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LIFESTYLE: 5 Filipino traits we need to stop now

September 9, 2019 Divine Sanchez

If you’re Filipino and if you have a habit of doing these things, you need to STOP now!

As much as we hate to admit it, at some point in our lives, we have committed one or two Filipino bad habits listed below.

1. Filipino time


Oo. Papunta na ako.” You’re not Filipino if you haven’t experienced your fair share of hearing this.

What is “Filipino time” to be specific? Well, it’s that annoying trait of ours that we create our own schedule. Even if the meeting starts at 7 am, there will be some people who would come in 30 minutes or 1 hr late, disregarding the specific call-time agreed upon. This one seriously needs to be dropped. You agree?

2. ‘Balikbayan’ mentality


You’ve heard of crab mentality, ningas kugon, mañana habit, and such. Although this one’s been around for a long time, the term, ‘Balikbayan mentality’ is relatively new.

Balikbayan mentality is being entitled to demand from our relatives or friends working abroad. This exploitative attitude of ours often disregards the hardship that a person had to go through just to earn money. And that is a BIG NO.

3. Blatant disregard for others

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, let’s break it down for you. Upon observation, Filipinos on a normal day often forget about manners. We see people who have blatant disregard for others. For example, when walking down a busy street, some people would unexpectedly stop or painstakingly walk slow without considering those who are in a hurry.

And don’t get us talking about escalator etiquette. Ugh. Even though there’s a clear sign that says “stand on the right, walk on the left”, others still don’t follow this.

“Blatant disregard for others” basically means that we don’t think whether our actions will inconvenience others.

4. Clean up as you go


This one is a sub-category of “blatant disregard for others”. But let’s just take the time to discuss it separately because it’s becoming alarming.

Whenever you’re eating out, have you encountered some people who just don’t have manners? It’s an unspoken rule in any restaurant, even if it’s fast food or high-end, that you’re supposed to tidy up after your meal. It shows respect to the next customer as well as the staff who will clean your table. Manners please!

5. Romanticizing struggles


We, Pinoys, are known for our jolly and positive attitude but is it really getting out of hand with us always romanticizing struggles? It’s needless to say the purpose is to lighten the situation by trying to look at it in another point of view. But at the same time, we are diverted from the real issue, thus, becoming ignorant of other’s feelings. Is this really true? Or are just some people to onion-skinned when it comes to this?

Bring GMRC back?

With this topic at hand, the talks of bringing GMRC back in the curriculum is underway. GMRC stands for Good Moral and Right Conduct which aims to educate students about proper decorum. However, it was scrapped two decades ago. The result of having no GMRC is clearly evident now in our society.

And just recently, a senator filed a bill to bring back GMRC  to the elementary and high school curriculum. So it will probably solve our bad Filipino habits!

It is also noteworthy to say that us, Filipino, are naturally matiyaga. Our tenacity and determination in every task makes it possible to change these annoying attitudes of ours, right?

What do you think of these 5 Filipino traits that we need to stop now? Have you encountered one of these traits? Share us your thoughts on the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.