Filipino tragedies: Is incompetence in our cultural DNA?

The recent hostage tragedy in Manila on the 23rd of August 2010 involving now deceased former Philippine National Police officer Rolando Mendoza and eight now dead Chinese tourists triggered an outpouring of mixed emotions that included sorrow and remorse both from the Filipino and Chinese community in the Philippines and in Hong Kong.

An example of Chinese resourcefulness!

Unexpectedly, it also brought out a lot of anger coming from both the Chinese community and some members of the Filipino community. The Chinese for their part were indignant and rightly so, considering the inept way the crisis was handled by our PNP and our public officials, particularly President Noynoy Aquino. But in response, some members of the Filipino community displayed their deep-seated animosity towards the Chinese people in what one Australian writer called “angry defensiveness.”

It has been a not so well-kept secret that there are some in the Filipino community who harbor ill feelings towards wealthy Filipino-Chinese members of Philippine society. Although they only make up roughly 1.3% of the population of the Philippines, the Chinese in the Philippines are leading business owners and industrialists. Because of their entrepreneurial skills, they are better off than most native and indigenous Filipinos.

Filipino Chinese’s ownership of most of the small or medium enterprises makes them a significant force in the Philippine economy. A handful of these entrepreneurs run large companies and are prominent business tycoons in the Philippines. In a country where poverty is widespread, “foreigners” or foreign-looking residents whether Chinese or Indian who make more money than the “locals” are viewed with resentment despite the fact that they account for much needed local employment opportunities. Indeed, the Filipino people still wrongly define themselves first and foremost by race.

The Malaysian experiment

The situation in the Philippines is not so different from the situation in our regional neighbor, Malaysia. In 1969, Kuala Lumpur was struck by race riots, which resulted in 196 deaths. The race riot was traced to a deep-seated resentment by indigenous Malays towards the minority group, the Chinese and Indian immigrants, who have long dominated the nation’s business and trade. As a consequence of the race riots, Malaysian leaders decided that communal peace was impossible without economic balance, something that can only be resolved hard and fast through affirmative action.

In 1971, they introduced the New Economic Policy (NEP) in the hope of raising the majority group’s or the Malay’s share of the economic pie. The policy was an effort to level the playing field across the entire population and help those who are poor and marginalized particularly members of the Malay community to catch up economically with the more entrepreneurial minority, the Chinese and Indian migrants. But critics argue that the pro-Malay program only benefits the connected few over its intended target.

TIME Magazine recently featured an article about Malaysia’s move to modernize and reform the NEP due to the country’s stalled economic progress. To quote an excerpt from the TIME article: the Malaysian “program is one of modern history’s greatest experiments in social engineering and possibly the world’s most extensive attempt at affirmative action.” But like everything that has to do with forced equality, the article adds that, “the policies have also bred resentment among minorities, distorted the economy and undermined the concept of a single Malaysian identity.” And another catch is that “the affirmative action has become so ingrained in the Malaysian psyche that it is akin to a national ideology.” Just to translate that in negative terms, the bumiputra have come to expect privilege and opportunity to be handed to them on a silver platter
without exerting too much effort.

Among other things, the policy gave Malays preferential access to public contracts and university scholarships. It also required companies who are listed on the stock market to sell 30% of its shares to the bumiputra (Malays and indigenous peoples of Malaysia). Malaysian leaders have even reinforced the preferential treatment of their ethnic identities for the past 40 years by doling out special privileges to one community, which is the majority of the Malays.

Although to some degree parts of the program have been “softened” or eliminated in the last two decades, many of the pro-Malay privileges are still intact. Resentment stems from the fact that like any affirmative action programs, there will always be a member of a group who has to bear the burden of being out of the loop – those who do not make the cut in the racial quota. Just an example of what can be considered “unfair” is the practice of awarding certain government contracts to bumiputra controlled firms. It’s been said that Malays even receive special discounts on home purchases.

More importantly, although Malaysia has enjoyed good economic performance since World War II and has a good record of improving human welfare, their economy has stalled. As mentioned in the TIME article: “the percentage of the population living in poverty has plummeted from 50% in 1950 to less than 4% today – Malaysia’s story is stuck on the same chapter.”

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak has recognized the need for reform in its economic system if the country is to compete with more advance economies of the world. After 40 years of living under the comforts of the New Economic Policy (NEP), he has recently boldly introduced a new system in March called the New Economic Model (NEM).

His plan envisions reducing red tape “to encourage more private investment and internal competition, decreasing the state role in the economy and improving the education system to produce more skilled workers. One of the key issues that the new system will implement is to phase out remaining racial quotas and focus efforts on uplifting the poorest 40% of the population regardless of race. All this despite the fact that Malaysia’s gross income per capita of $7,230.00 in 2009 is among the highest in the region. One can tell that Malaysian leaders do not rest on their laurels.

In an interview with TIME Magazine, Najib stated that, “For us (Malaysians) to move up a few notches, we have to address the structural problems. We cannot be in denial. I don’t want anyone to feel that they’ve been left out or marginalized.”

Prime Minister Najib is correct in his assertion that Malaysia must do something to reform the existing economic model because the NEP is said to be dampening business sentiment, scaring off talent, curtailing investment and stifling domestic competition. It has not been able to level the playing field overall. Malaysia is also experiencing brain drain because there are less opportunities for minority groups so they go elsewhere to find it.

Is race the real issue?

Despite other people’s efforts to debunk the notion of race, it seems that humans are still predisposed to identifying themselves using race. Since the concept of ethnicity is new to the majority of the entire human population, it will be hard to reprogram the mentality of some not to distinguish themselves along the racial lines. Filipinos will be particularly harder to convince that we Filipinos are not really that different from the Malay group found in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Malaysian Prime Minister should be lauded for his efforts to stomp on human nature’s penchant for race discrimination. However, his efforts are not without its critics. There are some groups who claim that Malays in Malaysia still don’t have the necessary skills and resources to compete against Chinese businessmen in the country. This is their way of arguing that affirmative action, which favors Malays or the bumiputra, remain in place. But there are others in Malaysia who believe that the time has come for the Malay community to compete on their own merits without special privileges just like any member of society in any society around the globe. Some even say that the Malays have stayed in their comfort zone for too long.

I find the above information quite fascinating because if you stop to think about it, given the right opportunity and a life under the same environment, it seems that the Malay “race” or ethnic group are susceptible to falling into a comfort zone. What I am trying to say is that, it may indeed be part of some ethnic group’s genetic makeup or DNA to be less competitive than others. And being part of the Malay group, native or indigenous Filipinos tend to be less competitive than majority of the Filipino-Chinese residents in the Philippines. There seems to be a pattern in the behavior similar to that of the Malays in Malaysia.

Filipino’s Malay link

Many Filipinos actually refer to the term “Malay” as the indigenous population of the Philippines as well as that of its neighboring countries — Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. This belief started with the American anthropologist, H.Otley Beyer who said that Filipinos are Malays who migrated from Malaysia and Indonesia. However, other recent findings favor the theory that the ancestors of Malaysia and Indonesia actually migrated from the Philippines during the prehistoric period.

Whatever theory you believe, it does not really matter because it is quite probable that Malaysians, Indonesians and Filipinos originally came from the same place. The evidence is in how all-indigenous members in the said countries tend to resemble each other. In short, we all look alike. As German scientist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach aptly describes the Malay variety (source: Wikipedia):

“Tawny-coloured; hair black, soft, curly, thick and plentiful; head moderately narrowed; forehead slightly swelling; nose full, rather wide, as it were diffuse, end thick; mouth large; upper jaw somewhat prominent with the parts of the face when seen in profile, sufficiently prominent and distinct from each other. This last variety includes the islanders of the Pacific Ocean, together with the inhabitants of the Marianne, the Philippine, the Molucca and the Sunda Islands, and of the Malayan peninsula. I wish to call it the Malay, because the majority of the men of this variety, especially those who inhabit the Indian islands close to the Malacca peninsula, as well as the Sandwich, the Society, and the Friendly Islanders, and also the Malambi of Madagascar down to the inhabitants of Easter Island, use the Malay idiom.”

The Malay syndrome

It is therefore evident that ethnic groups in the Philippines and in Malaysia (or possibly Indonesia), tend to have the same nature, which is entirely different from that of other ethnic groups like the Chinese, for example. Whereas the Chinese tend to be entrepreneurial and hard working, the average Malay needs a few more incentives to be able to work harder in order to advance his economic status.

Could it be that there are ethnic groups who are naturally more industrious than others? It would seem so with the Chinese people being one such industrious group who appear to thrive anywhere in the world no matter what kind of environment they live in. Given the same environment and the same privilege like in the case of the Malaysian program, there are some ethnic groups who just don’t thrive even if the opportunities and privilege are just short of being shoved down their throat.

This theory could in fact silence those groups in Philippine society who insist that it is the lack of opportunity and privilege that hold majority of the native and indigenous Filipinos from becoming self-sufficient and economically progressive. Of course access to better education and special aid make a big difference but there are members of society who are not really into improving their lot despite the assistance given to them. A classic example of this is Filipinos who have gone to perfectly good schools but do not perform well at school and who have lackluster professional careers.

With the make-up of the majority of present-day Filipinos now a product of the long process of evolution and movement of people, some of us have European and American blood running through our veins. There are Filipinos of non-Chinese blood who make it big as an entrepreneur but the fact remains that the Filipino-Chinese group still plays a big role in running the economy in the Philippines.

The role of the Philippine government

In the same TIME article about Malaysia, the Philippines not surprisingly was cited as one among other Asian countries who have lagged behind economically. It has been lumped together with Thailand whose progress has been stymied by upheaval and poor governance. To quote:

The promise of the Philippines remains unrealized as its feeble government (the Aquino government) has continually failed to enact tough reforms needed to turn around the underperforming economy.

The TIME writer is very accurate because President Noynoy Aquino has yet to come up with a genuine program that will initiate the much needed reforms to uplift the economy and help the poorest of the poor members of Philippine society rise from extreme poverty.

