The Filipinos - the world's finest!

The National Flag of the Philippines
The National Flag of the Philippines

This hub is offered in gratitude to the people of the Philippines

First, a disclaimer. Paraglider is not Filipino, is not employed or sponsored by a Filipino, nor married to, engaged to or dating a Filipina; in short, is not in any way connected to this fine people, save by a bond of admiration.

Politically Incorrect?

In these sanitised times, it is 'not done' to stereotype people by religion, ethnicity, or even hair colour, but that's a risk I'm prepared to take in the special case of the Filipinos, or at least the ex-pat Filipino communities living and working in the Middle East. And the risk is in fact a small one, since I single them out only to thank them.

 

The Persian (Arabian) Gulf
The Persian (Arabian) Gulf

How the Gulf States work

The Gulf States are the territories that surround the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman. I have never worked in Iran or Iraq, but I have lived and worked in all of the rest, and still do. These are oil-rich states, or, in some cases, protectorates of oil-rich states. However, they are still poor in education and in native skill-base, and, with a couple of honourable exceptions, are wholly dependent on immigrant labour and expertise to install, maintain and develop their fast-growing infrastructures.

As an example, the population of Qatar is about 20% Qatari Arab and 80% immigrant workforce. This 80% mainly comprises workers from the Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka) and 'professionals' from anywhere in the World. Ultimately, the Qataris own everything, but subcontract it all.

Christmas in Saudi

Saudi is not renowned for openness or tolerance and though it is politically friendly to the West (with respect to Iran, not to Israel) it remains a strict and difficult society for Westerners. Public expression of any religion except Islam is technically a criminal offence, and there are plenty religious police zealous to uphold the law.

Christmas day is just another working day here. And so it seemed, to Paraglider, and so it would have been, but for the Filipino canteen staff who threw caution to the winds, put on party hats (where in Saudi do you buy party hats?!?) and sang Merry Christmas to all comers. Who knows; there may even have been a few secret smiles behind the black veils.

STOP PRESS !

A few days ago, I lost my passport, getting into or out of a private taxi. I thought I'd never see it again, and was going through the Gulf nightmare of Police reports, Immigration, Visa control, etc. Then, a phone call from the Embassy. 'A Filipina' had found the passport in the street and handed it in to the Police station. Sadly, the police either did not record or (more likely) did not keep her contact details so I've been unable to render thanks. But I'm grateful it was a Filipina who found it. Someone who knew to do the right thing. Thank you, whoever you are!

So, the Filipinos...

Straight Talking

You go into a workplace in Abu Dhabi. Let's say, a print shop. You have a large order to place. Can it be done on time? The guy on the desk will tell you yes or no, if he's Filipino. If he is not Filipino, he will only ever tell you yes. The Filipinos will give you a straight answer and do their best to deliver. That is rare in the Gulf.

Confidence in Competence

Your air-conditioning breaks down (not funny in a Gulf summer) and you call your land agent who does nothing until the fourth attempt, though somehow you know that in his comfortable office he is wagging his head from side to side as he makes promises. This is the standard non-filipino response. Finally, he sends a technician to take a look. You relax - he's from Manilla. Half an hour later, you have a working system. These guys take pride in their work and finish the job.

The Hotel Bar

Yes, there are bars in the Middle East, though mostly inside the international hotels. We're not talking about pubs on the street corner. In fact there are two kinds of bars - bars staffed by Filipinos and bars where you can't get a drink. Paraglider favours the first kind! In quiet times, you learn a little bit about the lives of this community - why they are working abroad, their concerns about loved ones at home, the living conditions and restrictions imposed by their sponsors. In busy times, they simply move up a gear and almost run from customer to customer, too busy to chat, never too busy to smile.

The Bands

The Philippines seem to have an endless supply of musical talent. Filipino bands play nightly at live music venues throughout the Gulf. Cover bands, mostly, since that is what the hotels demand, but many of them take familiar standards to a new level of performance. And it's all about performance here. These bands give 100%, night after night, often playing three or four hour-long sets. It's fiercely competitive of course - a band that doesn't pull an audience is quickly replaced.

These quiet times?

That's when you learn that your favourite barmaid, who looks about 23, but is past 30, is here to support her family back home. Her family includes her 2 year old daughter. She's taken a 2-year contract and will not be allowed home until she's completed her first year. The 5-star hotel has put her in unsavoury dormitory accommodation out of town, with her co-workers. They are bused in to work and 'home' at the end of their shift. If any customer leaves without paying, the 5-star International Hotel Chain recovers its loss from her wages. This is comforting to hear. Oh, and she has a university degree in English, from Manilla.

