I have been wanting to write this article for a long time now. I’ve been looking forward to have this posted on my blog site.

Charice Pempengko. Arnel Pineda of Journey. APL of Black Eyed Peas. Manny Pacquiao. Lea Salonga. What do these people have in common? They’re all Filipinos. And they have already achieved their dreams. And they’re proud Filipinos.

Reality check. THEY ARE PROUD FILIPINOS. Basically, there’s nothing really wrong here. Except when you say, “I am a PROUD FILIPINO because of these people. “Did I just hear you say, “you’re a proud Filipino because of some other Filipinos?” come on, that didn’t sound right! Most Filipinos claim that they’re PROUD FILIPINO because of an external factor. ESPECIALLY after PacMan wins a fight! It would seem as though that we’re the ones fighting in the ring and not Manny.

There’s really nothing wrong with applauding for Manny or the others, what’s wrong is when one says that he’s proud to be Pinoy because of Manny and the others. Or he’s proud because of what Arnel Pineda, Charice and APL are singing on stage.

PRIDE should be from within. We should say, “I am a proud Filipino because I am a Filipino.” It should be from the inside looking out, not the other way around. Pride should also know when to stop.

I checked Wikipedia and they gave me this meaning for the word DELUSION. “A delusion is a false belief held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence.[1] Unlike hallucinations, delusions are always pathological (the result of an illness or illness process).[1] As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, dogma, stupidity, poor memory, illusion, or other effects of perception.”

We became delusional and grew up thinking that we are better than the others. Even locally, Tagalogs think the Bisayan speaking people are inferior to them. That everyone who speaks with a strong accent is Bisaya. We are a nation of racists. We hate racism, but we can’t face that fact. We can’t stare in the mirror and say that we need to change. Change our attitude. Be humble.

I am not sure about the Filipino pride but we are also in a society of fixers, corrupt officials, law-breakers, child-abusers, kotong cops, government syndicates, customs robbers, MMDA idiots, immigration scumbags, spoiled priests, and jejemon youth… collectively known as PINOYS.

I don’t want to be called PINOY by the way. I am not PINOY. I AM A FILIPINO. And a proud one at that. Filipinos have lost the true essence of being a proud Filipino. We have lowered ourselves to the negativities around us.

As long as we don’t realize that we have a problem, this country will not move forward. We have to look long in a mirror and see what we have done and what we are doing. We need to stand up and say “tama na. sobra na. palitan na… ang mga kalokohan natin.”

I am still hoping for a better Philippines. For a better Filipino.


10 thoughts on “[ The DELUSION of FILIPINO PRIDE ]

  1. Give it a rest. Filipinos are familial by nature. In the international scene, every Filipino is considered by another Filipino as an extended family member. The exact sentiment may have been lost in the English language but it just means they are glad that another Filipino has done well internationally. Why deny a Filipino’s gesture of generosity towards his countryman.

  2. i am not denying any Filipino’s “generosity” towards anyone. but the fact it, they have lost their own ambition and drive to succeed. they have replaced it with envy and bitterness.

  3. I suggest you not unfairly paint all Filipinos with the same brush.
    May I also remind you that “society of fixers, corrupt officials, law-breakers, child-abusers, kotong cops, government syndicates, customs robbers, MMDA idiots, immigration scumbags, spoiled priests, and jejemon youth” are not exclusive to Pinoy society.
    It would be best if you look at yourself in the mirror and discover where your bitterness and negativity are coming from. Whining about the shortcomings of our countrymen will not amount to anything constructive. Go out and serve them . Be a positive influence.

  4. i am doing my share of doing what i can do. but reality does makes you see things that others try not to see. and truth hurts. it may not be exclusive to the Filipinos, but these are where the other countries are looking at. i did look at the mirror and saw what are our flaws. perhaps you need to look in the mirror too.

  5. Let me ask you this. Who is the better man? Is it the man who bravely faces the challenges of society by devoting all his energy in inspiring, serving and leading by example or is it the man who sees what the first man sees yet wastes precious time grumbling, complaining and finger pointing?
    It does not take a genius to know that the problems are there. It also does not take a genius to realize that the reason why things don’t change for the better is because in this world there are more people willing to criticize than willing to do.

    1. sir, i appreciate your feedbacks by the way, it is nice to know that you know you have an open mind.

      with what i mentioned, i do my share of work. and yes, most Filipinos can’t take criticisms easily because of the so-called “PRIDE”. did you even check why there are no Cruise ships coming to Manila? i am not saying that this country is sick. i am saying that we have a problem that we need to face and only a bunch of Filipinos sees that.

  6. I’d like to think that I do have an open mind. Maybe you should try it sometime. Serving your people in an atmosphere of bitterness and negativity defeats what should be a noble act.

    “We have lowered ourselves to the negativities around us.” -your words not mine.

  7. Hey nitesoul, I came upon your post and i can honestly say, i agree with you completely. You’re not the only person to think this way as well as there is a whole site who express their thoughts similar to yours as well, called Getrealphilippines.com. I don’t know if you had heard of them, but they raise good points about how bad the state of PI is. I agree the reason why we PI is way it is right now is because we’re surrounded by so much negativity and we feel we don’t have much going on for ourselves. I can sense Mr “pinoy” right here has so much negative influence in his words and cannot accept the truth or any criticism for that matter. He has what I believe a “crab mentality” try not to let people like him deter you from speaking the truth. Residents in the philippines can use a little criticism as far as I am concerned. 😉 appreciate the post, btw.

    1. ei thanks for the comment. btw, i am part of GetRealPhilippines too. yeah, i believe that we really need some heatcheck as a country and as a people.

      i appreciate the visit.

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