Instead of focusing on trivial matters like “wang-wangs” or his popularity, President Aquino could focus on the need to look into the possibility of adapting an economic model similar to that of the Malaysian model. Since the previous New Economic Policy adapted for 40 years seems to have worked for the most part for Malaysian society, P-Noy could consider studying which policies are applicable to the Philippines and which ones are not.

Obviously, the Malaysian Prime Minister himself has said that the initial economic program has its downside and definitely needs changes. We, as a member of the Malay group must try and understand how we can benefit from “one of modern history’s greatest experiments in social engineering and possibly the world’s most extensive attempt at affirmative action.”

The recent hostage tragedy involving the Filipino and Chinese community has made it obvious to the rest of the world that the Filipino community was indeed culpable. The incident has shown that all aspects of our society are in desperate need of reform if we hope to prevent the same tragedy from happening again.

While we are currently doing some soul searching, we need to recognize that we Filipinos need to rise to the occasion by ending our display of angry defensiveness towards the Chinese – anger, which likely originates from a deep-seated resentment of their higher economic status. We need to focus our energies instead on improving all aspects of our society.

It is too bad President Noynoy Aquino did not run for the presidency on a genuine platform of change, he only won the presidency through sheer popularity, which won’t bring about communal peace among Filipinos. Communal peace will be impossible without economic balance, something that can only be resolved hard and fast through some kind of action both from the government and each member of Philippine society – irrespective of race or ethnicity.

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128 Responses to Filipino tragedies: Is incompetence in our cultural DNA?

  1. Jon Abaca says:

    My Chinese Filipino office mate said that his parents were strict. They kept his allowance under a budget, and they would never give in to whining. He said that taught him discipline.

    On the other hand, many Filipino children can bitch their way to all sorts of different toys.

    I guess, they just discipline their children better.

    • ilda says:

      What does that say about our culture though?  I guess the answer is: discipline is not important to us. 

    • When I entered college in a university which was more diverse as compared to my high school, my parents reminded me not to give in to little humorous comments such as, “Libre mo naman kami!” I guess they were in the same situation during their time too.

      I’m Fil-Chi.

      • ilda says:

        @My Stupid

        That was a good advice. Some even try to make you feel like you don’t know how to “makisama” when you don’t give in to their teasing. I hope you followed your parent’s advice.

        I have a lot of Fil-Chinese friends and my previous employers are Fil-Chinese. I like their work ethic and I really learned a lot from them. My whole mentality changed because of them.

        I also have Chinese friends from Hong Kong and I want them to know that I don’t think and feel the same way as P-Noy and his supporters.

      • Ronald Montemayor says:


        Oh my goodness, the company I work for is exactly the opposite.
        Filipino-owned, and the worker philosophy is entirely based on pakikisama.

        That is why I am considered a pariah in that place.
        Money is hard to get by, why should I give them a treat if the money is better spent on helping my family? Because everyone else is doing it? :p

        God I want to leave my job. If it were easy looking for another job, I’d be out of there in a heartbeat.

        During these times I am envious of the Westerners and their concept of indiviualism.

      • ilda says:


        The environment in most of the Filipino owned companies is vicious. Puro intriga. It is hard when you just want to do your job pero kailangan pa makisama.

      • frustratedcitizen says:

        I’m against the notion of ‘pakikisama’ as well. It’s one of the corrupt practices that the Filipino has at even the lowest level. These are just some examples:

        1. You saw your friend cheating in class. For pakikisama’s sake, you’d rather stay silent. Or, if you went ahead and told the teacher about the cheating incident, the usual statement from your friend is ‘wala kang pakikisama’…

        2. people you know that are cheating on other people, whether it’d be money or any form of cheating, they’d ask you to stay silent for the sake of ‘pakikisama’

      • Zadkiel says:

        sadly, the notion of pakikisama is always in the negatives. we cover each others faults to the detriment of our society.

        now I ask, is their a pakikisama to do good? as in “pakisamahan mo naman ako para sa pagunlad natin”

      • brianitus says:

        Pakikisama as a human ugali is baaaaad.  Period.  Kahit saang lupalop ka man ng mundo naroroon, bad yan.

    • Zadkiel says:

      discipline + skills = competence. Filipinos can easily develop skills but not discipline.

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        IF “Discipline” = 1 AND “Skills” = 1 THEN
        “Competence” = 1
        ELSEIF “Discipline” = 1 AND “Skills” = 0 THEN
        “Training Required” = 1
        ELSEIF “Discipline” = 0 AND “Skills” = 1 THEN
        “Military Instruction Required” = 1
        “Outright Fail” = 1
        END IF

        IF “Outright Fail” = 1 THEN
        END IF

        Please correct my Visual Basic, but that was how I think Flips should be sorted out before they are deployed overseas. EXIT means these lesser creatures should stay here and rot, as they must.

      • ChinoF says:



        Ah, the days of Basic Programming language. So surreal. 😛

  2. himynameistimoy says:

    Sometimes, I wonder if Aquino’s genuine plan is to destroy the Philippines (or let it self-destruct) and then feed on the entrails of its survivors, thereby gaining the strength and knowledge of 90 million+ men. After which he will then proceed to use his newfound powers to summon and trap “God” and obtain “true” knowledge along with unbelievable power. And then he – OMG I think the Philippine president is a homunculus.  😯

    • ilda says:

      Believe it or not, he actually thinks that he is making a difference. He recently replied to an FB blog of a yellow supporter who is slowly getting disappointed in him. Check it out:

      • himynameistimoy says:

        Thanks for the link.

        All the more ridiculous if that is actually him. 😯  Kung may oras sya mag-reply sa letter ng isang citizen, sana atupagin nalang niya tungkulin niya.  😦

        By replying to the letter, it shows that he is more concerned of saving face with his supporters rather than providing solutions to the real problems that is tearing the country apart. Take note he mentions nothing about the issues between us and HK/China..

      • Zadkiel says:

        of course PNoy would reply. after all he is all form with no substance.
        he must maintain his form. after all a man of substance can dictate his form.

      • Mike H says:

        I saw that Facebook-reply by President Noyi-Noy.

        Noynoy has a distorted sense of reality (or he is making :mrgreen: big-time boladas) when he says that he has worked so hard over the past two months that USA Millenium Challenge Corporation is granting Pilipinas a $430 ➡ million grant.

        Noynoy also wants people to believe that his work of past 2 months is why Convergys (a call center) has opened another facility in Metro-Manila that will provide 5,000 new jobs on top of their existing 17,000-strong workforce.

        One of these days, Noynoy may say that the 🙄 babies born in September, October and November 2010 all are because Filipina mothers are very optimistic about their future under Noynoy administration.

      • Jay says:

        @Mike H

        so the babies born the months before were not optimistic about noynoy but about life in general? :mrgreen: Or that the husband didn’t have a job and hung around the house bored. So they thought of killing the boredom by making babies? 😆

  3. NFA rice says:

    There is a gene for incompetence, and probably most people have it, not only Filipinos. The gene is probably dormant in many competent people. But I do not know whether most Filipinos are phenotypes for incompetence, but what I am certain is that Benigno Aquino III is one such phenotype. He is an exccellent guinea pig for Dr. Timothy Lightfoot’s experiments.

    • ilda says:

      I don’t believe in the assertion that “physical activity is itself significantly affected by factors that are predetermined.” I never liked exercising before. Just the thought of preparing my gym gear and going through the motion of changing was enough to put me off.  But now I am such a gym junkie. I guess the idea of being physically fit and feeling better about myself helps to motivate me into doing something even if it’s inconvenient in the beginning. 

      It should be the same with accumulating money. It might be inconvenient to work harder for more money but in the end, the reward is greater. Filipinos just don’t get that concept especially P-Noy with his lacklustre performance at school and his previous post in the public sector.

      • Zadkiel says:

        maybe pinoys in general has a poor notion of credentials. they want to have a job without credentials. just kidding.

        the “winning” voters dont get it. because they think they are right. and so do we.

        good day to all.

  4. Paolo says:

    I think the word “ethnic cleansing” springs to mind.

    • ilda says:

      Hahaha…good one! 🙂

    • Zadkiel says:

      no need. what we need is a modified form of eugenics. we must breed with the best and enslave the rest.

      • bubi78 says:

        Hitler tinkered with notion of the pure ‘Aryan’ race. Not a very good idea really, there’s no guarantee of the outcome. Mother nature has a nasty habit of wrecking the human genes, we might end up with a violin virtuoso who is a serial killer on the side. And, we are all the worse for now because the union of a genius and a saint produced the dolt of a president that is leading us today. I rest my case.

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        You can say that that doll takes after the human weaknesses of the saint, but not the intellect of the genius (though I detest the stance that genius made — he was a commie coddler!). Makes you think who the doll’s daddy was.

  5. ice_queen says:

    I wonder if what’s ingrained it isn’t so much as incompetence as it is an inflated sense of entitlement. 
    Granted, evidences of incompetences abound. But I think if one digs deeper into the collective psyche, there is the thinking that things should come easy; that if something is difficult, then something is wrong.
    We see it everyday: Don’t want to wait your turn in a line? Then cut the line.Too much of a bother to find a trash bin? Throw trash wherever you want.Don’t want to pay the proper taxes/duties? Pay someone off.Too much work building your won track record of performance? Ride on the achievements of others. Too hard to admitting your mistakes? Find blame in others.
    Of course, these aren’t exclusive to our culture. But I dare anyone to tell me these aren’t the norms we see day to day. 
    Is it perhaps this sense of (undeserved) entitlement that leads us to complacency, to incompetence?

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      Apparently, yes. If something is TOO easy, there can only be one explaination for it: You’re doing it wrong. Trust me, it’s personal experience; my Organic Chemistry tests make me realize just that.

    • ilda says:

      Hi ice_queen

      Your description of President Noynoy Aquino is very accurate. He certainly has an inflated sense of entitlement.