Enough from me

But I hope, in a small way, this hub might have helped raise people's awareness of the principle export of the Philippines - their people, some of the best on the planet. The engineers, dentists, midwives, technicians, caterers, musicians, shopkeepers and others, who keep the Gulf states running. In the words of their unofficial anthem - Filipinos! Filipinos! Filipinos!

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Anthony 2 years ago

I, too, have no connection with anyone from the Philippines, but wholeheartedly concur with what you're saying. I have been in the Gulf, Qatar and Saudi, for over 2 years and have found that Philippine nationals are educated, skilled, friendly, dependable, likeable, clean, honest, helpful, respectful... To put it in just one word, they're awesome. And, as you have correctly stated, as an added bonus they smile a lot and work hard to deliver on their promises. If I had my own business here, I'd definitely staff it exclusively with Filipinos and Filipinas. Good tribute to a fantastic people that are often looked down on and mistreated in the Middle East...


van 4 years ago

thanks for tribute to filipino people.


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norbertmercado 4 years ago

Thank you for the kind words about us Filipinos.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Qatar gets easier - after about 5 years. . . Thanks for the visit :)


proudtobepinoy 4 years ago

thank you for spending your time in writing this article on how Filipinos are one of a kind.

I am here in Qatar for almost 7 months at present.

My first venture into Arab world.

I will always be proud that I am a Filipino.


anonym 4 years ago

this was a great read, thank you for the kind words sir!


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

tatic - I hope so. You deserve a good break!


tatic1997 4 years ago

The Philippines is actually improving the now with the leadership of President Noynoy Aquino.


ghie 4 years ago

This article of yours makes me smile and proud of my fellow Filipinos..We've been called monkeys and morons and too many to mention it hurts me so much hearing nor reading those awful words about us becuase in reality we are just simply the best and we take pride of what we do..Thank you so much and God Bless You!!!


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Your comment made me happy too, so we're equal :)


Filipina 4 years ago

This made me happy and proud to be a Filipina ^__^ This is really appreciated :) Well, we're not being arrogant but we really have our beauty and intelligent and dedicated of everything in our work especially in working abroad. Filipinos are anywhere. We are proud of our positive qualities that we possessed. This made me happy ^_^


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Pinksarong - KSA isn't the easiest of the Gulf States to live and work in. I also did six months there, a few years ago and while it was OK, I wouldn't rush to go back. I've found UAE and Qatar generally more welcoming to expats.

Anyway, I hope you keep making the most of your stay, and flying the flag (metaphorically of course!) Thanks for the read :)


pinksarong 4 years ago

Hi Paraglider!

I'm a Filipino and been working here in KSA for only almost 7 months now. This is my first abroad and never in the past have I experienced being treated as a person coming from a 'third world country' until I came here and worked in a multi cultural environment. It is here where I realized why some of my friends and relatives want to change their nationality.

Yet despite of my negative personal experiences, it honestly didn't make me feel angry or ashamed of where I came from. It just made me feel sad- Sad about the fact that there are so many good things in the Philippines and its countrymen, but most of it are remained unnoticed... that Filipinos have proven so much in the world but are still looked down upon by the majority... and even much sadder because most often than not, it is our own kababayans who put our own country/countrymen down.

Reading your article made me happy to know that there are at least some people out there who still know how to appreciate Filipino's diligence and talent. Thank you, Paraglider.

I am not patriotic or nationalistic, but I hope my fellow kababayans, where ever they may be in the world, will be proud of their roots. I have felt discrimination and yes, it made me sad, but it also made me more determined to better myself and to uphold my Filipino values so as to prove to others that indeed, Filipinos are the world's finest :) (or at least one of the finest!)

Again, thanks Paraglider for this wonderful article. Makes me want to create my own hubpage too! :D


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Kelly :)


kelly t. 4 years ago

Thank you for all the nice things you've said about Filipinos. It's sad that so many racists are down grading us all the time. But when it comes to sincerity and honesty, I strongly believe that we can give any nationality a huge fight. We are a God-fearing ppl who just wants to better our lives and improve ourselves all the time. GOD BLESS and keep up the good work ^_^


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Stephenn - was the taxi driver filipino too? Thanks for the visit :)


Stephenn 4 years ago

Filipinos are kindhearted people. I noticed here in Qatar, almost all nationalities love Filipinos (I dont know Arab or Indian ladies if they too) because most of men find Filipinas Lovely, very nice, intelligent, beautiful and most of all SEXY. wahahaha .

