The content describes us (Filipinos) as ill-mannered, self conscious or should I say self- centered, law breaking citizens.
Some of us will say, we're not like that. We choose to be a law- abiding, courteous and ethical all the time. We can't see any outcome no matter what we do to make a big difference and influence our fellowmen to change. Nothing's change. Is it the culture or the attitude?
The article perfectly highlights the Filipinoism. I'll sum it up.
The better late than never attitude -- how we love to arrive 10 to 30 minutes late on appointments, gatherings and especially on our workplace and we never apologise for it.
Saving Face - I don't know how we accept defeat, losing, mistakes, failures. I can go on telling stories from politics to sports and within our personal lives. Can we just say sorry without justifying our wrongs? Accept that we have lost, move on and learn? Is it pride? Are we just smarter than the average Asians that's why we always think it is a shame to fail?
Racist - We don't like to be labeled as racist but we ourselves call each other names. We have preferences over foreigners. Fair skin over the dark ones. We don't like Chinese, Indians and other non speaking English citizens. (Sorry guys, I have Indian and Chinese friends. I love them by the way) We tag them right away as something else according to their culture and what we see in them.
Gossips - It becomes a hobby, a past time to talk about everyone! Our neighbours, friends, family, and since we're into social media 24/7, we are lurking and minding someone's business, making our own conclusions base on their posts. Don't you hate it when someone ask you out of the blue, "what happened to you or what happened to (insert name here)? I try my best to be polite and not to roll my eyes in front of them.
The law breaking citizens - We have a lot of these! One classic example are these signs:
Bawal tumawid dito (no passing by) -- they put the street signs on the highway but still some fellows cross the highway. Brave enough!
Then they changed it to Bawal tumawid dito nakakamatay (no passing by, it's deadly/ It's deadly to pass by -- of course it's a highway) -- still we're not fazed yet seeing the killer buses and jeeps.
Traffic enforcers gave up and put Bawal tumawid dito may namatay na (no passing by, someone died already) - as long as we're not caught, not being fined, we continue to be stubborn citizens.
As long as there is a sign that says "No, Not Allowed, Stop, Don't" -- how we like breaking the rules. Crossing the street on a non pedestrian lane, yellow light means to us "beat the red light", not slow ing down and halt, signages that we see everyday but we don't follow. (Bus lane here, bike lanes only, no throwing here, one way, no turning left)...and more things we can rant about how we behave on the streets. Hahaha
We'll say no one's looking, who cares anyway? I'm not yet caught. But why we follow the rules when we are out of our country? Why suddenly we act as responsible citizen on a foreign land? Why not we can respect our own?
We criticise every politicians, we are shouting for changes and improvements, yet here we are not wanting to do our part.
We are Filipinos right?