"Be Proud of the Filipino Race" – Wrong thinking

Certainly not a good thing to teach our children

(From my blog)

I saw this posted on the outside of a nearby school in Quezon City. For those who couldn’t make it out, it says “Be proud of the Filipino Race.” Yes, I believe it is the wrong thing to teach.

First of all, Filipino is not a race. It is a nationality.

Second, whether it’s race or nationality, it’s best not to be proud of an accident of birth. It makes no sense to be proud of something you cannot control. Be proud of achievements. And just because you’re not proud doesn’t mean you’re ashamed. You just know how to keep your hot air in check.

Third, “be proud of our race…” that’s racism. If we should be proud of our race, we should be proud of others’ races too. We’re all equal in this world after all. No race is superior.

Fourth, race has been debunked by the Human Genome Project. Race has also been acknowledged as a concept with no more obvious purpose than to enforce inequality and control of others. It’s a concept best done away with.

This slogan is a symbol and result of the low self-esteem that our culture propagates. It’s a futile triumphalist attempt to cover up this low self-esteem.

Thus, this slogan “Be proud of the Filipino Race” is one of the worst things to teach our children. It will give rise to sentimentalist crap that “we’re proud of anything Filipino,” even if that particular Filipino may be the Versace murderer Andrew Cunanan, or the guy who created the Love Letter virus. Heck, even if the Filipino does something wrong, other Filipinos are still told to be proud – just like what happened after the Manila Bus Hostage Crisis. It will also give a sense of Filipino imperialistic crap – that we should conquer the world and make others bow to our feet, instead of becoming truly positively contributive citizens to the world.

Wish I had the clout to tell the school to take this down, as it’s not a good thing to make part of our local education drives.

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111 Responses to "Be Proud of the Filipino Race" – Wrong thinking

  1. A person should be proud of his own achievements (assuming he has one; if not, he should go out there in the world and achieve something). Being proud of your Nationality is pretty much useless. It will not bring money on the table; it will not improve the economy.

  2. MaskmanReturns says:

    wow great article Chino! This is the reason why Pinoys cannot progress and furthermore the educational system in the Pinas needs 2 change.Man it needs 2 do it becouse sooner or later I might don’t know what will happen 2 this country if this thing continues.

  3. Rafael Fabro says:

    Errata – It’s “I Love You Virus”, not “Love Letter Virus.”

    And to the post, I couldn’t agreed more. 🙂

  4. ram joseph montilla says:

    tsk tsk u ppl think being a filipino is a shame well think again well unlike americans u are not circumcised and ur gay u have no hospitality and u are fucking horny all of u are bad u hav sex even if u are married u hav sex 2 other ppl u all shud shut ur mouth fucked up b4 u speak ur country united states will fo down in hell first when judgement day comes u are all fucking evil

  5. OFW-in-Maryland says:

    Another of Noynoy inner circle has embarassed Pilipinas by insulting Hanoi’s hospitalilty and its people (lahat daw, mukhang insik!), and Lacierda says “… pabayaan na ninyo, masipag naman iyan, eh. At wala namang namatay, 😐 so okay lang!”

    • ChinoF says:

      I wonder if that person who tweeted about Vietnamese wine is the same person who answered Donald Chang during the Hostage Crisis? Even if not, it’s the same level of bad habits. 

    • very irresponsible — both the one who tweeted that and the Aquino government spokesperson who seems to make the act worse by contending that no one got hurt or died from it. eh di ba nag-invest ang Aquino government ng money on international image building efforts? it seems it’s not working for us.

  6. OFW-in-Maryland says:

    Off-topic but maybe not. A sign at the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert rally yesterday :
    “I am pretty sure God Hates Us All Equally.” 😀

  7. gobilam says:

    Napagisip isip ko din ang mga bagay na yan last month lang. Narealize ko din na di naman natin kailangan maging proud, kailangan nating maging humble. At kung may nagawa tayong mga bagay na maganda hayaan nalang nating ibang tao/bansa ang makapuna at huwag nating ipagmalaki kasi kaya din naman nila yun e.

    Isa pa, yang “Be proud to be Pinoy” at “ipagmalaki mo!” na yan media lang naman nagpasimula nyan e. Nagsisunod lang ang karamihan ng Pinoy dahil gaya nga sa sabi ng author na mababa ang self-esteem ng mga Pinoy.

    Nakakapagtaka nga e, ang dami daming relihiyoso sa Pilipinas, e nakalagay naman sa Bible na isa naman sa kasalanan yang pagiging proud.

    “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble [James 4:6]”

    Di ako relihiyoso, ni hindi nga ako nagsisimba e. At kung may diyos man, alam kong sa impyerno bagsak ko. At yung mga laging nagsisimba pero araw araw namang gumagawa ng sakit ng ulo/lungkot sa ibang tao ay sa langit mapupunta dahil yun ang paniniwala nila. Pero alam ko naman ang tamang pagtrato sa kapwa, di na kailangan ng dahilan para dun.

    • ChinoF says:

      Sumasang-ayon ako sa mensahe mo, Gobilam. Maraming salamat po. 🙂

    • Chorvaqueen says:

      Bunch of hypocrites really, let’s start from that bedjumper kris down to mindless block voters.

      Come to think of it, only time flips would go to the church and act saintly is when they need something–fortune,health,trivial stuff,baptizing their dogs (yes they do this) or basically any favorable “want”….or some entertaining buzz known as church meddling bullshit–“just compels you to stick up for them, I dunno, for what? Saying you gave a damn about it?”

      It’s like the church is one big warm-hugging momma and flips will go to her when they have a boo boo.

      Believers may want to shoot me for this comment but I couldn’t care less. Condemn me to hell, don’t care either—I thought this is country is hell already?

      /rant

      • franklin says:

        Don’t know about you, but I go to church to ask for forgiveness, to give thanks to the countless blessings that we receive and to continue to be humbled by Him.

        And believe me, I pray for people like you, to be enlightened and humbled by His presence, so that you may also serve and be a blessing to others who are in need.

        “There are only few people in this world who would only talk about good things and stay humble…be one of the few.”

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        There are even less people who are willing to say the truth and be damned to the consequences. Be one of them. After all, does not the Lord detest liars?

      • Jay says:

        You’ll be surprised. I’m not highly religious, somewhat spiritual. If there is a higher being, I only ask blessings upon my clan and those of earth, and help calm their feelings. They can take care of that and I’ll take care of my day to day. It is good when you don’t demand so much out of your God and accomplish things by yourself, because that is how it is and should be. I don’t necessarily need that tether to see the grace of this omnipotent being. Simply, I believe in his creations and his most complex one; people.