Really they like Filipinos, for example, we were waiting for a taxi and all other nationals (Arabs, Europeans, Indians), the line was about 20 meters . I assured my friends with me (because I was going to get for them) to have no worries and in no time we got 1; immediately the taxi stopped in front of us despite of we are at the second to the last end of the line. Extraordinary! I was right! :D

Regarding the negative comments, unfortunetely, it is true (but not all the times), people are driven (but not me :D) to do such because of poverty caused by corrupt government and of course laziness.

Well, this is all about "Filipinos working abroad".


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

rLcasaLme - Rafael, I see you've been in the Gulf nearly as long as I have! I'm still based in Dubai (Media City) though this Qatar contract has kept me away for the last six years. (I don't worry about occasional rude responses - you can't please everyone!)

mmm - As a general rule, I think ex-pat workers from any country have to be fairly open minded and accepting, otherwise they soon give up and go home. I've read and heard plenty about life in the Philippines, but can only write about what I know at first hand. Thanks for the read :)


mmm 4 years ago

I warn u all those planning to visit here...

Filipinos abroad and here in the philipines dont have thsame mindset

in the philippines our leaders are corrupt, selfish, some families dont value education, beerdrinkers, and arrogant.

anyway thanks paraglider for appreciating the services of our OFWs :) makes me PROUD


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hi Paraglider,

This is a very honest hub from someone who really had been around with filipinos.

I see you've received a rude response from AnotherSubContinentalAsian. I guess he's already banned 'coz I can't have a llok at his profile.

Thank you for all the compliments.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

My island country (UK) could be described the same way. Total land area is similar. (Though I have to admit you have more islands than we do!) Thanks for the read :)


dcrossrclaw 4 years ago

great hub. I'm a Filipino and its nice to know foreigners like you discuss about how big our heart is and not how our island country is just a drop of land in the ocean.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Raphael - most welcome. Thanks for the visit :)


Raphael 5 years ago

Thank you for this Paraglider! I commend you for your kind words. You have reminded a lot of us to be proud and continue doing what is good and what is right. The world is changing, some Filipino values that we are teaching our children are slowly being devoured by the times and influenced by other cultures. But we, the parents of the new generation of our people will thrive harder to keep the virtues and values that set us apart remain alive for generations to come. Again, thank you.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

My true identity is no secret. You only have to visit my profile page. I'm not responsible for the actions of my ancestors. I don't imagine you are either. Thanks for commenting.


Another Sub Continental Asian 5 years ago

Things to learn from this hub and it's author:

1) Use a pseudonym and hide behind a mask - gives you confidence to make 'bold' statements

2) Write from a subjective 'First World' "white-man's-burden" point-of-view while still being 'sensitive' about 'racial profiles'

3) Stir the 'controversy' soup a bit - but do it with "other" people (Arabs:- your hosts & employers; the Philippine and "Sub-Continental" expatriates). Gets good traffic to the article, works better than any SEO.

Now let's see you make a similar 'astute' hub about some European nationality...

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White people always get good 'behaviour' from coloured people - your Imperial colonial ancestors did a good job of culture-washing.

The only country in the world where the locals WON'T give preferential treatment to Whites OVER coloured people, is JAPAN. I say this by experience.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

13 year-old minds can be pretty perceptive! Thanks for the visit :)


Ever 5 years ago

Since I still own a 13-year-old mind, I am having a bit difficulty of processing the fact that my people are saying they aren't good enough or pretty enough...

Hello? Do you know that we are very respectful? I think we're the only ones who says "po" and "opo" at every end of the sentence when we are talking to elders (it's a sign of respect).

I like being a Filipino. Laughter can always be found, no matter how corny it is.

You probably know that "Close Family Ties" is one of the Filipino's prominent traits.

So true.

Most of my cousins are at Manila which is very far from my provincial home, we barely see each other but when we do it's like we've seen each other yesterday.

And we're super optimistic. Yup. I agree! When our school received a call from someone who claimed that he planted a bomb in our school, we weren't panicking. But laughing. I don't know why. Probably because we get to go home early. LOL.

So, what's wrong about being a Filipino?

By the way, thank you for those kind words about my people Paraglider!

P.S.

I'm only 13, no deep questions- and no violent reactions. It will scare me to death. And Mum would freak. :P


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

That's rare in the Gulf states.


Dean 5 years ago

Hi Paraglider, just to let you know. I have lived in the Philippines now for 5 years or so. Almost not a week goes by that something is not stolen from me. There is the saying, "if it's not nailed down it's up for stealing." I am looking forward to leaving next year.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Prisana :)


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

A beautiful tribute to the Filipinos!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

MysteriousLife - The Middle East as a whole is an extremely racist culture. This institutional racism starts at the very top and manifests itself in quota systems for sponsorships and differential payscales based on place of origin, rather than competence. It's an unfortunate fact of life here that every ethnic group follows this lead and looks after its own.