      Indeed, a lot of Filipinos have an inflated sense of entitlement. As to why they feel a sense of entitlement is a great mystery. Perhaps they feel like they are the “chosen ones” or they leave everything to fate. Most people are fond of saying, “if your time is up, your time is up.” So maybe Filipinos think that even if they throw their garbage in the proper bins and avoid a great flood like the one brought about by typhoon Ondoy, they still think that they will drop dead anyway so there is no point cleaning up. Filipinos also feel that their time is more important than anyone else’s so they have to cut the line in order to be first.

      Some bumiputras in Malaysia also feel a sense of entitlement. They had it before and the mentality was reinforced even more when the New Economic Policy was introduced.

      This is why dole outs or donations given to the poor do not really help them be more self-sufficient. It is only a temporary solution to the bigger problem in our society.

    • Zadkiel says:

      yes, sense of entitlement. if we dont get it, we whine until they give in. in reality we have to earn it.

    • ChinoF says:

      Connect this sense of entitlement to the Pinoy Pride mentality that insists that they’re nothing wrong with Pinoys. This mentality also insists that Pinoys are the best in anything and non-Pinoys (especially the imperialist West) are the ones putting Pinoys down. Pinoys can never make a mistake because they are the best, period. But so far, the best that Pinoys have been doing is whining in their poverty and believing that they are entitled to dole outs. Pinoys when they say “our nation should be great” might believe this to mean that Pinoys should be the rulers of the world… similar to what the Nazis want. So they love delusions of grandeur.

  6. palebluedot_ says:

    LOL ilda, you’ve done it again…answering my whinings. as if you read my mind. i was just complaining & throwing tantrums about how most of the members of my organization are so incompetent, and you answered it with — it might be in our cultural DNA! it appeased me…thanks 🙂

    at any rate, am not sure if this relates to the article, but i have been trying to analyze why filipinos (esp. the ones in my organization) do not have the right motivation to start or complete a certain task. in my organization, i divided the groups by age range, and identify who the president was during their elementary & high school years. i also tried to determine their parents occupational status. here’s my observation:
    1. most of those who really have the drive to achieve the visions of our organizations, who can work independently & are assertive are those whose parents & grandparents were able to work with multinational corporations during the Marcos regime
    2. some of the above-mentioned types of individuals have parents who worked abroad and/or of Chinese descent.
    3. those who work hard but lacks assertiveness are those with parents who worked in Filipino companies and/or with childhood experience during the Marcos regime.
    4. those who just wants to be always told what to do & are really low in assertiveness scale are those born after the People Power.
    5. a lot of those who never care about what’s going on with the organization, who never even care to join meetings, have parents who worked abroad.

    there is no formal research conducted related to my observations above. they are just my personal analysis (maybe bias) to be able to handle my organization better. but if we try to make correlations with the experiences of the individuals against their work behavior & attitudes: is it probably because during the Marcos regime, discipline is somewhat emphasized and parents pass it on to their children? is it probably because during the Marcos regime when MNCs (esp. managed by Americans) are allowed to exist, they have instilled to the Filipino workers the value of American dream (not dreaming of going to America LOL) and parents emphasized this to their children? [American dream roughly means all men are created equal, no matter what your status in life is, if you work hard & harder, you will achieve richer & fuller life.] Are they low in the assertiveness scale because after foreign managers disappeared when Cory’s constitution was signed, people lost important jobs and these people resorted to Bahala Na or “let us pray…”?

    darn! I really wish to have concrete answers to the work attitude of people around me. It’s just heart-breaking to see Filipinos in their prime acting as if there is no hope anymore, pretending to be incompetent…just waiting and waiting for the guava to fall from the tree.

    • ilda says:

      Hi pale

      I’m impressed with your own analysis. Even without the result of the formal research, it is obvious that the right amount of discipline can do a lot of good to any ethnic group.

      Let us know when the formal research is complete. It would be interesting to know what their conclusion will be. It would provide a good way for our government agencies to create a program that will cater to what needs to be done in order to motivate every individual. That is, if they even have the intelligence to look into it.

      Certainly a lot of factors contribute to the general well-being of an individual. The purpose of this exercise is for us to be able to understand our strengths and our weaknesses as a people.

      We have been highly influenced by the west since the Americans occupied our territory. We copy their lifestyle but it keeps clashing with our values. It is never too late to reverse the damage.

      • palebluedot_ says:

        “That is, if they even have the intelligence to look into it.”

        a lot of studies have been done in the academe but i doubt if government politicians make use of it. if you work in the government and you avail of the government study leave, there exist a provision that allows the government to make use of your work for the benefit of the said government. unfortunately, many LGU politicians fail to avail of this because they themselves have yet to see the benefits of using critical thinking in public governance.

      • ilda says:

        It’s a shame they don’t do anything with the study and don’t even use the budget for it. They probably don’t know how to interpret the findings. These politicians are no good for the countrymen. They were not fit to govern in the first place. All they care about is the kickbacks once they get voted in.

      • Zadkiel says:

        LOL critical thinking in government. an oxymoron.

  7. Hyden Toro says:

    It is unfortunate for us, to be still to be blind on the defects of our culture; produced by our dysfunctional mindsets. The Malaysians were colonized by the British. We were colonized by the Spaniards. I find countries in South America; that were colonized by the Spaniards. Their leaders behaving the same; as our leaders are behaving. Haciendas; Oligarchies; Political Patronage; Church Induced Political Mania and Superstitions; etc…It is our duties to see what is not working in us; to discard them. Formulate a better way. Not to look for the outside, to give us a solution. Or, a model to follow, that may or may not fit us. We have ancient relationship with China. Some of the Filipinos has Chinese blood. I don’t believe in putting people in a box; becauise of their race. We are all part of the Humanity. There is beauty; and there is malevolence in any race. This, we have to bear in being Human… 😯

    • ilda says:

      Yes we have our strengths but our weaknesses outweigh them. We are not special like some writers of Goodnews Pilipinas claim in their articles. If we are so special, why is our country plagued with tragedies that could have been prevented? It’s because of incompetence and complacency.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        @ilda: It depends on our awareness of ourselves. We can close our eyes, and call ourselves: God Anointed; special people; destiny bound people; etc…it does’nt matter. It is the true REALITIES of our situation; or the dysfunctional mindsets of our our egocentric leaders, that matter. Our Realities are: (1) we are a Feudal Oligarchy. (2) we are importing rice and sugar. (3) we have an incompetent and coward President . (4) we have Politicians who outdo each other in “palabas” Senate investigations. Producing No Rational Solutions to problems. (5) An “Ondoy” type of typhoon is on the way. The Squatters are still there. Welcome to the next flooding.

  8. Enlightened Filipino says:

    Thank You Admins, especially BongV for lifting the ban on my ip. 😀

  9. J_ag says:

    Meaning of the word culture from

    “a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture.”

    “development or improvement of the mind by education or training.”

    “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.”

    “Anthropology . the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.”

    Cultural traits are derived from the stage of ones societal development. The evolution of human survival (economics) that led to organized communities bound by rules (politics) that give rise to cultural traits.

    The stage of societal development dependent on natural evolution and historical forces meld into culture.

    Hence the hostage fiasco in Luneta was not surprising. The nativist tribal culture of “kanya-kanya” is predominant in pinoy culture.

    The Philippines is still on the road to state building from nativist tribes and clans. There is still no dominant sense or consciousness of country. The majority of pinoys are still peasants and still see themselves as subjects. History teaches us that it is extremely difficult and chaotic to develop society from without rather than from within. The Philippines was also culturally colonized while all our neighbors were only politically and economically colonized. Hence we remain a culturally anomaly in Asia. (Except for the Muslims in Mindanao)

    The major difference in GMA and Aquino is the fact that GMA was a micro manager (hands on) while Aquino is a hands-off manager. He had previously promised to pass onto Mar Roxas 80% of his responsibilities and functions. He, Aquino, appears unprepared for the leadership role.

    In a country that is more autocratic than democratic that proved to be tragic in the case of the Luneta incident. Everyone pointed to the manuals and rule book but no one knew how to implement and tie up the action. No one was in charge.

    There are institutions on paper but they for the most part are merely for rituals. Patterned after the American colonial government the Presidential powers are highly centralized making a mockery of the separation of powers.

    Historically it is the state that transforms societies and civilizations. In the Philippines the State remains to be weak and dysfunctional because the economic system remains weak and primitive. Hence culture remains to be damaged and dysfunctional. Do not confuse cause and effect.

    • benign0 says:

      @ Jag: Nice demonstration of your googling skills, dude. But just for your reference, here is the official definition of “culture” as far as what most if not ALL of the principles that underpin the messages sent forth from across the ENTIRE GetRealPhilippines Network is concerned:

      Culture is the collective character of a people who have given themselves a collective identity.

      Check out the source reference within the Mothership of the above here.

      I maintain that the cause is CULTURAL and the effect is the state of the country today — weak governance structures, weak leaders, and WEAK PEOPLE.

      The government, the way we behave as a collective, and our taste for politicians (as manifest in the way we exercise The Vote) is a mere reflection of the profound nature of our collective character.

      Check out this slide show which takes you on an intuitive step-by-step journey of understanding as to what exactly I mean.

      At the core is this unifying framework from which we derive the implications of our dysfunctional culture on our ability to prosper sustainably

      It ties neatly into this excellent Trinity Theory of Da Pinoy Condition which is illustrated in another one of our brilliant diagrams:

      So as you can see, ser, we’ve got Pinoys ALL FIGURED OUT. To be fair, something that great minds don’t have much trouble figuring out is not necessarily the sort of stuff that comes in bight-sized pieces to SMALLER minds. But, hey, that is another one of those REAL things that we all have to deal with. 😀

    • ilda says:


      I wish you gave your own analysis as to why the Philippines is still a “nativist trival culture” as you claim it to be. The so called “elite” members of Phil society who supported P-Noy and who made sure he won the election will not agree with your assertion. I also wish you stated your reasons why the state remains weak despite the many educated Filipinos running the show. It is already too obvious that it has to do with the Filipino character.