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      “Pero alam ko naman ang tamang pagtrato sa kapwa, di na kailangan ng dahilan para dun.”

      I’ll see you in heaven if that’s the case, for God is in you. Why? Deus Caritas Est — God is Love. By treating other accordingly, you act in the manner that God made you to act.
      Love isn’t called a theological virtue without reason.

      “Bunch of hypocrites really, let’s start from that bedjumper kris down to mindless block voters.”
      These are the Flips who pervert the ethos of their creed. And by pervert, I mean BIG TIME!

  8. rah says:

    nice perspectives. I’ll sure be following your posts. ciao.

  9. blueredicedtea says:

    o_O at this pic

    @chinoF

    It will give rise to sentimentalist crap that “we’re proud of anything Filipino,”

    worse yet it will bring rise to vacuous ultra-nationalism

  10. luraaa says:

    One word: ethnocenticism.

    And you have a point, there is no Filipino race, only nationality. But then again, some people might think you’re the vocabulary police. And their point? Anyway, I’ve been trying to look at things objectively and whenever I go to youtube or some other sites that have a Filipino talent, I see these ‘nationalistic’ comments everywhere. I haven’t seen this a lot in other countries, and this is certainly not what the media or school teaches the people.

    Just yesterday I saw this link where Dara of 2ne1 had an ad for a Korean music awards show where she showed off her Tagalog skills. You’ll cringe at the comments where some of them say ‘Yeah Dara, don’t forget your nationality.’ or ‘I’m so proud to be a Filipino. You’re still a Filipino after you became famous.’. And these kinds of comments just go on. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I closed it. Erm, yeah. That pretty much says it all

    • ChinoF says:

      Blueredicedtea,

      Vacuous ultra-nationalism indeed. And people follow it without knowing why. 

      Luraaa,

      Ayan, people do it without knowing why. 

      One of my theories on why some people spout, “we’re proud to be Filipino” is because if no one does it, they’ll feel that there’s nothing to be proud of and they’re the most shameful people in the world. They mistake pride and shame as opposites. 

      • OFW-in-Maryland says:

        Pinoys, especially these months with Noynoy Aquino administration, starting to get a reputation. They disrespect their hosts — Hanoi. But that is nothing compared to how Pinoys can disrespect their guests. And Noynoy’s response??? Pakikisama and “protecting the inner circle” is top priority — BFF is forever and ever.

    • Lorenz says:

      You’re taking it wrong guys. Take a deeper look into our people. Ethnocentrism doesn’t really exist in our society. The Japanese society is the strongest ethnocentric society in Asia. They view Japanese as different from non-Japanese. They also treat them differently. If you’re not Japanese then you are not a part of our group. No matter what you do, they always view and treat foreigners differently. This is a fact confirmed by Americans who lived there and some Filipinos too.

      Now, the Filipinos are what you call Xenocentric society. Don’t know what it is? Love of foreign and hate of own. Most if not all local artists are white skin. For Filipinos, white skin is superior. For Filipinos, everything made outside is automatically better than local.

      But, where did this slogans came from? It is because of Charice, Pacquiao, etc. Ultra nationalism? lolz don’t you know that pacquiao and charice are admired by Filipinos because they became great in the WEST? If they are limited to be popular in Asia, i bet they won’t be admired as now. What does this mean? That Filipinos always look up to the WEST something that isn’t ultra nationalist.

      Why is this? Filipinos don’t have epic histories like China, Japan and even Indonesia (Srivijaya kingdom, majapahit, etc.) Most of our history is covered by Western colonization. Do you guys even know the history of Philippines before it was called Philippines? Very little is known of it til now.

      What’s the effect? Filipinos have no identity and no great past that’s similar to the empires and kingdoms. This results to craving for something/someone that marks a great history . So, they leaned to Charice, Pacquiao, etc.

      Look at Americans, they don’t care much if they have a great singer, boxer, etc. Because they already have numerous great figures and happenings throughout the history of their nation. Civil War, War for Independence, big boom, etc. That’s what made them proud.

      Saying Filipinos are a nationalist race is laughable at best. Chinese, Japanese, and even Indians are way more nationalistic than Filipinos.

      • ChinoF says:

        I don’t think we’re necessarily Xenocentric… it’s a mix. We try to copy some of what’s abroad, but we’re bad copiers. The good copiers, they’re the ones we become proud of or admire. Bad copiers stay here and make shows like Wowowee. But in the end, we can be proud of our copiers and tell foreigners to watch out. 😛 

        There’s a bit of ethnocentrism, though I believe it’s mostly on the Visaya, Bicolano, Ilocano, etc. level. Which for me gives good reason for federalism to happen. That would also help us develop an identity, because we would appreciate diversity instead of insisting on one absolute “Filipino” identity. I doubt other countries have an absolute singular identity. Perhaps Japan has some diversity too.  

      • Lorenz says:

        Barth Suretsky was an American ex-pat who, after several visits in the Philippines since 1982 and immersing himself in the history and culture of the archipelago, decided to live permanently in the country in 1998 as he fell in love with the country. He died in 2001 and left a lamenting article about his thoughts on the root cause of the problems in our country.

        He said:

        Maybe it will sound simplistic, but to go back to what I said above, it is my unshakable belief that the fundamental thing wrong with this country is a lack of pride in being Filipino. A friend once remarked to me, laconically: “All Filipinos want to be something else. The poor ones want to be American, and the rich ones all want to be Spaniards. Nobody wants to be Filipino.” That statement would appear to be a rather simplistic one, and perhaps it is. However, I know one Filipino who refuses to enter a theater until the national anthem has stopped being played because he doesn’t want to honor his own country, and I know another one who thinks that history stopped dead in 1898 when the Spaniards departed! While it is certainly true that these represent extreme examples of national denial, the truth is not a pretty picture.

        Filipinos tend to worship, almost slavishly, everything foreign. If it comes from Italy or France it has to be better than anything made here. If the idea is American or German it has to be superior to anything that Filipinos can think up for themselves. Foreigners are looked up to and idolized. Foreigners can go anywhere without question. In my own personal experience I remember attending recently an affair at a major museum here. I had forgotten to bring my invitation. But while Filipinos entering the museum were checked for invitations, I was simply waived through. This sort of thing happens so often here that it just accepted routine.