That is the background against which I wrote his hub. Nevertheless, within this dismal ambience, my impressions, formed over many years, are largely unchanged.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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MysteriousLife101 5 years ago

Hi Paraglider Thanks for the informative hub.

I have worked with Filipinos and have friend and foes in their community ;o) So here's my take....sitting in a South-east Asian's skin.

I have been an Indian working abroad for several years and some of my best friends have been Filipinos and Filipinas on my first job who still are. All what you say is true but there is a flip side to it, perhaps circumstances of many have never given them the opportunity to see it. But working with individuals for more than 6 years 9-5 is long enough to understand any character of a people or community.

At the beginning my interaction with them was all about parties and positivity. It was so good that I ignored a lot of things about them when I was in public interaction with Filipino workers. But over the years some questionable behaviour caught my attention and I began to notice. When i did I was horrified.

"adest" has a serious point and I totally see what he/she went through. It is not only the Filipinos attitude towards their own countrymen but towards non-white/Indian expats in the Middle-east. (sorry no offense but I have been on the receiving end for years.)

These are some of my first-hand experiences... later my own FilipinoFilipina friends have mentioned this is true because of some of their experience with Indian pawn brokers who setup shop in the Philipines who typically attract poor people to get loans with outrageous interest rates. So there is a general resentment against Indians sadly spilled over in UAE. I anyway can't generalise:

1. At the check-out counters in most Middle-east Supermarkets usually a beautiful Filipina is there. My interaction with the Filipinas were my simplest experience which was really sad. Most of them were rude. I for one greet everyone, as I empathise with people working in low rank jobs because I know they are under-paid and aminities given to them are much lower. So I make it a point to be extra gracious to waiters or assistants at the store who spend hours on their feet...probably 10 hours straight. But I began noticing that most filipinas behaved very impolite in response, never answered back or just replied rudely. How can a smile not set returned. I realised that quote was not necessarily true here "A smail is returned with a smile." I could not understand the scowl that came back.

2. At most restaurants (popular among Europeans or westerners) if I so much so wait to be served, I started noticing that if there are Filipinos they never attend to us. They always are busy waiting westerners and clearly ignore us. There has been at least a couple of instances where I have had to walk out of the place because I was quite annoyed waiting for as long as 45 minutes. Unfortunately they don't realize that they get their salaries out of their customers no matter what color.

However, all this did not make me change my impression about my good Filipino friends. In fact I have a couple of friends like "adest" who stay away from his/her community for these reasons.

3. Then came something that was worse. I joined a British firm... the Filipina part-owner came in only later made public condemnations against me out of nowhere. I was hired by a couple of their European managers and work seemed to go smoothly. In time I saw that at least 45 employees were Filipinos...and sorry to say I saw a lot of nepotism at the workplace which alarmed me a bit. All started great and then in a month started my problems when things seemed falling apart. I saw many non-filipino employees, asian and westerners going on a resignation drive. Many of the Filipino colleagues started ignoring me, some started back-stabbing and trying to make me commit mistakes by not cooperating. Even the educated ones though cordial just watched the atrocities and never voiced anything while a mob-attitude group exercising some kind of revenge. I clearly could see that this hostility had to be something deep-routed which I am still searching for answers to.

Some others started ridiculing my English. Professionally nothing could happen to me to get me fired. So there was constant war trying to put down my English when I had to get through a deadline it was all about how I put my words which I thought was so petty. Well I don't think my english is that bad having gone to an anglo-Indian school with an Irish headmistress. But what do I say am not a native English after all. Of course many of them may have degrees in English, (not generalising though) at least the once who condemned me spoke in a Filipino English. I don't have any need to condemn any English-speaking skills or education but just letting the other person exist is the way of life in the middle-eastern expat culture eh? At least I wish it would be that way. An American curriculum but with a Filipino accent and phrases like "for a while" which means "just a minute please". That maybe fine to communicate and make people understand but just do not say that is the right english and condemn others compelling them to use phrases like "open the fan" when we understand in english that we have to "switch on the fan".

So there...here are some pockets of instances where the "fine people" thing does not tally up.

I admire the country spirit which I never find as much among Indians. They would do anything for their country people....at least that is what I saw as an expat non-filipino in the middle-east. But it is again done too openly which makes other people feel they are not worthy. Often have I seen ads saying "Only Kabayan".

But very often have my close Filipino friends told me that it is not like that in the Philippines or even among them in the middle-east though done openly. If someone has a difference of opinion he/she is an outsider even if Filipino. But anyway they would never speak a word against their country person easily to another foreigner.

