If we can find out what is wrong with the Philippines/Filipinos, then maybe we can find out what is wrong with YAP. Do you agree?
Well actually I found this Article posted online, written by Teddy Benigno, entitled: Culture: The real culprit (reprinted from Philippine Star 11 March 2002)
In this piece, this renown Filipino journalist was writing about a Yank by the last name of Fallows, roving corespondent of Atlantic Monthly, who back in 1994, wrote his best-selling Looking at the Sun after four years laboring in the cultural vineyards of Asia.
And it was this same fellow (Fallows) who coined the term “damaged culture” to depict the Philippines, whose controversial comments about the country weren’t received by Filipinos but in time, all his assessments had turned out to be dead right (in the words of TCB).
If you care to read this particular article of TCB then click here: http://www.geocities.com/benign0/aboutus6.html
(by a group who call themselves Get Real Philippines)
But if you aren’t much of the reading type, you can read this excerpt below:
“Individual Filipinos are at least as brave, kind and noble-spirited as individual Japanese, but their culture draws the boundaries of decent treatment much more narrowly. Because these boundaries are limited to the family or tribe, they exclude at any given moment 99 percent of the other people in the country. Because of this fragmentation, this lack of useful nationalism, people treat each other worse in the Philippines than in any other Asian country I have seen … The tradition of political corruption and cronyism, the extremes of wealth and poverty, the tribal fragmentation, the local elite’s willingness to make a separate profitable peace with colonial powers – all reflect a feeble sense of national interest. Practically everything that is public in the Philippines seems neglected or abused.“
What do you think?