Getting Real About the Filipino

A friend and fellow blogger yesterday shared an article on entitled “Filipinos cannot progress if they cannot follow even simple guidelines.” As I read through the 21 paragraphs, I wondered why this author with no last name would write that long to point out a lot of negative things about what the Filipino has done (or hasn’t done) when we all need great ideas and great implementers to make the country as great as every body can make it. She (her profile photo on the article looked female) did however provide one paragraph that offered a very general solution: we need discipline.

I never knew that I could also love my country that much until I became an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). In the span of two years being away from my family, I lost my marriage despite immediately resigning and going home to fix it. But that’s another story. Going back, my advocacy today involves the call center industry and the small business owner or SMEs. Of course, add the country of my birth and origin, too.

So, when someone attacks any of these three matters of personal interest, it hurts me a lot.

Fine, we need to rant, even publicly, just to let steam off our burdened minds. But to offer no consolation other than the fact that we are generalized to be ignorant, intolerant and corrupt is something going overboard.

And so, I commented on her article and got myself a whip lashing from her and others. I tried my best to tell the commentators that isolated bad things don’t make a general conclusion, and that Filipinos are (still) generally good people who try their best to follow the rules of law. I don’t mind a good intellectual public debate but when you isolate single occurrences to generalize and defend your stance without citing statistics or references to experts, you are almost becoming blasphemous and certainly not helping solve the problem.

Let us all go back to basic problem solving process: Identify the problem, then solve the problem.

I remember the long acronym SAPADAPPA, which is the process of problem solving, to wit:

  • SA = Situational Analysis
  • PA = Problem Analysis
  • DA = Decision Analysis
  • PPA = Potential Problem Analysis

I also always remember a picture-quote I shared some two years ago that read: You can love your country without having to love your government.

I know the majority of the population is poor or statistically below the poverty line. Then, help them instead of writing how bad we Filipinos are that you don’t know how much it hurts many of us reading what you write. If not financially, occasionally offer a few hours of your time to teach your fellow countrymen and countrywomen how to help themselves. If you cannot stand aligning yourself to a local government unit or a non-profit organization, then do it by yourself or with your group mates. Many of our overseas migrant Filipino brethren offer both money and their time to take a trip to the land of their ancestors to help, no matter how small it may seem.

“Get Real Philippines” should mean finding solutions and taking action. It is really time to move and get real for the Philippines.

Photo by Marlon E via


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  1. Richard Arellano 6 years ago

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