Why is the Filipino Special?

This came in as a comment by user @Someone64. It was held for moderation, but after reading it, I felt it was worthy of it’s own post here on PFB, and it’s own thread of discussion.

I find it funny how some Filipinos work so hard at trying to offset the inherent stupidity, dishonest, scammer, corrupt, ignorant, lying, back-stabbing traits they are mostly known for in the world. So enjoy this addition to the deluded Filipino archives.

I seem to get a lot of emails like this that are forwarded to a thousand other people before getting to me:

I received this heartening essay sometime ago from former Senator Ramon ‘Jun’ Magsaysay, Jr.  In introducing the article he wrote: “Based on good sociological studies, here is a sensible, educational and very accurate composite of the Filipino.  Please share this with your friends.”

The name of the author was not given.  I received the same article from two other friends.  One such essay indicated that the it was written by “Tikboy”, obviously a pen name.


Ben Sanchez


Why is the Filipino Special?

Filipinos-are-specialFilipinos are brown. Their color is at the center of human racial strains.  This point is not an attempt at racism, but just for many Filipinos to realize that our color should not be a source of or reason for an inferiority complex. While we pine for a fair complexion, white people are religiously tanning themselves, under the sun or artificial light, to approximate the Filipino complexion.

Filipinos are a touching people. We have lots of love and are not afraid to show it. We almost inevitably create human chains with our perennial akbay (putting an arm around another’s shoulder), hawak (hold), yakap  (embrace), himas (caressing stroke), kalabit (touching with the tip of the finger), kalong (sitting on someone else’s lap), etc. We are always reaching out, always seeking interconnection.

Filipinos are linguists. Put a Filipino in any city, any town around the world. Give him a few months or even weeks and he will speak the local language there. Filipinos are adept at learning and speaking languages.  In fact, it is not uncommon for Filipinos to speak at least three: his own local dialect, Filipino, and English. Of course, a lot speak an added language, be it Chinese, Spanish or, if he works abroad, the language of his host country. In addition, Tagalog is not ‘sexist.’ While many ‘conscious’ and ‘enlightened’ people of today are just by now striving to be ‘politically correct’ with their language and, in the process, bend to absurd depths in coining ‘gender sensitive’ words, Tagalog has, since time immemorial, evolved gender-neutral words like asawa (husband or wife), anak (son or daughter), magulang (father or mother), kapatid (brother or sister), biyenan (father-in-law or mother-in-law) , manugang (son or daughter-in-law), bayani (hero or heroine), etc.  Our languages and dialects are advanced and, indeed, sophisticated!

Filipinos are groupists. We love human interaction and company. We always surround ourselves with people and we hover over them, too. According to Dr. Patricia Licuanan, a psychologist from Ateneo and Miriam College , an average Filipino would have and know at least 300 relatives.  At work, we live bayanihan (mutual help); at play, we want a kalaro (playmate) more than laruan (toy). At socials, our invitations are open and it is more common even for guests to invite and bring in other guests. In transit, we do not want to be separated from our group. So what do we do when there is no more space in a vehicle? Kalung-kalong!  (Sitting on one another). No one would ever suggest splitting a group and wait for another vehicle with more space!

Filipinos are weavers. One look at our baskets, mats, clothes, and other crafts will reveal the skill of the Filipino weaver and his inclination to weaving. This art is a metaphor of the Filipino trait. We are social weavers. We weave theirs into ours that we all become parts of one another. We place a lot of premium on pakikisama (getting along) and pakikipagkapwa (relating). Two of the worst labels, walang pakikipagkapwa (inability to relate), will be avoided by the Filipino at almost any cost.   We love to blend and harmonize with people, we like to include them in our ‘tribe,’ our ‘family’- and we like to be included in other people’s families, too.  Therefore we call our friend’s mother nanay or mommy; we call a friend’s sister ate (eldest sister), and so on. We even call strangers tia/tita (aunt) or tio/tito (uncle), tatang (grandfather), etc.  So extensive is our social openness and interrelations that we have specific title for extended relations like hipag (sister-in-law’s spouse), balae (child-in-law’ s parents), inaanak (godchild), ninong/ninang (godparents) kinakapatid (godparent’s child), etc.

In addition, we have the profound ‘ka’ institution, loosely translated as ‘equal to the same kind’ as in kasama (of the same company), kaisa (of the same cause), kapanalig (of the same belief), etc. In our social fiber, we treat other people as co-equals. Filipinos, because of their social ‘weaving’ traditions, make for excellent team workers.