      The Philippines is not the only country that was colonised. Vietnam was even ravaged by the Vietnam war in the ‘70s at a time when the Phils was still among the most promising countries in Asia. And yet Vietnam has now surpassed us economically.

      I can agree that it is difficult to develop a society when the economy is not strong. I actually stated that in my article. “Communal peace will be impossible without economic balance, something that can only be resolved hard and fast through some kind of action both from the government and each member of Philippine society – irrespective of race or ethnicity.

      We will never achieve economic stability with P-Noy because he has not addressed the core problem of our society. He actually thrives in the kind of environment we have, a country with a people who leave everything to fate and with someone they think is chosen by God.

      • J_ag says:

        Ilda, my suggestion for you ifs to read up on the history of our neighbors most especially Vietnam when you speak of colonization.

        You obviously are ill informed most especially about Vietnam.

        The discourse mostly in this blog reflect a very high school frame of mind. Your posts are no different. National liberation movements in countries that were colonized had varying degrees of success. Vietnam stands out as an example of a bloody success. The Philippines is totally different.

        On a personal level are you still a virgin?

      • ilda says:

        Mr J_ag

        Whatever happened to our country in the past, we must overcome it and move on. Majority of us just have a victim mentality (P-Noy included) and are too emotional to think straight.

        You just got caught flat footed by our rebuttals and now you are saying “the discourse reflect a very high school frame of mind.” Try not to be too defensive by being offensive. C’mon, people might think you are insecure. Stick to the topic.

        Have a nice day!

  10. Jack says:

    May be i’m biased…I’m from India and I have lived in the PH. I have observed and met Indians, Chinese in PH and have lots and lots of Filipino friends from all levels of society. I think Filipino vibe is totally different from other race…They are been repressed deliberately by controlling forces who do not want to see Filipino people rule the world.

    Due to my work, i have met people from all races german, koreans, Americans, chinese, japanese etc…BUT the complete people i have ever met are filipinos…its not only about intelligence or business sense….there are a lot of other factors in life like spirituality, respect, friendliness that Filipinos score top marks.

    i don’t have anything to gain from it as im also from a third world country India, so i know the problem Filipinos face. There are outside forces that deliberately do NOT want ordinary Filipinos to shine. They have created a world, where Filipino qualities are not spread to the world. ofcourse there are negative also, but that is entirely due to not allowing good qualities of Filipinos to come up.

    PH has to look closely at her friends namely America and check if it has its best interest  in mind. For me, i have lots of faith in Filipino people. Once this manipulation ends, the people will shine.

    • Jay says:


      Yes, when they stop looking at the past and over analyzing it for answers (specifically from Emo historians) and start writing a future based on efficiency and goals. And stop looking at Manila and looking at the whole 7,107 islands as a whole. As many have said, the cultural crisis seems to only affect Manila and the southern Luzon area and Visayas to some extent as they were the only ones to deal with Spain. Mindanao and certainly the Ilocanos from the north Luzon never had to deal much with them, so their culture in a sense stayed static for the most part. Where many talk about unity, they still only see the capital and its manufactured machinations of Filipino, which don’t reflect the culture outside of the capital, which have their own histories to them as well.

    • ilda says:

      Hi Jack

      It is nice of you to give us your input and thanks for your kind words. You seem to have met a few good Filipinos. Unfortunately, there are Filipinos who hold the country from moving forward. They are the majority and some of them hold positions in government.
      Majority of Filipinos vote for incompetent public officials like President Noynoy Aquino. These voters focus on the popularity of the candidate instead of his platform.

      Our society is trapped in this “mental prison.”

      We are also suffering from what I call analysis paralysis. The condition can be described as wanting to move forward and advance like any society but unfortunately, using the same old tired method over and over. The symptom is easy enough to diagnose. During election, Filipinos would rather vote for those they already know like the Aquinos, Marcoses, and etc. As a result, nothing changes.

      A lot of Filipinos are emotional and sentimental. They don’t realize that in order to change, we need to get rid of old practices and traditions that don’t work anymore.

      It is really mind boggling why a people which you described as “complete” cannot seem to accept that there is a need to change. We are too complacent.

  11. Lorenz says:


    i just saw the news and the politicians are now blaming the media. *sigh*

    We all study Jose Rizal yet why are there only few like him? Why is it his love interests are more interesting than his works and ideas? Hailed as the first Filipino and the “Greatest Man of the Brown Race”, he is the embodiment of a true nationalist, someone who loves his country yet also criticizes the indolence and incompetence because he longs for his countrymen’s bright future. Sad that he is overshadowed by Gandhi and other prominent figures in the international community.

    He was a polymath. He can speak different languages. He made great technological inventions. He was a great doctor. He discovered new creatures for the scientific world. All this i learned from my Rizal class yet i saw no one of my classmates were passionate or were remotely interested. Sigh…

    It is funny though because Rizal wasn’t a pure blooded Malay. He has the bloodline of the Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.

    • ilda says:

      Thanks for the info. I didn’t know he had Chinese, Japanese and Spanish blood. That says a lot. It’s too bad he didn’t have kids.

    • Jay says:


      Which further reinforces my idea that pinoys should embrace their multi-ethnic origins as oppose to trying to find the pure filipino. I mean even the people forget how much of the elites that control country as well are of chinese-filipino origin or spanish-filipino or spanish-filipino-american.

      Heck while the Filipinos whine about the Chinese, they forget who owns most of the big businesses besides the elites. Jollibee is the farthest thing from being Pinoy as its owned not by a JUANDELACRUZ, but Gokongwei. Henry Sy owns the renowned SM corporation.

    • neovxr says:

      pardon me for jumping in.
      I’m a white european fan of dr. rizal!

      this “polymath” guy studied europe and its hierarchies and societal functionalities, especially the aristocracy and their intellectual opposition. this enabled him to create the antidote to the colonial formula. his victory was by turning the wheel in a cultural sense.
      right now manila is a required hub. in europe we have the very same problem with EU integration, and the waterhead in brussels, that is said to be like the filipino government, in other words.

      in this thread, it was mentioned that some parts of the archipelago were afflicted more strongly by the spanish cultural influence, while other parts were not.
      my observation through some more forums and threads was, that some american opinion-makers are very eager to put all blame on spain, to get away with what the american colonial system did to the country, and via proxy persons, still does (to many countries).

      however, back to spain and rizal.
      these parts of PI that suffered from spanish cultural tangling and mangling, they also went through an additional roundtrip by being influenced from the work of dr. rizal, that was an antidote against the negative aspects of european influence, and made them very critical.
      this means that finally, local forces that were more modern than the spaniards, made it to take over. mestizo or not, they do have local identity, and through the double roundtrip, their culture is advanced.
      but they still have some degree of the “social cancer” that today should be called an intellectual virus that is spread with education and media.
      on the other side they are fully compatible with western society and economy, while no more giving up their filipino identity (I assume this is true for the biggest part of oligarchy, because of becoming players in an officially _independent_ country). this is why I say manila is an important hub in the globalized world.

      the virus and its consequences have been described in the “indolence” essay. this is a great start because it has 5 pages only.
      me as a european who was disgusted about so much in our local oligarchies, it shook me like nothing ever before.
      dr. rizal has the knowledge about how our societies work still today. there are technical differences, and differences in the law system, compared with 1870. but the basic rhetorics, basic methods of teaching the caste system, from one generation to the next, remains intact, and the societal tension and “lordish” behavior makes one of the deeper causes e.g. of the greek economic crisis! this is what I call the virus. it seems also that it is the root of the problems with the spanish constitutional monarchy, that – together with other EU aristocracies and monarchies, plus the saudi aristocracy and their oil dollar, is probably re-infecting some leading groups in the US with that very same virus.
      or how does it look what happened after 9/11? check it on the “indolence” essay. lethargy jumping rochades with bloody aggression, and societal failure. and we have symptoms of failure in the EU that look much like a modern version of everything rizal describes that happened to the island cultures, by consequence of colonization.

      this is the smell, so where is the animal?
      partially it has gone viral 2.0, and only a cultural approach in the way the novels by rizal did the job once before, can do anything against it.
      the problems of the philippines can’t be solved without defeating that virus, and this would also save europe, and support the intellectual offspring of the forces that once were the european friends with rizal, the critical factions of society that fought against greedy old-school aristocracy.

      the capitalist vs communist battle is a bit of a red herring, that hides the older and more basic issues, because eventually the demise of the soviet system came by the very same virus: it was in fact a nationalist colonial system in disguise, no matter how and why it was started, it became like this by the influence of remaining elites and imperialist mentality. and this is the real factor that made it that dysfunctional, just look at the difference with vietnam of today.
      what we see today, is the second round after “restauration”. putin became strong enough to shake the oligarchs to their core, ousted some, and forced the others to follow the rules of open and now legal nationalism, instead of selling out to the west, which seems morally legit because russia got rid of the biggest part of her colonies. so it remains a domestic matter.
      consequence to us is, we in europe are facing giant financial (and therefor political) power by russian oligarchs who are willing to “cooperate” but in fact the only rule they would obey is to stay russian and act as russian. what putin achieved is that russian capital can hardly be controlled from the west, but became a terrible own fighter on the markets. I think he also could do this by his deep knowledge about and experience with the european society and sociopolitic systems. part of it he learned while he was working in and about the GDR. from the westerners, he was clearly underestimated. he knew better because as a studied communist, he knew about the “virus”, but in europe of today, no one has a clue about that issue.

      conclusion: a filipino cultural-nationalist movement that spreads among the OFW force could use the knowledge by dr. rizal and have positive influence on many host countries that are suffering from the updated 2.0 version of that virus. just make people promote rizal novels the same way they promote charice. tell to people like “read this novel, and then re-read yellow press. now what’s the real thing?”
      this effort in return, together with the popularity of some more (hopefully upcoming) filipino artists, would improve respect for filipinos worldwide, and put pressure on certain local oligarchies to reduce their graft and cronyism. this time, the “antidote” will make their _foreign_ supporters decline.

