Filipinos cannot progress because of anti-elitist mentality

Most Filipinos are anti-elitist. A good proportion of the Philippine population would prefer that they be seen as being one with the common tao rather than be seen as one of the elites. Indeed it is a land full of contradictions. This mentality is inconsistent with the behavior exhibited by a people who also routinely act like The Talented Mr Ripley (read: social climbers) — those who want to see and be seen with the rich. Case in point is Senator Manny Villar who kept emphasizing during the presidential election (without success) that he was once as poor as a pauper. Let’s not forget to mention Erap Estrada whose slogan “Erap para sa Mahirap” in 1998 so resonated with the masses that he almost won the presidency again in the last election. Now, the incumbent President, Noynoy Aquino is so overcompensating for being a member of the Philippine oligarchy by trying so hard to project an image of being just your “average guy” next door.

Another case in point is a recent experience I had as a blogger here at A commenter in my previous blog labelled me snobbish for my preference for using the English language over Tagalog. To be precise, most Filipinos who misguidedly think that the use of Tagalog is a reflection of Filipino pride and nationalism seem to think this way. They actually believe that those who prefer to use the English language more are being elitist and unpatriotic. I find this mentality rather disturbing and backward-thinking, considering that Tagalog is not the only language being used by Filipinos across the Philippines, and despite me having explicitly stated that the overall advantage of being proficient in English far outweighs that of being proficient in Tagalog. But this blog is not about which language is more beneficial anymore. This is about the Filipino people’s penchant for being anti-elite and suckers for populist rhetoric.

Initially, I didn’t know what to make of this supposed insult thrown at me for everyone to read. Now that I have thought about it more, I actually feel flattered that someone would think of me as a nerd and actually say “If your type would be leading the country, only nerds and keyboard-potatoes like you can find inspiration in your kind of mentality.” Who would have thought that someone would think that I can actually serve as an inspiration for intellectuals? He made me laugh, really. This just proves how small-minded some Filipinos are and how a discussion can easily threaten them when they deem the subject too out of their depth.

To be honest, every time I read something about people like Steve Jobs introducing his new Apple product or Bill Gates doing so much for the advancement of technology and humanity, I feel so damn insignificant. I mean, there is no way I can possibly achieve in my lifetime what those two have achieved in half of theirs. They are the real inspiration for nerds and not someone like me. A lot of people would even claim that if they were only half as talented as Steve or Bill, they could still be world-renowned innovators. Steve and Bill’s achievements are something to aspire for, definitely.

This brings me to the question: What’s with all the anti-elitist sentiment that Filipinos are fond of wallowing in? It is again a misguided notion that being a member of the elite is a bad thing. It is actually this kind of victim mentality that keeps us from moving forward.

First, let us define the word elitism. According to sources found on the Net, “elitism is the belief or attitude that some individuals, who supposedly form an elite — a select group of people with, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight or those who view their own views as so; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern”. They say that the personal characteristics of those considered to be a member of the elite include: “rigorous study of, or great accomplishment within, a particular field; a long track record of competence in a demanding field; an extensive history of dedication and effort in service to a specific discipline (e.g., medicine or law) or a high degree of accomplishment, training or wisdom within a given field”.

Based on the definition given above, I am hardly fit to lead a nation let alone any group of nerds as claimed by that commenter, and if we go by the definition, neither is P.Noy Aquino qualified to lead a nation of 100 million Filipinos. Let’s face it, it has been a well-documented fact that P.Noy does not have “extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom” to “render” him “especially fit to govern” because he does not have any “great accomplishment within, a particular field; a long track record of competence in a demanding field; an extensive history of dedication and effort in service to a specific discipline (e.g., medicine or law) or a high degree of accomplishment, training or wisdom within a given field.” What P.Noy does have which is also a well-documented fact, is membership in one of the wealthiest families in the country — and that’s about that.

Unfortunately, even if P.Noy is a member of the privileged few, his is a situation in “which a group of people claiming to possess high abilities or simply an in-group or cadre grant themselves extra privileges at the expense of others.” This form of elitism can actually be described as discrimination and such elitism has social and psychological consequences as evident in what has been happening in the last few decades since the late former president, Cory Aquino came to power. Unbeknownst to a lot of Filipinos, the Philippine oligarchies who have been in power since 1986 actually endorse a form of elitism that excludes a large number of people from positions of privilege or power. That means they only give favors to those who are in their inner circle or those who support their cause. This is the kind of elitist attitude the average Juan de Cruz should be wary about and be resentful of because P.Noy is not truly an elite in the sense that, he is not an expert of anything but rather, just privileged enough to be voted into power. As such, he is actually not in touch with the poor, which is precisely the reason why he does not have a clue as to how to elevate the country from poverty.

In defense of the true elites

I don’t know about you but if I ever have to undergo brain or heart surgery, I want the best surgeons to perform the operation. Who in their right mind would want to see a quack doctor to cure their disease?

If the Taliban or any member of the Al Qaeda ever kidnaps me, I can already picture Navy-Seals-like commandos barging in through the doors of the Taliban hideout where they are keeping me and rescue me safely. Why would I want the Philippine National Police (PNP) undergoing the rescue operation? They will just bungle the operation and I might end up in a bag on the way to the morgue.

If I ever have to hire a lawyer to counter a libel case, I want someone who was a bar topnotcher and who wins most of his court cases. And if I ever have to be in front of a judge, I will pray that it be someone who was also a bar top notcher, won most of his cases, and is compassionate. Why would I want to hire a two bit lawyer who was average in the bar exam and who only settled his cased out of court? I would definitely end up losing my case, land in jail and pay a fine.

It should follow that if I ever have to vote for a president of my country…well, I will never vote for someone as mediocre as P.Noy. Life is too short to give my trust to people like him who waste people’s time learning on the job while millions go to bed hungry every night.

I don’t know about you but every time I meet someone new, I have to be careful about mentioning the school where I graduated. Mentioning it seems to elicit a few predictable responses like “naks naman ah…” and then I can tell that the person suddenly becomes overcome with this preconceived notion of how I am like. No, I didn’t go to that school you are thinking of. That’s the thing; just mention an exclusive school to a fellow Filipino who went to another school which is considered to have a less than average standard from your own school and you will find yourself labelled as a snob or an elitist even if you haven’t done much to deserve being called such. It is indeed another form of what is called reverse discrimination.

Frankly, I have met some of the kindest and most generous (also some of the cruellest and selfish) people in my school. I’ve also met some of the kindest and most generous (also some of the cruellest and selfish) people from other schools. What I’m trying to say is that, Filipinos should stop labelling people they hardly know and judge everyone they meet on their merits.

If someone considered me snobbish and elitist for choosing excellence over mediocrity, I would definitely take it as a compliment because my definition of an elite person is someone who is the best of the best and not someone who is just a member of the privileged group. The two should not be confused as one and the same. The former group being good and beneficial to society while the latter just takes advantage of the underprivileged for their own benefit. They also enjoy a relatively large degree of control over a society’s means of production, which includes those who gain their position due to socioeconomic means and not personal achievement (read: the Philippine oligarchy).

If I have to choose between talking to someone who knows what he or she is talking about or someone who just pretends to be in the know, I would definitely choose the former. How I wish the country could have more of them though because it is really nice to have a conversation with someone who understands what you are saying and someone you can actually learn from as opposed to having a discussion with people who talk like they actually know what they are talking about when in reality they’d much prefer to just keep the conversation going around in circles.

Being anti-elitist is what’s preventing our country from progressing. It’s what gets actors, athletes, singers or anyone from the entertainment industry and anyone with a popular name like Aquino getting voted into public office even if they don’t have any “extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom that render them especially fit to govern.”

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140 Responses to Filipinos cannot progress because of anti-elitist mentality

  1. silvercrest says:

    Well said.

  2. ArticleRequest says:

    Found this while browsing PEX, “Are Filipinos STUPID voters?” Nagcomment din si Manong benign0. If you are a member of PEX get people to shut these emo PEXERs in denial!

    An emo poster even commented that people who think Pinoy voters are stupid are elitist! Hahaha.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks for the link ArticleRequest

      Gosh, that is an old thread on PEX. I can’t believe you found it and what’s even more worrying is that the topic is still so relevant today. Nothing has changed in the way Filipinos vote for their leaders even after Erap’s stint behind bars.

    • maikimai says:

      Bat nga pala banned si benign0 doon? Marami siguro siyang nakaaway doon.

  3. GabbyD says:

    oh no! this whole post comes from a misunderstanding of the word snobbish.

    snobbery is NOT elitism! 🙂

    mikers, NEVER USED THE WORD ELITISM, or equated it to the word that he used, which is “snobbish”.

    his money quote is : “Generally, the article is simply snobbish, cynical, and just an exercise of masturbating one’s intellectual vanity. A SONA in Tagalog is unintellectual? English is intellectual? ”

    he is saying that an opinion that english is NECESSARILY intellectual is in fact snobbery.

    what is snobbery?

    ” One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire, or seek association with people regarded as social superiors.
    2. One who affects an offensive air of self-satisfied superiority in matters of taste or intellect.”

    what is elitism (which btw is a word he NEVER USES!)? its a more complex idea, which may be the reason u dont know what it means:

    from wiki: “Elitism is the belief or attitude that some individuals, who supposedly form an elite — a select group of people with, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight or those who view their own views as so; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern.[1]”

    Equating “speaking english” to intelligence/ability is snobbery, not elitism. there is NO REASON that a language is better or worse, or that anyone who speaks it is dumber than others, or more fit to lead.

    ilda, ur main argument is the philstar link. let me quote:
    “Three quarters of the country’s employers turn down job applicants with poor English, according to one of the country’s leading job search sites.”

    note: its POOR ENGLISH. POOR ENGLISH is not equal to SPEAKING TAGALOG. the true problem is not tagalog, but poor english.

    it is poor english that we should struggle against. as an elitist (are you?) you should espouse excellence in EVERYTHING, including whatever language u fancy.

    as usual, its logic and understanding that is missing from ur writing, ilda.

    • benign0 says:

      @ GabbyD. The only thing shrinking in comparison to the bigger picture here is your mind, dude.

      You are focusing on the small world of the semantic difference between “snobbery” and “elitism” when there is a whole world of conceptual parallelism between the two that this article explores.

      You merely use your googling skills to compensate for the smallness of your conceptual faculties.

    • ilda says:

      Oh no, Gabbyd!

      Now everyone knows that your main purpose in the blogosphere is to contradict even if you don’t have much of a point!

      Just read the article again because it is so obvious you did not comprehend it. Frankly, you are just a time waster.

      Do me a favour will ya? Have nice day! 🙂

    • ilda says:


      Just to answer this question:

      as an elitist (are you?)

      The answer to that depends on what your understanding of the word “elite” is. If you still think that an elite is someone who has a truckload of cash and if you are asking if I have a truckload of cash, well then, that’s for me to know and for you to find out.