Filipinos are adventurers. We have a tradition of separation. Our myths and legends speak of heroes and heroines who almost always get separated from their families and loved ones and are taken by circumstances to far-away lands where they find wealth or power.  Our Spanish colonial history is filled with separations caused by the reduccion (hamleting), and the forced migration to build towns, churches, fortresses or galleons. American occupation enlarged the space of Filipino wandering, including America , and there is documented evidence of Filipino presence in America as far back as 1587. Now, Filipinos compose the world’s largest population of overseas workers, populating and sometimes ‘threshing’ major capitals, minor towns and even remote villages around the world. Filipino adventurism has made us today’s citizens of the world, bringing the bagoong (salty shrimp paste), pansit (sautéed noodles), siopao (meat-filled dough), kare-kare (peanut-flavored dish), balut (unhatched duck egg), and adobo (meat vinaigrette), including the tabo (ladle) and tsinelas (slippers) all over the world.

Filipinos are excellent at adjustments and improvisation, managing to recreate their home, or to feel at home anywhere.  Filipinos have pakiramdam (deep feeling/discernment ) . We know how to feel what others feel, sometimes even anticipate what they will feel.  Being manhid (dense) is one of the worst labels anyone could get and will therefore, avoid at all cost. We know when a guest is hungry though the insistence on being full is assured. We can tell if people are lovers even if they are miles apart. We know if a person is offended though he may purposely smile. We know because we feel. In our pakikipagkapwa (relating), we get not only to wear another man’s shoe but also his heart.

We have a superbly developed and honored gift of discernment, making us excellent leaders, counselors, and go-betweens. Filipinos are very spiritual. We are transcendent. We transcend the physical world, see the unseen and hear the unheard. We have a deep sense of kaba (premonition) and kutob (hunch). A Filipino wife will instinctively feel her husband or child is going astray, whether or not telltale signs present themselves.  Filipino spirituality makes him invoke divine presence or intervention at nearly every bend of his journey. Rightly or wrongly, Filipinos are almost always acknowledging, invoking or driving away spirits into and from their lives. Seemingly trivial or even incoherent events can take on spiritual significance and will be given such space or consideration.

The Filipino has a sophisticated, developed pakiramdam. The Filipino, though becoming more and more modern (hence, materialistic) is still very spiritual in essence. This inherent and deep spirituality makes the Filipino, once correctly Christianized, a major exponent of the faith.

Filipinos are timeless. Despite the nearly half-a-millennium encroachment of the western clock into our lives, Filipinos-unless on very formal or official functions-still measure time not with hours and minutes but with feeling. This style is ingrained deep in our psyche. Our time is diffused, not framed. Our appointments are defined by umaga (morning), tanghali ( noon ), hapon (afternoon), or gabi (evening).  Our most exact time reference is probably katanghaliang- tapat (high noon), which still allows many minutes of leeway. That is how Filipino meetings and occasions are timed: there is really no definite time.  A Filipino event has no clear-cut beginning nor ending. We have a fiesta , but there is visperas (eve), a day after the fiesta is still considered a good time to visit. The Filipino Christmas is not confined to December 25th; it somehow begins months before December and extends up to the first days of January.

Filipinos say good-bye to guests first at the head of the stairs, then down to the descanso (landing), to the entresuelo (mezanine), to the pintuan (doorway), to the trangkahan (gate), and if the departing persons are to take public transportation, up to the bus stop or bus station.  In a way, other people’s tardiness and extended stays can really be annoying, but this peculiarity is the same charm of Filipinos who, being governed by timelessness, can show how to find more time to be nice, kind, and accommodating than his prompt and exact brothers elsewhere.

Filipinos are Spaceless. As in the concept of time, the Filipino concept of space is not numerical. We will not usually express expanse of space with miles or kilometers but with feelings in how we say malayo (far) or malapit (near).   Alongside with numberlessness, Filipino space is also boundless.  Indigenous culture did not divide land into private lots but kept it open for all to partake of its abundance.  The Filipino has avidly remained ‘spaceless’ in many ways. The interior of the bahay-kubo (hut) can easily become receiving room, sleeping room, kitchen, dining room, chapel, wake parlor, etc. depending on the time of the day or the needs of the moment.  The same is true with the bahay na bato (stone house). Space just flows into the next space that the divisions between the sala, caida, comedor, or vilada may only be faintly suggested by overhead arches of filigree. In much the same way, Filipino concept of space can be so diffused that one ‘s party may creep into and actually expropriate the street! A family business like a sari-sari store or talyer may extend to the sidewalk and street. Provincial folks dry palayan (rice grain) on the highways!

