The Grey Chronicles


50 Reasons Why I Love The Philippines

A former student, now based overseas sent me this email and thought it was amusing, yet mostly true. Having opted to take a sabbatical from this blog during this Holy Week, I am publishing it in its entirety:

It is the only place on earth where..

1. Every street has a basketball court

2. Even doctors, lawyers and engineers are unemployed

3. Doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad

4. Students pay more money than they will earn afterwards

5. School is considered the second home and the mall considered the third

6. Call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses

7. Everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition

8. Mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places

9. Everything can be forged

10. All kinds of animals are edible

11. Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas

12. Driving 4 kms can take as much as four hours

13. Flyovers bring you from the freeway to the side streets.

14. Crossing the street involves running for your dear life

15. The personal computer is mainly used for games and Friendster.. [Now, blogging!]

16. Where colonial mentality is dishonestly denied!

17. Where 4 a.m. is not even considered bedtime yet

18. People can pay to defy the law

19. Everything and everyone is spoofed

20. Where even the poverty-stricken get to wear Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger (peke)!

21. The honking of car horns is a way of life

22. Being called a bum is never offensive

23. Floodwaters take up more than 90 percent of the streets during the rainy season

24. Where everyone has a relative abroad who keeps them alive

25. Where wearing your national colors make you baduy

26. Where even the poverty-stricken have the latest cell phones. (GSM)

27. Where insurance does not work

28. Where water can only be classified as tap and dirty

29. Clean water is for sale (35 pesos per gallon)

30. Where the government makes the people pray for miracles. (Amen to that!)

31. Where University of the Philippines is where all the weird people go [which I disagree]

32. Where Ateneo is where all the nerds go [which UP might agree]

33. Where La Salle is where all the Chinese go

34. Where College of Saint Benilde is where all the stupid Chinese go and;

35. Where University of Asia and the Pacific is where all the irrelevantly rich people go

36. Where Fast food is a diet meal

37. Where Traffic signs are merely suggestions, not regulations

38. Where being mugged is normal and it happens to everyone

39. Rodents are normal house pets [Somehow, the cockroach was missed!]

40. The definition of traffic is the ‘non-movement’ of vehicles [Or when police is present]

41. Where the fighter planes of the 1940s are used for military engagements and;

42. The new fighter planes are displayed in museums

43. Where cigarettes and alcohol are a necessity, and where the lottery is a commodity

44. Where soap operas tell the realities of life and where the news provides the drama

45. Where actors make the rules and where politicians provide the entertainment

46. People can get away with stealing trillions of pesos but not a thousand

47. Where being an hour late is still considered punctual (Grabe talaga ‘to!)

48. Where the squatters have more to complain (even if they do not pay their taxes) – than those employed and have their tax automatically deducted from their salaries

49. And where everyone wants to leave the country!”

I added a 50th reason: because it is a country that we can truly call our own! We may leave it, but somehow we’ll return for a grand homecoming!


My annotations are in boldface.

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  1. That comes to 49 reasons why Filipinos are stupid. Just because you like adobo doesnt make it ‘cuisine’; its still dog food for the rest of the world. Since you just proclaimed ‘pride’ at a lack of civilization and respect, as well as pride in corruption and thievery…… please do us a favor: whenever you find people that agree with your ideas, perhaps you kindly suggest they are not welcome in the modern world and to refrain from calling everyone a racist because someone complained about this gutter-snipe mentality?

    Comment by erap — 2009.April.9 @ 12:37

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