only a little foreign, get out.” That attitude should be replaced with the right amount of assertiveness. We should accept the good influences from foreign sources and weed out the bad ones. Likewise, should accept good local influences and throw out the bad ones. Benign0 is right on the case-to-case basis.

      Problem is when you like to discuss this over a case-to-case basis of San Miguel. That’s one local influence I’d like to throw out, hehehe.

      Hmmm… San Miguel drunkenness = San Miguel takes your money while you’re drunk = oligarchs win again = people lose. 😛

    • Mike Portes says:

      easier said than done. change must start from our culture up to the very core of society which is the family. It is quite evident that change is still not within arm’s length with kind of elections we are having. we still tend to follow what the pied piper is playing rather than upholding our very right to true democracy.

    • Ponse says:

      Impossible. If you read the histories of all the progressive nations of the world like our neighbors Japan, S.Korea, Taiwan etc you will realize that they became prosperous because of foreign technology, foreign knowledge and foreign support. Unless you want to give up all your modern comforts and start cultivating land with your carabao, then we need the outside world for prosperity.

  5. ilda says:

    One word came to mind after reading this Chino- insecure. If Filipinos weren’t insecure in the first place, they would not have a problem with foreigners and their acquisitions. As it is, the Filipino mind has already become very insular. Filipinos hate the idea of foreign press meddling with our business even if they are right. At the same time, we long for all the latest gadgets and clothing from other countries.

    Ang gulo talaga ng mentality na Pinoy. We don’t create or invent anything new and innovative and yet we don’t like foreigners criticizing or helping us to move forward.

    Even some esteemed members (bloggers) of our society who live and work in the U.S. express anti-American sentiments. I have to agree with PNG this time; I think they are a bit hypocritical.

    I can understand that during a financial crisis you would hear people clamor to buy everything made in the country to help create jobs. The thing is, there are not enough jobs to go around and help the economy anyway because we haven’t got the industry and there is hardly anything of good quality made here that is useful to purchase.

    • Homer says:

      “Ang gulo talaga ng mentality na Pinoy. We don’t create or invent anything new and innovative and yet we don’t like foreigners criticizing or helping us to move forward.”

      Bingo! Spot on! Thumbs up!

      You may pass “Go”; You may collect $200…..(but not from me). 😀

      • ilda says:

        Hi homer!

        How are you? Nakakainis yung mga anti-foreign investor sentiments talaga. Back ward mag-isip and ibang mga Noypi 🙂

        I’m a bit annoyed today at someone I know because he still thinks that what we do here at AntiPinoy is insignificant. How harsh to receive such a sentiment from someone who is supposedly a friend. And I thought being a Gordon supporter, he already knows the meaning “A change in man”.

        Sign 😦

      • Homer says:

        Hi Ilda!

        Sorry to hear ’bout you getting annoyed, but don’t let that get you down. As long as you follow your personal convictions, it won’t matter what others say in the long run.


    • ChinoF says:

      That admittedly didn’t occur to me, but that’s an interesting insight, Ilda. It’s like our country is an uncouth youth screwing around, making a mess and doing what it wants, screaming at everyone to get out of his way so he can prove something to the world. Then, he makes the big mistake and realizes, it’s too late. Well, at least, that’s how I view the insecurity of our country.

      You know, about buying locally in the crisis time, that kind of advice forgets one important cause of crisis – buying too much. Over-consumption and misuse of credit contributed greatly to the crisis, and even the Great Depression before it. I guess it’s better advice not to buy too much, LOL.

  6. Homer says:

    If foreigners want to come in with a BETTER alternative to our current cable tv, internet, water, telephone, and electrical services, I don’t see anything wrong if it would mean BETTER services at competitive prices for the Filipino consumer. Needless to say, it would also provide MORE employment opportunities.

    Obviously, the oligarchs want it all for themselves. Nevermind that their companies are more “masipag” when consumers don’t pay their bills on time. Nevermind that they don’t bother to improve the services that we are paying for unless we pester them. Nevermind that they may be overcharging us for their services since it is often a waste of time to question or challenge them. As long as they have no foreign competitors, they are happy…..and we, the consumers, are stuck with them.