But then again nobody could generalize about these matters...in every country there are fine people and unfortunately sad people. My hair-dresser is Filipina (and will go back to Dubai to do it no matter where I travel), I finally passed my driving test in Dubai back in 2001 because I hired my friend's Filipina driving instructress. Both of them were referred by my good Filipina friends. Then there are an elite group of foreign Filipina professionals architects, doctors, teachers who carry themselves very well and are the most cordial. Yes all Filipinos have a good sense of music. No matter what they can't live without it. Great rock bands and the best party people. I always sit back and enjoy them dancing. So the genuine ones don't really put up a show...they genuinely love their job and service like any other good person in any other country and they genuinely respect everyone whether community or not, black or white. And most of them look below 20 years even if they are 40 year olds.

This is my take of the Filipino community in the middle-east from my experience.


BoracayDude 5 years ago

@SorryToBeAFilipino

I'm sorry to hear your story about not getting a job because you where judged based on your looks.

I don't think it only happens in the Philippines but it is a social thing. I also think bragging about what you have achieved and blaming the entire nation for what has happened to you is very shallow and immature. Clearly you have some personal issues you need to take care off.

Anyway, this is a good hub!!

Great job Paraglider!!

Thanks for posting this.


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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

Great hub Paraglider!,Thanks for the tribute. Yeah! the filipino people are so blessed with resources and character yet still a lot of us are living in mediocrity,though there are also a lot of filipinos like us who are passionately working for a brighter future and hubs like this are helping a lot. It's good to hear people from other races appreciating our potentials. so inspiring.


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kasthlin 5 years ago

you are so kind Paraglider. posted it on my fb though :) too bad there are Filipinos who were not proud of being one. Remember what Rizal had thought...

more power to your hub Sir! :)


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi okray - maybe these are the characteristics that drive some to try the expat option in the first place?


okray 5 years ago

I like the comment of The Bard. Based on his 'analysis' of the Philippine situation, I know that he stayed there for a long time and that's why he was able to come up with a very objective commentary about the Philippines. Just to add a little bit, corruption in the Philippines has gone to the grassroots. It has become so pervasive that it is now accepted as the norm rather than a violation of it. But really, it is a big puzzle for me that once they get out of their country, they are law-abiding, hardworking, focused and highly-motivated people. And their change of behavior is instant. It only means one thing to me: that there is hope that the Filipinos will be able to get back on track, ethically, economically and politically.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

That has been my experience too. Thanks for the feedback.


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no after the glow 5 years ago from USA

I truly think that the Filipino people are gifted with real beauty inside and out. This is a beautiful hub which expresses gratefulness and appreciation for one of the loveliest people. Yes, they are very honest and as you say, they're "straight". They express themselves very well with honesty and transparency.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Igorota. Governments aren't always very good at looking after their overseas workers, unfortunately.


Igorota  5 years ago

Hi Paraglider,

Your insights about Overseas Filipino Workers is very appreciative and i believe every OFW will be proud and will pat themselves on the back. This too keeps up the confidence and self-preservation for every OFW despite the challenges of working and leaving abroad. While, its also true that we as a nation have many other issues to straighten out it is always reassuring to know that that we are making a mark in the global community.

Hopefully, sites like yours will be read by our leaders to be able to come up with better policies and programs for the countless OFW's.

Thank you and wishing you all the best!!!!

Mabuhay!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Jessie, thanks for telling me :)

debugs, I've commented on your hub in response. Thanks for the reaction!


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Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

Hi Paraglider. Just finished reading a 3-year string of comments on this Hub. Wow! I can't say anything else that my fellow Filipinos have not yet conveyed to you. Let me say it anyway, your article is so heartwarming and makes me a lot prouder as a Filipino. Kudos to you!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Most welcome, debugs. Thanks for the visit.


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debugs 5 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

I love this hub and it speaks about a great people, I am one of them.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

jpcmc - nobody's perfect, but you guys set a good standard!


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I appreciate the kinds words about the Filipinos. We are not perfect but in spite of the imperfections, you manage to see the good. Gestures like these help us keep our spirits high and to become better.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Most welcome, Aline. I've never visited Nepal, but there are also many Nepalese working here in the Gulf.


aline 5 years ago

thank you and thank you

i went to nepal to volunteer as short term missionary and most of the missionaries i mt makes me proud to be a filipino


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Riyadh, not the easiest place! I hope he's doing OK :)


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BestParking 5 years ago from New York City

I have a brother working in Riyadh and this is a wonderful tribute. Thank you.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Cary, and thanks for contacting me on facebook. We'll be in touch :)


Cary Cariño 6 years ago

Thank you so much Paraglider for this wonderful tribute to Filipinos. A very appreciative man. Thanks again. Stay on the keyboard...