        All of these things, the illogical respect given to foreigners simply because they are not Filipinos, the distrust and even disrespect shown to any homegrown merchandise, the neglect of anything Philippine, the rudeness of taxi drivers, the ill-manners shown by many Filipinos are all symptomatic of a lack of self-love, of respect for and love of the country in which they were born, and worst of all, a static mind-set in regard to finding ways to improve the situation. Most Filipinos, when confronted with evidence of governmental corruption, political chicanery, or gross exploitation on the part of the business community, simply shrug their shoulders, mutter “bahala na,” and let it go at that.

        for full article: http://www.thebrownraise.org/2009/03/inferiority-complex-a-filipino-malady/

        there is a little bit of ethnocentrism but the one here in Philippines thrives for division instead of unity unlike the Japanese ethnocentrism.

        Japan and Korea are mostly homogeneous countries unlike China and Philippines which have numerous different ethnic people.

      • ChinoF says:

        I still don’t buy the colonial mentality thing, since there are a lot of things from the former colonial powers we can benefit from. In Wikipedia, the article on colonial mentality says that the desire for skin whitening products is not due to admiring foreigners’ lighter skins. I doubt it is a real problem and it may be a bogeyman reinforced by the media. But you did raise some valid issues, such as the “bahala na” attitude. I think we don’t know how to go about unity, thanks to ridiculous govermment policies, which is why we suck at it. Best solution for me is to use only English in education, so no ethnicity will complain that they have to learn another ethnic group’s language, and implement federalism. 

        BTW, let’s hear from other foreigners aside from Barth Suretsky who have opinions about our own country. We have one here at AP. 

      • ChinoF says:

        Let me add, I think the problem is also making pride as a goal. I believe it is better to look for order first. Pride under disorder can be false pride. Once we have a more orderly society in the Philippines, we can have pride as a peripheral benefit. I doubt pride itself is the method to achieve an orderly society, since pride can exist without any desire for an orderly society. 

      • Lorenz says:

        Again i am not saying it’s all about colonial mentality but IT IS ONE of the MAIN reasons.

        Here’s another foreigner famous one at that. He is named Anthony Bourdain the famous chef and he traveled to our country to taste our cuisine along with our culture.

        From an author in Brownraise:

        Last February, Anthony Bourdain, master chef, world cuisine connoisseur, professional traveler, TV host, and best-selling author, decided to revisit southeast Asia and finally discover the culinary wonders of one of world’s most exhilarating, ebullient and unforgettable cultural melting pots – the Philippines. Augusto, the Filipino-American finalist of his TV show No Reservations’ FAN-atic Special, accompanied him as they embarked on one remarkable yet bittersweet all-Filipino food trip.

        For the globetrotting chef, every dish that he had a sampling of could only be described by a myriad of superlatives. From the “yummy!” pedestrian comfort food chicken balls; “insanely addictive, altogether wonderful mélange of textures” Sisig; and the “magical broth” of the bangus and shrimp Sinigang; to the “$42 in New York” pako (fern) and quail egg salad; “really, really great” shrimp Adobo; the surprisingly “really good!” goat bile soup Papaitan; and — drum roll please — “the greatest thing ever” and “the best pig ever” Cebu-style Lechon, Anthony Bourdain sounded like he had finally found the Holy Grail of world cuisine. In fact, according to him, Philippine cuisine “has a flavor spectrum going on that is different than anywhere else” in the world.

        The hungry duo’s culinary expedition may have yielded the best of flavors but for the both of them their trip to the Philippines was, surprisingly, not just about finding some amazing food. Incidentally, both Anthony and Augusto had questions about Philippine identity. For the inquisitive chef, it was about finding the answer to the question ‘Who is the Filipino?’ while for the Filipino-American balikbayan, it was all about finding his true identity. In one of their conversations, Augusto shared the pain of not knowing who he really is.

        Augusto: “I had this insecurity growing up and kinda didn’t know who I was and I realized that I really didn’t care even. So now that I discovered it, I’m ecstatic.”

        Anthony: “What changed?”

        Augusto: “Well, when I went to college, I would see all my Chinese friends and Korean friends and they all speak the language…”

        Anthony: “Very connected back to…”

        Augusto: “Yeah, very connected. You know like all the tradition is there, versus a lot of Filipino families – they’ll put another culture before theirs just so that their kids can, you know, kinda get along and just kinda fit in to the culture. And that was like an empty part of me…”

        “I’m not entirely American, I’m not entirely Filipino. I’m kinda stuck in the middle,” this was how Augusto talked about his lonesome place in the world. Feeling like an outsider in the Philippines while continuously being confronted by the need to discover his true sense of national identity as a Filipino-American, he shares about “an empty part” inside of him. This sense of emptiness is something that strangely describes not just the situation of Filipinos living abroad but, more painfully, the reality of Filipinos living in the Philippines.

        “You cannot be a Filipino unless you become a Pampango first!” proudly exclaimed Claude Tayag, a Pampanga-based Filipino chef, author, and artist. His display of tribal shortsightedness and bravado was, unfortunately, the only straightforward answer to Bourdain’s question about Filipino identity during his first visit to the Philippines.

        Who is the Filipino, really? Why does the Filipino define himself either as a member of a tribe, on the one hand, or an American or Spaniard wannabe, on the other? Was Kraft Foods, the maker of the ‘brown on the outside, white in the inside’ cookie snack called Filipinos, correct in implicitly christening the Philippines as a country that doesn’t know its true identity?

        “With the Filipinos so well represented in America, why is it that Filipino cuisine is kind of a ‘blank page’? Why doesn’t it have a higher profile in the States?” asks a very baffled Bourdain. Wondering why our cuisine is not “the next big thing” in the culinary world, he believes that our problem as a people is our being simply “too damn nice.” Yes, a people too damn nice that we unwittingly missed the Asian cultural renaissance that has already spread across the Orient – an awakening responsible for the rise of China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and even Cambodia.

        In fact, modern-day sage Samuel Huntington recorded this rise of Asian cultural pride in his book Clash of Civilizations. Before the turn of the millennium, Singaporean Ambassador Tommy Koh noted that a “cultural renaissance is sweeping across” Asia. A cultural rebirth that involved a growth in “self-confidence,” which allowed Asians to “no longer regard everything Western or American as necessarily the best.” In short, this Oriental cultural renaissance, by celebrating the uniqueness of Asian culture, values, and identity, triumphantly ushered the people of Asia, minus us Filipinos, into the 21st century.