Religious groups of various persuasions habitually and matter-of-factly commandeer streets for processions and parades.  It is not uncommon to close a street to accommodate private functions, Filipinos eat. sleep, chat, socialize, quarrel, even urinate, or nearly everywhere or just anywhere!   ‘Spacelessness, ‘ in the face of modern, especially urban life, can be unlawful and may really be counter-productive. On the other hand, Filipino spacelessness, when viewed from his context, is just another manifestation of his spiritually and communal values. Adapted well to today’s context, which may mean unstoppable urbanization, Filipino spacelessness may even be the answer and counter balance to humanity’s greed, selfishness and isolation.

So what makes the Filipino special? Brown, spiritual, timeless, spaceless, linguists, groupists, weavers, adventurers; seldom do all these profound qualities find personification in a people. Filipinos should allow – and should be allowed to contribute their special traits to the world-wide community of men – ah. . .but first, they should know, like & love  themselves.


Published in Delusional Filipino, Political Idiots


  1. Profile gravatar of Captain PFB
    Captain PFB Post author

    Brown makes Filipinos special…..I guess the dumbfucks have never heard of Indonesia, Thailand, Africa, and other countries where natives have brown skin.

    And how does weaving make one special? You know what they say about “basket weavers”

    I swear, Filipinos are so fucking clueless. But they sure do give me a lot of laughs (like in this case) to balance out the huge quantity of frustration.

  2. Profile gravatar of Captain PFB
    Captain PFB Post author

    “We have a superbly developed and honored gift of discernment, making us excellent leaders”

    When I read that, I had one of those “coffee projectile through the nose” moments and had to dry out my keyboard.

  3. Profile gravatar of 30-30

    filipinos should be allowed to export their qualities to the world.
    for exam[ple,, corruption, backstabbing,,, raping, carnapping, kidnapping, throwing trash all over the place,,, dogs barking at all hours of the nite, koroke singing offkey and disturbing the neighbors with their noise….driving like maniacs,,,, NO sense of law and order, or of peace and quiet,, low or no educational standards,, the very latest in pollution control on their crap cars, buses, jeepneys,,hooker, slaves and servants to every corner of the world to drive the wages down,, more on this later

  4. Profile gravatar of Ersatzreifen von Sudenburg
    Ersatzreifen von Sudenburg

    This article, written by an anonymous Filipino, is without a doubt the most delusional, self-aggrandizing bullshit I ever heard from a Filipino. The sad thing is, Filipinos believe such crap in spite of the obvious evidence to the contrary, and they pat themselves on the back when they read it.

    The author takes every serious failing of the Filipino, (traits which in civilized countries are considered to be anything from just lazy, shiftless, and inconsiderate, to downright dishonest, corrupt, and even criminal), and he SPINS those failings into “strengths” and “positive traits”. But they’re not. This article is just a bunch of delusional self-aggrandizing bullshit without the least modicum of honesty or truth.

    It’s no wonder the Philippines is such a poor, backward country, when manhid bobos go to such AMAZING lengths to arrogantly delude themselves and each other into avoiding obvious facts. Rather than recognizing their bad behavior for what it is, they redefine their aberrant behavior into “goodness” and “specialness” to justify their false perception of Filipinos as inherently good and honest people, all while they swindle and rob each other and us foreigners. The Filipino does NOT value truth or knowledge; they prefer comfortable lies and delusions to discomforting truth and facts. Thus, their poverty, criminality, and stupidity are all self-inflicted, and they are trapped in the hole of self-aggrandizing delusion they dug themselves into.

    1. Profile gravatar of FAFI

      Only in Philippines “WORDS’ speaks louder than “ACTIONS.” It makes sense why this article is so delusional. I don’t believe a damn thing about this. Only an idiot would, or people who have never personally experienced Philippines first hand.

    2. Profile gravatar of Troydor

      I agree wholeheartedly about the noise. This one time a local band was playing a concert meters from my house in Ozamiz, and right now in Cebu, I’m enjoying the fun sound of parade music at 2 in the FUCKING MORNING.

