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Why It Feels Great To Be Pinoy…

I’ve been tagged… again.  This time it was Jonas… who tagged me… hehehe!  Well, the question being tagged around is something most of us are slowly running out of answers for… “Why it feels great to be Pinoy?”.

Why, indeed?

When I noticed I was tagged… I shrugged it off for a while… not cause I didn’t want to participate but because I realized as I pondered my answers that I was actually having a difficult time figuring it out… As hard as it may be for me to come up with a whole bunch of reasons… I did find a few arguments why it still feels great to be Pinoy.

OPTIMISTIC.  Pinoys are optimists.  Even in the midst of personal, national, political and often tragic calamities, we pinoys seem to always find that glimmer of hope… we always find a way to look at things in a different perspective.  As cliche as it may sound, it is true that we see the glass as half full, instead of half empty.  We laugh at our own quirks, mistakes, absurdity and shortcomings.

FORGIVING.  A trait very admirable of Pinoys but oftentimes also our bane.  To forgive is divine… of course.  But in no way should we “forget” in absolute.  Case in point… look at all the national scandals and embarrassments we pinoys have been subjected to year after year after year… personalities and politicians who have deceived us, hurt us and abused our trust in every way possible.  We get angry… we protest… then given time… we forgive… and forget.  This seems to come out more like a rant only because this wonderful trait of ours has been exploited time and again.  But don’t get me wrong, this characteristic of Filipinos have probably been the very reason why we still aren’t in a state of civil war considering all the hardships that have been thrown at us… and that is saying a LOT!  So yes, it still is an admirable trait.

GROUNDED.  Faith/Family/Community grounded, I mean.  We always find the strength and courage through our great love for others… we rely on family… on friends and the community… on our faith… to be able to achieve many great things.  We simply just overcome; We don’t question… we just do.

HOSPITABLE (Updated).  Pinoys do everything to please their guests… to make them feel at home.  This trait I admire of Pinoys so very much!  Example given:  During a meal, even when there isn’t enough food for everyone, a Pinoy will insist that a visitor sit with his family and partake of whatever meal they have served on the table.  “Kahit walang-wala na talaga… magpapabili pa ng ulam para masiyahan ang bisita.”… very Pinoy!

We always enumerate reasons why we love being Pinoys… is it our way of coping with our shortfall?

I suggest we reflect on the seemingly irreparable (and undesirable) traits associated with being a Filipino and act upon them.  Why address only the positives?  We should determine the negatives and work on them… only then can we truly feel great to be Pinoys.


TAG TIME:

Ok… here’s the fun part.  I tag the following guys:  Cryst, Martin, Kat, Patty, Roland, Jane, Jim, Tinggay, Poytee and Zerovoltage!

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22 Responses to “Why It Feels Great To Be Pinoy…”


  1. 1 Jim
    Hunyo 5, 2007 bandang 11:27 umaga

    Now I’m triple tagged! by you, Jonas and Shari–this is what you get when it takes you some time to blog about it–timing!!! I like your last thought about this blog topic:

    “We should determine the negatives and work on them… only then can we truly feel great to be Pinoys.”

    Mabuhay ang Pinoy!

  2. Hunyo 5, 2007 bandang 1:30 hapon

    arrgh! :P ok … like you it’ll take some time for me to think of every reason. but i’m doing it :)

  3. Hunyo 5, 2007 bandang 1:47 hapon

    JIM:
    Hey there! Hahaha! Triple-Tagged! Kawawa ka naman! Bwehehehe! Good thing I didn’t take too much of my sweet time responding…
    Pero seriously, yeah… why ponder the positives… it will never get us anywhere… parang ganito lang iyan eh:

    I have a nice house, great sala, wonderful kitchen, plasma tv, spacious lawn, etc… pero barado inodoro mo at naguumapaw ng baho.

    People tend to notice (and remember) the negatives more than the positives… that’s human nature. Don’t enumerate the good qualities… it doesn’t matter. Para tayong naghahanap ng “konsuwelo de bobo” eh.
    Once you have eliminated the bad qualities… people will have nothing else to talk about but the positives.

  4. Hunyo 5, 2007 bandang 1:49 hapon

    ZERO:
    Hahaha! Good luck! Kaya mo iyan! :P

  5. Hunyo 8, 2007 bandang 3:06 umaga

    Wow! I’ll think about it after I get some sleep. Will definitely not ignore this. :D

  6. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 12:37 umaga

    oh i was being tagged din pala! ngayon ko lang na-notice :D hehe i need to ponder on it muna…pero some of your arguments are similar to what i believe why its geing great to be a pinoy…like ung pagiging positive thinker :D

    anyways, i’ll blog it out tomorrow…sleepy na ako eh…gud nite.

  7. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 2:39 umaga

    iv always been proud and nvr denied bein pinoy (even if some ddnt blv i was heheh) but Optimistic, Forgiving, Grounded and Hospitable? er, wala n bang pwede isingit jan just so ndi ako mahiya after readin dis? lol

  8. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 3:00 umaga

    Uy Behoster!
    Hehehe… Diba your half-pinoy and half-koreanovela? hehehe… Sige, singit ka ng iba pang traits kung may maisip ka… hehehe! :P

  9. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 4:37 hapon

    60% pinoy… d rest is part greyhound and part A-hole. lol A lotta girls abroad hav sed mas msarap mgmahal ang Pinoy + dey say Pinoys know d value of money and dat We kick ass better in fights… il raise my hand there nlng heheh

  10. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 5:40 hapon

    Frank,
    Amen to that! Bwehehe… in what way daw masarap magmahal ang pinoy? hmmm? :P

  11. Hunyo 10, 2007 bandang 7:22 hapon

    Finally, Chuck, may sagot na ako sa tag mo. Nabunutan narin ako ng tinik! Hehehe…

  12. Hunyo 11, 2007 bandang 1:02 umaga

    Hi Jane!
    Yeah! I noticed nga eh… I already checked your blog before I even got your last message…
    Congrats! Finally… nasagot mo na rin! (Rowdy Crowd Clapping SFX here) :P

  13. 13 sgp
    Hunyo 12, 2007 bandang 12:55 umaga

    i couldn’t agree more on the point of pinoys being well-grounded. :)

    although some of the traditional stuff that our elders impose on us were obsolete, there is still some life lessons tucked underneat it all. and it usually comes handy when you are approaching 30′s. hehehe!

  14. Hunyo 16, 2007 bandang 4:01 hapon

    hello, just spare my plain opinion on this topic.. :D

  15. Hunyo 16, 2007 bandang 6:03 hapon

    Cool! I’ll go check your entry in a while… Congratulations on finally coming up with your answers! Hehehe… Hope you didn’t have to bust your brains on it… :P

  16. Hunyo 26, 2007 bandang 4:33 hapon

    you tagged me!? sige, i’ll put my thinking cap on and mull this one over ;)

  17. Hunyo 26, 2007 bandang 6:17 hapon

    Hi Patty!
    Haha! Sige… lemme know kapag nasagot mo na… good luck! :P

  18. 19 kurokuroko
    Hulyo 5, 2007 bandang 1:33 umaga

    oh gosh. si chuckie dreyfus pala ito. kaya pala familiar face! sorry, na-starstruck ako. hehe. dumaraan mula sa aking blog. :)

  19. Hulyo 5, 2007 bandang 3:45 umaga

    Hi kurokuroko!
    Haha! Oks lang! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Hope to see you here again soon! Ingats! :)


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