        While watching the Philippine episode of No Reservations, my heart was being torn between two opposing forces: the immense pride that comes from the grand and unparalleled culinary heritage of my motherland versus the national identity crisis that afflicts Filipinos here and abroad. How I hope that every Filipino would be able to share the spirit behind the words of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang when he said, “You could take the boy out of China, but you couldn’t take China out of the boy.” Lang Lang, unlike the dominant majority Han Chinese, is ethnically Manchurian yet he identifies himself as a boy with China in his heart – a true Chinese indeed! How I long for the day when we Filipinos would just identify ourselves as simply Filipinos — a people of the ancient land of gold and honorable warriors, a country of Jose Rizals, and a nation of the most delightful, enriching and ennobling cuisine on the face of the earth.

        But until we begin to truly love our country, we Filipinos will just continue to be a people with no reservations and no identity.

        Too bad you can’t watch the documentary anymore since it’s been taken off the internet for legal reasons.

      • ChinoF says:

        I think the local media has a lot to do with its deceiving Filipinos with the idea that other countries think of Filipino as “inferior.” Add to that local shows that enforce the idea that Filipinos are inferior with poor and dumb protagonists. Then they show these protagonists as “api-api,” plus showing foreigners as evil. Thus, I still believe media as the great deceiver.

        BTW, we covered that Bourdain episode here. Claude Tayag made one of the most ethnocentric comments I’ve heard, “before you become a Filipino, you have to become a Kapampangan first.” I didn’t like that. 

        Why don’t have a strong Filipino restaurant identity? Fellow writer Orion shared me his view: because while other national cuisines promote the cuisine and culture of their elite, the Filipino tries to promote the culture of the poor. Eating on banana leaves, eating with hands, dressing like peasants, etc. It won’t hit off because it’s unattractive. We should promote the cuisine and culture of the elite. And that’s the problem: Filipinos tend to hate the elite. 

      • Lorenz says:

        You missed the point. It’s the Filipino themselves who think their inferior to foreigners.

        Ooohh… A foreigner, he must be intelligent! he must be rich!….. Ooohh… The Koreans.. there are too many of them now!…. But why do they come to this stinking country when living in their country is so much better and many of us here want to go abroad? I don’t understand… Waaaa

        These are just some of the thinking of the poor when they see a foreigner.

        The Filipino dream is to become American/Western. It is apparent as we always copy what’s hip in the West.

        What? Puto, bibingka, adobo, nilagang baka,etc. are foods of the elite? It’s usually the poor who ate those kinds of food. Hmmm… give me some proof of it.

        The difference between other Asians to Filipinos

        “Yeah, very connected. You know like all the tradition is there, versus a lot of Filipino families – they’ll put another culture before theirs just so that their kids can, you know, kinda get along and just kinda fit in to the culture. And that was like an empty part of me…”

        Filipino cuisine is non existent in the US because Filipinos would rather assimilate to a foreign culture rather than stick and assert to their own like the Chinese, Japanese, etc. Tell me, have you seen a Filipino Town that’s similar to Chinatown and Koreatown in other countries despite many Filipinos going abroad? No.

        BTW, humans have the nature of being territorial just like all other animals so it is futile of seeing a united humanity. The concept and structure of race/nation will always remain no matter what you think of it.

        Even in the US, there are still terms like black and white referring to a race. The Japanese in my opinion are more cleanly white skinned than the Americans yet they don’t refer to them as white but as Asians. The whole terminology is stupid if you ask me. But it will remain.

      • Jay says:

        But until we begin to truly love our country,

        Its rather hard to love what you don’t know of. We’ve covered the many things people ignore about Pinoy culture, like the fact Bisayan, Ilocano and other languages are NOT dialects (even with the proper definition of dialect) but languages themselves with real history, culture and stories much like Tagalog does. And even before we had baybayin, which people don’t know about. Many outside manila would think the rest of the Philippines are semi-exotic locations only shown on pinoy travel channels and the regular Bora/Puerto princesa areas. Match that with many who accept the emo historians side of Pinoy history (Zaide, and another) rather than the other two and you do get a collective who loves their country in as much as what the media has made it to be.

        BTW, humans have the nature of being territorial just like all other animals so it is futile of seeing a united humanity. The concept and structure of race/nation will always remain no matter what you think of it.

        Yes but it is also in virtue with external factors such as politics, class, etc. You see it in the Philippines where we disparage our own very well, setting apart those who are light skinned to brown skinned and oddly enough, research has been done that proves human attraction is genetic in a sense that it promotes diversity. Pinoys being a long time product of diversity still don’t see that fact, certainly reinforced with the images that color has association to many things, with obvious reasons.

        Filipino cuisine is non existent in the US because Filipinos would rather assimilate to a foreign culture rather than stick and assert to their own like the Chinese, Japanese, etc.

        Its just not as robust or distinct, and honestly not as marketable compared to Chinese, Japanese or Indian. You also have to take into consideration how certain foods just don’t suit the palates of foreigners.

        Even in the US, there are still terms like black and white referring to a race. The Japanese in my opinion are more cleanly white skinned than the Americans yet they don’t refer to them as white but as Asians.

        Well there has already been that study that proves race doesn’t exist. People still use it to prove older concepts to try use in newer arguments but honestly, it promotes the whole whose thinking like a racist? The one clearly going beyond it or the one using it almost always as an excuse?. Its easy to play the victim, especially when you can rope in the sympathy but in the end no one is really a victim.
        Also remember, Americans are a nation born of immigrants. While the Japanese are somewhat a product of their certainly indigenous light colored, caucasian looking people (see Ainu) with the asian foreigners from mainland china, the Americans are a product of more diverse backgrounds, even joining with the native americans who lived the lands before the immigrants made something about the land.

        You missed the point. It’s the Filipino themselves who think their inferior to foreigners.

        And who started spurring this idea? If you think about it, there is a marketability towards this, much like the whole ‘Pinoy Pride’ ordeal. Like buy pinoy, its cheap quality, lowly QA’d but panders to the sympathies of many.

      • ChinoF says:

        “You missed the point. It’s the Filipino themselves who think their inferior to foreigners.”

        I hear ya on this one. But hope you can revisit my idea… it’s the media making the Filipinos feel inferior about themselves. The media is also probably making up the notion that the Filipino dream is to become western… or casting that as something “evil”… but I’m sure they’re behind a lot of crap that Filipinos believe in. 

  11. gwapo says:

    SO DOES THAT ALSO MEAN UR NOT PROUD OF UR MOM? UR DAD? ACCIDENT OF BIRTH DIN YAN EH.. AND IT MAKES NO SENSE TO BE PROUD OF THEM KASE U HAD NO CONTROL OF BEING BORN AS THEIR SON DB?

