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The “Mayabang” Filipinos

Jul 1 | By Brian23 | Views: 575 | Comments: 14
People say that the Filipino Family Culture is like no other. Well, you got the one family who has little money and expects you to give something, then you got the type of family that has debt and tries to beg money from you, and then you got one type of family that simply act all mighty and rich. The ones that act mighty and rich are ones I classify as “mayabang” or show off.

Combine that with Social Media plus a Filipino Brain, you have a recipe of a show off.

Let me start with this one particular relative. She has a decent job at some office and I guess it pays well? But on her Social Media accounts, every fucking post is like a documentary of her life. She’ll take a selfie on the car ride with her ugly looking boyfriend as the driver and she’ll put a stupid ass caption and a bunch of useless hashtags trying to be relevant. At the office, she is also taking pictures of her desk and sometimes what she’s doing on the computer (wtf is that even allowed?). Then this one trip when she flew to Taipei with her office mates. She fucken takes a picture of her luggage then put a caption, then takes another picture at the airport with another fucking caption, and by the time she gets on the plane, another fucking selfie. Even more stupid, she shows off her entire ticket. Yeah, like that’s safe right?

A few weeks ago, she posted some tweet saying that “I want to save up money”. Next thing you know, she goes out traveling again. Hyprocite much? And you what’s even funnier? She got jealous when her younger sister bought a car.

Next, you have the “hey look it’s me i got the latest shit and i’ll talk non-stop on how awesome it is” family. For some fucking reason, when one family member gets the latest shit, whether it be a fucking iPhone or clothes or what, the other side of the family gets one too. It’s like they are trying to compete each other to make it look like “Hey I can afford too”. Guess what? They’ll even go as far as posting on their Social Media accounts. Go fucking figure.

When one family visits a nice looking place, and then posting it on Facebook. The following day, another family will go to the same place or another place to visit and then uploading it on Facebook.

My relatives used to offer me to go with them, but I started to deny their offers because I realized that these trips are nothing but a time to take pictures and uploading them on Facebook for the sake of showing off.

Don’t get me wrong, It’s not bad to spend time with family after a hard days at work, but when it starts becoming to the point where you have the need to go to said place for the sake of taking pictures, it takes the enjoyment out.

Anyway, I am not really an active user on Facebook, particularly on my News Feed. I am just tired of seeing these dumb posts from relatives. Some of them followed my Instagram and Twitter account, which I really regret giving out to some of them. But at least the people I follow on there are foreigners, couple of close friends here and there, celebrities, etc; less bullshit from relatives compared to what I fucking see on Facebook.

End of rant.

Brian23
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Brian23
Jul 2
@pulubi I wouldn't want to know.
Brian23
Jul 2
@Balancinghead When my grandmother passed away last year, relatives told me to take a picture of her inside the casket. And I politely said no because it's not something you or me to take pictures of. Instead, we'll just have a family group picture with the casket in front of us. I don't understand why Filipinos feel the need to take pictures of their dead loved ones. Even when my dad passed away a few years ago, I told people to not take pictures.

Oh, don't get me started with that shit. There is one couple from my College who constantly posts on Facebook about their relationship. Am I like "Who gives a shit?" Keep that between the two of you.
@Balancinghead When my grandmother passed away last year, relatives told me to take a picture of her inside the casket. And I politely said no because it's not something you or me to take pictures of....See more
Mike
Jul 3
Brian,
My mother passed in 2014 from cancer and according to her wishes there was a funeral, then cremated and interred as close as could be done to her oldest son. Well my daughter attended the funeral and took her children with her. So the family is there and daughter and her children sitting up front when the 4 year old ask his mother "Mommy, are they going to put granny back together after they cut her in half?" People could not help but laugh and mom would have too. Seems a week or so before the funeral said son had watched a magic show on tv.