      If you are referring to the correct definition of the word “elite” which is someone who has “great accomplishment within, a particular field; a long track record of competence in a demanding field; an extensive history of dedication and effort in service to a specific discipline (e.g., medicine or law) or a high degree of accomplishment, training or wisdom within a given field,” – that’s still for me to know and for you to find out. However, based on your comments here and your limited comprehension skills, you are already of the opinion that I am not an elite. So there you go, it’s whatever makes you happy.

      As to your other assertions, just keep referring back to the articles and the comment thread to enlighten you.

    • red says:

      You wrote so much but all you just wanted to say was that last line.

      Your “arguments” go way off tangent from the main idea being presented here are not a good enough cover for the fact that you are simply trolling. :mrgreen:

  4. Indolent Indio Circa 1521 says:

    Filipinos are definitely PRO-ELITIST. They want to gang-bang with the elite. They adore elites. They want their picture taken with the elite, then show-off in their Friendster “Lookit, who I snucked with!” kind-of-thing. Filipinos love to shotgun-ride with the elite. Filipinos follow-tweet the elites to know what they are thinking and doing and make humbug to their barkadas what these elites are doing to give an appearance of the “in-the-know”.

    “… oh, you know who was on my flight to Aparri? Kris Aquino … ” How they love the elite.

    • Parallax says:

      perhaps it’s a manifestation of the age old laziness of the pinoy to try and become elite, an achiever, a product of real work. instead, pinoys embrace stagnation, and a really weird sense of belonging in what amounts to a very large but quite pathetic group of people who find heaven in wowowee. the affinity towards this anti-elitist tendency seems overwhelming that pinoys fall into it by default, and that might explain why few pinoys ever get to truly achieve anything of real value while the rest go “yehey i’m pinoy too! i’m da best! don’t judge me”

      it’s always easier for pinoys to “be cool by association.”

      • No Idea says:

        Not all celebrities are elites.. in fact most of them are NOT.

      • HareBurger says:

        they just happened to have the face or relationship with the face…talent-wise, in the case of actors & actresses, they are inferior. only seasoned stage actors & those really educated in the arts & music (not just being part of the star circle quest) have the right to claim that they are elite. lea salonga is one elite in the field of arts. charice pempengco is ewanko…

    • ulong pare says:

      … daaang

      @indio c1521… i am proud to be an elitist/burgis/jeproks/amboy/unggoy/flipflams… inggit ka lang…

      … never in my (young) life been exposed to diesel fumes, dusty roads, smelly low life pulubis, hampas-lupa, yucky flip food, mosquitoes y ipis…. oooh…. my hair stand on one end… buti na lang pubic is trimmed…

      … i’m only used to chauffer-driven coaches and traysikads, erkon spaces, and magnificent establishments, boutiques, exclusive shopping malls and bangketas… i played polos with the royalties, sailing – actually, i race with the louis vuitton race club… and party with the sheiks, oil barons, and amoy kambings…

      … i speak ‘sang tambaks na languages… from ferpeckt country clubbed englitzched to bisdaks’ oh my god omigod plis dont stop kuya sexy gurl language of love…

      … i could go on and on… pero, baka mamatay ka sa inggit… kasalanan ko pa… :mrgreen:

    • ChinoF says:

      Pro-elitist in the sense that you imply, Indolent Indo, yeah. They want to rub elbows with the elite.

      But they’re also anti-elitist in this sense: because they don’t want to work smart and become one of these elite, having enough money and enjoying intellectual pursuits – the real kind of elite for me. They just want to live on dole-outs from the elite. They believe the elite is responsible for them… and not them being responsible for themselves.

      Teodoro Agoncillo was one of the people responsible for a wrong idea about the elite. He had a wrong idea: that true Filipino culture is the primitivist, bahay kubo, eating with your hands and dressing shabbily culture. Basically, peasant culture. That was wrong. Our Filipino culture has a lot of foreign influences that turned out well, like some stone houses in Bataan, barong and terno, some elite Spanish influences, delicadeza and palabra de honor values. Thus, Agoncillo promoted hatred of the elite culture which made more Filipinos think backwardly.

      Look at cuisine, clothing, design ideals and art of other countries. Like French cuisine, Italian cuisine, Chinese dress and cuisine, etc. They are the cultural items of the elite, not the poor class. That’s what we should base our national identity on – not on the peasant culture.

      • ulong pare says:

        … daaang

        @chinof… teka… teka… teka.. naman…

        … ” bahay-kubo” >>> winter season, i spend my time in a “bahay kubo” somewhere in the orient… doon sa looban, batanggas to be exact… the touristst/foreignes pay top dollars for the same privilege… we look for nice and quiet time… away from the rat race…

        … “eating with your hands”… in the island of ilocanos oooopsie hawaii, it’s called “luau”… it’s not cheap either… millionaires, my pipol, enjoy it…

        … “dressing shabbily” … only (flip) social climbers do that… we, millionaires (emphasis on millions), are comfortable nekkid…somewhere in the orient…

        … when i look back to all of that so called “luxuries”, i am no better than a squat living in the esteros… (which actually, i am… sikreto ko yan)

        … a hearty sinigang, pritong tilapia, pot of rice, kalamansi juice to wash down, a cold san mig on the side, and most of all, company of laughters… now that’s priceless… :mrgreen:

      • ChinoF says:

        Gandang business pala ng resort a. Lalo na nekked resort. Hmmmm…. :p

      • ChinoF says:

        I wonder if this is also a manifestation of a subconscious desire to return to primitivism and barbarism… hehehe

      • Jay says:


        Ever heard of the term Keeping up with the Jones’? The Philippine elite is pretty much one giant JONES society compared to the real global elites. I think I took the comparison made in AP that most of the affluent in the Philippines are pretty much middle class in western nations. And the rest of the pinoy poverty want to rub elbows with them but as you say, don’t want to make the effort to really be above that level.

      • ChinoF says:

        Yup, I took that up as the “material success” part in my article How Culture Helps Corruption. Basically the wish to have SUVs, santakutaks toneladas of jewelry and glorious mansions can motivate people to be corrupt… because that’s perceived as the only way to get these riches. And if you don’t aim for these goals, there’ll be people who’ll tell you, “wala kang magandang goals in life,” “you’re not in,” “you’re weird,” and all that crap. And it helps propagate myths about wealth accumulation, the problems of our country and how we should live our lives.

    • ilda says:


      Just to be clear, most Filipinos adore people with money or those born into privilege (hence, your assertion that Pinoys love being photographed with the rich) but they despise those they deem to be smarter than them, the elite (hence, they always vote for someone who they perceive is not a threat to their intelligence).

      Please do not confuse people’s adoration for the rich with that of being pro-elite. There is a difference as I have explained in the article. Pinoys tend to contradict themselves that’s why it’s natural for you to assume that they are pro-elite. The correct term for what you are describing is called social climbers.

      To quote myself again:

      Indeed it is a land full of contradictions. This mentality is inconsistent with the behavior exhibited by a people who also routinely act like The Talented Mr Ripley (read: social climbers) — those who want to see and be seen with the rich.

      and this:

      …. my definition of an elite person is someone who is the best of the best and not someone who is just a member of the privileged group. The two should not be confused as one and the same. The former group being good and beneficial to society while the latter just takes advantage of the underprivileged for their own benefit. They also enjoy a relatively large degree of control over a society’s means of production, which includes those who gain their position due to socioeconomic means and not personal achievement (read: the Philippine oligarchy).

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  6. Aegis-Judex says:

    Magnificent, Ilda. How I wish the lesser minds will awaken from their slumber…

    • ilda says:

      Thanks Aegis-Judex

      I don’t think they are going to wake up from their slumber anytime soon. They don’t even want to read or hear any word we are trying to say.

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        Those who think have warned the lesser minds so many times, and the swarm never dared heed them. Isn’t it about time that the society be purified? I really think we need a eugenics law to encourage the intellectual elite to breed, ultimately displacing those who consider intelligence a sin in number and primacy.

      • Antay-antayan says:

        Eugenics, haha. But aren’t we all from the same poor stock? Eugenics are for losers who can’t attract people from the opposite sex.

        But, seriously, where would we get good stock? All our leadership from the past 100 years came from supposedly good mestizo Chinese/Spanish stock. Look at where we are now?

  7. Indolent Indio Circa 1521 says:

    i have no qualms english of local dialect use. It is the people who correct english-struggling-speakers tantamount to ridicule. THAT IS TOTALLY STUCK-UP SNOBBISH. There are people who speaks and struggle with english who has the most logical mind.

    There was once a Filipino “manager” who was so uncomfortable with my fluent conversational english that she thoughted that I was right because of my precision of english words. Not realizing he has been had.

    When I drop words like “Mathematical properties of equation of the balance sheets” he simply just dropped the whole idea of arguing with me with the rest of the managers.


    • mihael keele says:

      “who was so uncomfortable with my fluent conversational english that she thoughted that I was right because of my precision of english words. Not realizing he has been had.”


      I know you find Grammar Nazis to be stuck-up and snobbish. However,  bragging about your superior mad English skills because you can humiliate others with them while mangling proper verb tense (THOUGHTED!) and sounding like something straight out of a manual for a toy made in China (MY PRECISION OF ENGLISH WORDS!) is just too hilarious to pass up. 😛

      I see your “Mathematical properties of equation of the balance sheets”” and raise you with an “exogenously specified process for the migration of default probabilities based on market data”. ;P   Peace.

  8. Ryan Bosco says:

    Well written and well said Ilda!

    My definition and understanding of the word “elite” is someone who is enlightened, progressive, industrious, philanthropic, and wealthy in terms of achievements and deeds. (Not so much monetary wealth, especially in the Philippines where most wealthy families are no different from mafias or common thugs who steal.) I’m glad you wrote this Ilda! Filipinos really get the word “elite” confused with fame and money.

    For example, many Filipinos would consider Borgy Manotoc an elite. Or someone who goes to Coffee Bean or anybody who can afford to live in a high-rise condo in Manila. I’m using Borgy Manotoc because someone I know casually said that he’s an “elite.” I said to myself, “What has he accomplished?” Just because he has a rich (yet questionable) influential family background and a model makes him an “elite”? And what pisses me off is that Filipinos are so proud to label these Filipinos as elites. I think most like saying the word “elite” because it’s just chic to say it.

    When I visited a company to pick up samples and paperwork, I introduced myself and explained my purpose in English. A woman, perhaps in her late 20s or 30s stood up, pretended to be inconspicuous, excused herself but clearly holding back her laugh. I’m not stupid, I knew she was making fun of me because I spoke English to them rather than Filipino. Being more mature and understanding, I ignored it in a professional manner. I wanted to put her on the spot and ridicule her and make her feel that she’s just a common folk who will struggle for the rest of her life who lacked the intelligence and decency. Being a nice person who understood the whole situation, I did not bother. I simply told the owner of the company, “In America, that kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable…please have a word with your employee. I know that I am not in America but ordinary Filipinos like your employee should be professional at all times.”

