“I’m proud to be Filipino” You hear it all the time in Philippines. It’s almost a movement among the youth of this country. But, like most words and slogans you see and hear in any part of the world, these words mean absolutely nothing if they cannot be backed up with action. Filipino Pride does not exist if you can’t see it in action, and the ever so sad truth is, you can’t.
Step outside…or better yet, take a look around the house you live in. Chances are you will see many things in the construction and finish of your house if it was built by Filipinos that show the complete opposite of pride. Chances are you will find complete laziness, shortcuts, stupidities, and one thing I have noticed in every house I’ve ever lived in here in Philippines, lots of wasted space.
Look at the way businesses operate. Try to return that piece of shit you bought 3 days ago that came with a warranty, and attempt to get them to honor the warranty. If you fight and offer a bit of logic and reason to them (which few natives possess, or have the guts to do), you have a pretty good chance of getting a replacement or refund. It doesn’t matter how obvious the defect is, the standard operating procedure for business in Philippines is to make up any reason, no matter how pathetic, idiotic, illogical, or unreasonable, to NOT honor the warranty. The first thing is to blame the customer for the defect, no matter how obvious it could not possibly be the customer’s fault. Fairness, reason, and logic is seldom ever considered in any aspect of Philippines.
Just take a look around anywhere in Philippines. Do you see any Filipino pride in anything? Any dignity of labor? Any respect or consideration for fellow Filipinos? I sure as hell don’t.
If anything remotely resembling Filipino pride existed, they wouldn’t work overtime trying to fuck each other over with corruption, lies, misinformation, and self preservation tactics. They would stop stinking up their streets with their own urine, they would work to make life a little better for each other. They would say what they mean, and mean what they say (if they could remember what they said 10 minutes ago). They will say something, then if it turns out to work against them, they will simply deny that they said it. Filipinos are “me first” people. Self preservation takes priority over honesty and responsibility. I really don’t think they even know the meaning of responsibility.
It’s mind-boggling how anyone can spout from their lips so much national pride so easily as do Filipinos without anything that could remotely support those words in anything they do, build, sell, or serve. Just like nearly every other spoken or written word, it’s all just illusion. And nobody has the pride to challenge those words no matter how obviously loaded with bullshit and unsupported by action those words are.
Filipinos are experts of misinformation. Ask a Filipino a question and they would rather give you some random answer that SOUNDS pretty good to give you the illusion that they know the answer rather than to simply admit they don’t know. Who cares what terrible effect that misinformation will have on someone else’s life, as long as you make yourself appear informed and knowledgable in the moment, just say anything that comes to your mind. Because to say you don’t know means you’re stupid. And the top priority to the average Filipino is himself / herself. In fact, that is their ONLY priority. It’s a “ME FIRST” country. And stupid people cannot make the connection with how stupid that mind set is. Never admit you don’t know. Be an expert at everything with your words, and never care about how badly your lies, assumptions and misinformation can fuck up others. As long as YOU walk away from that immediate moment appearing smart.
Filipinos will never improve. They will never change, and they will never progress. They have been afforded help, assistance, foreign investment, and liberation from oppression, among other things. But all attempts by the world community to improve Philippines has been squandered, stolen, embezzled, and mismanaged childishly, thus alienating themselves from any further investment and hope for something to actually be proud of. But they sure do try to keep the obvious illusion alive with their meaningless, empty words.
Philippines is the land of ass-backwardness. In Philippines, words speak louder than action, because there is seldom any action to back up the words. Filipinos love their slogans. Again, just empty words. For instance, BDO “We Find Ways”….really? How??? You certainly don’t bother to find ways to keep your customers from having to plan half their day to make a simple bank transaction. I have walked into banks all over the world and found long lines. But the lines move very rapidly, and within 15 minutes, I’m at a teller window completing my transaction within 3 to 5 minutes.
I have NEVER SPENT ANY LESS THAN 15 MINUTES AT ANY TELLER WINDOW FOR ANY TRANSACTION AT ANY BANK IN PHILIPPINES!
While waiting in line, I have timed each customer that walks up to a teller window, and I would say every customer spent at the very least 10 minutes at the window, more often the average is 15 minutes per customer. Now do the math; if you’re the 10th person in line, best case scenario at 10 minutes per customer is 1 HOUR AND 40 MINUTES WAIT!! And I really feel sorry for the dozen or so behind me!!
Why does it take so fucking long? Watch the tellers sit there and fumble around with multiple ledgers, slips and carbon paper (yes! carbon paper that they just refuse to throw away until every last fucking bit of carbon has been worn off of it, as they write, check the copy, adjust the carbon paper, write over again, and again and again. Then I swear to god, they cannot do a fucking thing without getting up and hunting down the manager for some kind of approval, but must wait because the manager is busy with someone else….etc. Then after they have struggled and fumbled around with all the ledgers, writing, 3 or 4 different paper slips and copies, THEN they have to input that same exact info into their computers!!! WHAT THE FUCK?? LOSE THE FUCKING PAPER ALREADY FOR FUCK SAKE!! This is a paperless world now. They have the electronic facilities, but seems they just can’t cut loose of their ledgers and carbon paper and multiple slips. Filipinos are experts at redundancy!! Maybe they don’t realize that electronic data can be backed up also!
Filipinos hoard authority to the point that anyone NOT in management needs approval for anything short of wiping their own ass. It’s this stupid thirst for power that bogs down every process, and makes the customer’s experience a hair-pulling, head-pounding day of pure frustration, wasted time, and inconvenience. Maybe it’s because they know how forgetful, irresponsible, dishonest, and stupid everyone but himself / herself is.
I withdraw US dollars from my dollar account every month. Not a lot, usually less than $1000, and at least 70% of the time, I am told I have to wait until after 1pm to get the cash. WHAT???? IT’S A FUCKING BANK!! A MAJOR NATIONAL BANK, LIKELY THE BIGGEST NATIONAL BANK IN THIS GOD FORESAKEN IDIOT COUNTRY!!! AND YOU DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS DURING BANKING HOURS??? WHAT THE FUCK???? The only way they “Find Ways” for is to inconvenience their customers, as is the case with most any business in this idiotic pathetic excuse for a country.
Apparently they use the space in their vault to store all the fucking paper, ledgers, and slips instead of storing money. Because if you want more than 1000 dollars or more than 100,000 pesos, you gotta wait until they get some delivered.
Where is the Filipino pride? It only exists in the breath that whisps through the dishonest lips of the people. Because if there really was any Filipino pride (which is most often proclaimed by the young people here), 80% of them would not be setting their college degree goals on a degree that will get them the hell out of their country that they claim to be so proud of. They would be setting their goals to STAY here and make a few changes to make their country something to be proud of instead of bailing and hightailing it out of here.
It really is no wonder the country is so fucking poor. I came here to work and do business, I bring dollars IN from outside, and spend those dollars here in this country. But their recent stupidity that I wrote about in the last article may end my ability to earn money here, and may send me packing back to America. That is 1000’s of dollars every month brought in and spend by me in this country that will stop if I have to leave. And in general, that is why nobody wants to come or invest in this country of complete and mindless imbeciles.
In closing, I have one pet peeve question for this country;