Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wow, Robi's ligtas yo.

I'm sure you've had the chance to meet the kind of Filipino you would call coño. He's the type of person who usually speaks fluent, or almost-fluent English most of the time, but struggles with Filipino. Whenever he would speak Filipino, it would almost always sound like "Can you pass me th...the...lapis! There! lapis right?" Normally, they are associated with the upper class, or upper middle class. They're elitista to most of us, and to some, annoying. "Ba't naman kasi nag-Iingles pa 'yan eh Pinoy naman siya?!"would be normal comments from people who have recently met one of the coño type. That comment is pretty mild, considering the fact that they are even accused as not being in touch with Filipino sensibilities, despite living in the Philippines for most of their lives. A stigma exists that puts the 'richer' ones in a negative light, when there may be even more to these 'richer' people.

It's really easy to accuse the coño person as someone who does not want to embrace his own Filipino culture, but one recent conversation from a really close, supposedly coño friend of mine revealed otherwise:

"You know, [most] Filipinos don't really like elitists or rich people but they want to be rich, they want to go abroad for better jobs, they want to be more Americanized, they want showbiz and when they hit it, they want to fit in that crowd - and yet they look down on rich people and put value on the "real world" values on the street [so much]."

That was the first thought that went through his mind, based on his own observations. It was bothering him that coño people were less listened to by the supposedly purer Filipinos, for the simple reason that they did not know how to commute, nor were they familiar with balut and isaw. It bothers him that accusations about them are made just for being who they are. We may not know it but while there are really coño people to be loathed for their actions, we have to be able to separate hating from action from hating because we cannot relate. In the same way that the 'poor' want some understanding, I think that the rich also deserve some too.

It really is disturbing that there are lots of people who hate the rich so much, but when they end up getting rich themselves by some twist of fate, they end up embracing it. Why cannot we just accept the fact that even within the Philippines, different kinds of people exist? Sure, there are people who cannot even ride the MRT or jeepney to save their own lives, but they are Filipino too. Lots of these kinds of people actually try to embrace the Filipino culture, within their reach. On the other hand, why do some richer people embrace being rich so much that they look down on the poor? Why can't we all just accept that yes, were born in different settings, but we all struggle with life almost equally? God never gave us things we can't handle right? We just have to accept our differences and learn to live unbothered by these little differences in lifestyle. Kahit anong mangyari, Pilipino ka, basta gustuhin mo.

52 comments:

danieljr said...

yeah. galing. actually, I did not watch pbb kanina for I dont want robi or rona to be evicted, they are both good.. I hate the way other housemates reason out with regards sa nomination, just because youre well off?? rubbish. haay, kung ako ang tatanungin, mukang matagal pa bago mabago yung ganyang mentality sa pinas.

link ex po.. http://danieljr.wordpress.com
pa namn nlang as daniel confesor jr.

tnx uli! :D

iking said...

I thought in the first paragraph ur article was anti-poor(anti-me). just like what most filipinos have the tendency to breathe in to, being judgmental to a person they dont even know at all. judging based on their physical and superficial things around them. but you can nevr hide the fact that some experienced a scenario which involves some incident or if i may traumatic experience coz if this things didnt exist you wont write anything. yeah, "coños" always labeled as anti-poor and vice versa. some even hell-hate the counterpart. but at the end of the day, they both have different worlds they can avoid each other but can never hide the fact that they are both existing.

on the "wow, robi's thing......
hmp...yabang! if di naman atenista si robi si rona maliligtas...see... di naman pala ganun kayaman mga atenista rona had a close fight than cook and archuleta..wahahha.... and di naman ganun kagaling lag-english si robi max magaling xa magtagalog... mas magaling mag-english si rona kasi bisaya!!! wajhehhehehe...


snob lng tlga mga "coños" kya ns2bihan ng mayabang..hehehhe


peace out! i am enjoying ur blog!whew...

iking said...

I thought in the first paragraph ur article was anti-poor(anti-me). just like what most filipinos have the tendency to breathe in to, being judgmental to a person they dont even know at all. judging based on their physical and superficial things around them. but you can nevr hide the fact that some experienced a scenario which involves some incident or if i may traumatic experience coz if this things didnt exist you wont write anything. yeah, "coños" always labeled as anti-poor and vice versa. some even hell-hate the counterpart. but at the end of the day, they both have different worlds they can avoid each other but can never hide the fact that they are both existing.

on the "wow, robi's thing......
hmp...yabang! if di naman atenista si robi si rona maliligtas...see... di naman pala ganun kayaman mga atenista rona had a close fight than cook and archuleta..wahahha.... and di naman ganun kagaling lag-english si robi max magaling xa magtagalog... mas magaling mag-english si rona kasi bisaya!!! wajhehhehehe...


snob lng tlga mga "coños" kya ns2bihan ng mayabang..hehehhe


peace out! i am enjoying ur blog!whew...