    But, when I left, I started to think that maybe I had a hair hanging out of my nose, or a dandruff on my hair, maybe my fly was open, maybe it was my fault. I speak good English, go to the gym, consider myself irresistable naked, dress nice…but what made that employee behave the way she did? Ahhh, it’s just that mediocrity in the Filipino at work. Too bad, she was kind of hot. I would have asked her out to dinner. Looks can really be deceiving. I guess I didn’t look “elite” enough based on Filipino standards. I should have worn a tie with a big POLO sign on it.

    The word elite is so misunderstood and overused in the Philippines that I refuse to utter it. It has lost its true meaning and luster….in the Philippines.

    • ulong pare says:

      …. daaaang

      @indio c1521… well… ‘cuse meeeee!

      … tangalog is my second language… inles ooopsie english is perst…

      … if you do not understand or do not like my inles, you harden der (sa tangalog, manigas ka!)

      … “sir” is kinda lousy… when a sexy gurl calls me “kuya”, it has a kinky ring to it… 😳

      • ChinoF says:

        When a sexy gurl says “wag, koya, wag,” the more you would like to do it. 😛

        Do what? Say, “Ay, I is not liked you, you are flying low kalapati, I want more cless…” 😛

      • Ryan Bosco says:

        LOL, I agree 100%

        “Kuya” is a word that makes me go wild in total abandon!

        “Kapatid” on the other hand will make me flaccid in a second. Sick!

        Kuya has that “I’m the boss, you’re the maid, let’s do something naughty” ring to it.

        BUT I DIGRESS…what was the article about again? LOL

    • ilda says:


      I’m glad you appreciate it. I really felt the need to stand up for all Filipinos who feel alienated in their own country just because they use their head. The norm in the Philippines is to laugh at those who try and be different, which is part of the reason why some folks just try to blend in with the crowd just to avoid attracting too much attention and risk being ridiculed.

      Filipinos do equate people with money as someone who is a member of the elite. Someone born into privilege like P.Noy is equivalent to someone who just won the lottery.

  9. UP nn grad says:

    English is an unusual burden for many Pinoys. ➡ German? No. The Vulcan language? No.

    English? As Conrado de Quiros would say — GMA Talsik Diyan! 🙄

    English is an unusual burden for many because Pinoys feel an obligation to be well-versed in that language. Swahili? No. Hiligaynon? No. English? Yes.

    • ulong pare says:

      … daaaaang

      @up grad naman naman namannnnn…

      … according to false oooopsie pulse asia/sws survey, flips rank turd oooopsie third in spokoning inles in da hole wide world…

      … and an AP blog is still ongoing to substantiate that flips are indeed the inles expert… ask a bisdak… :mrgreen:

  10. Hyden Toro says:

    Elistism is the word, or jargon that people called themselves; because they believe that they are more favored in life than you and me. I don’t believe in Elitism. Everybody is given a skill; a talent to contribute something in our society.

    Being a Leader is not just, experience and brainpower. Your heart must be right. You must be sincere in leading your people for a good cause. The Aquinos are false leaders. They went into Politics to protect their ownership of the Hacienda Luisita. They pretend to be recognized with the poor. However, it is very glaring: they come from the landed and ruling Feudal Oligarchs. EDSA was successful transformation from Marcos Dictatorship to so called Democracy. Instead, we have Feudal Oligarchy. The Aquinos protected in any way they can their ownership of the Hacienda Luisita.

    These people are good actors and pretenders. Noynoy Aquino pretending to know a lot. His Public Relation machine building him as good as U.S. President Obama. However, he cannot escape his lack of academic and legislative accomplishments. Records never lie…

    I don’t believe that because, he is the President. Some Divine Sources will descend on his brains. Makes him a good accomplishing President. Looking on the records of the Aquinos: they have been opportunistic and pretending people. Using their alliance with the Catholic Church. They are succesful impostors.

    Jesus Christ had already taught us how we can determine these impostors, in our times: “Ye shall know them by their Fruits.”

    • Indolent Indio Circa 1521 says:

      WoW! We have a priest here making sermons. Lookit, Philippinfines has not progressed since CHRISTIANITY WAS INTRODUCED 480 YEARS AGO.

      Now that Philippfinos are “educated” and now knowing that Prayers were not answered by their God, VATICANS ARE NOW BLAMING THE PHILIPPFINOS AS IDIOTS AND INDOLENTS!!!! Ain’t dat kool?

      • Hyden Toro says:

        Sorry, I’m not a Priest. I’m just a common Blogger. However, I know about religions…I know the teachings of various religions…there is nothing wrong in using them for the search for truth in life. I believe in God. but not in organized religions.

    • Jay says:

      If anything Hyden, I think we both share the same belief that people are born differently. While others may see it as a way to try rank someone on a social scale, I feel its advantageous. Those who are superbly smart shouldn’t be left to rot with the ranks of normal intelligence. HE/She should be given the keys of knowledge in hopes exploring more about our world. At the same time, those who are capable of mass organization, responsible decision making and good charisma shouldn’t be put down due to their place in society. Hell Jesus himself was one of a kind and he fulfilled a role no minister, pharisee, scholar or even human can but we all know the story as to why.

      That is why usually real kings stand alone. Not only because of their material lavishness but the burden of responsibility put on them. A real elite can stand tall with the weight of the world and the hopes of the people on him.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        Search for the Truth is a lifetime quest. Educating yourself, is a lifetime quest. Finding your true self is a lifetime quest. There are too many factors that try to hijack your life. One of these factors are:Organized Religion. It is because they exclude people. I believe that any religion that excludes people are not of God.

        Our True Divine Source never allocated air, water, or food, to those who believe in him only. They are free for all of us. Whether, you believe in Him or not. Rich or poor; educated or ignorant; radicals or conservatives. All are choosen. I don’t believe in choosen people; choosen religions; choosen tribes; etc…everybody is choosen…

      • Kahlil says:

        hey guys…

        sorry to butt in, but i just thought i might add to that being ‘chosen’ concept. its such an archaic concept for me. IMO, the choice lies within each one of us. we must make a choice. for those who don’t, they fall victim to organized ‘religion’, ‘brotherhoods’, ‘societies’, or whatever you can think of that tend to lump people together for some imagined affinity just for the heck of it.

        like for example baptisms. you get baptised into roman catholic without you being able to make that decision for yourself. by the time you go through confirmation, there’s no choice to be made anymore. you already grew up as a roman catholic. how can you even decide or ‘confirm’ that this is what you want when you’ve already grown up thinking that ‘this is it, i’m catholic’ and ‘to hell with other religions out there, i’ve found mine already.’ isn’t that just sad that from the get go, choices are being made for us with out us having a say in it?

      • ChinoF says:

        Yes, the idea of being “chosen” is one of the cornerstones of racism. I wonder if our oligarchs believe that they’re “chosen” to control the country. Chosen by themselves, that is. Or this silly idea that Filipinos are “chosen” to be the Christian champion in Asia… so we are championing corruption as a significant part of a Christian culture. 😆

        That’s true Kahlil, and that’s what I hate about Roman Catholicism. Baptism and other ceremonies are forced on you when you’re not aware. You’re basically forced to be part of this religion. These Roman Catholic ceremonies have the idea of preempting personal decision – reinforcing on you that you have no right to free will. Very wrong. My mom keeps telling me, “you were born a Catholic, you should die a Catholic,” as if I have no right to choose my own religion.

  11. Sorbetero says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like what you just said, but the whole way you wrote it sounds like you can’t decide whether it’s about a real commentary on being elite or whining about how butt-hurt you are about being called an elitist snob. Some of your personal feelings detract from the delivery of the point.

    • ilda says:

      You are reading waayyy too much into it like a typical Pinoy. If you like the message of the article like you said, just concentrate on that and not on the personality of the blogger who you don’t even know.


      • Anonylol says:

        To be fair, he does have a point. The way you replied kind of underscores it too.

        That and calling him a “typical pinoy”

      • ilda says:


        I don’t expect everyone to like what they read on this site where everything is not for the faint hearted. If you guys don’t like my style, then that’s not my problem. Take it or leave it. I can’t please everyone.

        I don’t see how you expect me to respond to Sorbetero’s comment. Do you think I’m a robot? Clearly you expect too much. I don’t even know of any blogger on other blogsites who respond to their commenters in detail like we do around here and yet some people still act like we owe them a favour.

        We try to create an environment where people can discuss intelligently but obviously some commenters who feel offended by the article itself resort to personal attacks and we can only respond accordingly. We’d love to have a civilised discussion all the time but obviously when you are dealing with Pinoys who are in denial about their own dysfunction, it’s not going to happen.

        Commenters like Sorbetero who speculate about my feelings are just moving off the central topic of the article and are just engaging in tsismis = typical Pinoy.

    • ChinoF says:

      I think Sorbetero is just judging the form and pays little attention to the substance of the article. Let them have their opinion, then. Such opinion though remains subject to this rule:

      “Opinion 1 – 1+1=2 – right opinion
      Opinion 2 – 1+1=5 – out of touch with reality = wrong opinion”

      • ilda says:

        I find it bizarre that some people expect me to be nice to them after they insult me or after referring to my blog as “whining about how butt-hurt” I was. Is this the Twilight Zone or something?

      • ChinoF says:

        Remember someone who was cyberbullying and insulting people and then upon moving to another site, they claim that they were the one being bullied? 😆 There’re lots of those kinds of people. But they’ll get theirs.

  12. Indolent Indio Circa 1521 says:

    I am so comfortable for who I am, that I do not need to speak english when I transact with multi-national employees. I do not need to speak english to be respected. I do not need to dress-up to get attention. I think like I am an elite but I act like a peasant, down-to-earth!

  13. benign0 says:

    As far as I’ve seen in the above thread, there are only two fundamental points of contention being highlighted by most commentors (in order of decreasing small-mindedness):

    (1) The tired old English vs Tagalog thingy; and,

    (2) Snobbery vs Elitism

    But the obvious point here being missed (as the stunted mind of the typical Pinoy tends to do in most cases) can be encapsulated in one word:


    This is what underpins some of the definitions of a real elite person or group of people that the author quoted in the above article. And it is the point being highlighted as far as (a) the basic nature of Noynoy’s being president, and (b) the context of his being born into the illustrious Aquino name.

    When the concept of achievement is considered, the whole point of this article becomes clear AND clearly settles the earlier two SMALL points that have become the main points being quibbled over by the riffraff in the above comment thread.

    Indeed, AP and most collective blogs are microcosms of Pinoy society. The biggest noise is made by those who understand the SMALLEST aspects of an argument.

    Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw.

