I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a bit over the years, and have to say the Philippines is probably the most beautiful country I’ve been to. It’s one of the few places left on earth where you can find a secluded beach – white sands, crystal clear waters, palm trees gently swaying in the breeze. Chill in a hammock with a beer and you’re in a veritable paradise.
Because I have this affection for these parts of the Philippines – the few remaining parts which aren’t spoiled by karaoke parties, trash on the beach and the smell of piss – it is why I get so annoyed and frustrated with Filipinos. I’m no eco warrior, but just can’t fathom for the life of me why they are so hell bent on fucking their own country up with filth. Is it a lack of education, where they cannot understand that throwing plastic in the sea is bad for the environment? Maybe the OFW culture where everybody thinks the grass is greener elsewhere makes them care less about home. Whatever the reason, for all the so called chest-thumping pinoy pride Filipinos in general really don’t give a fuck about their own country when it comes to keeping it clean.
I relayed the following story in the comments of another post and it typically summed things up for me. I chatted to a ship’s captain who had always had Filipino crews throughout his 25 year career. He told me how they would sail the world and then once they hit Philippine waters the crew would bring out the trash they had stored up for months and throw it overboard.
The captain, horrified, would ask, “What the fuck have you just done that for?”
Crew members: “It’s ok, we’re home now.”
It’s just bizarre. They’ll happily adhere to the rules of other countries, but once they return home they revert to their old ways of just making their home country as filthy as they can.
I’ve been to what could have been a nice beach resort if it weren’t for the empty beer cans on the sand and plastic in the waters, and was charged a 10 peso environmental fee by some random idiot walking up and down the beach. Somebody once tried to charge me just for taking pictures on a beach. Like everywhere else in the islands of a 100 million scam artists they see a white face and come up with ways to try and fleece you. Even some of the most remote beaches have people bothering you to buy crap and kids begging for money.
There are a few far flung places which haven’t yet been ruined by typical pinoy behavior, so if you appreciate natural beauty and are in the Philippines try and visit some of these few remaining fantastic spots before the natives get there and spoil things.
Like I say – I love the Philippines. Most beautiful country on the planet (if you take away the people).Published in