    This kind of situation has to end sometime.

  7. kill_em says:

    what is bad is favoring foreign interest against are own =)

    • Homer says:

      Are own?…or did you mean to say, OUR own?

      Whatever….If I had a choice between two equally well-made products (one made here and the other one made elsewhere), I would go for the local one since it’s more likely to cost less. Unfortunately, this is far from the norm, as most local products are INFERIOR to their foreign counterparts. Just because a consumer demands better quality doesn’t mean favoring foreign interests, and it’s time for consumers to DEMAND better quality products and services regardless of where they come from.

    • ChinoF says:

      True… problem is, local oligarchs’ interests are against our own… so if the foreign interest jibes with ours, that’s where I’ll go.

  8. Paolo says:

    Its all about being open to new ideas. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  9. Lorenz says:

    I don’t know about you but having traveled to Palawan, Panay, Davao, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Baguio, Ormoc, Batangas, Negros and of course NCR, I have come to conclude that there are more Filipinos who are xenocentric (lovers of foreign, haters of own).

    Filipinos have never ever been known to be nationalistic as the Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Singaporeans, Malaysians (all are progressed and developed countries).

    The problem is Filipinos are slaves to the foreigners. Anything that is foreign made, is surely better than anything a Filipino can create. Any idea from the foreigners, is surely superior than any Filipino can think of. Foreigners are treated special by Filipinos whereas fellow Filipinos are treated nothing special.

    I can give you a link where an old American said he feels like a King here in Philippines.

    The only thing is that Filipinos don’t like to realize the wrong make up of his character that is pointed out by foreigners.

    I’ve always wondered why do Filipinos desperately need English when the Japanese flourished without it whatsoever and so have the Chinese, Malaysians, and Koreans.

    • ChinoF says:

      …having traveled to Palawan, Panay, Davao, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Baguio, Ormoc, Batangas, Negros and of course NCR, I have come to conclude that there are more Filipinos who are xenocentric (lovers of foreign, haters of own)

      Yes, this is undeniable and I agree that it’s also harmful. But I believe we need to see each of them case-to-case, as Benign0 says. Do they like foreigners simply because they see foreigners as more sosyal and are contemptuous of their local brethren, or are the local brethren truly corrupt and they see the foreigners as pouring in money that helps their local business (or just show plain respect to the people)? Let’s see which is which and make the right evaluation with each case.

      Filipinos have never ever been known to be nationalistic as the Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Singaporeans, Malaysians (all are progressed and developed countries)

      Agreed. I also think the term “nationalistic” has been confused by some people here who claim to be, but are actually not (the real antipinoy! 😛 ) nationalistic. There can be many reasons for this, like tribalism. How our culture progressed through the years shows that we’ve not really reached a kind of nationalism all can agree on. In those nations you mentioned, nationalism arguable plays a small part in their progress. I see it that their choice of systems to apply in government and business was the main factor. But I agree, they were effective in making their citizens comparatively more nationalistic than ours. That’s what we’re trying to do here in the ironically named Antipinoy – defining true nationalism.

      The only thing is that Filipinos don’t like to realize the wrong make up of his character that is pointed out by foreigners.

      Korek ka dyan! Exactly my point in my article.

      I’ve always wondered why do Filipinos desperately need English when the Japanese flourished without it whatsoever and so have the Chinese, Malaysians, and Koreans.

      I believe that it is our particular strength. I also believe Chinese, Malaysians, and Koreans have to learn English too, and it is the reason why there are so many Koreans here in Manila today – to learn English from us. I don’t agree Japanese and others “flourished without it whatsoever.” They used it to communicate with businesses in the US and Europe (where their markets are) during the time they were growing as a world economic power. On our side, it’s ironic that we export a lot of labor, and the most common language that our OFWs will use is English. Thus, it makes bad sense to throw away English. The nations you mentioned did not need to export a lot of labor like we do. They allowed their own economy to develop and provided good jobs, and it was most likely done by allowing foreign investment to pour in, not by expatriates remitting cash to families at home. But their market was other countries, exporting electronics and other consumer products (Sony, Samsung, et al). English remains viable here because of the dominance of the American business institutions (Wall street, forex, WWW servers) internationally.