    • Hyden Toro says:

      It depends on your perception of the Aquinos…illustrious?…I don’t think so…illustrious, by the yellow horde standard. Not all of us agree with the word: illustrious. For me, it is a misnomer for them. I never see the family, being illustrious. The death of Ninoy Aquino was a product of political circumstances; if you will delve deeply in it. Ninoy Aquino rode on a Tiger. He ended inside it; when he tried to dismount…

  14. Jay says:

    If anything Ilda, it seems mikers’ took more to my mediocrity claim, which then led for him to label certain posters in the article as snobs. And why not, since he can’t even recognize the real societal concept of what an elite really is. Privileged certainly does not make one that.

    I think he was trying to make me or you look condescending, but then again Pinoys like to play that way when somebody talks to them about beneficial stuff they don’t know.

  15. silvercrest says:

    Why do Pinoys hate the elites? One reason is because they don’t want others they consider their equal be above them. All men are equal is correct. However, each person is unique. From birth, we all have God-given qualities which enables us to excel in a certain field. Coupled with character, gives plus or minus points to it. Refer to the definition above.

    Tagalog and English. English is preferred because it has enough words to communicate ideas. Tagalog has limited vocabulary. English is tagged with elitism because Pinoys know not what the word means. Would a Pinoy use “katangi-tangi” or “dalubhasa” to mean elite? No. They would use “mayabang”. Having been colonized with the upper-class having access to good education, Pinoys therefore associate fluency in a foreign language as being elite which means “mayabang” to a common Pinoy.

    Therefore, it must be known to Pinoys what a true elite is. So I agree with Ilda on this matter. I don’t understand why don’t. I think you’re quite hung up on the past discussions.

    Tagalog and English each has it’s own use. If you prefer Tagalog, then make a more precise dictionary without the borrowed English words pathetically made Tagalog by changing the spelling. Even with such I believe nobody in his right mind would go through the trouble of learning it when English is all prepped-up and ready to go.

    • ChinoF says:

      It’s still true the Filipino culture continues to promote inequality. Filipinos generally have the goal of, as Benign0 brilliantly puts it, asserting social dominance over the other. The feudal pattern of our country has propagated this kind of culture, and political maneuverings have helped keep this pattern in place. The “inborn” elite, the landed families we call oligarchs, want nothing more than maintaining this dominance over the poor masses. But the poor may disguise their wish as “get out of poverty” when it is really “be the next oligarchs over the poor I no longer want to be part of.” Hatred of the elite, whatever type of elite you name, along with our local brand of “racism,” continues to be one of the harmful traits of our culture.

      • Anonylol says:

        So at it’s core all this is because Filipinos really hate and can’t stand each other? That’s a depressing thought. It implies a certain kind of narrow mindedness that I find incredibly abhorent.

      • ChinoF says:

        And that is what Ilda was saying in her article. The poor hate the “elites,” the “elite” hate the poor… and Mikers hates Ilda… 😛

  16. htownflip says:

    check this out guys. i agree with many things this websites says about how backward our culture can be. it just reminds me of the african american culture sometimes. this is about chris rock’s stand up bid about loving black people but hatting nigg*rs. well i love filipinos but i hate p.noys…

    • ilda says:

      Hi htownflip

      Thanks for the link. You know I heard about how Chris Rock has been so disappointed with other African Americans who still have this victim mentality. I mean, it is time for them to move on from the injustices committed against them in the past. I think the government has tried to make up for it in a lot of ways. The best way to for them to prove the stereotype wrong is by succeeding in their endeavors. Unfortunately, there will always be groups in every society who think that everyone owes them and that they deserve to be handled with care.

      • Sareet L says:

        You know, this whole victim mentality is what catapulted the supposedly elite B Obama to the presidency. During the 2008 presidential campaign in the US, anyone who criticised Obama on valid grounds was labelled simply as racist by his supporters, so people were gun-shy about saying anything negative about him. Yet, the sexist and misogynistic attacks on the infinitely more accomplished Sen. Hillary Clinton were never addressed even by the Democratic party leaders at all. This idea of ‘kawawa naman ang mga itim sa history, kaya iboto na natin yung so-called itim na kandidato’ was what the white liberals followed, and the blacks and Democratic establishment took advantage of – liberal guilt, never mind that Obama had nothing to brag about in terms of his record of public service – beyond the ‘community organizer’ bit. So he spoke better English than his predecessor? Big deal. Look and listen dispassionately to him speaking and you will note the superficial nature of his speeches. Today, more than half a year into his term, he still seems to be in campaign mode – just like Noynoy.

        I observed the campaign here very closely, and during the primary debates, Obama almost always went second in answering the questions and Hillary went first (many rightly suspect the mainstream media here of being so pro-Obama then, hence the blatant privileges and favourable coverage rendered unto him). It became a joke how many times Obama would begin his answers by saying, ‘I agree with Hillary on this…’ followed by nonsense gobbledygook and platitudes. Most of his personal history was and still continues to be blacked out to public knowledge – no one is allowed to see his transcripts while at Columbia University, no one can see his actual birth certificate, if any, and there are no friends or relatives from his youth who can speak to his character when he was a student and senator – other than all his suspect ‘friends’ who intersected with him solely for politically advantageous (to him) reasons. Anyone who has done deeper research into his background and alleged ‘achievements’ will see that the similarities between the arrogant, underachieving Obama (who had no legislative record to speak of – his senate papers are all hidden away from public view, too – and he voted ‘present’ more often than not while an IL senator, just to mention a few things) and the arrogant, underachieving Noynoy Aquino run more than skin-deep. To be sure, the people around Obama are perhaps more competent than those around Noynoy, but their agendas are not too dissimilarly malicious in intent – more sweeping power and control not necessarily for the good of the people. The feeling in the US today is that neither political party truly represents the actual people’s interests anymore – just the corporations’ and the lobbyists’ interests, and their own political hides. Which is why you’ll read about Democratic candidates for the mid-terms in November running away from the much-lauded and hugely unpopular health care reform bill, and refusing endorsements by Obama. And why the non-establisment Tea Party-supported candidates are gaining ground among conservative and moderate voters.

        Let me clarify here and now that Obama is NOT at all the image he has been promoted to be – there is a hollowness to his being and speech, for starters. He cannot orate extemporaneously, has no depth of knowledge about any issue, and is completely dependent on his teleprompters in speeches. He has no ideas of his own, and is a mere puppet of the stronger special interests who put him in power. He has clearly been the model for Noynoy down to the Noybots worshipping their Yellow Saviour, not unlike the Hitler Youth-like Obamabots (who viciously trashed everyone who dared criticise their Kenyan-American Saviour online and off during the surrealistic 2008 campaign period). You think Pinoys have exceptional stupidity in voting for someone like Noynoy? Try those millions of Americans who voted for Obama, who is a hollow shell of a man with a bloated ego, and beholden to all those who really hold the strings of power behind the scenes (billionaire-bank/economy destroyer George Soros, for one). Look at Obama’s ‘achievements’ today and how his popularity continues to tank to now below-50%, since the economy has been in tatters for so long now. He gave billions of taxpayer money to bail out banks that were themselves responsible for the sub-prime mortgage housing crash that helped plunge the USA into its current unremitting recession. His sweeping health care reform act (wrong medicine for what ails the medical care industry) was very unpopular among American citizens themselves (up to 70% against it), and it was shoved down the throats of the people via Congress – and it will take effect in a few years’ time unless states fight it in the courts. Look at how laggardly he reacted to the BP oil spill in the south. Etc., etc..

        I would just plead with those who still believe that Obama is so much better than Noynoy to please stop with the adoration of Obama and the false contrasts between Obama and Noynoy. Please first do your own research into his background and so-called accomplishments first before blindly admiring another fraudulent candidate/president. You will realise that these two and their campaigns were/are so similar, they’re like peas in a pod.

      • ilda says:

        @Sareet L

        Immediately after Obama won, I actually wrote a similar FB note predicting the likely outcome of his term. It was obvious that the high turnout during the US election was due to his skin color and Oprah’s endorsement. The US media too like the Phil media, played a big role in making sure that Obama got more exposure. I lost count of the number of times Obama was on the front cover of TIME magazine before the election.

        Unfortunately, once an idea gets stuck into people’s brain, it is hard to remove. And that is why we need to try and dislodge it with logical ideas by voicing out every chance we get. We can’t let idiotic thinking rule.

      • miriam quiamco says:

        Just like you, I followed the US presidential campaign with keen interest not because of the racial issues involved but because Obama represented everything decent about human nature.  He never pandered, he was articulate and cared for issues deeply as attested by his life experience.  Hillary Clinton would have easily won me over as a woman, but she rode on the popularity of her husband, accomplished as a corporate lawyer for Walmart, was anti-union, what had Hillary accomplished without her husband political clout?  Obama rose from his humble origins through sheer hard work and intelligence.  It is wrong to denigrate his caliber as a politician all because the whole world happens to be enamored with him and also because his rise to power represented a breakthrough in his race.

        I admire Obama even when his policies have proven unpopular to the misinformed and racist American right.  We all know Obama stands for decency, for the curbing of bonuses of the corrupt corporate executives, but he is not a leftist in that he supported the unpopular corporate financial bailouts which Americans now hate.  But hey, during the bubble economy in which everybody could make money our of paper and thin air, nobody asked questions as to how an average Joe could earn buy stocks and earn potentially sums of dollars, and all this happened not during the administration of Obama.  Corporate bailouts were decided under Bush and tolerated by Obama, but he also initiated legislations that would regulated these unregulated markets for decades before his term.  He is suffering all the ill-effects of financial deregulation for decades.  Obama is still in a campaign mode?  Hell,  he has to be with a poisoned political climate in the U.S., he needs to explain to the people the rationale of his policies or the influential right would devour him to oblivion.  At least, he is sticking to issues and sticking to his policy promises.  He is a man of conviction but also a pragmatist, I would have dreaded a presidency under McCain or Clinton, Hillary simply does not have what it takes to have bi-partisan support.  You should read an article in the Atlantic about how the Republicans are exploiting every little item in the book of legislation to block Obama’s initiatives of reform, then, you will realize what a talented politician Obama is to have passed a Health care bill and other financial regulations, he won because he deserved it not because of media hype. . .

      • miriam quiamco says:

        You never compare Noynoy to Obama, this I agree with you.  They are two different political animals, the other has more savvy and strength, the other one is weak and a political idiot.

        Sorry for the grammatical mistakes in my previous post.  I am by the way an Obama admirer.  Not his current unpopularity in the U.S. now would erase that.  Would you support Sarah Palin as the next president for the Republican party?  The U.S. is in deep mess now because of Republican policies tolerated by the Clinton presidency.  Obama is simply pursuing a pragmatist political agenda, imagine if he let the government housing agencies go under and take with it the financial corporate world, imagine the shocks and instability this will cause in the world economy.  Would  you like the U.S. to be another Greece, do you understand the inter-relationships of the financial markets worldwide, the U.S. supports the world economy, it does not have only its obligations to the Americans, but to the world.  Which leader would have had the guts to let a Greek economy founder for example in the Western World.  Why is the EU bailing out Greece to the tunes of billions of Euros, and this even despite the unpopularity of the decision.  Is Obama an idiotic leader for going along what has become standard practice in the Western World?  The Americans will have to live with an Obama presidency or risk having a Sarah Palin become their president.  Now, here there is a basis for comparison, Sarah is just as a religious bigot as Noynoy, a political incompetent as Noynoy, well, the only difference is that, one is a man and the other is a woman.  Both are all form and no substance, but both are definitely a product of religious bigotry.