      1. Profile gravatar of Captain PFB
        Captain PFB Post author

        I think it’s obvious to all of us that the Filipino has absolutely no awareness of time. And when you have no awareness of time, you cannot have any concern for it. This is also obvious.

  5. Profile gravatar of crosstown

    The person that wrote this insane rant, will probably be up in Pampanga this weekend beating the shit out of his self in “celebration” of easter!! I mean, every fKKing thing this guy stated, I CAN produce a valid and verified argument to the opposite. These people have lost their own respect way back when! Like I recently told a friend, I would trust a Philippino as far as I can toss him, providing he’s tied to a tree!!! And, if these words were originated from that Magsaysay charachter.. we have been collectively being exposed to a typical pack of delusioinary lies. This kind of expounded national mentality, offers no hope for any person in this country that actually believes any part of this raving bag of Bullshit! Well, when Einstein made his great statement, is should have went something like this: (off-quote) “I’m pretty convinced that there are limits to the universe, but, i’m not too sure about the limits of “Philippino” stupidity”. A brilliant man, who I disrespectully “mal-quoted”, whereas the word Philippino, was originally written as Human stupidity.. My apologies are extended to the late, great, Mr Einstein.. ; ( …

  6. Profile gravatar of NeoGeo

    Take a Nazi, make him brown, stuff him full of stupid, and you end up with a Filipino. I swear, I’ve never seen a society built on so much pride and failure.

  7. Profile gravatar of mike-test

    Brown – so are the Indians, Malay, Indonesians, Polynesians, etc..

    spiritual – thievery, con artist, inconsiderate?

    timeless – but of course failipinos are always late.

    spaceless – bullshit! maybe he means the squatters.

    linguists – really? bullshit! absolutely not true.

    groupists – and he attributed this as positive trait?

    weavers – what? and so what? and does that make the failipinos special?

    adventurers – yeah out of necessity and for the wrong reasons!

  8. Profile gravatar of oldbreadstinks

    In addition, Tagalog is not ‘sexist.’ While many ‘conscious’ and ‘enlightened’ people of today are just by now striving to be ‘politically correct’ with their language and, in the process, bend to absurd depths in coining ‘gender sensitive’ words, Tagalog has, since time immemorial, evolved gender-neutral words like asawa (husband or wife), anak (son or daughter), magulang (father or mother), kapatid (brother or sister), biyenan (father-in-law or mother-in-law) , manugang (son or daughter-in-law), bayani (hero or heroine), etc. Our languages and dialects are advanced and, indeed, sophisticated!

    guess what?

    the following words can also be
    asawa (spouse),
    anak (children),
    magulang (parent)
    , kapatid (sibling)
    , biyenan (parent in law) ,
    manugang (children-in-law),
    bayani (not familar with this word),

    i skipped the rest after reading about how this is a sign of enlightenment and advance culture

  9. Profile gravatar of FAFI

    Timeless and Numberless…. Now it makes sense why Filipinos are always fuckin late to deadlines they set for themselves. As for numberless, it’s no wonder why when I ask Filipino for directions, they can’t give me an estimate of how many meters/miles/kilometers to go, they only say it’s near, when in actuality, my destination is more than 15 minutes away on wheels, and I normally travel by foot. They would say they are on the way or about 5 minutes away, but shows up 2 hours later. Yep, Filipinos truly are timeless and numberless, that’s why they don’t get hired and remain POOR and STUPID.
    As for brown skin, they don’t even appreciate it, how many Filipinos are wasting their money away on whitening products!? Only reason why all Filipinos don’t do it because they don’t all have the money for it. Obviously, they only allow white-skin Filipinos on TV, that’s just to show how much they love their natural brown skin.
    What a bunch of delusional fuckin liars.

  10. Profile gravatar of Richard aka Dick Head
    Richard aka Dick Head

    With the permission of our webmaster, I want to reproduce the entire article with my reactions/comments with my DH annotation interspersed within the body of the article.

    Why is the Filipino Special?

    Filipinos-are-special. Filipinos are brown. Their color is at the center of human racial strains. This point is not an attempt at racism, but just for many Filipinos to realize that our color should not be a source of or reason for an inferiority complex. While we pine for a fair complexion, white people are religiously tanning themselves, under the sun or artificial light, to approximate the Filipino complexion.