But what really pissed everyone off was the wife of my youngest brother. Everyone there dressed in slacks, button up shirts, dresses and dress shoes. In walks his wife wearing flip flops.
Brian,
My mother passed in 2014 from cancer and according to her wishes there was a funeral, then cremated and interred as close as could be done to her oldest son. Well my daughter attended t...See more
ControlNumber
Jul 6
My avatar says it all! We know of a person living in Au in a housing commission (govt subsidised & like section 8 in USA) She makes out like she is living a dream life in a mansion, often posting herself at high end stores with jewellry and handbags as though she has bought it but hasn't! WTF whe any Filos from her province call her out on her BS she goes nuts! In her fifties (age) too!! Total retard!My avatar says it all! We know of a person living in Au in a housing commission (govt subsidised & like section 8 in USA) She makes out like she is living a dream life in a mansion, often posting ...See more
Sarahfin
Jul 7
There was a Pinay member of the Filipino association here, husband worked 2 jobs so they can build her dream home, a "mini-mansion". Then, after the "mansion" was built, she decided she wanted to live back in the Philippines, where she can get waited upon. Husband had no say in the matter whatsoever. Last time I heard, the "mansion" was sold off, husband goes to the Philippines to visit every 3 months.There was a Pinay member of the Filipino association here, husband worked 2 jobs so they can build her dream home, a "mini-mansion". Then, after the "mansion" was built, she decide...See more
donnie
Jul 12
This problem dates back as far as my brain started to develop. People in my country seem to like the idea of living out of their means and sometimes going so far that they are willing to be buried in debt.
Sarahfin
Jul 13
Donnie, I think it's because image (no matter how false) is more important to them. As in "look at me, I'm wearing expensive designer clothes", giving the image of being rich. One of our Flip nannies told us a story of how when she was going to school, there was a girl who always wore expensive clothes. One day, Nanny was invited to the classmate's house. She just happened to asked for a glass of water. She was given a glass and noticed that the water was poured straight from a 20 liter container. Yes, the expensively clothed classmate did not even own a pitcher.

Ever noticed what some Flips order in expensive restaurants? I've seen some expensively dressed Filipinos order a glass of Halo-Halo or ice cream or noodles and nothing else. Of course, it is possible they were simply not hungry. :)
Donnie, I think it's because image (no matter how false) is more important to them. As in "look at me, I'm wearing expensive designer clothes", giving the image of being rich. One of our Fli...See more
forawhilesir
Jul 13
@Sarahfin: they order that because they have no idea what the other stuff is on the menu. They've never seen real food before. Since they can't see "hot dogs" or "burger" on the menu, noodles is the only thing left that's familiar to them.@Sarahfin: they order that because they have no idea what the other stuff is on the menu. They've never seen real food before. Since they can't see "hot dogs" or "burger" on the me...See more
GShockandnikesocks
Jul 13
I think the mayabang phenomenon is some vestige of a cargo-cult mindset in that they must think if they take on the symbols and products of wealthy and successful people somehow they too will become noticed and accepted by actual wealthy and successful people who will just hand them money or get them high paying jobs via their association to each other instead of thinking they too could have similar things with money to spare if they get an education and save and work hard and live frugally for at least a few years until bigger and better things can be afforded fair and square.I think the mayabang phenomenon is some vestige of a cargo-cult mindset in that they must think if they take on the symbols and products of wealthy and successful people somehow they too will become n...See more
Tudurte
Jul 13
I see this all the time and while it used to fascinate me I am kind of desensitised to it now. He in Oz, where the Flips are a little better off, if the wife goes to the cheap shitty Pinoy restaurant in the next town and checks in on FB and photos her Halo Halo she is 100% gauranteed to see at least on of her friends do the same thing the next day. We got the mother in law a visa to come and visit and now two other Aunties are getting their mothers visas to come visit even though they are not actually keen on coming over and sitting around in suburbia gambling for 3 months.
@Controlnumber, the wifes aunty is exactly the same. She is a solo mum with 4 kids and lives on the dole in a commission house. Brags on to her relatives that the government gives her way more than they do and is always quick to snap herself standing in front of some high end clothing store or next to some BMW she sees in the carpark. She is so fake and full of shit and it is so obvious to see yet all the piss poor squatter relatives look up to her like she is some sort of role model. Now they all dream of coming to OZ and getting on the dole.
I see this all the time and while it used to fascinate me I am kind of desensitised to it now. He in Oz, where the Flips are a little better off, if the wife goes to the cheap shitty Pinoy restaurant ...See more
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