Anonymous said...

congratulations robi! "Why can't we all just accept that yes, were born in different settings, but we all struggle with life almost equally? God never gave us things we can't handle right? We just have to accept our differences and learn to live unbothered by these little differences in lifestyle. Kahit anong mangyari, Pilipino ka, basta gustuhin mo." i agree with you mikee!
-dana =)

A.K. said...

Yes, i agree. But sometimes I can't help but be annoyed by "conos" who don't even lift a finger in trying not to be indifferent.. the ones who are out of touch in the things happening around them.. the ones who live in make-believe worlds so when reality hits them, they never understand..

what they need is to be more socially responsible and to try to reach out, as much as they can. That way, they will not be labeled as "apathetic"

sophia said...

mikee, you're right. however, in the philippines,there's this setting that rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer.the poor hates the rich because the rich is the standard why there is poor.we can't blame the poor if they hate the rich.it's what they call envy or somewhat insecurities of the poor to the rich.

Lee Heon Jin said...

He is indeed safe...

At least, his good English-speaking skill only shows that he has a good educational background...

And he is worth to stay at Big Brother House... that is...

Anonymous said...

wow mikee!!! akala ko, talagang ligtas na si robi pero hindi pala. nominated nanaman siya. :( -dana

Jorty said...

ugh, RObi is nominated again. Screw PBB.

Here's my link:

http://luckwatchero.wordpress.com/

I'm Luckwatchero!

margaux said...

mikeeeeeeeeeee anu baaaa nominated nga ulit robi! hay. teka di ko pa tapos basahin yung post mo. basahin ko muna.

padresalvi said...

meron akong coño classmates sa unibersidad na pinasukan ko. nung una ko silang makita eh may pagkainis ako na nadama sa kanila. maybe sa way ng pananalita nila and stuff. pero nung nakilala ko sila, nag-iba na ang pananaw ko sa mga coño. ambait kasi nila hindi lang sakin kundi sa iba pang mga taong nakikita kong kasama niya. tama nga ang kasabihang "you cannot judge a book by its cover".

--

mikee. natutuwa ako sa mga posts mo. ok lang ba makipag link exchange sa iyo? salamat.

Mikee said...

hahaha si iking ata may nakatagong galit kay robi. joke. pero para sa akin, di pa rin tama yung reason kung bakit siya na-nominate, kung tama yung nabalitaan ko. 'di ko napanood kanina eh. 'dun sa mga nagpapalink, wait lang, lilink ko tomorrow.

Mikee said...

well if we can't blame the poor for hating the rich, then we can't blame the rich for getting richer at the expense of the poor. Kung ganoon din lang, walang kwenta. Pero kung peace lahat, at masama ang mag-hate, mas may mararating.

kaakaams said...

I couldn't agree more, Mikee. :D

iking said...

waheheheh....
NOMINATED ULIT SI ROBI!!
SANA THIS TIME, SYA NA!!!!
WAWA NAMAN SI RONA......

keyti said...

Haha. Title palang ng post, conyo na! :> I know people who talks that way, and I admit I get quite annoyed about it before. :D I think I am becoming of one those people now. :)) Nevertheless, I can still guarantee that I can talk straight English o diretsong Filipino.

God bless, Mikee! :)

gErniE said...

hello mikee, I'm a big fan of yours and nagkataon na nakita ko tong blog mo..hehe.. I read some of your posts and I actually enhoyed doing so... Yey, robi is safe but then nominated nnaman.. the reason of the housemates for nominating him is so dumb... grr... I'll drop by again pag nag-update ka na..tnx..

jay said...

hey idol! robi is nominated again for the same reason. uugh!

and i think he wants to voluntarily exit sabi sa uber. huwag naman! go robi!

Mikee said...

padresalvi anong link mo gusto mo ilagay ko?

Mikee said...

onga,tama si a.k. Dapat may effort lahat to reach out.

DC said...

"We just have to accept our differences and learn TO LIVE UNBOTHERED BY THESE LITTLE DIFFERENCES IN LIFESTYLE"

i really hate this sentence. napakadaling sabihin pero kung uunawain parang walang pag-asa.. n parang gusto mong sabihin n "wala akong pakialam, basta mabuti ang lagay ko" sabihin mo kaya yan s lahat ng mahihirap s pinas... at alam mo ba kung ilang milyong tao ang tinutukoy ko? sabihin mo kaya yan s mga taong hindi kumakain s maghapon at s mga taong walang-wala... sa mga taong kumakalam ang sikmura hnd katanggap-tanggap ang mga cnabi mo... hnd nmain kasalanang maging mahirap... bkit nga b nagigipit ang taong gipit? ahh cguro my nanggigipit... cguro hnd mo tlaga alam kung gano kasensitibo ang mga pilipino...

at dun s pnanalita n cnasabi mo... gani2, punta k ng probinsya, pakinggan mo tono nila, cguro mapapancn nila n bago k hnd s itsura kung di s diksyon... at kapag nagsama-sama ang mga conyo at may isang probinsyano, cno ang maiiba? ganun dn ang sitwasyon ng nag-iisang conyo s harap ng ibang tao...

advise ko lang, pakikisama... dapat alam mo yan galing k ng pbb... kung ano ang wika dapat yun ang salita...