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

wt1s3rv3r - Thanks. I'm still hoping to get to the Philippines some day.

Neil - right. In worst cases, it is little removed from slave labour.

Alice - good, now I know where to come when I'm hungry :)

Missing Link - you are a lucky man! Look after her well, won't you?


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Missing Link 6 years ago from Oregon

a very hospitable people, fun loving, values, family oriented, always a party, singing, etc.

I like them so much I married one!

I've been there five times i.e. Taal Lake, Boracay Island (like Paradise), Baguio, Subic and on and on,

my wife is magnificent, nothing but trouble here in the USA until I met her and it has been like winning the lottery, 8 years of great marriage, two greats sons, etc.,

oh yes yes---such talent amongst Filipinos, they are more and more hitting the world stage, the talent was always there just not the exposure, recognition, etc.


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Alice in Wonder 6 years ago from South Texas

This is my first blog i ever read by you, and was very partial because my mom is filipina and my dad scot-irish. My mother is very hospitable. Anyone who visits her home, she sits them down and feeds them. I agree, very down to earth people.


Neil 6 years ago

Great hub.

And you got everything, right. Specially the details on the contract. You can't go home until after the first year. And it's not even sure.

Thanks.


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wt1s3rv3r 6 years ago

it is a good post Paraglider you show that a filipino are kind and good people... try to visit again in philippines. Very Informative Hub..Keep it up the good works, Thanks!!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Not all of the employers in the Gulf are exploitative. There's good and bad in every culture.


xander xandz 6 years ago

its kind of lame that the employers in the gulf take full advantage and exploit my comrades. if not because of their oil reserves, they would be probably stucked in total dismal. i think the philippine govt must do something to ease our pain, that none of us would have to leave Philippines ever again to earn a living. our govt is run by sick bastards whose souls are corrupted by influence and money. if the world ends today, most likely they are the first who will go and rot in hell. fuck them!


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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

You're welcome, you had a very good hub about Filipino People, nice. Have relatives in the gulf. Many lost their job because of wars


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Ipeoney - just visited your coconut hub. Thanks for the link :)


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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

Hello,

The good things that have been said about Filipinos were true. The bad things that have been said were also true. In this life, any place have their bad and good traits. But I Post a Hub recently and it will tell you about one job that a Filipino do, and it is a complete opposite to the job of people who are just clicking the mouse. This job is about climbing Tall Trees one by one for a days wage.

http://hubpages.com/business/Philippine-Coconuts-T...


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

The Don - thanks for telling me that 25% statistic. I didn't know that. There are many Filipino off-shore workers on the oil platforms in the Gulf, but that's not the same thing.

I'l certainly raise a glass to your family (after Ramadan, of course ;)


the Don 6 years ago

Hi Paraglider,

I am totally amazed by you taking your precious time not only writing great about us but actually responding to comments. Anyway, I am thankful to you, a sincere man with a good soul.

Hopefully, some of my fellow men especially to SorryToBeAFilipino have the guts to realize that it is the Filipino trait that made him who he is now. That perseverance and dedication proved to transcend even the bad experiences and obstacles he encountered anywhere he may be, Philippines or abroad. It is the same challenges a man has to undergo to bear worthy of his existence. Omnia et Bonum. Be thankful my friend for thy happiness is not complete without letting go of these ill feelings and thoughts.

Maybe Filipino seafarers are on top of their games as well. 25% of world's seafarers are Filipinos.

Again, Paraglider, please share a dinner with my Family.


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penANDpaper 6 years ago

@Paraglider: Ok, thanks!:D


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi p&p - thanks for commenting. You are most welcome to share this on facebook :)


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penANDpaper 6 years ago

I just read it today. Thank you so much for this hub. It's inspiring. I'm a Filipino expat, too and I'm one of those who wish that the condition in my homeland will change for the better. I wanna ask permission to share your hub to my friends in facebook. Thanks again and God bless!!!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

LeanMan - That's the way to do it ;) Thanks for the visit!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

Para, I want to echo your comments, the Filipinos here in the middle east are the backbones of these countries. If they all went home they would grind to a halt! They are on the whole proud of their work and always do their best unlike some other nationalities.

I am biased, I am married to a Filipina and have been there several times, in fact I hope to retire there very soon on my middle east earnings!