  17. mel says:


    By reading your articles alone, I can say that you can make a good president!

    I blame it to upbringing that many of us are anti-elitists. Many Filipino parents do not teach their children the value of the latter’s unique skills and abilities so that they also fail to recognize or give credit to other’s achievements. Take the example of those children forced to study in a field they dislike. If one is not happy with what he has achieved, the tendency is that he will also make the others unhappy.

    Secondly, the Media has a very strong influence with their telenovelas, where most of the plots convey that the rich are evil (kontrabida) and the poor are always the good (bida). This kind of story line gives the poor the feeling of triumph when the rich (evil) falls to his knees. Most Filipinos adapt such telenovelas to real life and that is the main reason why they vote for unqualified movie actors like FPJ, Estrada, Revilla, just to name some.

    I have lived for almost two decades in Europe and I admire how the common people there look up with respect and appreciation to the achievements of the rich, privileged and intelligent families. Like in Germany, they always say “not everybody can be Alexander von Humboldt”.

    Info on von Humboldt:

    I am longing to experience to hear Filipinos say – not every man can be president!

    • ilda says:

      Hi mel

      Thanks for the thumbs up. Some people’s reaction to what I write here is kinda weirding me out, really. I’m telling ya, when I started blogging here almost a year ago, I thought I already knew how the Filipino mind works but I find myself getting unpleasantly surprised at what I still discover about the Pinoy mentality. This is specially so after the recent election and with the way some commenters here become indignant to what I think is a simple concept or suggestion.

      Iba talaga ang Pinoy!

      I envy you coz you were able to live in Germany. It must have been nice to be surrounded by people who do not take things for granted. I know they are very serious people and they take pride in what they do. It looks like von Humboldt was indeed a member of the German elite who took advantage of his privilege by enhancing his skills, abilities and wisdom which benefited the whole German society. We don’t have a lot of elites like him.

  18. palebluedot_ says:

    ilda, got that chance to be a member of a personnel selection board for 2nd level (supervisory & up) in one LGU, and anti-elitist mentality is insanely rampant among those who write the evaluation of candidates for the position. resumes with educational background coming from top-notch schools in that province, or those who achieved honors or post-graduate studies or those who had reputable work experiences are, in most cases, being separated and are deemed “not-suitable” for the position. sometimes you hear nasty comments from the board members like, “they just made that up” or “exaggerated resumes” or worst, “too much knowledge, hard to control”. it seems as if they are threatened by these applicants’ above-average qualifications. during that stint, i have to fight for those whom i perceived as capable of producing high-quality output, but i am almost always at the losing end, even received this advice, “you’re too idealistic…grow up!”. so, the average (possessing the bare minimum) Juan is always the winner. end result? an inefficient, ineffective, god-forsaken public administration…*proven*

    • ilda says:

      It’s always nice to read your thoughts about stuff palebluedot. You always validate my own observations.

      What you just described is a very sad situation. People don’t realise that what they are doing is discrimination and they are actually doing it openly. Even if there’s a law against it, most Filipinos just shrug their shoulders and dismiss it as normal.

      That kind of mentality and behaviour are part of the reason why the intellectuals feel unappreciated. And that’s part of the reason why they have to leave for overseas just to get validation for their efforts in aiming for excellence.

      The only thing I can think of doing is to keep writing about these things, expose it for what it is in the hope that people who become enlightened will spread the word. I’m not expecting miracles to happen soon.

      • palebluedot_ says:

        it was your thoughts that initially made me attracted to AP, ilda. your blogs are easy to read and actually describes the kind of world i am in. while other AP bloggers and commenters, they help expand my mind with their highly researched explanations. since your talent is on writing, persist, while i take the role of spreading what you’ve written to my own small world…cheers!

  19. ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

    I would love to have a tarpaulin like that. Too bad I’m outnumbered here. Haha.

    • ilda says:

      Yikes! I just realised that P.Noy’s economics degree is just AB. I always thought it was BS which is more quantitative data analysis. Kaya pala he doesn’t know how to deal with numbers kasi puro theory lang ang alam…gees..kawawang Pilipinas.

      • mel says:

        Thing is, Ilda, PNoy pretends to be well-informed and smart. Just like his comment on divorce. Marriage after legal separation is bigamy or adultery and he did not know that! He does not even care to inform himself before he opens his mouth!

      • ilda says:

        You know I was talking to someone about that. P.Noy obviously just wants to please his sister Kris who always end up getting an annulment and then getting married again. Also, he wants to please the Catholic Church. He found a way of working around the issue of divorce by saying getting married is ok after legal separation. He is a real idiot. Pero mas idiot yung mga supporters nya.

  20. armando says:

    I think that the reason why Filipinos are anti-elitist is because they have a false sense of values.

    • ChinoF says:

      I agree, dude. I touched on that in a couple of my articles, please look over them, choose my username at “The AP Crew at Your Service” at right, then share your thoughts. Thanks.

    • ilda says:

      Correct ka dyan armando

      Filipinos are misguided because they do not know how to think for themselves. They rely on hand-me-down information from their elders but the values they teach are already outdated. And since they are outdated, they clash with what they see on TV and films. Plus Filipinos also get confused when they see Kris Aquino sleeping around with basketball players and then pray inside the church like she is Mama Mary.

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      @armando: Amen to that.

      We claim to be devout (insert religion here), yet we pervert the ethos of our creed.

      @ilda: I wouldn’t exactly jump to saying that all the values of our elders are outdated. We know that some of them, well… “You call that ‘values?!'” Others, however, need only to be updated in response to a society that evolves. In fact, I sometimes wonder how we can adopt the ethos of our elders’ generation — well, the USEFUL parts of that ethos, at least — and still be in touch with an ever-changing world.

      @Hyden, Chino: I’m a devout Catholic, but I’m neither Medieval Crusader nor Knight Templar, so I can get away with the following statement: The misguided zeal of my coreligionists has, on occasion, made me ashamed of being a Filipino Catholic; given the hard choice, I would drop the “Filipino” element altogether! (I would have to die from any and all reasons before renouncing my creed!) By “misguided zeal,” I mean the way most of my fellows in the Holy Church pervert her ethos. They have somehow adopted her ethos in the same way that the Templar of the Crusades have done. Of course, I think you guys could say that they make the Templar look tame, I don’t know.

  21. UP nn grad says:

    Maybe one of the reasons is that there are so few jobs available — unahin muna iyong kamag-anak at kabarkada.

    Then, maybe they are scared of competition. If the new-hire has better credentials and “mas matunog”, they can outshine — delikadong 😯 kalaban.

    • ChinoF says:

      Same thing is most likely true about our protectionist economy.

    • ilda says:

      Of course UP nn grad.

      Everyone is competing for the few remaining positions available and it has to go to a family member. It boils down again to overpopulation. Tsk-tsk.

    • Jay says:


      not surprised about your nepotism claim. Sure it happens as well in America but those who really can do the work rise faster and make the necessary connections. If anything, the family members put themselves on the spot MORE than the outsiders since its their name on the line and they make sure that they earned their spots, not necessarily have the position handed to them.

  22. Olga says:

    Hi Ilda

    You were correct when you said that the PNP will just bungle the rescue operation. It just happened yesterday. It’s a sad situation we are in.

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  24. htownflip says:

    you know, i am a huge fan of anti-pinoy and similar websites like this like better philippines, get real philippines,, and other websites like that. however, i do wonder why yall dont go paper? meaning, why don’t yall pull together, start raising funds (i’m sure yall can find many supporters, I for one will donate my hard earned American dollars for yall), and really start raising awareness and campaigns to educate filipinos and how they need to wake up.

    you know, like thomas paine, when he wrote the book common sense and helped unite the american colonists to stand up against england. maybe, yall can start an actual newspaper and circulate them so they can reach the common pinoy because the majority of the philippines dont read this blog.

    also, i do have a knock on some of yalls content on how it simply bashes filipinos sometimes. although i am frustrated with just how backwards filipinos are and just how much they lack intellect and logical thinking, some of antipinoys articles are kind of brutal. i’m not saying to patronize them because i am also all about telling the truth, but maybe there should be a more concentrated effort to unite filipinos to stand up for what is right and really start a movement to bring about change.

    you can list all the things that are wrong with the philippines and list all the possible solutions but if the masses are not united and catch on to the vision that they can demand and take steps to bring change in the philippines, then nothing will happen. the common pinoy will just see people like you as “mayabang” instead of seeing you guys as leaders and as innovative writers.i feel like people like you can unite/influence the philippines an infinite number of times more than p.noy speaking tagalog.

    my last suggestion would be to probably start with the universities. start circulating yalls content there. start antipinoy student organizations on campus. focus on educating them not just the subjects in their classes but how to be good citizens, how to stand up against bad governments with things like rallies and civil disobedience. because one day, these students will be the best and brightest in the philippines, therefore they need to learn how to act and behave as leaders. i’ll share with you this quote for the non profit Christian organization that I work for. “Change the University, Change the world.”

    • htownflip says:

      I also want to share with you this quote from one of my favorite historical figures of all time.

      “Actually time itself is neutral… Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts of men, willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      I think it’s time for the common Filipino to move just like the common African American during the civil rights movement. they just need leaders to lead them.

    • Jay says:


      AP isn’t just for the massas really. If anything, its reaching out to those who are affluent as well. Those who have more abilities to change things around them. Those who shouldn’t be satisfied to think like the massas do. But ultimately, its also for those at the top who may feel like they have nothing to give because of how destitute the situation is when in fact, there are still things they can do to facilitate awareness.

      As JR2 said awhile back, it is how Jose Rizal would have expressed his ideas to his fellow pinoys then and even now if he were alive. Contrary to common thinking, he wasn’t against the Spanish occupation.

      Thing is, if this kind of info doesn’t unite pinoys, I don’t know what will really. These are great ideas being discussed, problems being given different angles and despite those who want to make a compelling counter argument, nothing just comes up except for certain issues that really are moot. Or those who give said counter arguments fail badly. AP is here to discuss the issues and go after the arguments. People just have to learn how to argue and not consider shallow rebuttals like weak contradictions, ad hominem and strawman, response to tone (which I see often) and name-calling as sufficient styles of attacking the issue.

      With the power of the web, there is no looking back for paper. I think this movement has certainly left those who don’t want to be part of being aware of the country, such as my aunts and uncles who want to live comfortable in the U.S. but still get entertained by Pinoy centric media.

