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1 hour ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

I greet a lot of Filipino guests for condos I manage and I think everyone of them have said thank you so it might depend on the situation. 

It might also depend on the social status of the people you deal with. I do think that most Filipinos express gratitude when you treat them kindly. The wealthier Filipinos are the ones that seem to think they are better. Just got back from my afternoon drive and was held up at a busy intersection with a Wang Wang group going through. No Govt. plates but plenty of police escorts. 3rd time this month. 

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19 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

I greet a lot of Filipino guests for condos I manage and I think everyone of them have said thank you so it might depend on the situation. 

What I tend to recognise here is if one is personally dealing with Filipinos as opposed to casually running into them situation  is different.

The examples I gave were slowing car to allow pedestrians to cross, in this case the only recognition is the car behind blasting his horn. Also door opening, in your case your having personal dealings, I agree and have same experience.

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On 12/21/2018 at 10:14 PM, Jake said:

Hmm.....class distinction in the Philippines?  No not really, as compared to India's caste system.  But attitude in the Philippines says it all.  We have all witness it -- the Filipino aristocrats walking around like their shit don't stink, by saying: "don't you know who I am?"

Another trait that is quite apparent is the discrimination against the folks from the province (she's "provencia" meaning lower level on the food chain).  Don't forget the attitude against the indigenous people like the Igorots, the Mangyan, etc.  

And finally, the game of "name dropping".  Someone else can explain that.  I already mentioned our personal involvement in a post a long time ago, where a possession of a certain business card can get you out of a jam.  

Anyway, my comments are on the back of this bill.  I want some change back, OK?  

3 dollar bill.JPG 

I have a friend who lived there for a few years back in the 80s. His social circle was top crust. His GF, part Filipina, was the niece of a famous international star. He has commented to me about how lowly they regarded the common people and the things they would call them.

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On 12/22/2018 at 5:22 PM, Arizona Kid said:

Whenever traffic is backed up for miles..kilometers..it's usually one of 4 reasons.

 

1. Traffic accident.

2. Funeral procession.

3. Fiesta time.

4. Parades for some kind of school or something..balloons tied off to the cars included. 

These kinds of things might have been considered normal traditional behavior back when oxes were pulling carts, but nowadays people need to get to work on time.:angry_80_anim_gif:

Where I'm at, it's usually a trike on the national highway taking his own sweet time. They need a minimum speed limit. If you can't do 40kph, you don't need to be on the national highway.

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On 12/24/2018 at 9:47 AM, RBM said:

I think here the local culture does include manners how ever seldom now are they expressed. 

I notice filipino friends and family of my partner always express appreciation, how ever open a mall door for someone, slow the car for a pedestrian to cross and rarely does one get an acknowledgment. 

When I slow or stop for a pedestrian to cross the road, all but one time they acknowledge the act by Sauntering across the road. The one man who picked up the pace shocked me!

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7 hours ago, robert k said:

Where I'm at, it's usually a trike on the national highway taking his own sweet time. They need a minimum speed limit. If you can't do 40kph, you don't need to be on the national highway.

Where I'm at we get the occasional pedicab strolling down the national hwy. A regular occurrence is a string of the basura collector pedicabs strung together with about 8 to 10 of them being towed along by a tricycle on their way to a junk shop.:no: 

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On 12/31/2018 at 1:30 PM, Reboot said:

I have a friend who lived there for a few years back in the 80s. His social circle was top crust. His GF, part Filipina, was the niece of a famous international star. He has commented to me about how lowly they regarded the common people and the things they would call them.

Wife tells me about the times when she was a young girl growing up here. There were those both male and female who would look down on those less fortunate. They were called "mata pobres". Translated loosely it would mean "killers of the poor". 

Then, there were young girls who were among the common people not wealthy and not poor. They wanted to keep those who wanted to improve themselves, "social climbers". Like for instance, if a girl bought or was given a nice blouse or dress, they would call her a social climber".  Then there is the "crab mentality" that most everyone is familiar with. They find fault in anyone who is climbing the ladder of success. 

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On 12/31/2018 at 7:32 PM, robert k said:

When I slow or stop for a pedestrian to cross the road, all but one time they acknowledge the act by Sauntering across the road. The one man who picked up the pace shocked me!

Getting a filipina to run in the hot sun is probably an exercise in futility.

 

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1 hour ago, Reboot said:

Getting a filipina to run in the hot sun is probably an exercise in futility.

When I see a Filipino run ( actually walk fast) she is probably  late to work and has wet hair.

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6 hours ago, Reboot said:

Getting a filipina to run in the hot sun is probably an exercise in futility.

 

If it were the filipinas, it probably wouldn't even occur to me to take notice of it. It's when the men saunter across the road when they realize you are not actively trying to run them over. Even as wrecked as I am, I will pick up the pace if someone stops for me. Then again, the guide at Caramoan asked if I would make it up the hill to the lighthouse, but he was the one gasping halfway up, at barely half my age too.

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