Paradigm Axioms 6 years ago

Great hub Paraglider. I just came across it and wish I did sooner. Better later than never (not like the hub's going anywhere, unless you delete it). You put it well into perspective on the work ethic and talents filipinos do have. I am American Filipino, so obviously there is a bias in my opinion. But from the perspectives of former and current people I work for in the restaurant business, they do highly praise and seek out to hire filipinos because of the points mentioned in your hub and then some. Again, great hub.

Salamat ("Thank You" in Tagalog {Filipino dialect])


bunch1115 6 years ago

thanks im very appreciate your story for us filipinos


Bench L 6 years ago

Hi Paraglider - As a whole, i would still say that really Filipinos should be proud of their race, for we may poor at present and endure thousands of hardships but the thing is we persevere and rise to this difficulties as always. I just cant believe that Filipinos have this inner passion to be good on whatever endeavors they may be. And such, its also an amazement that even in this difficult circumstances you could still see a lovely smile in their face.

Dont worry Philippines, just be patient it might not be at this time but I know sometime in the near future, we will rise to the ashes of our current chronic difficulties and become one of the most diversified culture, proud on the things done, but always humble on its origins.

May God's providence be in every honest endeavors we have, and He's radiance leads us to the day we are purposely been created.

Kudos to all of you pinoy's and a humbling "Thank you" Mr. Paraglider.... you meet us for a reason.... hehehe.. Cheers !


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi guys - this little hub seems to have been rediscovered and passed around in recent weeks. I'm pleased to say that in the two years since I wrote it, my continuing experience here in the Middle East has merely reinforced my earlier impressions. I'm glad I was able to give something back through this small effort. Thanks all :)


Rajiv 6 years ago

Many thanks to your awe inspiring hub for all the industrious, family-oriented, and talented Filipinos. May God bless you always for recognizing my race's immense contribution in the Middle East that inspire us Filipinos all throughout the world.


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14ounce 6 years ago from Philippines

I really like this hub. I am a proud Filipino. Thank you Paraglider.


Dr. Steward Boss 6 years ago

It's great to know the Filipinos' hard work doesn't go unnoticed. It's ingrained in Filipinos' psyche to consistently be the best they can be especially when working alongside other nationalities. Whether the high quality work emanates from a competitive trait or a compensatory mechanism for the country's negative image, it makes no matter as it yields positive feedbacks nonetheless. If only the Philippines had a more competent governance, I'm sure Filipinos back home would be motivated to generate the same high standard of work output as the ones working abroad. I hope Albert and Macattack have put enough sense into the diminutive skulls of the negative Nancies so I say no more.


macattack 6 years ago

Sorry to be Filipino... I am so sorry for you too... clearly, you are bitter. For you think that you have not been given an opportunity because you were not cute enough... Get over yourself... Your problems were self inflicted. Love yourself a little and your will be surprised how many people will actually love you for who you are.

The Philippines is a great country and as a people they are hardworking and takes pride in whatever they do... Just like other nationalities, there are questionable characters, but it is not fair to make a sweeping negative remark.

For the one who said all Filipinos are thieves.. News flash... there are thieves in every country. Some worst than others. If you have not been out of whatever hole you live in, AGAIN! DO NOT MAKE A SWEEPING REMARK about a whole nation!!!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

And I too, but it was Heineken, in Doha Ramada Library bar. When I drink San Miguel, it is in Le Club at Stufital. Cheers!


albert 6 years ago

Thank you too PARAGLIDER.

Honestly, all this time I've been in the Middle East - I have kept quiet.

This time though I had to say something.

Bless you for starting this page.

Here's to a pleasant evening. Cheers! (Am enjoying a very cold bottle of San Miguel)... a nice treat to close the day.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Welcome, Albert. Though I don't understand Tagalog, I get the gist of what you're saying :)


albert 6 years ago

We as a country should take pride in being PILIPINO. And from there all else will fall into place - we shall shine and dazzle the world even more.

For that idiot who had his bottle of coconut vinegar confiscated at the airport terminal in Manila, find the time to read the condition of carriage on your airline ticket. Vinegar is not allowed even in your checked-in luggage - dahil corrosive liquid yun. Get over it - tanga ka dahil di ka nagbabasa.

And for you lady who had a difficult time getting a job because you think you've been discriminated. Instead of whining - you needed to figure out how you were packaging yourself to be hired. You need to love yourself first before others can love you. Kasi kung inisip mo na pangit ka kaya di ka natanggap sa trabaho di mo nga makukuha ang position - because it will be in your aura na di ka masaya sa hitsura mo. I hate to say this, marrying someone blond is a validation that at the back of your little mind you need to improve your genetic lineage. Woman work on the charm factor instead of being negative! Ikaw din papangit ka lalo.