      • Jay says:


        an interesting read. Rizal IS promoted in the Philippines to the youth and even those in college are forced to take those classes. The BIG PROBLEM is how it is taught. The general mindset of how these kids learned Rizal had a HEAVY DOSE of anti-Spanish, as opposed to being Anti-Pinoy. They learn the biography, history and his works but not his real message, which you seem to have a strong idea of.

        Its the same way how the Oligarchs have controlled the information. Heroes like Rizal and Ninoy are reduced to pro-pinoy nationalism figures where they ignore the message but ingrain in their heads the supposed impact they had to the country, considering not everyone knows the real information regarding them. Heck, even foreigners who helped shape the country are forgotten to create the image of a nation built strictly by Pinoys and pinoys only.

        Despite that however, there are people in Europe who still see and analyze what is going on, and certainly factor certain oligrachs who have silently kept their wealth and continue their marriage with other oligarchs for political/economic gains but don’t draw enough attention for them. In the country, the Oligarchs have used puppets to pander to the people who aren’t given their 3 means of living (food, water, shelter) and due to that, they have thrown away common sense and critical thinking for temporary measures and lull themselves to a false sense of security with good news, whatever it may be.

      • ChinoF says:

        Yes, this is the problem indeed. I remark having been insinuated with that view of Rizal by leftist teachers back in grade school, that he was anti-Spanish. In college (Ateneo), the teachers tried to correct his notion by stating the facts, that Rizal was not really for independence from Spain. He just wanted good treatment of his land by the colonizing power. Too bad it didn’t rub off on me until later on. But it’s true that our educational system has been corrupted by biased views. Part of it is a biased Tagalog translation of Noli and Fili. People should read some English translations which preserved word accurately without biased revisions, unlike many Tagalog translations.

      • ilda says:


        Thanks for your comment. I guess what you are trying to say is that, it is really hard to fight the oligarchy even in other places not just the Philippines.

        It’s interesting to know that Dr. Rizal made a lasting impression even with Europeans of today. Unfortunately, not a lot of Filipinos read books let alone read Rizal’s work. Filipinos have become anti-elitist to the point that even blogs like what I have written here are already considered highbrow by some. Which is a shame because no matter how much I try to make my articles simple enough to understand, there are still people who can’t get it. It’s because Filipinos tend to take things literally. They do not know the concept of irony and sarcasm. I believe Dr. Rizals novels were full of irony and sarcasm as well so that’s probably why some Filipinos misinterpret him all the time.

  12. JUANDELACRUZ says:

    Incompetent nga talaga ang mga Pinoy, mantakin mo, habang todo banat ang website na ito kay P-Noy, hala ayun, nandyan pa siya sa pwesto hanggang ngayon hahahahahaha at aba, mukhang mas tumindi pa kaysa dati ang pagsuporta sa kanya ng kanyang mga tagasuporta kahit na lalong tumindi ang pagatake sa kanya ng kanyang mga kaaway hehehehehehe

    • BongV says:

      ayos lang yun…. lalong katawanan ang Pinoy.. at mas lalong maraming entertainment ang AP 😆

    • Artemio says:

      Dami ngang na-te-turn-off kay abNoy. Talo pa ni Gloria si abNoy. Hangga’t ngayon nakalaya pa si Dr GMA PhD. Habang tumatagal si abNoy lalong napaghahalatang mas mahina at mas nakakasira si abNoy kaysa kay Gloria.

      Hindi honest si abNoy. Honest mistake siguro 😆

    • ilda says:


      Ikaw naman. Napilitan ngang sagutin ni P-Noy yung sulat ng dating yellow supporter sa Facebook dahil sabi nya “P-Noy: something in you has to die!!!”

      Masyado kang in denial Juan. Get Real!

      Have a good day!!!

      • NFA rice says:


        I have to admit reyna elena is honest and did an excellent job. It’s a pity he (she?) needed 8 deaths and the shame of the entire nation to be pushed forward on the road to Damascus.

        On the other hand it’s difficult not to sport a sympathetic smile and say “I told you so!”.

      • ilda says:


        I didn’t realise that was Reyna Elena. I thought it was someone else from the yellow crowd.

      • NFA rice says:


        My mistake. It was Reyn Barnido not reyna elena. I read the letter on barriosiete. I thought Reyn Barnido and reyna elena are the same guys, as in Reyn and reyna.

      • ilda says:

        Gusto kasi nilang lahat maging Reyna! Ayayayayy! 😉

  13. kid dynamo says:

    hey guys check this out…PNoy alledgedly answered one post by a certain writer named Reyn Barnido….

    i swear this is just getting better and better…:-)

  14. ralliart1to3 says:

    If most Filipinos would continue on with their racist behavior and hostility to the Chinese and Filipino Chinese, they might end up like the Nazis. They might not have armies to catch and put them in concentration camps but they can build virtual barriers to which they can extend their animosity. These barriers arise when situations like the hostage crisis happen. With the economic status also in question, Filipinos are exhibiting Crab Mentality towards the prosperous Chinese community. What gives? Most of them worked hard for it, don’t they deserve it? If one wants to be a big shot, work harder and don’t make race a superficial issue.
    Anyway nice article.

    • ilda says:

      thanks ralliart1to3

      We can thank our lucky stars that it won’t come to that point. They love their telenovelas and would rather watch it than cook up something that sinister. If their idol told them what to do, maybe. Here’s the thing, if only P-Noy had any vision at all and if he actually inspired people, he can tell the millions of his supporters to do the right thing. Instead, he is telling them to feel insulted.

      The poor Fil-Chi have been victims of resentment for years though. They have been kidnapped and made fun of by being called names such as “intsik beho.”

      • Jay says:

        Exactly. They will mention the poisoned milk, the murders which are at best completely isolated cases considering people just mention them NOW and have no racial intention to them whatsoever. Yet the Pinoys seem to not want to mention and even what WOTL brought up about pinoys natural affinity to racism for a long time with such remarks like that existing in society.

        Someone in youtube mentioned to me the unfortunate OFWs caught in their own unfair situations with their employers, and having to deal with the national government for those. That is racism, much to the Pinoy’s concept of it. That is up to the Filipino government to do something and play a negotiation game and fix the policies of the POEA.

      • ralliart1to3 says:

        Any leader, in their right mind, won’t divulge to the media their “perceptions” and “feelings”, whether they are true or not. “You are a president for Pete’s sake so act like one.” At most, they are considered as PACIFIERS in the situation. His statements have turned into indirect declaration of hatred to the Chinese. True leaders resolve problems, they don’t make new ones.

        Bringing up other unrelated issues to the table just because they are also Chinese-related bring up smacks of racism. These things seem to be endless. We’re in for one hell of a ride.

  15. jemon says:

    It is seems to me you are enjoying telling everyone that Pinoys are incompetent. What do you derive out of it? Please do put down the Pinoys too much. Believe me, it is not helping.

    I think there is a little disconnect in your title and the article itself. Cultural (your title) and racial (the article itself) DNA are different things don’t you think?

    • jemon says:

      I mean DO NOT

    • Jay says:


      Is there a problem saying things as it is? This IS serious because the future of the Philippines is at risk here. And honestly, don’t target the tone of the argument but the points. It doesn’t help you present the case that way.

    • jemon says:

      Hi Jay, are you and Ilda the same person. I was asking her and you answered.

    • ilda says:


      It seems to me that you did not understand the article because if you did, you wouldn’t have gotten the impression that “I enjoy telling everyone that Pinoys are incompetent.”

      It does pain me to have to come to terms with who we are as a people. In the process of doing my analysis, I discover a lot of things about us Pinoys that are really hard to change. As I said in my previous comment, this exercise is more about finding out our strengths and our weaknesses as a people. I already used Malaysia as a model in the article just to convince people like you that there is a problem in our society, which we need to address just like what Malaysia did in 1971. I do not know why it is so hard to convince people like you that we are not that great. Incompetent leaders like P-Noy wouldn’t be voted in if majority of the voters use their brain.

      Please consider reading the article again before you make your second judgement.

      I do not see a problem with the title. Cultural DNA refers to the personality of a society. The cultural DNA of our society influences its eventual success or failure. Do you really think that if we do not change our personality, we can become a successful people? Our problem is not just about corruption.

      I do not see a problem with Jay responding to your questions. He is a very intelligent man and this is an open forum. Besides, he is a GetRealist.

      • jemon says:

        ilda.. so it pains you to point the Pinoy’s incompetence out? Perhaps you are doing this so that people can correct themselves? OK. See? Even “people like me” can understand. jejeje.. By the way, mr. chinof also branded me as “people like me”. Perhaps that helps people like you argue your points? jejeje..

        Hey, I am convinced. there is a problem indeed with our culture and we “are not that great”. But if only people like you (the high IQ type?) will only use their brains further to realize that our majority poor people do not use their brains because they are preoccupied on how to survive the day, perhaps you could have written something that would actually help them rather than just say that poor people are not using their brains. Get it?

      • palebluedot_ says:

        so what is your solution, jejemon? you have already identified that the major problem of this country is getting by with the basic needs…bloggers here are aware of that. if you read more articles in AP, there is already identification of the source of our country’s problems, and one of which is : “majority poor people do not use their brains because they are preoccupied on how to survive the day”. some authors have proposed resolving the protectionist clause in our constitution to open more jobs for our people to solve the basic needs of every individual. some of us have agreed to it. there are still more possible solutions. how about you? what is your suggested solution?

      • ilda says:


        You don’t need high IQ, you just need common sense to accept that the solution is already staring you in the face. Kung ahas yan, kinagat ka na.

        The owner of SM Supermalls, Henry Sy  is famous for starting his empire with close to nothing for his capital. He worked his way from the ground up. He is so high up now, we can’t even reach him.  He is something that Filipinos need to emulate. 

        You seem to have so many excuses for people’s incompetence. The time for Filipinos to wake up is long gone.

