10 September 2003
I'm just sad that you have such a narrow view of the world. Follow your motto, you get real.
31 August 2003
This is a great site. When I browsed around your points and arguments, I realized this website is different from the other run of the mill "Filipino" sites out there that seem to glorify existing Filipino characteristics and stereo types and put the blame on others for current problems except ourselves. Many of your points you mentioned are what I have been communicating to the message boards for YEARS...with much resistance from eveybody else.
30 August 2003
I think you're forgetting one highly important point: those normal, hardworking people, the so-called true nationalists, are passive. They do nothing to help the people who are being oppressed by the government. When the government steals land from the farmers, land that the farmers have been cultivating for generations, land that 'belongs' to the government just because of a piece of paper; when a member of the NPA is killed helping those people, while the government claims that this person is a full-fledged terrorist, what do the honest, hardworking people do? Nothing. Read about it in the news, shake their heads sympathetically, then go back to drinking their coffee.
It's the NPA who are willing to die for their country, the corrupt members of the government who will run away at the first sign of trouble, and the 'decent' citizens who will, as usual, complain about inflation and cut back on spending, then go on buying imported products as usual while classifying Pinoy products as 'jologs.'
I agree with you on one thing. I do not support the wannabes who simply march around on the streets denouncing corruption and waiting for miraculous, overnight changes. I believe that they should be ignored, and called to heel if necessary, for at their roots, these type of people are cowards. I doubt they'll be found trying to stop a bulldozer from tearing down homes, simply because the people who live in them are squatters and the houses unsightly. Again, the houses, which squatters have squatted in for generations, are bulldozed only because a piece of paper signed by someone in the government says that they should be.
But, sorry, I really don't think that the decent, normal, hardworking citizens of the Philippines are cornering the market on patriotism. Sure, they're not making things worse. But they're not really helping, either. Yes, they should be respected, and in a sense, they are patriotic. But members of the NPA and other such organizations cannot be demoted to the level of street demonstrators whose only goal in life is to disturb the country's peace. They help the oppressed, which is more than anyone else does.
Patriotism is not about cooperating with the government, just as communism is not about Marx or Mao. It's about us, the people, being loyal to our country, not the people running it. It's our duty to do something, not sit back and complain while benignly pitying the poor people.
After all, doesn't every country have the government it deserves?
01 September 2003
I agree with your opinions on the jeepney. The concept of the jeepney as the symbol of Filipino ingenuity is not true. What it symbolizes is Filipino stupidity for sticking to things that no longer work and justify it under the guise of nationalism. It now symbolizes what is worst in the Filipino because of:
the pollution the jeepney causes the traffic snarls that the jeepney drivers create (whether on the road or when the jeepney is parked anywhere) the recklessness of these drivers the inconvenience caused to the riding pblic when these drivers go on uncalled-for strikes the waste of time, money, effort and lives that are caused by the above
A study was published a long time back indicating the need to do away with these contraptions, citing pollution, energy wastage, traffic congestion, etc. But nothing ever came out of it because officials need these drivers (and their families) for the much-needed votes come election time. I remember when most of the public rides were handled by buses. There was not much traffic and people were accommodated well because the bus had the capacity. The sad thing is that the buses are mostly in EDSA while jeepneys ply other routes with impunity.
And then comes these FX taxis that offer air-con rides but with the same capacity as the jeepneys (even less). Add more of the recklessness in driving, and you know where this will all add up to.
I admire the present administration's efforts to make mass-transport (like the MRT or LRT) available. However, the effort takes a long time, and before you know it, another administration comes in with their own, most probably stupid, idea of what mass transport should be.
Anyway, the above is just my humble opinion. Keep up the good work.
24 August 2003
Firstly let me say how much I enjoyed your site. As a "foriegner" who has lived in the Philippines for 12 years I was shocked to see such a blatant admission of the truth. What really got my attention was the phrase "swallow the bitter pill".
Let me give you a philosophical point of view that many long term foriegn residents of this country share. The problem with the Filipino people is the me first syndrome. Everyone from the top rullers to the humblest street beggar worries about getting their share first at the cost of others. Polititions are in it for as much as they can get as quickly as they can get it. The cops are the same as are the public officials. The basic mentality is ME FIRST.