    P.S. DON’T BE DUMB.

    • ChinoF says:

      Yes. You can admire your dad and mom for being your parents, and be thankful, but you don’t need to be proud of them. If you’re not proud of them, it doesn’t mean you disrespect them. Pride is different from love. You can be proud of their achievements, too, since at least you have a direct relationship with them unlike with Charice or Pacquiao. 

      If you were born in a squatter area, and your dad was a drunkard, would you be proud of your dad? 😉 

    • Jay says:

      You can only be proud (yourself) of something you accomplished. Being born isn’t something you accomplished, but what your parents decided and DID. So its their accomplishment that they can be proud of their parenting and how you turned out. Same with being born in general. You can’t be proud of that action because you had no contribution nor control over itYou can be HAPPY, or be of any emotion but certainly not proud as it doesn’t make sense.

      George Carlin covered this and not he targeted the rest of the other heritages who are uppity on their false pretense on proud, like proud to be irish, italian, mexican, etc.

      Don’t mix up your facts with your opinions gwapo.

  12. manzi says:

    @gwapo:

    You’re the one being dumb. The article is specifically about the misplaced Filipino pride and the self righteous pseudo-nationalism it promotes; not about the accident of conception due to parental coitus.

    It’s normal to be proud of your parents. and like all good children of the motherland it’s also normal that we should feel proud of her bountiful chocolate hills and flowing waterfalls and such..

    but like the article says: anything more than that is Filipino imperialistic crap. I personally call it KKK or Kahambugan, Kayabangan at Katangahan. Which makes me wonder.. Are we really that culturally deficit? most of the avid readers would probably agree. That we are culturally malnourished and we are aware of it.

    It’s like a subject of taboo. everybody knows it but nobody really talks about it. and when somebody does talk about it.. It usually ends up with somebody being called a traitor to the motherland. simply because somebody stated the obvious.

    That people tend to overcompensate when they feel inadequate. it’s like being a sexually impotent rich guy buying a ferrari. however most of us can’t affford a ferrari.. so what’s the next best thing? bluff.. after a while the bluff becomes full blown bullshit. in other words Kahambugan.

    PS: Typing in CAPS doesn’t help reinforce your argument, however.. it does make you sound Bobo.

  13. Hyden Toro says:

    A nation in delusion will find more ways to delude itself…

  14. Hyden Toro says:

    We elected an incompetent and coward President. We had a tragic Hostage situation, that would not had happened. We have a Whore, Kris Aquino, used in Politics. Our country is under the mercy of vicious Hacienda Luisita Mafia. We have Secretary Puno, in charge of the Police, who confessed he accepted Bribes. Noynoy Aquino was recently in Vietnam to beg the Vietnamese for rice to import. Because, he cannot solve the rice and sugar problem. What more is left to be proud of? We are being deceived, left and right; up and down; covertly and on plain view…I don’t see anything to be proud of…except, if we allow ourselves to continue to be in the State Of Delusion…

  15. concerned_citizen says:

    How low has the Filipino fallen? Misplaced pride that encompasses our sense of right and wrong. Nice article. And I couldn’t agree more.

  16. Lorenz says:

    This isn’t nationalism. It’s more of fascism. True nationalism is the desire for the progress of thy country. Nationalism isn’t being proud. It’s about love of country wanting it to succeed and giving it honor by having your own great achievements.

  17. MKDL Studios says:

    Extrajudicial punishment (especially against farmers, teachers, doctors, lawyers), the Maguindanao massacre, the Manila hostage crisis, and the Hacienda Luisita fiascos… and then we should be proud of our race? I’m getting sick of all that pleasantry addiction. Why should we wait for miracles?

  18. Jack says:

    Wow…What a wonderful article…The thing is these mind altering slogans are everywhere…I’m from India and in school its pretty much the same crap they dish out on students…exactly as you mentioned…they tell you east or west India is the best…Indian race and its cultural history is the best etc etc…During my school days..i never liked any of these…but we were told to repeat it every morning during national anthem.

    Now i understand, they dumb down kids at an early age so that with false pretensions they would join the military and fight wars. I think it’s all political…If kids don’t dig in filipino or Indian pride who will fight wars and die for a stupid cause…

    I’m amazed everyday i read anti-pinoy the similarity in politics and suffering of its people from both PH and India is soo matched up…I for once think the same players are controlling both countries somehow…

    • Hyden Toro says:

      Politicians and leaders are the same. They are all self serving. They are bent on maintaining their self importance. They deceive people. Same as in any ideology. Same as in any nationality. Same in as any religion. It is the Human Heart that matters; not the: looks, colors of the skin or nationalities of people; as the great Holy Book: Bhagavad Gita of India had taught us…

    • Jay says:

      Well India does have a rich history though I might add, what with over 1000 years that the civilization has done. But much like the Philippines, what matters isn’t finding answers to what triumphed then. What matters is progressing, advocating social changes and never settling for mediocracy and playing to the status quo.

      As much as the Philippines like to mix themselves up to the status quo of how western nations and such are ran, the latter at least keeps striving for progress whereas the former puts itself to a false sense of security.

  19. boombox says:

    Its just me or what… Para talagang communist o facist propaganda yang mga “proud to be pilipino.. bla bla bla..” too bad for them… I don’t buy their cheap tactics… 

    • Jay says:

      Its kinda capitalist if you ask me. Think about the stuff like buy pinoy, Ako mismo, merchandise with pinoy related themes for people to make it out like its some fad, besides their attempt to be nationalistic, support pinoy centric stuff that has no real longevity to it (much like As Seen on TV products sold in America). Its profiteering off a series of short lived gimmicks. You know as opposed to actually fixing there real mess and promoting stuff that has long term potential like tourism and such.

  20. Kay says:

    When I hear the word “Be proud of the filipino race” or anything that resembles that word. I’m thinking of NAZI Philippines. Yes, Nazi Philippines with it’s brand of ‘superiority’ over other countries and in the future because of our explosive population growth (thanks to our medieval church) we can do the zerg rush and commit genocide of countries that we think are insulting our so called ‘culture’. That’s fucked up right there

    We can blame the media for creating the Proud Filipino crap

  21. benign0 says:

    Ethnocentrism plus culturolatry equals that uniquely Pinoy dysfunction of misguided pride we see today.

    This photo is proof that this sort of moronic thinking that infests our society is deeply institutionalised even in our education system.

    • ChinoF says:

      Culturolatry – man, that’s a great way to call it. 