      • Jay says:


        our majority poor people do not use their brains because they are preoccupied on how to survive the day,

        Kaygandang Kwento Kapatid!

        Is surviving the day making babies that can’t already support their otherwise downtrodden lifestyle? Or buying things that are out of reach of their lifestyle, but just to feel like they are keeping up with the Jones’?
        Is surviving the day being completely silent and assenting to the fate that is being pulled by rich minority who are in politics, considering that they don’t get the strength of democracy as the voice of the people?
        Is surviving the day acting like the victim and praying for some cosmic jewish zombie that was taught by a man of the cloth, whom is held high regard because your elders told you otherwise?
        Is surviving the day being desperate enough to throw the strongest asset of human beings, common sense out of the window?

        You don’t think and adapt, you die. You think and adapt, you live the next day and maybe get creative enough to see the problems and find ways to solve them. The problem then would be to get your other non-thinking brethren to do the same otherwise. If they want to be stuck breathing from the mouth when breathing through the nose is more efficient, then that is their problem.

        So NO, they DON’T USE THEIR BRAINS. Otherwise we’d never have this discussion.

        DEAL WITH IT!

      • jemon says:

        I am sure Ms. Ilda understood my points yet does not want to give it to me.. jejeje.. Pinoy pa rin! You see it is just a matter of perspective.. Anyway, for those who do not yet understand, may I tell you again in another way:

        If you ask a dying person in pain who he should vote for, I am sure he will tell you he will vote for whoever has pain reliever even if that person is Pokwang. And then you tell him.. you don.t use your brains.. you are incompetent.. you should think about the future and the future of your children. jejeje..

        Now if someone pointed out to you, pare., mamamatay na yung tao.. then you will say, ano ba namang excuse yan.. masyado nang drama yan! Importante to, kinabukasan ng bayan to!

        Bwahaha.. I just realize now, this site is funny.. Ang cute nyo.. jejeje…

        (BTW, Ms. Ilda, napaka-flawed naman yung example mo. Ikaw nga hindi mo kayang maging Henry Sy eh, mga mahirap pa kaya? Pero punta ka squatter area.. problema nila doon kung ano at kung saan kukuha ng kakainin mamya.. yung iba nga nag-rurugby na lang eh.. sure ko, walang lalabas na Henry Sy dun.. promise.. jejeje)..

      • ilda says:


        What makes you think I’m not trying to emulate Henry Sy? I may not become as successful as him but that won’t stop me from trying. The problem with some Filipinos, and that includes you is that, if they think they won’t become exactly like Henry Sy, they will give up and say “What’s the point?!” It’s like, all or nothing. Well, nothing talaga!

        Do you really think that all the articles here are for the eyes of your kanto boy next door? Hinde po. We write here because we want the people who matter like the politicians, members of the media and members of the international community to know that there are Filipinos who can think straight. They are the ones who can implement changes to the policies that will affect your kanto boy next door. Ikaw kasi, just because you think something is hard like trying to convince everyone to change eh para sayo it’s not worth doing. Loser mentality yan.

        If you don’t like what you read here then go! Go back to your cave or go and create your own website. No one needs your insults here.

      • jemon says:

        What is the matter Ilda, can’t stand the taste of your own medicine? jejeje

        But before you actually dig your own grave here, let me tell you a little secret. I actually liked say 70-80% of your article. I liked your first person style of writing, makes it more personal. I liked the way you researched the subject and presented it in a clear concise manner. But since I want to prove that there is no point in pointing out how incompetent other people are, I pointed out to you your own incompetence. I even argue you more respectfully actually than how you argue “people like me”.

        And voila! What do I get? I turned you off did I not? That is precisely what your little blog here is getting as well. You turn people off big time, even people who might want to help improve the country and has the resources to help even you and your cause. You see, even if I am right, and I know you know I am, I did not convince you did I?

        Thanks for proving my point. But no thanks. We need people fighting the good fight, not people who waste time and effort picking on people who can’t defend themselves.

      • benign0 says:

        ====begin quote: jemon said below

        If you ask a dying person in pain who he should vote for, I am sure he will tell you he will vote for whoever has pain reliever even if that person is Pokwang. And then you tell him.. you don.t use your brains.. you are incompetent.. you should think about the future and the future of your children. jejeje..

        Now if someone pointed out to you, pare., mamamatay na yung tao.. then you will say, ano ba namang excuse yan.. masyado nang drama yan! Importante to, kinabukasan ng bayan to!

        ====end quote: jemon said above

        This is actually a typical tactic of most half-brained commentors. We make commentary about the society and they come back with an analogy based on individuals.

        Resulta: false analogy

        Voters did not vote for a president under duress like that dying individual you used to falsely illustrate your point.

        They had 8-12 months of campaign period to evaluate each candidate.

        Filipinos have a 95 percent literacy rate and one of the highest rates of educational attainment in the region (hardly comparable to that dying moron analogy). And yet, hey, they do vote like morons. 😀

        And by the way, it’s quite telling that we now compare Pinoys to a “dying person in pain”.

        That’s just so sad. 😀

      • ilda says:


        Do you actually have a point or what? You are now diverting the discussion to something else just because you cannot answer logically anymore. Tsk-tsk.

        I don’t need your patronage especially since you just admitted that you are just testing me. What is the point in doing that? Is it just to prove something that only you can understand?!? What exactly are you so right about anyway? I think you were trying to be funny with your half-assed comments and jejeje and it backfired, sorry na lang.

        Don’t let the door hit you on your way out 😉

      • jemon says:

        Ilda, I was actually returning to my original point if you noticed. Ah you didn’t notice? That explains everything. jejeje

        Mr. full-brained Benigno, you said: … I “falsely illustrate my point”. But did you get my point and do not agree because it is wrong? or because i have as you said “false analogy”? You want me to give you a “better” analogy? jejeje.. By the way, your friend Ilda is still trying to look for my point. Can you explain to her please. jejeje

        And at least you said “they vote like morons”. At least that is

      • jemon says:

        “used” false analogy..

        And they vote like morons, less moronic than “they are morons”. jejeje

  16. JOn says:

     I would not stereotype Filipinos as a whole. Living in the US for many years had taught me a great deal about life. It changed my view point on all aspects of life. I also have many chances to observe many cultures particularly our fellow Filipinos. Many Americans admire professional Filipino workers in the US because of their work ethics. Most of them work 2-3 jobs and work 16-20 hrs per day in which there fellow American workers find it peculiar. Deep inside I know most of our “kababayan” work so hard to have a good future for themselves and their family back home. They have seen the worst in our country. Many of our “kababayans” who left the country to seek out new life abroad are more determine to succeed mainly because of their families who are left behind…this is where the percentage of $$ are accounted from our “kababayans” living abroad by sending money to the Philippines. Many educated Filipinos who left the country had also excelled. On the other hand, I dread seeing many of our “kababayans” who left the country just to work as maids or caregivers. If you ask them why they have chosen it? they would probably tell you they have “no choice”. It breaks my heart to see anyone of them being physically abuse by their masters esp. in the Middle East. I believe if they are given even just a small opportunity in the Philippines, they will excel in there own way.      My point is I would like to see our present government create a solid program to bring back our OFWs by creating more jobs and opportunities at home. I remember hearing Erap in one interview he said “there contribution are needed to bring in more $$ to the country”.  I think that is bull$%#%. Human exploitation is a very bad thing esp. if they are your own people. I had the chance to watch you tube titled “RTV Malacanang” at first, I may not like GMA as president; however, after seeing her contribution while she was in office made me think twice about her. I believe the infrastructure programs mainly building of many roads and bridges in Manila and the provinces that she initiated created a gateway to the future for our country. It is unfortunate that only the negative things are being reported by ABS-CBN in the news. It turned me off just watching TFC because of the content that was being shown to the public. On the contrary, I wonder what kind of inspiration and effect in people’s mind if the media start focusing more on the positive things occurring in our nation? 

    • ilda says:

      It still boils down to our collective personality as a people though. There really is a problem with it.
      It seems that Filipinos are capable of following the rules or being disciplined when abroad but not when they are in their own country.  The reason is obvious enough; majority of Filipinos have no respect for their fellowmen. There are also Filipinos who just act like leeches. They just suck the blood out of the system without contributing anything to it.

      The problem is J0n, some of those who are already abroad are also emotional and sentimental about the past. They were nostalgic of the People Power revolution in 1986, which was why they were also rooting for an Aquino win in the last election. Even if they are already exposed to the western way of thinking, they still did not use their critical analysis. There are some who even graduated from Brown University and Oxford University but still campaigned hard for Noynoy. I’m pretty sure they are regretting it now.

      Filipinos need to get rid of their tendency to be too emotional. It is clouding their judgment. 

      • ralliart1to3 says:

        I would like to share some of my pastor’s words for last sunday’s message:
        “Physically nawala ang wang wang pero yung wang wang na iyon ay nasa utak pa rin ng karamihan. Ang wang wang ay sumisimbulo sa paghahariharian ng mga tao sa ibabaw ng batas… Kung kayo napansin nyo yung karatula ng MMDA: BAWAL TUMAWID DITO. Ngayon may iba’t ibang version na. BAWAL TUMAWID DITO, NAKAMAMATAY. BAWAL TUMAWID DITO, MAY NAMATAY NA. Pero patuloy pa rin sinusuway. Kasi nawala man ang pisikal na simbolo, nasa loob pa rin ng isip ng mga tao yun eh. Hindi pa rin nagbabago.”

        As I could remember on one of the articles here in AP, the mere reason why Filipinos obey laws on foreign laws because of shame. “Nakakahiya pag di tayo sumunod sa mga porengers.” Driven by shame. Well it is so much shameful to leave your neighbor’s yard clean yet yours dirty. Proves that one is superficial. Mapagbalatkayo. And to rub salt to those wounds, foreigners value integrity; more shame.

      • ilda says:

        Yes, superficial is the word. If it’s just among Filipinos, the “pwede na yan” mentality gets switched on. They don’t feel the need to behave properly when there is no one watching.

