That is very true tksensei..... I have just this hour got back from my first ever trip to Scotland (Edinburgh), and my perception of Scottish women was tainted a little by Susan Boyle. How wrong I was..... some stunningly beatiful ladies.
Hehehe Susan Boyle captivated the whole world with her great voice, she may not be a stunner to me her humble attributes and singing prowess, for me makes her beautiful, besides physical appearance no matter how beautiful it is may fade but inner beauty will last for a lifetime...
Love the Philippines! People there are very friendly! But, you guys need to do something like overthrow the corrupt politicians or something... the country has beautiful beaches but kidnappings are world famous!
The people there are resiliant, they know how to live well with very little. They have a real sense of humor, and they have a practical side to them that makes them very smart about things around them.
The are basicly a good people who deserve much more than they get. They have been used by other countries, not Just the US, and that wear on them shows at times.
I very much enjoyed the country and the times I have been there to work and visit.
My sister-in-law is Philipino and see is great! A fine example of a good Christian woman. A little uncomfortable about how we were treated when we pulled out but we should leave everywhere and just worry about America.
I would say something about Filipinoes: I would like to thank paraglider for writing about Filipinoes.
I am a filipina who is currently in the US. Filipinoes are all over the world working and trying to support their families back there. They care for the world, working as nurses and health care provider, where other else wouldnt.
Filipinoes are known for being caring, loving and love for the simple things in life..
i am glad i have this opportunity to let you know exactly what i think of Philipine people that i know.
The most beautiful, hard working angels i have ever met. Seem to have a good word for everybody, whilst under estimating themselves greatly....... At work we have a girl in the laundry, she has had to leave her child behind, but she just works hard, everywhere she goes, she lives calm and neatness behind her. Her husband is the cleaner, and he is beautiful also, so nice to the patients and staff, and a very hard worker. Cris A is almost divine. talented, kind, time for everyone...... i just have only praise for the people i have known and loved from the philipines
and to all: thank you for all the comments about the Philippines, bad or good, like other nations it has its own challenges and history of ups and down, independence and struggle. It is the only christian nation in South east asia because we have been colonized by the Spain for three hundred years and they have brought this religion, way back b4 colonization, our ancestors are pagans. But like other nations, we continue to develop our inner strengths and abilities. It continues to search for its identity as a nation.
What we are now is of course a product of our history and like the rest of other nations we have our own struggles and continue to better ourselves. Filipinoes are known for being helpful in times of needs, caring, loving and love for simple life.
I have visited the Philippines and I am very impressed. Despite a colorful history that most living there want to forget, Filipinos are hard working and are known all over the world. They are friendly and generous and decent. They have some of the nicest foods and nicest beaches and holiday spots anywhere. Living and holidaying there is so cheap and good value. Manila and Boracay and Cebu are recommended as are Bohol for the Chocolate Hills and many coast resorts. There's over 7,000 islands. Over 200 languages. $200 buys you a lot there! £200 buys you more. It's on my list of places I want to retire to when I am old enough. Plus I was well treated there and have all happy memories.
I am not saying this just because I am a filipino,(living in US now) but I think my fellow countrymen are nice people, love to be happy, caring and are hardworking, but of course not all. Like any other country it has imperfections and continue to find solutions to the problems that it is encountering.
to topgunjagger: good day to you and I wish you could change some of your bad notions of your fellow countrymen, be part of the change if you want!
i am part of the change, that's why i don;t lie about my fellow filipinos when i talk about them=) you're right about one thing though, filipinos are loving people, "towards foreigners" not their own kind=) good day to you.
why is it that every other people I met, they say that Filipinoes are the nicest ones, but you think otherwise, i advise you to look deeper in to yourself, what is the root cause why youre thinking like that and start from there, maybe you really want to change for your ownself because you perceive that as the problem, or maybe you are frustrated because maybe some people you know are like that, majority of filipinos I know are good ones and loving, they are accomodating to foreigners because they are friendly people..
Hey prettydarkhorse, ignore him please. He is also a loving Filipino you know, so loving that he is now in a foreign country loving the 'foreigners' who live in that country and he hates his own kind. Yep, he is a loving filipino.
You're part of the change? Reaaalllyyyy???? Oh i see, you're change was to deny you're a Filipino, leave the country that you also denied and insult the ones you left online (and I bet offline too). If that's being 'part of the change', I'd rather not be part of it at all.
And didn't you say that everyone's a fake and hates the color of their skin, then that means you are also a fake and you hate the color of your skin. But oh I forgot, you're not a filipino anymore. tsk.
i'm not, i'm pilipino, you know, the people who wouldn;t change the name of their country because united states said so=) and if you're not one of the people i'm talking about, why are you so offended? peace sister=)
Just curious, How long have you been away from the country? Because you know they changed Pilipino to Filipino back in the 80's. Or didn't you catch that lesson from your school if you were still here in the Philippines at that time?