      Yes, the institutionalization in education is what got me worried about this. Imagine schools teaching the students to mouth out “I am proud!” even when a Filipino got caught doing a crime and it got publicized around the world. Other nations might say we’re teaching our kids to be just like Nazis or Pol Pots. 

  22. aboy says:

    na dali mo ChinoF… high five!… pag nanalo si Pacman sa laban nya for sure dami na naman pinoy sa FB at Blogs na mag popost “Proud to be Pinoy”… at pag lumabas na naman si Charice sa Glee dami na naman ulit mag popost na “Proud to be Pinoy”… ang naisip ko nga dito eh, diba ang Crab Mentality eh hatakan pababa…(fact: pag nag search ka ng “Crab Mentality sa google, most of the links are related to Philippines… bakit kaya?) ano naman tawag dun sa kapit tuko sa achievements ng iba tao? na feeling nya eh maipagmamalaki na din nya sarili nya…

    • manzi says:

      it’s like a disease that’s nakakatawa, nakakahiya and at the same time nakakahawa. lalo na on a local scale. kabaranggay ko yan! woo! magkumpare mga lolo namin! woo! parang magka-mag-anak na kami! nakakatawa pa lang yan..

      the moment somebody claims familial relations to a “celebrity” without proof.. nakakahiya na yon. we all know somebody in real life who does that. no matter how detached, they will make a connection. pinsan ko ang tiyuhin ng asawa ng lolo niya. putsa pare we’re related! that’s the local equivalent to magaling siya at galing siya ng pilipinas therefore magaling din ako. da best ang pinoy woo!

      by this point all the isolated cases have become a fullblown social epedemic.. ayun nagkahawaan na.

      • ChinoF says:

        Kaya “proud to be Pinoy” nalang, because if they can’t claim blood relations, eh di national relations nalang. Makasakay lang para makihati siguro. 

    • ChinoF says:

      “Crab mentality,” pulling down others who are doing better, could be found anywhere in the world after all, but I believe the term was coined in the Philippines. 

      • manzi says:

        crab mentality sounds specific.. hinahatak pababa ang paakyat. dapat may term din para sa mga nakikisabit at nakikisakay.

        “coat tail riders” sounds high brow.. para mas local pakinggan, marine life relevant and verbally ironic at the same time.

        “pilot fish” – A small slender marine fish (Naucrates ductor) that often swims in company with larger fishes. this fish has a “the bigger the better” mentality. and will leave its current fish master when it spots a bigger fish. minsan may pagkatanga din at bumubuntot sa mga bapor kung walang pating.

        pilotfish is called “tigre” in tagalog..

      • Hyden Toro says:

        Free Riders – people who attach themselves to famous people. So that they will share the fame of being famous also. A fly riding on top of a Carabao, will surely think, he is higher than the Carabao; or at least he is on a high place…nakisabit…or mga sungot…

      • Jay says:

        In American ebonic slang, there is a distinct word for that.

        Dick Riding.

      • Aegis-Judex says:

        You know the gesture that would best match these “people?” The Hawaiian Good Luck Sign.

  23. kickapoo says:

    Nice article. Totoo nga na sobrang low-esteem ng “race” natin, we keep on using shallow means to uplift us. Lalo na ung victories ni Pacman, Charice Arnel etc.

    For me, ang gusto ko lang, magkaroon ng OFFICIAL statement ang isang figure or committee or whatever, in defining what it really means to be a filipino. Were not just Malayan descent as its obvious when you go out in public. Total mix ng pacific islanders, malays, sino, and yes, european. Cmon now, 300+ years of colonialism.

    I think if our society fully embraces a well-defined history, we can start from there. And then magkaroon ng isang cultural committee na magdadagdag ng official STUFF sa cultural identity natin. Example, changing of our national anthem, kasi daw pang-marching band daw at hindi solemn. Some folk wanna change it, most wont, kasi daw nakasanayan na. Pero if we OFFICIALLY change things about our society, magbe-benefit din ang mga descendants natin 300-600 years later.

    In favor ako na we should use english more, and at the same time, promote literature that exalts tagalog naman, tas dagdagan natin ng special discipline: pag-gamit ng Baybayin.

    Bawasan or eradicate ang sensationalism sa media, alisin ang CHISMISAN at bigyan ng proper outlet ang mga bakla para mapunta sa productive arts ang talents nila.

    Dapat ang mindset ng BAWAT filipino ay Professionalism at Politeness.

    The current reigning elites are doing bad. Hindi maganda ang ugali ng masa dahil sa conditioning na gawa ng hegemonic* media na under control nila. Kasuklam-suklam ang mga ugali ng masa.. Mindless and silent ravenous.

    We have a long way to go, pero id like to think na people here in anti-pinoy will start the initial spark. Antipinoy.com na siguro ang La Solidaridad ng panahon natin.

    • ChinoF says:

      “The current reigning elites are doing bad. Hindi maganda ang ugali ng masa dahil sa conditioning na gawa ng hegemonic* media na under control nila. Kasuklam-suklam ang mga ugali ng masa.. Mindless and silent ravenous.”

      This “proud to be Pinoy” thing is mostly likely a media concoction as well. Our local media is so atrocious. Aside from Wowowee stuff, even presentations of our history are mostly maligned. You got it, man… mass media is a big ogre that we should challenge. 

      And yes, to challenge that is the modern La Solidaridad… us. I like that, thanks for that. 

  24. brianitus says:

    Chino,

    Sana tinuturo/ enforce na lang ng schools ay ang pagcontribute ng mga tao para sa pag-unlad ng bayan.  Pride is useless.

    • ChinoF says:

      Onga eh. Dito kailangan ng educational reform, hindi yung dagdag ng dagdag ng taon. Kahit dumagdag nga ng taon, wa-epek pa rin kasi puro hangin sa ulo ang tinuturo. 

      • brianitus says:

        Chino, I know this idea is going to be stretch:

        Imagine this:  You have your new kids coming in sa public school every year.  Chances are, most of these kids are underprivileged/ poor/  suffering from their own lack of self-esteem.  Then compound that with the school teaching them that Pinoys should learn to be great/ be proud (dahil api-apihan ang mga Pinoy).  Who knows? Today’s public school system could be the breeding ground for Pinoy racists of the future.  

        As far as educational reform is concerned:  Maybe dapat maisip ng buong PIlipinas na hinay hinay muna sa paggawa ng bata ang mga tao.  Kung ang pagdami ng eskwelahan ay simbilis ng pagdami ng tao, aba fight lang ng fight.  Kaso hindi eh.