      • htownflip says:

        yes, i understand that AP has done so much already. again, i will state that i am an avid supporter of this website. however, we should not neglect the common filipino. there is power in numbers unless its filled with incompetent people. but thats the thing though. by giving up on the common filipino, you give up on the philippines. we will just be tens of millions of inept thinkers filled with a handful of innovative thinkers. you see, leadership is not about pulling people up to your level but getting down on their level and sometimes even beneath them and pushing them up.

        and no, i am not advertising that we succumb to the lifestyle and intellectual poverty of the common pinoy nor do we continue to dish out free give aways like kris aquino on pilipinas win na win (dear gosh i hate that show, my grandma here in the states watches that all day long…) but to educate them on how to make the decisions that is for the common good. how to vote for the right candidate. how to stand up to oppression by coming together as an organized and intelligent group. basically, we need to bring about cultural change by getting the common filipino to a level of understanding of their current situation and what they can do to bring about change. unfortunately, that won’t happen when pilipinas win na win, telenovelas, and incompetent reporters and newspapers with biased and unreliable information have more influence on the common pinoy than this website.

      • Jay says:


        As I’ve said before, I don’t know what can’t be anymore of a push-up than charter change, FOIA and the likes of those things. As much as things may sound idealistic to the common people, they make it so because they are part of that culture that rejects the idea of being a whistle blower. Or past knowledge that people think Marcos pulled a parliamentary and that is what charter change is going to be. Dick Gordon talks about wonderful things that Pinoys can expect to be but there is a key thing that stops them; discipline. And unless they get over that hump, they will never see how much better things can be.

        I think you cannot make people intelligent. You can only present the information but your responsibility stops there. Of course AP certainly has been working on the presentation portion. Another thing to note is that lack of intelligence isn’t only a trait found in common pinoys that make mention. It exists even with the oligarchs as you can plainly see, the difference is they OWN things. So AP is working on the presentation aspect that could address everyone but unless every unintelligent or misunderstood (yes even Noytards have some intelligent people who believe in him) started taking in the gravity of the situation and start looking at things with the vision for a future in mind, they are never going to get the message.

        This isn’t going to be easy. I see this as a long struggle because despite the facts being there, its all about what the common-minded pinoy chooses to be; aware and enlightened or ignorant and apathetic. And common minded pinoys as I have said, exist in different spectrum of financial sufficiency. Cultural change has to be wanted and be accepted, otherwise it will be like 1942 where the nation was handed their independence but never felt they deserved it.

    • palebluedot_ says:

      time will tell, htownflip, time will tell. there are new enlightened players in the arena of socio-political involvement, and they have new strategies. according to sun tzu:
      “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

      • htownflip says:

        yes, time will tell. as of right now, i have a 5 year contract with my current job here in America. But after those 5 years. I am seriously contemplating and praying about going back to the Philippines and help out in anyway that I can. I’m hoping my psychology degree from the University of Texas and leadership skills can be of use.

      • ilda says:

        Good on you htpwnflip

        Thanks for your suggestions and keep up the fighting spirit. We have no choice but to take baby steps because we are up against the mainstream media. If you think about it, even the likes of well connected people like D ick Gordon and Gibo were powerless against them. We can tell that they genuinely wanted change in the culture but the oligarchs who own the media are very powerful. They are responsible for the dumbing down of Philippine population which includes the rich and poor. 

  25. potaters says:

    Thanks for posting this, Ilda! I really love reading AP articles about culture because I feel like these articles are my shrink and I’m taking therapy.
    This reminds me of some relatives who get mad at me when I reason out, of course respectfully, with them. Some of my relatives are similar to what AP described in its “dysfunctional family” article.
    I also supervise a few employees and I always encourage them to think and not be contented with what they have. Sometimes it feels like they’re afraid to be intellectual or baka bansagan sila na mayabang. Meron namang iba dyan na kuntento na lang na makinig ng Love Radio (I hate that station) and talagang ayaw mag-isip. When I talk to them about social issues in this country, I don’t see them giving me a lot of feedback.

    • ilda says:

      No worries potaters

      I have a lot of experience dealing with colleagues in the office who have this “victim” mentality. They always think that I am out to get them. It doesn’t help that I am totally averse to stupidity and it shows. One time though, I was a victim of their own overworked imagination. I saw this lady in the office in tears and she was acting so weird towards me and then when I asked someone why she acting so strange, she said that when they saw me talking to the owner of the company, they assumed that I was telling the owner something bad about them. I just had to scratch my head in disbelief. I was actually talking about work with the big boss but I guess that was too much for their brain to comprehend. As if the owner, who actually flies in by chopper every time he visits his malls because his time is precious, would have time for tsismis!

      I found it weird that they would assume the worse in people. I kinda imagine that GMA most probably had to go through the same thing during her term. Her every move was criticised. They kept repeating “she’s just doing that so she can declare martial law.”

  26. mihael keele says:

    Long-time reader and lurker but coming out to say that I truly enjoy and find the articles here at AP informative and objective. Great article, Ms. Ilda. 😀

    Filipinos are being anti-elitist because they have a persecution complex. You can see it being played out in the nightly telenovelas where the protagonist is always the poor and uneducated oppressed by the English-speaking upper-crust with Spanish-sounding surnames. No wonder they don’t aspire to improve their lives and instead continue to feel sorry for themselves, hate on the educated and the progressive (crab mentality) but expect to get dole-outs from the latter. *sigh*

    • ilda says:

      Hi mihael

      Thanks for your comment. Yeah, telenovelas really suck. Rich people are always the bad guys. Terrible, terrible script-writing. But in a way, some of the members of the oligarchy are the bad guys in the Philippines. Maybe ABS-CBN is trying to convince people in a subtle way not to get rich unless they want to be seen as one of the bad guys. Ang gulo! 🙂

      Thing is, Filipinos should learn to distinguish between being a member of the elite and those just simply born with money.

  27. YTH says:

    This reminds me of my previous workplace where the Filipinos ganged up on me because I would speak English well (i grew up bilingually!), went to a good school (well… I passed the exam so I deserved to be there!), dressed up better than they did (is it a crime now to be fashionable?) and got better acquanted with the other nationalities (is it a fault that my mind is at par with theirs?). I could feel that they hated me just because I was different, just because I grew up in the city whereas they grew up in the province (its neither our faults!).

    I will not consider myself elite in the aspect of having a truckload of cash, because I don’t. My point is, I agree with this article in that I know how the ordinary Juan really does not like what he typically perceives as “elite”.

    • YTH says:

      I just noticed my typographical error: it should’ve been “acquainted”. there!

    • ilda says:

      That is a very frustrating situation YTH. Just be yourself. You can’t please everyone. Stay unique.

      Here’s some positive thought for the day:

      When you feel that nobody loves you,
      Nobody cares for you,
      Everyone is ignoring you,
      and people are jealous of you
      You should really ask yourself…

      AM I TOO SEXY?

      G’day! 🙂

  28. No Idea says:

    Elitism isn’t evil. It’s the parasites like Lopez and Company who prey and feed on the rather misguided public who are anti-elitists. My definition of elitism is that one does something productive and trades work (or creative work) with either service or money. All fair and square. The problem is that some people THINK that “elitism” is to be wise, to know how to talk English, to know how NOT to be crude etcetera etcetera. Thus, they call themselves the “masa” (yah know, eat with the hands and don’t wash and pray you dang don’t get sick) . Now, the problem with politicians is that they IDENTIFY themselves with this whole “masa” drama so the whole nation goes to the dogs. If I were the President, I would ban the term “masa” because actually it is NOT nice to identify a group as “such” (it’s like stereotyping). But no.. they encourage this sort of twisted pride (aha! masa ako!) and that’s why the whole system is crap.

    • HareBurger says:

      “The problem is that some people THINK that “elitism” is to be wise, to know how to talk English, to know how NOT to be crude etcetera etcetera.”

      Being elite is actually being wise, or having the wisdom, in your own field of expertise. Say, you’re a doctor. You are an elite doctor if you have a specialization, you have achieved various merits in your specialization, you are being consulted in your own field by the other doctors, you teach your expertise to your juniors. In most cases, elite doctors do not care much about money because they actually have reached self-actualization already. A general practitioner, otoh, who never allowed himself to evolve can never be called an elite. Even if he “does something productive and trades work (or creative work) with either service or money”, even if he is earning a lot compared to a specialist, if he does not show expertise/leadership in his field, it’s too soon for him to be called an elite. Elitism isn’t about money, it’s more on being superior and/or being a leader in your own chosen field. And because in this country, English is spoken to convey mastery of ones area of specialization, it may be one reason why speaking English = elitism.

      • No Idea says:

        I agree with you. I do not even think that the Lopezes, Cojuangcos, Aranetas are elites… they’re PARASITES and even the likes of Paris Hilton is not “elite” (nor Kris Aquino) because I hardly consider these people wise, worthy of trading any service, possessing any profession that’s productive and good. Elitism is to be the best in any filed.. a “kusinera” can be elite if she makes it to being one of the top chefs.
        Your point on English.. we can’t dodge the FACT that knowing English is important. We cannot communicate in Tagalog throughout the archipelago.. (how many dialects do we have anyway?) It does us, frankly, NO GOOD to insist that Tagalog is some “good point” and it’s time we throw that language out the window and learn a common language we all can comprehend. I do not think so lowly of the “masa” to say that they cannot learn English because they can. It’s the whole “patriotic fervor” that sucks and makes us fools…. THis write up is great because it’s REAL. No offense, I think we all should study more English and throw the Tagalog and “pseudo-nationalistic” crap out the nearest incinerator.!

      • ilda says:

        Thanks No Idea

        I wonder why anonymous can’t seem to get it?  

      • palebluedot_ says:

        @No Idea

        i especially agree on this statement: ” I do not think so lowly of the “masa” to say that they cannot learn English because they can.” it’s also the same with, the “masa’s” present belief on good governance should not be taken for granted because you can actually change it for them to accept the fact that competence is important in a leader to govern this country. all we, who are privilege enough to see the reality, just need to do is spend more time to educate & re-educate them. bombard them with ideas, until they come to the point where they get to be critical in their thinking and hopefully change their paradigms for a better solution to our country’s problems.

  29. anonymous says:

    I don’t even know where to start but this article is just now grasping for straws. I’m sorry man but your earlier articles made sense, it had kernels of truth in it on how dysfunctional Filipino society is but this one however is just obviously grasping for anything that will bash Filipino society. Many people are anti-elitist because guess what? The elites are fucki*ng up the country.

    It’s a no-brainer dude and I cannot even fathom why you would destroy something positive that would lead to a revolution for true change in the country. 

    • Artemio says:

      I’m afraid you may have missed the point of the author. She was almost explicit about a distinction between a “true elite” so-called due to some inborn/natural or acquired exception or hard-earned excellence in ability, and a perceived “elite” who are elites only due to privileges or unjust circumstances (such as the incompetent Noynoy).