And by the way, you can't speak things like that here and not expect us to answer. Unlike you, we love our own kind. It's you who obviously does not so you're part of that 99% eh?
dont say anyhting at all if you have nothing good to say, but if otherwise you should not generalize and vent your negative feelings for a country which took care of you and if you keep on saying negative things which are unfounded about the country and its people, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, maybe its really time for me to change now..because in my looks am still a Filipino and I should be proud to be one,
I have stayed in Manila for short time. I am impressed by the people there. They are so friendly, very hospitality. Men seem very respect women. But it's heavy social pressure country I think. Religion and social morals bound people so much.
I'm married to a Filipina. She's here on hubpages as userneme goodcook. Most Filipinos I have met are nice but I honestly think that other guy was talking about how the government treats its own people. They seem to have nothing while all the foreigners who bring in American dollars get to lay on white sand beaches and stay at beautiful resorts. But if you go into town and see how the goverment treats them its a shame. For the most part its not soooo bad but theres definitly more that could be done by the higher up corrupt poloiticians at the top to help the people out of their conditions. I've seen both ends there. The nice resorts and stayed in the slums with my wifes family. I treated it like I was camping with a few less luxuries.. I think the continual flooding and torrential rain has a big part in why the place never seems completly cleaned up. As far as the people themselves about 95% of them seem "super" friendly. Everyone treats me like a "superstar" when i go and I repay them with a six pack of San Miguel and give the kids rides on my new jeepney for a day at a waterslide resort. It can be great fun if you don't mind living without luxuries (like hot water showers)!
I met a SEA game karate champion while there and transported his teams floor mats to a show in my jeep[ney.. could be same guy.. is he involved in the SEA games as the Philippine karate/ jiujitsiu coach.
Im from the Philippines and all I can say is that its really nice in here. The people and its beautiful places. Filipinos are good people in nature. One thing I hate about Philippines is politics. Our government officials seems not to care about the situations of its people. All they are thinking is power, they only think of themselves. But besides its corrupt government officials, Filipinos are initiative and creative people. They always have a solutions for their problems.
Take this from one indian, In my life i've lot of good experience with Philippines people than any other people in the world. One thing i like about them is they keep relationship without much expectations. I've some good pinoy friends online.
Well as a traveler, I found Philippines as one of wonderful places for vacation. They've got lots of tourist spots and no one will say NO to the beautiful beaches. And of course, people are really nice and hospitable.
Philippines is a great place to retire. Especially in the islands, like Cebu, Leyte, Bohol. etc. You can buy very fresh fish direct from the small fishermen, but you have to go to the beach early in the morning to be able to buy their catch.
I have spent quite a bit of time in Davao and Samal Island in the last year. I like Davao a lot for its laid back attitude. The people are friendly but are held back by the political system and the lack of jobs for everyone. Infrastructure could be improved, when it rained it always seemed like the place was flooded! Plenty of cheap accomodation available though. I stayed at a few places on Samal and as long as the weather is kind I found it very relaxing. I will go back again.
There is the summer capital of the Philippines which is Bagiuo city. Weather is cool up there little bit like hawaii, except that it's located in the highland are. I prefer to live in an Island facing the Pacific ocean.
I am another filipina here in hubpages and working in a government. though I don't consider myself a 100% nationalistic, I guess I belonged to the 1% of the population who never dreamed of the living in another country, not that I am against them, maybe it's because I still have hope for our country. Anyway I love my country and I agree that we have many beautiful people here, everybody can be very good especially if treated well and given the chance.... on the other hand I also admire beautiful people in other countries. Thanks to all who said beautiful things about our country and US. and to fellow filipino who seemed to dislike fellow filipinos, I understand you, but sometimes things like those are not good to discuss especially if being read by people in different nationalities, anyway this is almost a public forum so maybe you have the right. generally it's not always right to talk bad about something or someone. But peace I mean no harm here, let's all get along and support each others hub
@Rookie70 why does your filth have to come into this.
I live here in the Philippines. I am a Canadian. I have a small company here and we do Search Engine Optimization and we build website with Wordpress...specializing in Auto Blogs.
The culture here is diversified. Many dialects in their language. One thing about Pinoys is that 99% of them are afraid of ghosts. They are very superstitious (sp). The girls are very jealous and they believe that jealously is love! Many prefer the Quack doctor to a regular doctor. And they believe in witches!
Now this may not all be true but I guarantee you that it is very close to the truth.
My workers are different than workers from the US. They are not fixated on showing up to work on time. I understand that because they cannot predict the transportation they are using.
The educational system here is kind of a joke. I won't go into details. One thing I have noticed in my workers is lack of desire. They work their 8 hours and they are gong. They do not take anything home with them to study unless I push it on them. Why? For many Filipinos they will never make good money. The government takes 36% off their wages. The most typical way a person gets ahead is by their family connections high on nepotism.