      • ChinoF says:

        That’s a good summary of what’s happening with this kind of educational system. With more kids being churned out, more kids are there to hoodwink with this kind of emo propaganda. Add to that the Wowowee idiocy telling them it’s OK to have kalaswaan in “general patronage” shows. Now who coined that term… “the corruption of the youth.” 

  25. ihateallflips says:

    The entire Filipino race is forever genetically racially culturally inferior to every other race from other countries since Filipinos are a tropical race from tropical country Philippines. All Filipinos should better commit suicide now before it’s too late, you’ll be glad you did sooner.

    • Hyden Toro says:

      You are what you think…if you think yourself as inferior…you will become inferior. Our Divine Source gives us 24 hours a day, to make ourselves better Human Being…What we do with our time and thinking…will surely make a difference in us…Stop being a Cry Baby…

  26. aboy says:

    naalala ko lang, a friend of mine posted in his facebook wall during the hostage taking last aug.. he was saying something like filipinos have shown the world that it can move forward at times of calamities/tragedies… lets pray blah blah blah… taas noo parin blah blah blah…. and that he is still proud to be pinoy… wtf… ano ang dapat ko ikatuwa that time… ano dapat ko ipagmalaki??? when i commented on his post, I definitely got him hyped and he was saying the same argument as every flips are saying… “kaya d uunlad ang pinas dahil sa mga taong katulad mo… blah blah blah…” matindi dito, may mga sumawsaw pa… common denominator sa kanila? kumikinang na dilaw sila… well… ang Emo nga naman… patuloy na mag papahirap sa pinas

    • ChinoF says:

      I would have reacted to your friend, “Proud to be Pinoy when a Pinoy murdered foreign nationals? You’re proud of a Pinoy murderer?” and “In the hostage crisis, it’s not really us who should move forward after a calamity, but Hong Kong since they’re the ones who suffered from the tragedy, not us. We’re suffering from our own stupidity.” I’d like to lay it down in a way that makes them think. 

  27. Rick says:

    Haha. We had a discussion about Philippine contributions to the world. One of my friends asked, “What if the Philippines sank?” Another friend of mine answered, “Nothing. The world will remain as it is. It will just lose a chunk of islands.” We all agreed. 

    • ChinoF says:

      If that happened, I’d say people like Charice and Arnel lost most of their fans (unless they’re here and joined the sinking). 😛 

      It’s like the saying…. “you know your value to the world by how many people go to your funeral during a raging storm.” 

    • Jay says:

      If the Philippines sank, you can bet I’m working my ass off and going to try turn make the first ocean based theme park off it.

  28. votoms says:

    Be proud? There are nothing but a squatter mentality.

  29. filipino ako says:

    you all are some dumb ass racist……………………………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…you dont respect other people by creating this website… this website is just shit….fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you retards should get a life..all of you racist bastards…

    • Hyden Toro says:

      To face your own Realities is not Dumb…If you continue in your own state of delusion; you can live in the little corner of your little mind. We are free to think….

    • Jay says:

      typical. Throw the word racist like you know what it means because you play the victim.

  30. migs42 says:

    Dude, at least we think. What about you? oh yeah, you only spit shit

  31. migs42 says:

    that was for filipino ako btw

  32. ChinoF says:

    Thanks for Labu for sharing this blog post of Tim Ferris:

    20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years

    On no. 12, “Everyone is proud of where they are from,”.I’d assert that saying how you cross the street in Palau is very different from blurting “we are proud of our race!” 😉 

    And on no. 16: ” In developing countries, government is usually the problem.” Nyahahaha, right on! 

    • Zadkiel says:

      DIdn’t catched that on his website. Good thing it was posted here to make me read it.

    • ulong pare says:

      … “20 things… for three years…” ay sus ginoo… and you call that “LEARNING”??? i loittered around the globe for over haft a century…. blended with the allah eh in the mideast desert to the gazillionares in monte carlo/monaco… that was pure stupidity and ignorance… that tim character can fool flips… it’s so elementary… hoy, mga gung gongs, grow up…

  33. manzi says:

    something i found while browsing the net

  34. AlexB says:

    It is a myth perpetuated by certain types who unfortunately suffer from a debilitating disease of not learning to like themselves as a person first.

  35. ulong pare says:

    … daaaaang… flipland is dysfunctional… that’s why nobody claims to be flips… just lookit the flipflams in kalipornya… 99% are uglier than my atsays/atsoys, and they deny being flips… ay sus ginoo…. their ferpeckt country clubbed heavily accented englitzhed is harder than my thingy at two minutes past midnight… y’all cannot escape from reality… no amount of eskinol whitening w/ papaya extract can erase your unggoy looks… love yourselft no matter what… if you don’t, nobody will… y’all can rat about your skin, at the end of the day, y’all are still flips… nothing has changed… allah eh, now if y’all like me, nakakabakla sa kapogian, ayos lang… pero, in reality, monkeyassflips will never go away… live with it… hay naku, puro kayo gung gongs!

  36. archie says:

    hey man, thanks for the great article, digging deep on that “race” word certainly is informative. i wish more articles like this propagate the web. (curse you inquirer, you certainly give journalism a bad name by using too much of these flowery, misguiding slogans)

    • Jay says:

      It comes from time to time, especially since apparently this kind of manufactured and false positivity seems to profit certain groups (ABS-CBN, GMA7, media giants). It really brings the worst out of pinoys because it is complete misinformation, especially those Pinoys who have succeeded on their own with their talents in their related fields, yet think that their progress is attributed to every single Pinoy. It started with Manny hype, then other media darlings, then local heroes. Honestly, a perfect way to pervert nationalism with such complex propaganda that is only possible because something as empty as hope sold well in this country, and I don’t mean cigarettes.

  37. Justin says:

    First of all, I want to congratulate you for this article. Now, let me share my thoughts:

    I’m an anti as well, not an anti of being Pinoy, but an anti of a ppop group. Anyway, their fans use to ask us, “Are you guys even Filipinos?”, “You guys should get out of this country!!” and the like. I have told them that ears must be use in order to appreciate music and not your blood. If their argument is correct, then they should have “Saridumay” in their Ipods. See, they even have Ipods yet they are hypocrites by saying we should support our own all the way.

    Come to think of it, we are the only country in the whole world who shouts that we are proud of our country yet there’s not that much to show-off. Not being proud of you country doesn’t mean you hate nor don’t love it.

    • ChinoF says:

      “Not being proud of your country doesn’t mean you hate nor don’t love it.” 