    DH: >>Yeah right. At one time, we Filipinos were referred to as “Brown Americans”.<>Yeah right, Filipinos are always reaching out, seeking interconnection because they need to establish a fall back area in case they run short of money to spend on a lavish party, buy an expensive cellphone or simply to splurge on a drinking spree. They need to develop a network of “mga pwedeng ma-utangan” (people we can borrow money from) in case of some emergency whether real or contrived.<>The statement that “Filipinos are linguists” is really an overstatement, an exaggeration.. During our time in college, we had to complete 12 units of Spanish. I finished my degree not being able to speak or converse in Spanish because in the ‘70’s we had no use for the language except as an academic requirement. During my Middle-East years, I learned “spoken Arabic” because one needs to occasionally communicate with the locals who barely know English. While shopping along Santee St. in downtown Los Angeles some years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Korean shop owner conversing with his Mexican customer in fluent Spanish. People will learn a language if it is a necessity, whether cultural or business.<>Actually you need more than 300,if you are a politician wanting to build a reservoir of voters. I know a politician in our home province who traced his relatives one generation removed. How do I know this ? I was one of those distant-distant-distant relatives he touched base with to get my vote. And I don’t even vote anymore, not for the last 30 years. <>Of course, some Filipinos are notorious for being freeloaders and practice the “invited by the invited” protocol. Where there’s free food, some Filipinos congregate like flies do when they smell shit.<>Of course, why split the group when there’s no more vehicle coming along. This is more of a resource/logistical issue rather than wanting to keep the group intact.<>Yeah right. When an OCW goes on vacation his pasalubong (arrival gift) list for extended relations is three pages long and includes even his neighbor’s distant cousin.<>I beg to disagree. In many local companies as well as in government, you will find the “crab mentality” very prevalent. So how does that make the Filipino excellent team workers ?<>Agree, we have “heroes and heroines” but only in myths and legends as propounded by the author. Reality is a different thing.<>Yes, but this statement is only true if the other person referred to is also a Filipino.<>Of course you can tell who’s screwing who thru the informal gossip network that is part of every Filipino community.<>If the offended party is a subordinate or an underling, the smile is mandatory otherwise, he gets into more trouble with the boss.<>Discernment my ass. In the 2010 Presidential Elections, these “discerning Filipinos” voted into power a lousy and stupid candidate whose only claim to fame is his famous family name, nothing else. After four years, the country’s situation is even worse than before.<>Damn too spiritual and borders on fanaticism in some cases. Witness the annual crucifixion in Pampanga.<>These (premonition and hunch) are not a monopoly of Filipinos, all races have them.<>Not just Filipino wives. I guess this is an instinct common to all women.<>I wish the author would have defined what “correctly Christianized” means because quite honestly, I don’t know what he meant.<>Yeah right, that’s why nothing gets done on time and on budget in this country. People have no sense of urgency, preferring to cram at the last minute and when things start getting awry, they are experts are finger pointing. Any foreign businessman planning to do business in the Philippines in December won’t get much done. Christmas fever starts as early as 2nd week of November and lasts till early January. Is it any wonder why we have remained Third World up to this time ?<>Yeah right, another set of time wasting practices.<> Is it any wonder then why the country has a very serious problem of squatting (informal settlers).<>This is more of an issue on resources and proper planning but author explains the practice using culture as the take-off for his arguments. No wonder people here cannot move up to the next level. <>Pretty common practice. Encroaching. And if no one complains, you get away with it. Typical 3rd world attitude.<>Yeah right, and it’s annoying when you have this funeral procession that’s about a kilometer long holding traffic on some busy thoroughfare with a bunch of uniformed people with hand held radios directing traffic.<> The author forgot to include “indulge in sex”.<>The author’s now making an absurd justification to the Filipino’s “Spacelessness” as a “counter balance to humanity’s greed….” I think his logic has flown out of the window at this point.<>This is another “makes you feel good to be Filipino” article. Skillfully written to sway the feelings of the reader (who may be a Filipino himself) into accepting the Filipino (himself) for what he is. And this (accepting the Filipino for what he is) is where the problem begins because what the Filipino is right now, is not good enough. <> So is the Filipino indeed special ? If the word “special” is applied in the context one would use to refer to a child with some form of disability, ie “special child” then yes, I totally agree, the Filipino is indeed special.<<

  11. Profile gravatar of omg

    I was always told or given a reason why I acted differently from other kids while growing up they would say ” your attitude is different because you are half half (half breed). that is the reason why you have the worst attitude,, I am the devil child.

    I realized that my brain was rebelling from such conformities of stupidity. the beliefs that my half white brain cant tolerate…