Pinoys are generally friendly and responsible. However, they will tell you they want the job and never return the next day. They just hate saying no. Pinoys hate confrontation. They call it saving face.
I could tell you many more stories about Pinoys. I have lived here now going on 4 years. I have a sweet girlfriend who is very good to me. I will never go back to Canada.
I love it here even with the pollution, corruption, brownouts and poor infrastructure.
83blackhatworld, I only told you what I know, and out of all honesty, it is nevertheless true. That is what the women there are known for here in America. You may not like it, but it is the truth. Sorry if the truth hurts, but I am not going to disclude that info. Some other comments were about how women from the Philipeans are hotter than Asian women, and that I just elaborated on it. They are indeed hot, but in my opinion, Asian women are hotter than they are.
It's just your opinion that it's sad. I could care less about the Philippines and women from there. Who cares? That's why I'm glad I have the 1st Amendment, and this website itself is a democratic entity, and I have every right to openly state my views on anything, anyone, and at any time, whether you Republicans like it or not.
For the most part, I don't think many people are really familiar with the Philippines. It is pretty far from the news and not a lot is written. I have literally talked about Manila and people don't know where it is. Yet it is the 11th largest metropolitan area in the world.
The unfortunate part is the Philippines has a lot of ties with the rest of the world yet there is general lack of knowledge on the part of people outside the country.
The Philippines is not a homogeneous country it is very much like the US in that there are many different people living together in a culturally diverse country.
People are very kind and polite in the Philippines. There are actually many different indigenous people in the Philippines. There are also people from Spain, Korea, China, and many other Asian and European countries who have settled there. The US also has a strong presence there.
I feel bad sometimes when I see the street people in Manila or the people working the sugar fields in the Bacolod area.
Since I have been to the Philippines many times, I see many people trying to live a good life. When we look at some of the stereotypical ideas many people have of the Philippines, most represent the fringe of the population.
The true beauty will be found in places like Bulacan, or a public market in one of many cities. This is where you see the average person in the Philippines. If a person goes to a place like Forbes Park in Makati or in the malls or clubs, the wont see the average person and their view will be skewed.
The Philippines is a beautiful country and there are many kind good people there.
The view of the Philippines for most is non-existent. Many others often see the fringe there.
Well reading all these posts is very interesting. I am a foreignor living in the Philippines. I have been here nearly two years, am happily married to a filipina and we have built a fab house overlooking the sea. All sounds great doesn't it? No, actually I hate living here and am planning to return to Europe for all sorts of reasons. I don't want to offend my Philippine friends here but you are the architect of your own misery.
Everyone blames the government, corruption among officials etc etc but really they all want someone else to solve their own problems. The reason for this is in my opinion simple. The education system here is crap. Kids leave school with barely any skills. Nice handwriting and little else. Try going into a store and buying something for say 35 pesos. You tender a 50 peso note and guess what, the server will use a calculator to work it out!! What is worse is that ten minutes later with the same situation that server will do exactly the same.
Finally before some good points some more bad stuff. The Philippine economy is almost entirely based on overseas money. Tourism = overseas money. Overseas filipino workers = overseas money. Immigrants like me who account for billions of pesos coming into the economy every year = overseas money. Yet they treat foreignors, who live here like targets, from which to extract money. We are given no rights at all and no thanks for spending our dosh here. I will sell and move back to a civilised and educated intelligent society asap.
Having said all that the place is beautiful, the women are wonderful and it is fairly cheap to live here. C'est la vie...
It is very interesting to read all these comments (bad or good) about the Philippines and the Filipinos. I am a Filipina living in Germany for almost 30 years. Although I live in Germany longer than the Philippines,I still am very connected to my home country. I am proud to be a Filipina! We are friendly and hard working people. We make the best of everything, come what may. There is bad and good in every country and its people. For me, I am trying to practise the good things and the good habits of both countries I am in...
I have met several Filipino's and found they are a very friendly and accepting people. I have just recently fallen completely in love with one and plan to marry her in the near future. The only thing I have really notice as a bad trait is that they seem to be very critical of each other. Other than that very amazing people as a whole.
I've traveled to far flung places around the world, but the Philippines was an experience like none other. It was a land of contradictions; where the poorest people were often times the most generous. Where although there are over 7,000 islands, many of the Filipinos I met, did not know how to swim. Where paradise and poverty blended and overlapped, in a dazzling and somewhat disconcerting manner. It was a country full of promise and yet under the suffering "crescent moon of Mindanao", true peace and prosperity lies unfulfilled.
I was greatly touched by the numerous stories that were shared with me by Filipinos from all over the Philippines. Their openness and generosity of spirit melted my heart. I hope one day to return and to bring back what I promised.