I am proud na PILIPINO ako. And love being PILIPINO.

We easily smile mainit man, o binanagyo at binabaha. SMILE pa rin.

Where else can you find people smiling kahit ang sama na ng traffic? Sa PILIPINAS.

So time to talk about politics? LOL!! Let's find a venue for it some place else.

Much thanks.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

"Our people are sowing good seed abroad which, we one day will reap in our land."

Very well put. In these days of useless money, banking goodwill may pay real dividends sooner than you think. Thank you for visiting :)


Pinoy si Jay-ar 6 years ago

it disheartens me to see that those who gave negative feedback are Filipinos themselves. I am a Filipino. I can attest that yes, Filipinos in the Philippines often give special treatment to foreigners. I feel that this roots from what we call "colonial mentality." White is better, pointed nose is prettier, etc. Too unfortunate. But I am not losing hope at all. I know that one day (it may not even be in my lifetime) that the Filipino people will see itself for what it is - a great nation! I feel that we are a giant but when we look on the mirror, we're veiled and we see a hopeless dwarf.

I am a christian, and in my prayers, I plead to God that the blood sown by our Fathers (Jose Rizal, Bonifacio, and the rest) will not be in vain. There is a cleansing (from the highest seat of authority to the ordinary citizen) that will have to sweep this entire nation so we could be who God called us to be.

I see that the Filipino diaspora is still part of God's plan. Our people are sowing good seed abroad which, we one day will reap in our land.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

RCC, and JoJo last week - thanks for the read and comments :)


RCC 6 years ago

Paraglider thanks for the Article...

Share you this word from my boss.

" I'm confident Filipnos are continuesly working without my presence. You leave them and they finish the job. you can achived production from this hard working filipinos

Other nationalities you leave them they don't work at all you must be at their presence pretending to be working hard.

My companies are mostly employed with Filipinos now and that's what i preferred."


Jojo 6 years ago

i immigrated to America when I was 12. I became naturalized at 14. Although I am an American now deep inside my heart will always be filipino. My parents have always taught me to work hard if you want the best that life has to offer and treat people like you want them to treat you. My mother told me that the most important way to communicate without saying a word is to smile. A smile is like a universal language of good will. My mother has the most captivating smile I have ever seen. To this day that work ethic is paramount in everything I endeavor. I believe that is why the character of the filipino is well admired around the world. It comes from family values taught from generations to generations. There are good and bad in all nationalities but as far as family values the filipinos are well up there. Thank you for the hub. It is truly inspiring.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Bunnyjumalon - you are most welcome :)

And thanks to both previous commentators, whose posts I missed, till now!


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bunnyjumalon 6 years ago

Just wanna say thank you kind sir (paraglider) for the compliment to the filipinos. It's a breathe of fresh air, makes me more proud of my race! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!


jennifer anne 6 years ago

Hi, Paraglider.

As Filipino kids we are always taught to be humble. I just learned the that the expression "toot your horn," is real when I came to the states...Despite the personal achievement I have: being good in school, being part of the dean's list in college, Monbusho scholar, being a part of a great healthcare organization,I never really bragged...until I came to the States...and yes, it's nice to toot your horn. Thanks you for tooting the Filipinos' horn for us. I know a lot of the Filipino population truly appreciate it.

Jennifer Anne


pinoyconnection/Lin 6 years ago

Paraglider, Gladly glide with you thro' the Hubpages.

Ironical,that it takes a non-Pinoy to blow the trumpet for the Filipinos.Nevertheless, SALAMAT PO!

(Read my hubs..will make you smile..another wonderful trait of Pinoys:we are a cheerful bunch even in the midst of adversity).


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Jill - links are always welcome, so be my guest :) I don't know quite when, but sometime in the next couple of years I will be visiting your country. Happy New Year to you and yours too!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Hello Paraglider,

I didn't know that you had written this hub about Filipinos until I saw it today. What a great way to start my new year.

Thank you very much for this tribute to Filipinos. I am proud to be a Filipino.

If you do get a chance to visit the Philippines, please don't forget to tell us so we (hubbers from the Philippines) can get together with you.

I'd like to link this to my website about the Philippines, if I have your permission. Thank you very much.

All the best to you this new year!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Yvonne - so little time, but I'll certainly visit before I finally stop travelling (if ever!)


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yvonne16 6 years ago from Philippines

great hub..I thank you for dedicating this hub to us (Filipinos)..I hope you get to know more about Filipinos if you can often visit our Country too...


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

itcoll - thanks for that!


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itcoll 7 years ago

splendid.there is no other article that is as comprehensive as this.


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