What makes me proud to be Filipino, and then some…

Wanderer Nina has tagged me to name at least three reasons why am proud and happy to be a Filipino. Here’s why:

1. We grin and bear it. Filipinos, particular those I’ve met in the unspoiled countryside, have an amazing capacity to tide through life’s misfortunes and just smile through it all. They might be on their last bowl of noodles but they’ll be happy to share it with you, plus a drink or two. Filipinos are very spiritual that way. Perhaps they’ve realized there’s no use sulking about their sorry state and so just sing, dance or humor the blues away.

2. Our unsung heroes, and their ability to sacrifice. It’s not easy being away from one’s family and be a Filipino worker in a foreign land. Still, we have legions of them facing isolation and loneliness just so they can send money back home and pump up the economy.

3. Our natural wonders. It is true. God must have been truly inspired when He worked on the canvas and made the Philippines. You just have to see it to believe it.

And the top three things that piss me off about Filipinos right now:

1. Our tendency to show off. I wonder why well-off Filipinos have to have the biggest house on the block or the biggest cars on the road. I see bulky SUVs like Toyota Fortuners in the narrow streets/ traffic gridlock that’s Manila and it just freaks me out.

2. The Filipino working environment. Suddenly, migrating to the valleys of New Zealand appear better than having to deal with a lifetime of tsismis, sipsip and padrinos that characterize the Filipino workplace. I absolutely detest the fact that promotions at work consist of a criteria of 80% “projection” and 20% “brains”, not to mention “wrong grammer” 😀

3. Our fondness for “shortcuts,” the easy way out. Simply put, we can’t follow rules because of this character. It always happens to me while lining up in the neighborhood grocery that some ill-mannered fella would suddenly barge in front of me with nary an excuse or remorse for what he has done. And when I tell him that there’s a line, he would say “Am only buying two items anyway.”

Our penchant for shortcuts will ensure that drivers will continue to overtake each other on the roads and grease money will line the pockets of corrupt public officials, simply because we don’t obey rules. We criticize the system but we don’t do our part in helping reform the system. How pathetic.

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  1. says

    I think the fondness for shortcuts is one of the biggest reasons why our country isn’t getting anywhere. It’s too pervasive.

  2. says

    Yeah I agree with that. i can relate. Our Magna Cum Laude in nursing school before was chosen not on the basis of brains, but on the basis of projection and sucker talents (I sound sourgraping because I was her competition).

    but then again it boiled down to the board exam. I got a rating higher than hers (mine was 80+ hers was flat 76). though modesty aside, all of my batchmates were so angry when she got that award, knowing that her “speech during the graduation rites” included: “to my beloved boyfriend who is on my lap everytime I feel pain” lol that was a classi “grammer”.

    I feel vindicated though when my Dean offerd me a testimonial dinner because of my result in the boards. I declined. and did not attend their tribute for the nurses who passed the boards during our time. It was such a sweet pay back I guess…

    my point exactly is, why do we have to be subjective in some areas where it does not really apply. such a poor trait of Filipinos.

  3. says

    Way to go, Mark and Nina…

    Yes BrownBaron, we have an all-too pervasive fondness for shortcuts but we are also slowpokes in terms of our actions and decisions. What could be more contradictory than that?!

    I can totally relate to that Bluepanjeet. I have a fellow manager whose favorite phrase is \”PLEASE TAKE RESPONSIBLE!\” God knows I\’ll wring my neck/exile myself to Mongolia if they make this person my boss in the future 😀

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