Take a look at the traffic in Manila. What causes traffic jams is not just the amount of cars but the way the way those cars are driven . Basicaly drivers do not understand the philosophy of giving way which is why there are always horrendous traffic jams. Yet another example of the me first mentality.
Anyway I just thought you might like an outsiders perspective.
Once again congratulations on the frank honesty of your site. It's a step in the right direction.
23 August 2003
What an excellent site. As a foreigner who has made the RP my home for many years (And happily I may add) you have provided hard background data and evidence to help us explain what so many of us feel:
that the Philippines continuously sets itself up to fail. Whereas the conventional wisdom of the proud self-deprecating Pinoy under hardship conditions is touted as a strength and a virtue, as indeed it is, less value and emphasis is given to alleviating those conditions themselves and moving forward.
The endless stupid political finger-pointing and bickering, the endless "probes" which are always inconclusive and fade away when the next one comes along, the laughable performances given by politicians on TV (remember the world is looking on and laughing too)...what I mean is the endless energies expended in the here and now or some distant past which could be devoted to sculpting tomorrow.
You are right about business savvy. Almost everyone wants today's fast buck with little value placed on long term relationships which is what we want to build.
As a Human Resources professional one of the most misguided and misplaced pieces of misconception is the fact of the OCW as a hero who contributes to the wealth of the country by giving up his family etc etc.... True the individual OCW may be a hero going to work in some shit-hole in Saudi Arabia, but the reality is that all that wealth he creates goes to host country, all that talent ids deployed to that country's benefit and is lost to the Philippines. Oh yes the Xmas remittances swell consumer markets and shore up the dilapidated Peso, but the real truth is that this country should be ASHAMED not proud of the conditions that led to the existence of the now institutionalised idea of the OCW.
I apologise for speaking strongly but your site strikes many a chord in people like me and you are to be commended for telling it like it is.
I have been treated very well here and my indignation is less aimed at sniping at the RP culture which is a cheap shot but more at the frustration I see daily in wasting opportunity, official stupidity and the criminal neglect of the so-called elected government to provide any kind of meaningful leadership beyond today's flavour of the month which is all to often tomorrow's ningas cogon.
23 August 2003
Fantastic site. Congratulations.
I spend almost all my time working without pay to boost philppine tourism etc. I keep saying to my Filipino friends that the first step in solving a problem is to admit it exists in the first place. Someone posted your URL of my Forums motorcyclephilippines.com I hope many of the thousands of riders who visit my site will come here.
I live in Paranaque and never knew the mayor directs traffic on Sucat road. Maybe if he simply enforced the law the bloody awful traffic conditions on that road would improve. It is illegal to stop within 5 meters of a junction to pick up and drop off passengers but every major junction along Sucat road is blocked by jeepneys stopping right on the junctions, often two or even three lanes deep while the useless traffic enforcers stand by and watch. To make it worse, about 80% of the jeepneys have illegal and/or missing lights. How the hell can we promote tourism when the public transport vehicles are the most dangerous dilapidated vehicles on the road!
14 August 2003
I was amazed to find your website. My wife (she's Filipino) & I discuss some of the very issues you cover on your website. I'm afraid to say even she is pessimistic at times about the future of the Philippines. She does accept that Western ideas & values are what will save the country. That two-bit thugocracy of a government needs to be swept into the ash heap of history! Along with that medieval superstitious mindset...
We're a young couple and starting a family. I'd like for my children to at least see a Philippines that advances into the 21st century.
13 August 2003
I would like to make a statement proving that your allegation against Chairman Payumo is not true. As a matter of fact my boyfriend who is himself a resident in Bataan just got a ticket for a traffic violation in Subic. He himself is working in Subic and got no special treatment from the traffic police no matter how he tried hard to explain his point, he just got a deaf ear. So he just accepted his fate calmly because he knew the policeman is just doing his job, it even made him proud.
So how can some people just make a biased statement, that is not fair and undoubtedly untrue? All I can say is you better see it for yourself before believing what you hear or read. As for me I have no relation whatsoever to Chairman Payumo or doesnt even know him personally. I just stated a fact, something I myself have experienced in Subic and for a simple reason that i want to be fair.
08 August 2003
I have been reading your site for about two years now. I was impressed then and I am even more impressed now.