      Because Pinoy society, with its crab mentality, tends to frown upon individual initiative (or individualism in general) and intellectual accomplishments unlike, say, Western societies, and poor at institutionalizing support for our exceptionally gifted (perhaps culturally-rooted,) we end up with a society full of “mediocres,” amateurs, and incompetents (hence, also her PNP example.)

      Our teleseryes for example exploit this hostility, when they always portray the “successfully rich” and poor as always in constant antagonism, where the [English-speaking] rich are almost always depicted as evil, as if the only way to get rich or be successful is to run over other people’s toes and not through genuine ability (especially intellectual ability) and hard work–virtues that Pinoy society considers only to be secondary to “pakikisama“, “utang ng loob“, being “maka-masa,” etc (because these give them a “free ride” to life).

      • anonymous says:

        Well, in that case then our opinions differ. I do get the point of the author but the word “elite” is something that you just don’t throw around to refer to people who rise above the norms and want to have higher standards of things. From wiki itself:

        “Elite – Elite (occasionally spelled élite) is taken originally from the Latin, eligere, “to elect”. In sociology as in general usage, the elite is a hypothetical group of relatively small size, that is dominant within a large society, having a privileged status perceived as being envied by others of a lower line of order.”

        Just because you’re smart, non-mediocre or got rich through hard work doesn’t mean you’re an elite. I think you’ll agree with me that you’ll also hate these kind of people who throw their noses up because they were born privileged of social status since birth. As an anarchist, a person’s worth should be based on his individual achievements and contributions to the world/community/society and not on his perceived status of being at the top. I really hate “elitism” for the fact that it creates inequality in the social order and they perceive themselves as better than others (despite having zero achievements).

        I do agree with the points of the author about Filipinos shunning individualism and critical thinking while looking up to conformist group-think (and what’s even scary is that Filipinos either ostracize individual/critical thinkers socially or worse, violently oppose them) but she/he is just barking on the wrong tree on this one. Elitism is a dangerous thing and I’m even surprised that this is a grass-roots level among Filipinos. Anti-elitism is a good thing and we should mold their mindset and nurture it in the right order (not the depotism cr*p that is so prevalent in our social order) so there can be finally true change. 

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        The term “elite” can also be defined outside the context of sociology to imply one with a considerable amount of mastery over his/her specialty. This kind of elite should be cultivated if we are to progress. Of course, we should consider what a person’s specialty is…

        ” As an anarchist, a person’s worth should be based on his individual achievements and contributions to the world/community/society and not on his perceived status of being at the top.”

        What if those individual abilities and contributions are the very reason such a person is considered elite in his/her specialty? In this case, elitism is justifiable, i.e. said person is worth the title “elite,” and preference for him/her is to be expected, especially if a considerable number of people look up to him/her.

      • ilda says:


        Your definition of the word elite is incomplete. You got stuck with the notion that the word “elite” is only associated with the upper class or the aristocrats. And that is why you remain anti-elite.

        My article already explained that the word elite does not necessarily have to have a negative connotation. If you look up the word again from our favourite source Wikipedia, it should also tell you that “the personal attributes commonly purported by elitist theorists to be characteristic of the elite include: rigorous study of, or great accomplishment within, a particular field; a long track record of competence in a demanding field; an extensive history of dedication and effort in service to a specific discipline (e.g., medicine or law) or a high degree of accomplishment, training or wisdom within a given field.”

        Your definition is limited to the resentful meaning of the word elite. I don’t blame you though because as I said in my recent article here, there are people in the Philippines who we can consider an elite member of society like Winnie Monsod but whose views sometimes don’t make any sense. So the onus is still on each individual to use their critical analysis in regarding what each member of the Philippine elite is saying.

        We can’t just swallow everything they say just because they are a member of the elite. They are still human and can still be subject to their emotion when they speak.

        Just because you did not get the point of the article it does not mean that it doesn’t make any sense.

      • anonymous says:


        “The term “elite” can also be defined outside the context of sociology to imply one with a considerable amount of mastery over his/her specialty. This kind of elite should be cultivated if we are to progress. Of course, we should consider what a person’s specialty is…”

        That doesn’t even make any sense at all. If that were the case then anyone can be an elite which ironically nullifies your point. Assuming there are 3 people in the population (Juan, Maria and Pedro) and Maria is an elite when it comes to making sandwiches, Pedro is an elite when it comes to baking cake and Juan is an elite in Math then all are “elites” which ironically nullifies your point because all are fuck*ng equal. The word “elite” always has been construed to be a privileged status in the social strata involving hierarchal structures. Just because you’re an “elite” doesn’t necessarily make you any better in whatever field that is, you just got recognized for it so you became “elite”.

        “What if those individual abilities and contributions are the very reason such a person is considered elite in his/her specialty?”

        Human individuals cooperate with other human beings to survive. Just because you’re good at theoretical physics doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re any better than a janitor who got promoted to utilities manager and instituted policies that made cleaning the toilet more efficient. Elitism has and never will be justified. Social injustice exists because of our made up notions that hierarchy should be vertical instead of being horizontal.


        Look at the above comment. Your comment was just a rehash of Aegis-Judex’s comment so I can’t be bothered to make another lengthy reply. 

      • benign0 says:

        begin quote=====anonoymous said below:

        Assuming there are 3 people in the population (Juan, Maria and Pedro) and Maria is an elite when it comes to making sandwiches, Pedro is an elite when it comes to baking cake and Juan is an elite in Math then all are “elites” which ironically nullifies your point because all are *****ng equal. The word “elite” always has been construed to be a privileged status in the social strata involving hierarchal structures. Just because you’re an “elite” doesn’t necessarily make you any better in whatever field that is, you just got recognized for it so you became “elite”.

        end quote=====anonoymous said above:

        That is why we use an arbitrary metric to keep tabs on whose top honcho in our societies. Bill Gates proposes that this metric be moneythe ultimate scorekeeper. Those who have the most of it, in principle, are representative of those of our lot who succeeded in putting a tangible value on whatever talent or resources we happen to have at our personal disposal.

        Of course money is not a perfect scorekeeper. What is perfect for that matter anyway right? But for me, an ability to pitch an asset in a way that makes it desirable to as many other human beings as possible is a talent and a skill that deserves to be rewarded and entitles one to take his place amongst this “elite” we talk about. Money provides that objective — albeit imperfect — mechanism for keeping score. And as such, those who have it can be considered to be the top guns of our species (for lack of any other viable and widely-acceptable measure).

        Another alternative is influence. Influence like money affords an individual some measure of power over others. The gift of gab, eloquence, charisma, stage presence, good looks, clever humour, intelligence, etc. if any of these can be applied towards changing the way people think (or making them do what you want them to do), the measure becomes how many are moved and what outcomes said influence effects.

        Indeed, elitism IS justified. Without elites there will be no rarefied place in human society to aspire for. Perhaps that condition describes the Filipino. Our collective mindset, perhaps induced by our religion, is imprisoned by a philosophy that promises everything in death and NOTHING in life, goes a long way in explaining our chronic wretchedness as a society.

      • ilda says:


        Calm down. I can tell you are getting frustrated by all this.

        The reason some members of society become wealthy is because they made lots of money doing what they do best. Their offspring then are born into privilege. The reason why you want to promote anti-elitism is because in the Philippine setting, there are people who get into influential positions simply because they are related to or friends with someone from the inside but they are not necessarily experts on anything related to what they are supposed to be doing. P-Noy is a classic example of this.

        What you should be advocating against is the padrino system. This is what is holding our country from moving forward.

        Being totally anti-elitist is a bad thing because it would mean that people can get hired for anything even without the rigorous study of, or great accomplishment within, a particular field; a long track record of competence in a demanding field; an extensive history of dedication and effort in service to a specific discipline (e.g., medicine or law) or a high degree of accomplishment, training or wisdom within a given field.” And P-Noy is a classic example of this as well.

        I don’t know if you follow international news but Bill Gates has recently announced that he will give a big chunk of his fortune away and leave practically nothing to his kids. He wants them to be their own man so to speak or succeed on their own merits. That and plus he also wants to use his money trying to eradicate poverty in some parts of the world. Now he is another one we should all try to emulate and he is a classic example of an elite who is doing something good for mankind.

      • anonymous says:


        “Calm down. I can tell you are getting frustrated by all this.”

        Heh. Typical response from a Filipino who doesn’t want their ideas open to debate dearie. And to think you people considered yourselves to be the “enlightened” individuals of Philippine society.

        Please don’t make me puke.

        “The reason some members of society become wealthy is because they made lots of money doing what they do best. ”

        lolol! Now I know you people are ignorant. Do you people actually still believe that bullcr*p that rich people get “rich” because of hardwork and determination? Please tell that to the 10% of the ruling class who are wealthy and own more than 90% of the world’s resources due to their birthright or generations of wealth passed down to the them by their ancestors and the 90% of people (not just Filipinos but across the world)  who do backbreaking labor for the elites but get only a measly return on their labor. Yes, I agree with you that Filipinos need to wake up, blah blah blah and all that jazz but it seems you people still cannot see the bigger picture. Society is the way it is now because of faulty human concepts on what our societal structures should be. And guess what, inequalities exist because people believe they are entitled more than the other person despite having done nothing to their communities. Elitism is a dead end in human social evolution, in fact it is so repugnant that I cannot even fathom how people still support such hogwash whose ideas are used to support royalty or dynasties of rulers past.

        Elitism is hogwash and is inexcusable. Furthermore, Philippine society is elitist, not the other way around. Elitism is so prevalent in our culture that most Filipinos think that once you’re on the upper social strata of society, the better you are. In fact, we can even see this in our culture where if you study in UP, have a pair of havainas, drink in Starbucks or just own some Honda Accord, you are immediately better than others. The present ills in our society reflect this elitist mindset in our culture, that’s why I’m against it.

        For the supposed enlightened of Philippine society, you ought to know better. One star and unsubscribe.

      • benign0 says:

        ===begin quote: anonymous said below

        lolol! Now I know you people are ignorant. Do you people actually still believe that bullcr*p that rich people get “rich” because of hardwork and determination? Please tell that to the 10% of the ruling class who are wealthy and own more than 90% of the world’s resources due to their birthright or generations of wealth passed down to the them by their ancestors and the 90% of people (not just Filipinos but across the world) who do backbreaking labor for the elites but get only a measly return on their labor.

        ===end quote: anonymous said above

        Spoken like a true loser, Mr anonymous. You fail to acknowledge how that wealth got in the hands of the rich’s ancestors TO BEGIN WITH. That’s the trouble with people like you who are imprisoned by a victim mentality mindset. You fail to appreciate that money begets money. Wealth tends to stick. It opens doors for subsequent descendants. Many people who are rich today are more likely to have rich parents. Self-made wealthy folk do exist but are more rare and are truly exceptional because they made something from nothing. But just the same, they will inadvertently pass their wealth on to their descendants and as much as possible keep it in the family.