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        Which just sucks, ilda. While there are FIlipinos who live as if life has standards (my Green mom’s side), they are outnumbered by the Flips who settle for less (my Yellow stepdad’s side). If only we could all live life as if there are standards to it…

    • JOn, I think you misuse the word “admire.”  Trust me, Americans don’t admire the Filipino work ethic. The statement of admiration is, “I want to be like you.”

      The correct word is “impressed.” Americans are impressed with the Filipino work ethic. “I’m impressed, but I wouldn’t want to be like you.”

      The American work ethic emphasizes efficiency and productivity. This counter to the Filipino work ethic. The real motivation behind the Filipino work ethic is “If my boss was Filipino, what would he like?” The answer, of course, is that Filipino bosses like blind obedience. This unfortunately is absolutely useless. in most work situations. Yeah, Filipinos work themselves to death, but that’s a bad thing.

      Most Filip[nos I know here, do have a sense that White People have a better work ethic, but they’re completely clueless as to why it is so. That’s because Filipino’s opinions of White People are so completely based on ridiculous stereotypes that are false.

      Look, we’re not talking about war here, but there is wisdom in the words of Gen. George S. Patton:

      “No Son Of A Bitch ever won a war by dying for his country.”

      • ilda says:

        @Baron Von Cruzer

        Thanks for you input.

        I have not lived nor worked in the US so I wouldn’t have a clue whether Filipino workers there are really “admired” or not for their work ethic.

        My brief travels there in the past gave me the impression though that there are some who can be loud in public. They also try and stand out by imitating other ethnic groups. I could be wrong, but there is a tendency for some Filipinos in the US to develop an inflated sense of self-importance and become narcissists. I don’t get that kind of impression with Filipinos who live in other countries though.

        I wonder why there are Filipinos who think that they are the best in everything? They think that they work harder than everyone else.

      • JOn says:


            I did not misused the word admiration. I meant when I said that especially whenever I talk about work habits in the medical field like nurses working abroad. I can’t speak about the other profession, but this is the reality mostly in the hospital setting. You can indeed include “impressed” as well. 

    • Jay says:

      Just something simple to reply to JOn’s post.

      You cannot compare Pinoys in the Philippines to Pinoys in America, especially those who were born there. They grew up in completely different cultures and a different mindset.

  17. innagadda54 says:

    I will tell you what I think is in the pinoy DNA based on people I meet and what I see in mass media.

    a) short cut or in the vernacular Juan Tamad

    Let’s take something I know and that’s athletics. Every 4 years like clock work you will hear people complain about getting shut out in the Olympics in terms of medals. Problem is people want the destination without the journey

    b) KSP

    Pinoys prouder of pinoys who copy non pinoys than pinoys comfortable in their own skin

    c) double standard

    Pinoys have that dangerous combination of being both double standard and onion skinned

    d) lack originality/ follow hot trend

    Should anyone get me wrong just remember , that is the media’s portrayal of the situation not mine. I use plenty of references.

  18. darkseed says:

    its kinda weird pinoys adapt well as a minority but kinda fails utterly as a majority. We also have to look for a fact we were under the spell of spaniards for 400 years, which according to some europeans are the laziest people in europe.

    • ilda says:


      My German acquaintance also remarked about how the Spaniards are fond of parties. He observed that they are not too keen to do the hard work. They probably got used to whipping someone’s behind to do it for them 😉

      • brianitus says:

        The Espanols I know love parties —  at least used to — before they got clogged arteries.  When it comes to work, they also love pretending to know what they are doing while somebody else does it for them. Ayayayayay, caramba!  

      • bokyo says:

        working with them, it’s perfectly true 😉

        Though of course, they don’t slack around like most Filipinos 🙂

    • neovxr says:

      ok lazy.
      dr. rizal is telling us:
      they appear lazy because as soon as they put something together, the colonial lord or local bully will take it away. they become indolent because the fruit of their work is consumed by others. graft and kurakot are part of that factor.
      today it is structural force that makes people lethargic. we have growing marginalization in the west too. people lose hope because everyone who is just a bit stronger, would be merciless and just use them and dispose.
      it is fact that majority of mankind is collectivist and their healthy function in society depends on solidarity, and they are not individual fighter. the only way to make them kill is showing them some erzfeind i.e. violent ethnic nationalism and scapegoating of some other group.
      this does not deny egotism. the human mind is a parallel system with balances.
      many families at home have a collectivist system.
      the problem is that the current western systems are totally incompatible with the collectivist traits in human personality. this may be hurtful to one particular culture more than to some other.
      e.g. the japanese solution is to make the company a collectivist system with a leader.
      the problem with the spanish is that it was their king who went the road from fascism to democracy, but then he did not retire.
      thus they don’t take any personal responsibility for their own matters, and for their parliamentary representants and votes, but look up to the king or any other super boss.

      in fact, a weak president is a person behind whom no oligarchy can hide. they have to come forward and take responsibility for things they do.

  19. JOn says:

        Actually I am referring Pinoy who migrated to the US as an adult who left family behind to work abroad using there profession. They pretty much have there culture still embedded within their minds. I could say Filipinos who arrive in the US in there teens and early 20s who pretend to forget to speak tagalog are simply hypocrite. However, there value of raising there own family at home remains. 

  20. ice_queen says:

    I haven’t been able to confirm whether this was true or not, but I remember hearing somewhere that back in the day (post-WW2, I think), city officials in Manila noticed the growing number of Chinese street vendors in Manila. Concerned that “native” Filipinos will be put at a disadvantage, they issued an ordinance banning Chinese from vending anything. And because of said ordinance, the “natives” ruled the streets once more.

    And what of the Chinese? Many of them took what they’ve saved up and moved from retail to dominating the WHOLESALE market.

    Talk about a protectionist policy backfiring big time.

    If this account is true, it makes for a classic case of poetic irony: What was meant to quash one group ended up empowering them; what was intended to protect another, played a role in its own suppression.

    Our tendency as a people is to bitch and moan about how we are oppressed, and how we should be protected, nay, CODDLED. While the more progressive-minded ones take their share of lemons, make lemonade and sell it – probably at wholesale…. 😀  

    • ilda says:


      I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true. Filipinos give new meaning to the term crab-mentality.

      It’s one thing to have that kind of mentality in the 1940s but it’s another to still carry that kind of baggage in the age of globalisation. It’s not unusual nowadays for someone to go and work or live in another country. It’s just tough luck if someone new sees an opportunity that the locals missed just because they are too busy watching gossip news and telenovelas on TV.

    • Jay says:

      I’m not surprised either Ice Queen. The chinese have long been capable of setting up corporations while the deepest concept of pinoy businesses in general has been limited to small-middle class business types. I asked my mother about it and she gave me a cultural related answer I can believe in.

      The Chinese in general know how to organize as a group, put together their resources to make a business grow. So certainly a 5000+ year headstart with wisdom from people like Sun Tzu among others have had an effect on how they see business as a structure.

      The Filipinos sadly are too cut throat to see a concept through like that. It becomes the problem of when a group of people get together, pitch in resources, there is a strong chance one or two of them take said resources, run away filthy rich and screw the rest over in progress. Everyone wants to form a corporation but nobody wants the responsibility, foresight, organization and patience to do so. The Chinese do. That is why all Filipinos know about as I have said are franchising, buy&sell and minor cooperatives.

  21. kuliglig says:

    I’ve traveled and lived in different places and meet a lot of Filipinos abroad. What I can tell you is that competence is RELATIVE. Pinoys who live and get paid in better conditions can have high standards in what they do. I imagine, if you take the same people and put them in a shitty situation and morals will surely take a deep dive along with what potentials they have.

    • Jay says:

      I also think its based on values and ethics. If what you take from as a child gets translated to what you want to become as an adult and being competent as a whole, then there is no problem.
      I think good values and ethics can exist even in the Philippines. The problem is it is not reinforced correctly considering the culture favors everything OPPOSITE of what those values want.

  22. anonymous says:

    Teaching already lazy nincompoops to be more lazy:

    Pnoy to give P1,400 monthly stipend to 2.3million poor families

    Well I’ll be damned. That’s another P3.2 billion strain on tax payer money. Good luck Philippines, you need it.

    • neovxr says:

      handout – that’s american style emergency tactics without the ability to print money based on oil hegemony.
      something like this started the mechanism of the subprime crisis, by creating artificial buying force.

      the bigger question is, does a river still exist at all where they could fish by themselves? is there any life in the river?

      what the money can achieve, it gives the receivers spare time that they can invest. but is there a credible program to motivate them? if they do something useful, then the project is good.
      to tell them they are lazy in the first place is an insult, with self-fulfilling mechanism.

  23. Sareet L says:

    This essay came back to mind:

    Reading it today, I feel that not much has really changed re conditions in Pinas that discourage hard work and discipline. This interesting exploration by Rizal of the roots of the Pinoy’s indolence makes me think even more that a fairly benevolent authoritarian leader (like Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew) is what the country needs to get people to feel inspired again to do something that will benefit themselves and the country as a whole. Singapore went from Third World to First World in a matter of thirty years, and western critics did not think much of Singapore in the mid-60s when the country was expelled from the Malaysian Federation (best thing now to happen to them, methinks). The island-state accomplished this with little in the way of natural resources – samantala yung Pinas na kung sinong lubos sa likas na kayamanan ay naghihirap pa rin. ‘Twas done through Lee’s singular vision for his country, his political will to convert a rude and rough people into a civilised one through education. He tapped the best and brightest to help him, and with carefully thought-out plans . It might sound so archaic now, but he overhauled the educational system of the country to instill Confucian-type values in his people, to teach them to be good citizens and be productive members of their society. He essentially started from square one, almost, in his task of nation-building. He had the good of Singapore and Singaporeans foremost in his mind.

    And where does one find such a leader, pray tell? Not in this current so-called ‘leader’ of Pinas, no sir. as he remains (wittingly or unwittingly) enslaved to the usual suspects who wield real power in the country (oligarchs, feudal lords, etc.).

