The Problem with Some Filipinos: Part 1

This post was featured on Rappler on April 25, 2016 🙂

I rarely use Facebook because I prefer real over virtual relationships. I also try to avoid talks that would otherwise not happen have I not been online. And as someone who gets easily distracted, I proactively avoid things that would get in the way of my tasks.

However yesterday, I logged in to mine after x months because I had to download photos in time for my Dad’s birthday. I mined through different accounts (sorry for being such a stalker!) of every person who has been dear to our family.

I saw a comment which goes back to July 2014 on one of my Dad’s photos with President Noynoy Aquino:

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A photo post from a news reporter (July 25, 2014)

To highlight and translate the conversations:

ED (July 25, 2014): Isa lang like ko ha. (I’ll like just one, ok.)

Benjie (July 25, 2014): Puro porma… Mahilig sa ‘media blitz’… Carnapping sa QC ayusin mo. (It’s all a show… You all like media exposure… You fix the carnapping cases in QC.)

Rltr Jayson (July 25, 2014): He is doing his job and even reaching out to the community to improve the PNP-Community relation. As a citizen you should also help the authorities solve the problem by reporting crimes in your area.

Me (April 6, 2016): @Benjie – Mukhang super galing mo naman so while you’re at it try mo ayusin ang Pilipinas. Be the change, stop the talk. I’ll be waiting. (@Benjie – Looks like you are super brilliant with things you do so while you’re at it try fixing the Philippines. Be the change, stop the talk. I’ll be waiting.)

(End of conversation)

Although two years late, I knew I had to comment not just because it addresses the problem not only with some Filipinos, but sadly with most Filipinos. Filipinos love to complain on many, many things however, they get too jaded with the idea that they are entitled to everything. How can you expect to receive the best in life when you yourself do not give your best in your personal journey?

Most Filipinos say it’s impossible to change the Philippines. Look at the mirror, first off: it can be as simple as being true and honest to oneself, your partner, family, colleagues and friends. In this country, the idea of mistresses, motels-as-affairs dens, underpaying and maltreating employees, undercutting customers, gossiping, destabilization, crab mentality, colonial mentality, lack of accountability (i.e. from tax declarations, to throwing trash everywhere and complaining about the terrible waste management in the country), and transparency (i.e. from running away from contracts, to overcharging customers) are all too common. It’s a sad reality, but there is always hope as long as we make a resolve to start within.

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As Mahatma Gandhi says, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This blog post will not change the world, but hopefully it will somehow spark something in others who come across it.

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