There are thousands of Filipino websites on the internet yet, unless I am grossly mistaken, yours appear to be the only one the "states the obvious problems" facing the Philippines. I am rather surprised that you seem to be the only one who can properly articulate the myriad of problems, and offer some tentative solutions. I suppose this just proves one observation made by one of your recent fans: That Filipinos really aren't very introspective - they don't think much and don't want to - and if pressed with an issue, they don't want to deal with it but simply take your persistence as a personal insult.
The Philippine Government should bloody hell hire you, they don't have anyone else with half the brains ... or the cojones.
I really wish that you would put up something about that recent coup d'etat attempt. A while back you posted a photograph showing a senior Filipino officer being carried on the back of a civilian because the f*cker didn't want to get his boots wet. That would be a grand photograph to be juxtaposed with an article about the fight against terrorists in Mindanao.
Thank you, and keep up the fabulous insight, the dedicated effort .... and the sharp wit.
A Fan from abroad
08 August 2003
I just came across your website after hours of trying to find the best website of the Philippines to forward to my colleagues.I came across your website by accident. I love it!! :-) though I should tell you honestly I don't think it's the best one to forward to my colleagues. I'm still looking. But I had to congratulate you first. You did a great job. I was just having a discussion with a friend of mine regarding the recent coup d'etat. Anyway it's frustrating. Though I wish you could have the means to let the other Filipinos read the things you wrote. It can serve as an eye opener or they'll just probably shrug their shoulders and continue with their lives not feeling a hint of pain or discomfort with reading with truth. But I believe it's worth the effort.
Anyway, if you know of a link with pictures of the Philippines, that would be really great. I'm a born Filipino with a Belgian nationality and have been asking my friends here to come and visit the country that's why I'm looking for pictures.
I hope you don't mind. I sort of advertised your website to some friends online. :-) We may have changed our citizenships but the blood and the color of our skin remains the same. Citizenship no matter what they say is just a piece of paper and nothing else. :-)
14 July 2003
i totally agree with the author/"Brown American" re: his comment about the Philippines and the Filipinos. Sometimes, I actually regret being a "Filipino" as my ethnic background bec. of their "crab mentality" and how they always try to find solace in the past and never learn how to move forward. No wonder, the Filipinos are always trying to get out, away of their own country bec. they know some things will never change. btw, i enjoyed visiting this website.
09 July 2003
Dear friends in the Philippines,
My name is xxx xxx. I am a Bulgarian, a researcher in the area of cultural differences and their impact on economic success. I was very intrigued by your article on the success of the Chinese immigrants in your country and the relative lack of economic progress of the majority population. I live in a country with a similar problem: Bulgaria is one of the poorest European nations, struggling to modernise.
The answer to the success of the Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese has been provided by respectable cultural researchers; their studies also have found the culture of the Philippines to be diametrically opposed to that of the Chinese in essential things. What I would like to know is WHY Chinese culture has developed so differently from yours.
I would be glad if could establish a contact with a historian, sociologist, or anthropologist in the Philippines with whom I could discuss these matters. Perhaps we could learn very interesting things from each other.
08 July 2003
Thank goodness there are still Filipinos out there that are sane and brave enough to speak out against the corruption that crippled our mother land for so many years. You're exactly one of those highly motivated people. Your site is really nice and very motivating... and I'm sending it's link to all my kababayans that I know... I too, am hoping (if not believing) that one day our inang bayan will serve as a safe and corruption-free environment for more future generations to come. If it's alright Sir, I'd like to know how can I make a difference (in a good way of course) for my mother land at being aged 16? Good luck to you and much power!
27 June 2003
Matagal nang pinag-aawayan kung ano ang dapat na maging medium of instruction ng mga paaralan ng dito sa Pilipinas. Nagtataka ako bakit ang mga Hapon ay napakaraming nagawang kotse at ang mga Russians ay magaling sa astronomy(o cosmology). Pero ang mga kawawang Pilipino na marunong at bihasang mag-Ingles, ay may mga dakilang caregivers at nurses na patuloy na nagpupunas ng pwet ng mga dayuhan. Hindi ko sinasabing mababang uri ng trabaho ang nursing at caregiving, ngunit hindi ba panahon na rin naman na tratuhin natin na pantay-pantay ang bawat wika(pahalagahan ang kawawang pambansang wika) at umunlad naman ang mga Filipino.