      This is something so many fail to realize, indeed. Like I said above, pride is different from love. 

  38. Aegis-Judex says:

    How can one be proud of a people with no honor? A society that peverts the ethos of its creed? A race that detests those who think? Can one be proud of such things? Nyet, non, nein, iie, hindi, laa, NO!

    And so we paean the lesser minds. Safety and peace to you.

  39. Homer says:

    well…our local media is at it again with their proud-to-be-pinoy routine. the latest of their “chosen ones” happens to be fil-am tim lincecum, starting pitcher for the new MLB world champs, the san francisco giants. this 2-time cy young (not “sayang”) awardee has yet to publicly acknowledge his pinoy roots, but our “proud” countrymen prefer to beat him to the punch…with the usual cringe-worthy results.

    here are a few sample comments from the proud cheerleaders themselves:

    AYON SA PANUNURI NG MGA BANYAGANG AMERIKANO, KAPAG NAHAHALUAN NG DUGONG PINOY ANUMANG LAHI, ITO AY NAGIGING “SUPER”… TAYO AY MAGSAYA KASI ANG DUGONG PINOY ANG DAHILAN KUNG BAKIT MAYROONG LINCECUM NA PINAKAMAGALING SA LARONG BASEBALL NA INEMBENTO NG ISANG PINOY!!!!!

    MABUHAY ANG DUGONG PINOY!!! NAIINGIT NANAMAN ANG MGA IBANG LAHI NA HINDI MAPANTAYAN ANG “GALING NG PINOY”… TAYO AY IPINAGPALA NG TALINO, AT LAKAS NA WALANG KAPANTAY… MERON TAYONG MANNY, TIMMY, AT KOBE NA MAY LAHI RING PINOY!!! MABUHAY!!!!

    WHAT ABOUT LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS?

    ok….so that last comment above is as stupid as stupid gets…mind you, that was from a pinoy living in america…..honestly, i don’t expect tim lincecum to be shouting “i’m proud to be pinoy” anytime soon. with comments like these, can we blame him? :))

    • ChinoF says:

      Makes me wonder what these AmFlips are being fed. They probably get it from the “Filipino Channel.” Hope they learn that it’s better to cancel their subscriptions to that. Otherwise, maybe it’s also good to look at our former official historians, like Gregorio Zaide and Teodoro Agoncillo. They seemed to have fed students of their time with these super-pride themes, and these former students pass it to their children even when they’re abroad. 

      In this case, superiority complex covers up an inferiority complex.  

      • Rick says:

        LOL. Remember the inaccurate science books back then? (Wait, I think those books are still being used in grade school). It says that the Lunar Rover and the Florescent lamp are Pinoy inventions. HAHA. They wish! 😄 

      • blueredicedtea says:

        w00t

        @rick
        “It says that the Lunar Rover and the Florescent lamp are Pinoy inventions. HAHA. They wish! 😄

        armalite assault rifles are a filipino invention
        and his name was armando lite
        and hentai was a filipino invention too
        made by the one who builts the chicken and his name is max
        hen, tie. geddit?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA :))

        sorry couldn’t resist it 😀
        cause kinda reminded me that armalite is a filipino invention which isn’t.
        it is made by Eugene Stoner an american.

  40. silvercrest says:

    Baka naman paligsahan ang ibig sabihin ng race.

    Sa Pilipinas kasi..lahat “Amazing Race”
    Lahat ng bahagi ng pang-araw-araw na buhay ng isang Pinoy may paligsahan. Yun nga lang, malimit ang mga anak ng juice ang nananalo.

  41. Caly says:

    @rick and blueredicedtea: if you think that lunar rover and flourescent lamp or should i say flourescent light were not filipino inventions i guess that you miss the target 😀 these two inventions were created by filipinos. the flourescent lamp was invented by agapito flores. while the lunar rover was invented by an engineer graduated from mapua in 50’s before the first people stepped on the moon..mukang kayo ang nagkamali ngaun dre ehem 😀 but thats a correction

    anyway i agree with  chinoF i guess that we dont need to say that were proud to be pinoy ..instead we need to stay humble.. were not the only ones who make  those achievements. other countries can also do that..in this time. our nationalism is important but i guess only few remains what is the true meaning of nationalism.. tsk tsk.. nationalism means that you strive hard for your country to prosper like the old philippines were people have the spirit of bayanihan to make our country progress but i guess the track has been lost since the dictatorship began hmmm

    • ChinoF says:

      Thanks for agreeing with my article’s point. But are you agreeing with the belief that Filipino scientists invented these devices? I don’t. 

      In case you do, here’s a page on the fluorescent lamp’s origin. At Invent dot org, Edmund Germer remains the one credited for creating the fluorescent lamp as we know it. 

      As for Eduardo San Juan, it is said that he was a part of the technical team for the lunar rover, but he did not invent it per se. Thus, to say that he was the inventor of the Lunar Rover is misplaced credit, at best. 

      So I believe that Filipinos inventing the fluorescent lamp and lunar rover are myths. These were said to have been cooked up by propagandists during the Marcos era. More media lies. 

      If we want to proud of Filipino achievements, let’s be careful to see whether those achievements are truthful or not. 

  42. uzi_si_mi says:

    If you must constantly remind Filipinos to be ‘proud to be Pinoy’, then there really isn’t anything to be proud of at all. Every time I hear that line being spewed by some misguided ‘patriots’, I want to weep. Even worse when they say, “I’m STILL proud to be Pinoy” after some national embarrassment like the Luneta hostage crisis. It’s pathetic! Nothing but empty, hollow words spoken by a terribly insecure people.

    That school’s propaganda poster ought to be taken down and burned. But of course, Pinoys, being the proud Flips that they are, will cry treason if you do. “OMGWTF how unpatriotic of you!”

    Haaay, kawawang mga Pinoy. Puro tayo mga ilusyonado at ilusyonada. Boy am I glad I found this site. I’m sick of most others that proclaim our so-called greatness to the heavens ad nauseam. (Homer, those comments nearly made me throw up in my mouth. Pinoy pala si Kobe?!? ;D )

  43. The Lazzo says:

    I forget who said it first, but “I’m not racist, I’ll slur everyone equally.”

  44. someguy says:

    Lol that is such a communist, Soviet-like sentence.

  45. AlvinEternal says:

    What a great article!

    BTW, it’s better to be a HUMAN BEING and a CHRISTIAN like myself rather than being one of the Da Pinoy. Merong Malay race, but there is no such thing as “Filipino” race.

    Deal with it.

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