      There are many angles to see this from. Thank you for the comment and it’s good to discuss these points.

      • Wander-ruh says:

        I worked in IT consulting for nearly 5 years, and I can attest that our strength in English is one of the major factors that foreign clients consider in deciding to send some of their back-office, development, and technical communication operations to the Philippines.

        If our strength in this language allows us to create relatively high-paying jobs and provide services to foreign clients WITHOUT HAVING TO SEND FILIPINOS ABROAD, then how could being good in English be considered anti-Filipino? Moreover, if on top of our technical skills we can engage international clients because we know how to speak and write decent English, we can also adopt their knowledge, ideas, and processes. Doing so makes us more competitive, which further means that we can generate more jobs within our shores.

        Hindi sa yabang, but I would not have been able to make the money that I’m making now (and pay so much taxes!) if I didn’t know my English that well, so somebody please tell me if being “pro-English” is a bad thing.

    • J.B. says:

      About this English desirability thingy, my pet theory states that it’s an unconscious drive to progress a nation when there is a humongous difference between the rich and the poor.

      Our nation neighbors progressed because the people driving their cars look like the people walking on the streets. In our country, the people driving cars are either yellow-skinned singkit or whitish-tisoy and the people walking on the streets are generally brown.

      English is a great leveller of pinoy.

      • ChinoF says:

        Yeah, can be… since English is considered the international language, it helps bring people up to the level of people who know things all over the place. Limit yourself to your local language, you tend to know only about what’s happening in your tribe. And knowing what’s around the world, can lead to having cars to drive around. But ironically, I’m whitish-tisoy and I spokening dollar the best, but I’m still walking on the streets. hehehe.

    • Ponse says:

      “I’ve always wondered why do Filipinos desperately need English when the Japanese flourished without it whatsoever and so have the Chinese, Malaysians, and Koreans.”

      The Koreans, Chinese and Japanese spend billions of dollars just to learn the language. They would kill just to be able to speak English like us. So I have no complaints in that.

      Imagine how much worse in the hole we will all be if we cannot speak English.

  10. Anonymous Coward says:

    “Anti-foreignism is stupid.”

    If you know what you are talking about I would have believed you. This articles assumes that everything foreign has done good to our country. You are solving problems with the wrong solution. As if adopting pro-foreign laws would solve all problems this country has.

    For instance, the Visiting Forces Agreement. This is the same treaty that allowed Mr. Smith to escape his culpability from the rape charges against him. It is also the same treaty that has displaced many local inhabitants from their homes because of those “balikatang exercises”. The VFA is indeed an invasion of our territory because we cannot assert our sovereignty against those US Soldiers.

    I also strongly disagree on how you view the Land Ownership provision in the Constitution. The point of all the provisions pertaining to land in the Constitution is to encourage a just distribution of lands, especially among our farmers. The problem of unequal distribution of lands has been there since the Spanish era, and I don’t know how you came up with “1987 Land Ownership provision supports our local oligarchies”. On the contrary, it was designed to combat these oligarchies. I don’t know how would foreign entities would help solve this problem by “challenging the local oligarchs.” Hindi pa nga tapos ang paghihirap ng ating farmers, isisingit mo pa ang mga foreigners sa problema. If you’re gonna blame someone, blame the farmers who did not assert their rights, blame the politicians who are conniving with these oligarchies, and blame the foreigners who have circumvented Philippine laws.

    Why should we rely on foreigners to solve our problems? They have been helpful enough! We are already submerged in billions (maybe trillions?) of dollars in debt. They are also at fault for the corrupt transactions the government has entered into (remember NBN-ZTE?). This is time that we should rely on our own!

    • May Party Sa Dasma Wala Akong Wheels says:

      On the contrary, it was designed to combat these oligarchies.

      REALLY? Pray tell, how exactly does the 1987 Land Ownership provision COMBAT the local oligarchy?