    Any benefit to Philippine society from his admin’s policies is purely incidental. Which is why we still do not see any real action being taken on the country’s real problems. A basic example: N/A removed the head of PAG-ASA for a highly dubious rationale, yet has done nothing to spruce up the agency or institute measures to prepare for another devastating flood/typhoon – Pinas remains infrastructurally unprepared for another Ondoy. Then there’s that questionable, bloated, dole-out program giving over a thousand PhP monthly to millions of families (that it will even get to the intended recipients is questionable as well), without revamping the social and economic infrastructure to give decent-paying jobs to these families, to keep people home instead of having to seek greener pastures abroad (not to mention adding insult to injury by slashing the OFW legal support budget and increasing OFW fees), etc. And then he goes and interferes with the legal squatter demolition action in QC from his cosy, hotdog-eating perch all the way across the seas in the States – why was that so important to tamper with at this time, I wonder? Why did he not instead put a hold on the upcoming price hike asked by Meralco yet again (she asks rhetorically)?

    And I am sorry to say that Pinoys do need an authoritarian hand to get anything done properly anymore. The conditions for this indolence were set up during the Spanish era, remained essentially unchanged through the last century thanks to our ‘wonderful’ leaders (except for a spark of hope that glinted briefly in the early Marcos, even martial law, years), and so here we are today.

    I feel that we have to start from scratch in this huge, intimidating task of nation-building, because thanks to our history, we were never or ever became a true nation, one with a vision and pride of who we are and where we want to go, if you really think about it. I know we can start this task by putting into office the more competent and visionary people who genuinely want the country to emerge from this moribund state. We, the unthinking voters, deserve the leaders and governments we get, and it’s very unfortunate for those who did not choose so unwisely, those who truly sought real change for the better through their votes! (Which raises another painful question – where did everyone’s votes *really* go in the last national elections???)

    • ilda says:

      Hi Sareet

      True about Singapore and their limited natural resources. They even have to get water from Malaysia because they don’t have their own. They worked around their lack of water supply by building a reservoir. Meanwhile, we Filipinos don’t even know what to do with our natural resources.

      It would be interesting to know where the funds from the US grant will go. P-Noy supporters are hailing him for a job well done in securing the deal when in fact, it was GMA who initiated it. It’s ironic that they cannot see the flaw in their own logic. When P-Noy commits gaffes, his supporters will say, “he just started, give him a break.” But they never miss an opportunity to say that it was P-Noy’s handiwork when they see something “good” even if he is just started less than a hundred days ago.

  24. ihateallflips says:

    What are your favorite racial slurs against Filipinos? Feel free to contribute all anti-Pinoy racial slurs you know.

    • Parallax says:

      there’s no such thing as a filipino race, fanboy.

    • kuliglig says:

      racial slurs against Filipinos…

      Actually, being called a Filipino is insulting enough, thank you. As it means I’m an spaniard’s bastard.

      Indian: The Spanish designation for the Christianized Malay of the Philippines was indio (Indian), a term used rather contemptuously, the name Filipino being generally applied in a restricted sense to the children of Spaniards born in the Islands. <—(spanish bastard)

      source: The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Social Cancer, by José Rizal (google time!)

    • Jay says:

      LOL lets play the race card to sound edgy and provocative!

  25. Antay-antayan says:

    I can’t believe intellectuals (or people who claim to be) are writing bullshit racist crap like this. The author forgets to mention that the Philippines has been basically under Chinese/Spanish-mestizo rule since forever. Look at who has held power in the Phils: Alfredo Lim, Gloria Arroyo, Manuel Quezon, Osmena, Laurel, Macapagal, Noynoy, Cory, Erap, Joma Sison, Fidel Ramos, Marcos, Cojuanco, Enrile–can’t you tell that these people are not pure malay (if such a race exists)? Obviously, most of the people here are Filipino-Chinese who will soon move to North America. Why don’t you start your racial rants there and pick on the blacks and the Mexicans? 
    I have lived in Taiwan and China for over five years and have hundreds of very well-educated friends that are of pure Chinese ethnicity. They don’t forget their poor beginnings, and they believe in the good nature and the willingness of people to work hard when in the right environment (yes, including people from South East Asia). People like you who have gone to good schools should know better than to espouse these kinds of ideas.
    One more thing–why are you quoting Blumenbach and his outdated and unscientific categorization of the Malay race, even calling it “apt”? Blumenbach himself recognized that his sweeping conclusions about the races were wrong and uninformed.

    • Jay says:

      The author forgets to mention that the Philippines has been basically under Chinese/Spanish-mestizo rule since forever.

      Your point? Their great descendants lucked out in receiving the land their spanish owners left to them. So the indio, the ones subjugated under THESE people’s families you talk about and the original oppressors can actually take their freedom and turn it to a level playing field. But do they? No.

      Obviously, most of the people here are Filipino-Chinese who will soon move to North America.

      Obviously you stereotypical accusation is dead wrong.

      People like you who have gone to good schools should know better than to espouse these kinds of ideas.

      Because it actually exists and plays itself out in the country? OMFG! Something that totally contradicts your world experience! WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!

      I don’t know much about Blumenbach, but elaborate with the author on that note.

  26. mann says:

    to ilda…..

    actually is nothing wrong to our DNA , all human being are all the same… have certain percentage of good brain and bad brain… the only thing that make us different is our culture. The culture of the way we thing about wealth. There is no secret that the Chinese people will do any thing in order get access to the wealth … legal or illegal way.To them money is almost become God. Thru’ my observation of successful people in the world.. culture play the most important part.
    But we must no forget that your country and my country were under colonial power for more than 400 years… that was almost 5 – 6 generations we were being told by our colonial power over and over again as being stupid and lazy race… the reason was simple… so they could rule our country to the longest term possible.
    For your information , NEP ( New Economic Policy ) was consider successful from (my point of view) as we were only given 30 years to improve our economy and at the same time to compete against the Chinese who is already in control almost anything you can call business on this part of the world. They already monopolized Malaya then and Malaysia business for more than 150 years. There is not a hidden secret among the Chinese business communities that they have two set of different prices , one for Chinese business and the other for non Chinese. For e.g They sell RM1.20 for a kilo of A goods for the Chinese and sell RM1.50 to the non Chinese, with RM0.30 different they already make the non Chinese business owner look greedy and very expensive. That is why a lot of Malay consumers always not supportive enough of there fellow Malay businesses because they thought they are being ripped off by their own brothers . They sabotaged and managed to make thousands of Malay business become bankrupt .

    During my school years I always had arguments with my Chinese school mate , they told us as stupid and lazy race. They really looked down on us , the reason was that not too many Malay was doing quiet well in Science and Math. during that time. To certain extent it was true , because in my home town or any other part of the cities in Malaysia there was not even a single clinic belong to a Malay doctor but that was in 1970’s to late 80’s. But now any small town you go in this country you can see at least 3 to 4 clinic belong to Malay Doctor. So, to my fellow Malay brothers in Philippines , actually there are nothing wrong with our genetics , it just that the Spaniards and all the Western power were successful to make us look and feel inferior of our self.

  27. anonymous says:

    Anyone seen this?
    It’s kind of disheartening but people are actually PRAISING the article (or who ever spoke that message) for its tribute to mediocrity than actually praising the people who are top achievers of the country. Goodness, when will people ever learn that to be the best you have to stay the best. No wonder our country is down the toilet. 
    It’s frightening seeing how dysfunctional our society really is on the comments made by ordinary people.

    • darkseed says:

      its not actually a call for mediocrity, but as a call to stand up again after you have fallen. Its kinda hard to step up after a couple of failures. obviously you havent failed yet to understand its message

    • Jay says:

      if anything, its more of a response to the system and how it treats top-rankers, or as I have talked to certain students, how in certain fields, experience and connections matters more than grades necessarily. But to be honest, one doesn’t need to have it like a middle finger to everyone who told you that you can’t make it. I mean UP engineering? Try getting into America’s more competitive engineering schools, which are literal THINK TANKS OF THE COUNTRY! Failure to them is an asset, because it affirms whether they are cut for the job or not. Hell the rare case of Harvard flunkies (see Bill Gates, Zuckerberg) are geniuses themselves who are beyond the aid of an elite education but were in a place that was equally as important as it bred to the implementation of their ideas that would make them insanely wealthy.

      but I see your point. Its just for many, they know this and instead of clamoring that they finally made it (just like Notorious BIG’s song JUICY), they take it upon themselves to transform into the kind of person capable of become the agents of change.

  28. den says:

    this post just made my day. 
    im 18, and this is what ive observed in my almost 2 decades of frustratingly living under 3rd-world, philippine standards.
    what i noticed is, filipinos have codependency issues. for example, just this week i talked to an elderly woman who was of the ‘baby-boomer’ generation (im using the term loosely for the sake of perspective). now, this elderly told me a story about how one of her sons willingly succumbed  to her slaps, and probably a random fist-pounding situation. she was citing her opinion that ‘mothers are always right’  and that ‘we, children, owe gratitude to the mothers for all their hardship.” (isnt this so common to flip mothers? also, this is so typical of the ‘baby-boomer’ generation, i swear, thats what everyone’s saying) she voiced it further saying that the son was all “i deserve it! let her do this” i mean, i dont know what happened. that’s for them to keep. but as much as mothers have a right to be angry, it shouldnt get to the point that it holds back a person from being an ‘individual’. she finished the story by telling me her 2 sons who are well, well into adulthood are still living in the same house as her. it’s kinda sad.
    from generation to generation in the philippines, this style of parenting is passed on. the ‘mothers are always right’ babble. ugh. from the family to the society. that’s why social ills such as the much referenced crab-mentality are so pervasive because we seldomly assert individuality even in our own family. if people were more strong in themselves, their own good, core beliefs, then the green-eyed monster within wouldnt have a reason to find company in misery. (tsismis and all that stupid crap)

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