I thought the secret to understanding Filipinos transplanted to the US was to not ask too many questions. I now know that the secret actually is…ask all the questions in a logical progression and keep track of the answers!
I have a young Filipino friend who was very excited about following up on an opportunity. He’s grossly underemployed as an OFW and can and should be doing something more challenging.
He got dressed in his best dress shirt and his best jeans and went off to his meeting. Four hours later, he returns very excited and talks about how he’s going to sell insurance. I say it sounds good and ask what company. Blank stare- and an acronym…I ask again, he repeats the acronym. Then I ask what the acronym stands for…same blank stare- and then he says “secret-secret”. I’m stunned for a second at this reply, then I tell him that if it’s secret, it’s most likely shady. And to be sure not to pay people to take you on to this opportunity.
I later Google the acronym and realize that he has in fact joined an MLM insurance company that has been around forever and changed names a few times.
I hope he doesn’t spend too much of his meager salary on fees and materials before they sell him the “dream”.
I like the kid, he’s very sweet, but not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, so the likelihood is, he’ll listen to the slicksters in his “upline” before he’ll listen to this kano.
Secret-secret? Run, kiddo, run…