      • Anonymous Coward says:

        What I meant was all the provisions scattered in the Constitution pertaining to land (including the Land Ownership provisions, Social Justice, etc). We should read the Constitution as a whole in order to unify its provisions.

      • May Party Sa Dasma Wala Akong Wheels says:

        Kaya nga. Having said so, please cite those scattered bits proving that the 1987 Constitution’s Land Ownership provision combats the local oligarchy. Sweeping comments like “We should read the Constitution as a whole in order to unify its provisions” doesn’t prove your claim sir.

  11. Hyden Toro says:

    Because, we cannot find good in our Political system. We must find a Bogeyman: the foreigners, or our former colonizers. Our OFWs goes to these foreign countries. They work as domestic servants, and remit the earnings to shore up the economy of our country. Without them, we will go bankrupt. Who are we blaming? The ones who we are earning our foreign currencies? Maybe these people are laughing at us already.

  12. mel says:

    Anti-Foreignism is a result of ignorance. Worst, some people think they are patriotic because they dislike foreigners. For them, global thinking is a strange word.

    As FPJ uttered the words ‘we do not need foreigners” during a campaign, I almost vomitted. That statement led to increased attacks and harassment to foreigners who have been living for more than 20 years here in La Union. “What a luck FPJ did not win”, a German friend told me. The same thought I had.

    When catastrophic events happen like Typhoon Ondoy, Milenyo and Reming, people do not realize that the global world is sending us huge amount of money to recover and rebuild destroyed homes, hospitals, roads,etc. They even send medical teams and other social volunteers to help the Filipinos get back to their normal lives and even prosper.

    Albay Region, through the help of foreign donations, rebuilt the ruins left by Milenyo and Reming. People through the Gawad Kalinga got better homes. Children got scholarships. Some hospitals got medical gadgets and OP instruments, etc. The same happened here in Northern Luzon after the Ondoy catastrophe, life is back to normal because of foreign donations.

    It is tunnel vision when one only sees the negative sides of foreign culture. Sex tourism and child abuse are problems that can easily be solved when law enforcement functions.

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  14. Sally Shine says:

    Too much patriotism is isolation. This makabayan mentality, when taken too seriously, can and will kill. It’s also the subject of the upcoming game “BioShock Infinite”, an interactive satire on nationalism and anti-foreignism.

    • No Idea says:

      It’s because of that idiotic Panatang Makabayan which I find awfully corny and mushy.. dang.. and they “feed” that to kids! What’s the last three phases.. I forgot, but something like “Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa….” That’s why people actually HATE English as if it’s a crime to KNOW how to speak or write it. It’s the whole culture that’s been brainwashed.. the kind that would rather watch mushy tele-novelas than watch the History Channel! Frankly, this is a good site. I may not agree with some views but basically it’s intellectually honest.

  15. someguy says:

    I agree with this article. That’s what I hate about socialism: it makes you selfish. Look at North Korea. Their economy is already weak and many people are suffering from poverty and starvation but they still gonna stay as North Koreans even if their fellow country, the Soviet Union, falls down and they want to destroy America, Japan, Europe and any allied country who are imperialists with their military first crap and nuclear weapons.
    I remember seeing my sister watching a video of South Korean boyband Super Junior about helping the poor North Korean people by donating clothes to children but the foolish North Korea rejects them because they want products from Russia and China and not from their enemies. But if so, why do they still accept products from their enemies? I mean, I’ve watched a documentary of National Geographic channel about North Korea and some schools have Dell PC’s, tractors from the European Union (complete with its flag in it), hell they even have a small arcade amusement there with arcade cabinets made from Japan. And even if North Korea want all of their fellow people have faith with their “great leader” alone (and look how emo these North Koreans are when Kim Il Sung died: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrvIM1ENcbA) yet there’s still Catholicism and church in the country. So weird.
    But to me, we have different cultures and we have different races but WE’RE STILL HUMAN BEINGS LIVING IN THIS WORLD. And I wish my fellow Filipinos would realize this because I don’t want this country to turn like North Korea.

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