        So that wealth that you attribute to “birthright” of came from somewhere — whether it be from an ancestor several generations back or just one generation back. Either way, someone in the past did something right and CONTINUED to do things right by perpetuating the wealth they accumulated further down the line of future descendants.

        It’s not too different from how POVERTY too can be perpetuated down the line. The poor we see today are living lives that are the accumulated outcome of the wrong moves by their ancestors (just as the rich’s lives are accumulated outcomes of the right moves by their ancestors).

        Even if we argue that the wealth came from say a royal lineage (like say Prince Charles’s millions) the principle still holds. We can argue that someone amongst Prince Charles’s ancestors did something right and won big (or started the ball rolling that allowed subsequent generations to build up the family trove of assets). That right thing may have involved swinging a sword to cut off the head of an enemy knight pillaging his manor and riding back to his castle with lots of loot. Who said life is fair? Who said human civilisation was built on sugar and spice and everything nice? Only losers believe so. 😀

      • ilda says:


        I repeat, just because you do not understand the point, it does not mean that it does not make any sense. Please read up some more books or try travelling outside your comfort zone. It will open up your mind.

        Benign0 was kind enough to answer you and what he said is exactly the same thing that I was about to say: Before the wealth, someone had to accumulate money first by working hard and the money and assets were just passed on from generation to the next. Paris Hilton was born into wealth because her ancestor worked hard to build an empire: The Hilton chain of hotels. But she is not an elite in the sense that she is not an expert on anything significant to mankind. Gets mo na ba?

        Try not to lose your temper because your insults are working against you. People can tell that you are losing this particular discussion.

      • SmarterThanHugh says:

        For someone who tries so hard to sound smart, you sound like just a bag of hot air. Better out than in, I always say. 

      • anonymous says:


        “Spoken like a true loser, Mr anonymous. You fail to acknowledge how that wealth got in the hands of the rich’s ancestors TO BEGIN WITH.”

        lol, oh you mean the rulers of past who got it through violence, organized armies, the doctrine of might makes right and imperialism? You see, this is the problem with you people like you, YOU ARE HISTORICALLY IGNORANT about the way human society since the very first civilizations were formed.

        News Flash: The very first human “civilizations” were formed under the weight of imperialism and oppression. People became leaders (elites) because they were part of a group of people who managed to subdue others and this has been repeating itself throughout human history. This bullsh*t about elites being rich because of “hardwork” is unfounded. Tell that to the Ayalas, Aquinos and the likes. Though it is true there is more income mobility in a democratic society, you’re confusing the way the pie is shared to the way the pie is growing (to dumb it down for you, you may get richer because of economic growth but a select few still holds the cards). Furthermore, you also FAIL to negate the point brought up that a select group of people who own great amounts of wealth right now not because of hardwork but because of birthright. Granted for the sake of argument that indeed their ancestors got rich through the sweat and tears of their brow, that still doesn’t mean they are entitled due to their birthright. An individual’s worth should be based on his accomplishments which is what I’m pointing at in my earlier posts. Just because you’re a son of a noble-prize winning intelligent physicist doesn’t mean you are also a noble-prize winning intelligent physicist entitled to your fathers accomplishments. A son is not his father just as the father is not his son. Life may not be fair but at least we should do something about it. Resigning to fate is a cop-out and only nincompoops use that line of reasoning. Speaking of which, what was it have you been saying about the fatalism of Pinoys again? 😆  

        Losers are those who ride on the achievements of others and sad to say that you are the typical Filipino loser for defending people who ride on the achievements of others. You exemplify the typical attitude Filipino attitude which you have been berating about in your articles. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.  

        I just hate pretentious pricks who say they’re “enlightened” but know jack sh*t what they’re talking about, and sorry to say you know jack sh*t. It’s apparent you have been parroting the same lines over and over again without ever understanding them nor have you been practicing what you preach. You also exemplify another typical Filipino trait and that is you think the rules apply to others except yourselves. I’m done here and this will be my last reply because it is apparent I’m talking to people who are all talk but are apparently just spineless cowards who will turn from their principles the moment they see an opportunity. And if you think I shouldn’t throw in ad hominems, guess again because you’re the one who started this sh*t. Having a taste of your own medicine might be bitter but no worries, it’s good for ya’, builds character.

        Grow up, stop acting like the Filipinos you’ve been berating on this article and stop kidding yourself that you’re a critic of our society because you’re not even close. A true critic sees the bigger picture and sadly you’re nothing more than hot air.  😀

      • benign0 says:

        ====== anonymous wrote below
        People became leaders (elites) because they were part of a group of people who managed to subdue others and this has been repeating itself throughout human history. This bullsh*t about elites being rich because of “hardwork” is unfounded.
        ====== anonymous wrote above

        Guess again dude. Subduing others is hard work. And not only that, it takes brains, savvy, and power to do just that — assets that one doesn’t gain by simply standing under a tree and waiting for these to drop into his maw.

        You take things too literally dude. There are many ways of subduing people. The traditional way is thru violence (which is how the earliest ancestors of many of today’s old rich and royalty did it). But there are other ways too involving all kinds of skills and talent to acquire the money and influence — both of which (along with the ability to wage war and win) are also tools for “subduing people”.

        Too bad you had to go off on a kilometric tirade when it only took just that one paragraph of yours I quoted above to illustrate the flaw in your thinking. 😀

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        The reality of society is simple, my anarchist friend. No society can ever avoid the rise of an elite group. The only way to avert that is what you advocate: outright anarchy, wherein only the fittest survive, and even then, you have an elite group composed of those fittest people. Long story short, there will always be an elite group. To deny that fact is completely unreasonable.

      • anonymous says:

        Damnit, I tried to bold those words and phrases on top but it just won’t work. Oh, well…


      • HusengBatute says:

        It’s alright. I fixed it.

        Use “< ” and “>” instead of “[” and “]” respectively.

      • anonymous says:


        “Too bad you had to go off on a kilometric tirade when it only took just that one paragraph of yours I quoted above to illustrate the flaw in your thinking.”

        Cute, take what I said and throw it back at me. Now I’m even beginning to wonder whether your articles are really yours or not. You never illustrated anything. In fact, you just repeated what I said and added some more, while neglecting to see what context about “hard work” I was talking about.

        If this is the way you argue then you’re no different from the Pinoys you’ve been bashing. Kitang-kita ang pagka Pinoy mo dude and it shows  😆

      • benign0 says:

        Tough luck dude. If you hadn’t noticed yet, I’m the basher and all the rest are the bashees.

        Life ain’t fair, ain’t it? 😀

  30. ChinoF says:

    If you have a problem with the word “elite,” just think of it this way:

    You can see “elite” as those who are skilled, the best of the best, the most intelligent, those who will really get the right results (aristocracy)…

    Or the “elite” who just inherited money and want to keep it, and use all sorts of devious ways to ensure that others remain poor, like using media manipulation and more (oligarchy).

    Refer to Aristotle’s “Politics” where he discusses six forms of government: aristocracy, oligarchy, democracy, oligarchy, monarchy and tyranny.

  31. bubi78 says:

     We oftentimes get drawn into protracted and bitter arguments because we disagreed on the definition of terms – elite, elitist, anti-elitist, etc. Would it help if we say that the average Filipino is contented with mediocrity and look askance at those who strive for excellence? If you answer yes to that statement, then basically you agree with what the author is saying; if you answer no, that’s your prerogative.

     As every Alcoholic Anonymous initiate knows, acknowledging a problem is in itself already a part of the solution. Take for instance the Filipino’s penchant for mediocrity, i.e. pwede na mentality, its debilitating effects permeate all social strata of society – from the workplaces to the highest office of the land- yet we take it as the norm rather than as the aberration that it truly is. Why? I’m not a sociologist, a psychologist or an anthropologist, so I leave it to the experts to help me out on this one (see how lame and evasive this kind of answer is? shades of PNoy during the Quirino standoff!) Actually the author has expounded in detail why these attitudes hold us back from progressing as a nation and in another article she posited that these attitudes could be attributed to our cultural DNA; in effect we have gone full circle on the how’s and the why’s of the problem, and, of course, other contributors have also done their share in synthesizing the issues involved. Having said all that isn’t it time we search for the defining solution to our cultural malaise? 

  32. bubi78 says:

    Nuke the Philippines is an option but the country would be over run by cockroaches – not good the  country would then be called Philippis!

  33. lloyd says:


    its more of anti-capitalist/liberal.

    dont pretend to know the whole population just based on your observations.

    if your that intelligent, youll know why capitalism/ liberalism is bad.. stupid dog!

    • Jay says:

      Anything unregulated or without the necessary checks and balances is bad. That includes the elites and your claims of capitalism and liberalism. And honestly, some policies work well on a local level but will never do in a national level due to the inability and the amount of resources needed to continue regulating it correctly.

    • ilda says:


      Really now? Well, if the majority of the Philippine population didn’t have an anti-elitist mentality, they would actually look into the concept of capitalism and liberalism. The subject is already too much for them to understand so they’d rather dismiss it than try. Comprende?

      If you took the trouble of reading more articles here before you reacted, you would have realised that the issue I raised in this particular article is just one of the aspects that continue to hold the country from moving forward. You need to correct the attitude of the people first before they can move on to higher learning.

      Anyone who resorts to using rude remarks like “stupid dog” is desperate and obviously has a hard time expressing himself – typical Filipino.

  34. Reuben says:

    The word you are looking for is narrow-minded, not small-minded.

    Since when did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates become innovators? They may be wise but they are certainly no innovators. Bill Gates just bought out the many small software companies, together with their proprietary source code, and their R&D Team and brought them over to Microsoft.

    Steve Jobs is just a master of Marketing and social engineering, when Apple started it was really Stephen Wozniak who is the technical genius and thus the “real” innovator. He only knows what will sell. How about after Stephen Wozniak left? He just swiped pre-existing technology being developed by many research facilities, and universities around the world and made it to the “eye candy” that you are supposedly familiar of.

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      While that is the case, it does take a lot for one to be a magnificent bastard of that caliber. You need brains, people skills, talent… Go figure.

      • Reuben says:

        Long before you did kid, long before you did ^_^

        and back and forth

        You go

        What may I ask are your specific criteria?

        Brains? Everyone has one, can you elaborate please?

        People Skills? This is developed, not something you were born with. The only thing the two examples mentioned above

        Talent? something you are born with definitely but without hard work is only as useful as a car without an engine.

        While you may have mentioned necessary qualities for just about every human being should possess both personally and professionally.

        You missed this one, badly

        Innovators in the truest sense of the word , Y/N? N

  35. Antay-antayan says:

    I think WE Filipinos like everyone else love our elites, thus the term. The problem is who these so-called elites are. You cannot deny that people like Marcos, Willie Revillame, and Erap are accomplished individuals in their chosen fields, but should we look up to them? Who we look up to and why reflect what we value as a people.

    Sana gumamit naman tayo ng Pilipino para makarating ang diskurso sa mas maramang kababayan.  

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