I found this viral video on the internet a few weeks ago and I thought it was interesting. It’s a video about how foreigners should act around their Filipino friends. It’s quite long, around 9 minutes. The story is about Tommy, a Canadian, and his Filipino immigrant friends. This was written and directed by a Filipino, Ms Shantel Mempin.
How to Act Around Filipinos (Part 1)
1. Don’t expect them to arrive early.
Yes, we Filipinos have our so called “Filipino Time”, but let’s not generalize. There are also responsible Filipinos who come on time. I liked the part about the “tsinelas”. I also do that, especially then I’m at our ancestral home.
2. Don’t disrespect their parents.
Respecting the elderly is very important in our culture. “Pagmamano” and saying “po” and “opo” are signs of respect. Everyone should always remember that.
3. Pray before you eat.
Most Filipinos are Catholics so we pray almost all the time; before meals, after meals, before we start our day, before going to bed, and also before taking exams.
4. Do not correct their accents.
In general, I think correcting people’s grammar or accent is rude. But I think the exchanging of “f” and “p” and also the “i” and “e” is common here in the country.
5. Don’t talk about your punishment around them.
Well, we do have very creative ancestors who thought of such cruel punishments to discipline children. I’m surprised that they didn’t mention the kneeling on monggo beans punishment. Now that’s the best! haha
6. Do not expect expensive gifts.
Hmm, I don’t think so. Filipinos are very generous and “galante” especially on special occasions. If we could afford an expensive gift, we would but it for the person. It really depends on the environment where the individual grew in.
7. Know what “bootleg” movies are.
I thought this was only in the Philippines. I guess they still do it in other countries. I think this is bad though.
8. When a joke is told, just laugh.
It’s a pity he can’t understand Filipino jokes. I think Filipino jokes are the best. For me, English jokes are boring.
9. Always know your Filipino dance moves.
I don’t dance and I don’t like otso-otso. Period.
10. Manny Pacquiao is the best.
I think it’s great that Manny is able to boost the morale of the country but I’m still not a fan. Peace. 🙂
Overall, I think most of these are true. I think that we Filipinos should work on a little bit of culture correction, especially on our “Filipino Time”. They should have replaced the “bootleg” movies part, I think it’s not good for our image. I didn’t find the video too offensive. It’s actually really funny.
What do you think?
*To watch How to Act Around Filipinos (Part 2) click here.