-DC-

Clarice said...

I've recently hated PBB (or should I say, the housemates inside)for letting someone down because he has the money and, the intellectual capacity as well.

Some housemate, as she was conversing with her fellow housemate, pointed out Robi's attitude of taking the matters in his shoulders all the time and wanting things to run in his own perception. Which is I think, is only fabricated by her own thoughts because of how Robi builds up his thoughts differently from all of them.

My point is, if she can't accept Robi's opinion or attitude in that matter, then, there's no point in respecting her own opinion or thoughts as well. Now that is unfair.

Robi stands out among them because obviously, he's one of the only few (and counted) housemates who has a good persona.

Nadala ata ako ng feelings ko. Haha. Well I like your post regarding the 'more fortunate' bunch being kicked out of the house just because they are the more privileged ones. Link exchange? I'm a fan of your blog since now.

Have a nice day! =D Thank you.

Mikee said...

DC, sorry pero sa palagay ko, 'di mo na-gets 'yang pangungusap na nilagay ko. Ang ibig sabihin lang naman niyan, 'wag mairita na may coño o mahirap. Kasi kung 'di mo na papansinin 'yung mga ganoong 'di na kailangan pansinin, mas madaling makisama.

Mikee said...

hi clarice. nice opinions. give me the link you want me to include.

Clarice said...

Oh thank you. here it is: http://thescholasaticbarbie.blogspot.com.

I'm to read more from your blog soon.
Thanks Mikee!

Anonymous said...

you can't blame these poor people for having such shallow minds. they just want the good karma back at them so bad. i mean, who knew what they might have been doing for the past blah years, working their ass off and at the same time, praying for a miracle.

since we are classified under the more privileged ones and having the stigma of conyo,apathetic people, i guess we are expected to give more of what we have to others. in a way we should make an effort to prove them wrong:)

BB ROBI pa rin ako:)

padresalvi said...

eto nang blog ko na to.

http://padresalvi.wordpress.com

nalink na rin pala kita sa blog ko. salamat mikee!

Delver said...

Hello po Kuya Mikee. Haha. Kay po yung bet ko nung dating pbb teen edition. Haha.I've read blog and I was inspired to make my own too. I was inspired by the entries you post because the topics really involve real-life things. I hope you'll continue posting here. More powers po!

PS: pa link naman po..
annoyingdisturbance.blogspot.com

salamat po!

Delver said...

Hello po Kuya Mikee. Haha. Kay po yung bet ko nung dating pbb teen edition. Haha.I've read blog and I was inspired to make my own too. I was inspired by the entries you post because the topics really involve real-life things. I hope you'll continue posting here. More powers po!

PS: pa link naman po..
annoyingdisturbance.blogspot.com

Salamat po! :]]

robi said...

hehehe yeah! I celebrate to see robi still in the house. Pero paglabas niya pakibatukan, praning yang friend mo, balak lumabas for the good of his co-housemates na immeasurable nman, hindi niya inisip ang for the good of the millions youth watching PBB and looking for a role model. hehehe well comment lang yun kasi ayoko talaga umalis siya I want him to win. but for your blog that never mentioned anything about robi except the title,some cono people (not all ok) are in fact nicer and more real than trying to be cono people. and not so nice comments such as those are merely brought about by inggit and shallow understanding.

oh well we can't please everyone.

pluma said...

ooopppsss sorry!!! mistype! I'm pluma not robi hehehe

Anonymous said...

Di ako sumasang-ayon na naiirita ang mga mahihirap sa mayayaman . "Sa palagay ko " naiirita lang sila sa ikinikilos ng ibang mayayaman dahil alam nila na kung saka-sakaling yumaman sila ay di sila aarte ng ganoon dahil alam nila ang pinanggalingan nila. Hindi sa ayoko sa mga mayayaman pero dapat ay matuto silang makirap sa totoong mundo. Minsan nga ay namimisinterpret ang mga cono pero normal lang yon. Siguro ay lalabas din ang tunay na ugali kapag tumagal na ang pakikitungo mo sa taong iyon at di rin tatagal ang maling tingin nila.

-aoi sora- said...

Actually, what you say is true, Mikee. Kahit ano nga naman mangyari, Pilipino ka, basta gustuhin mo. It doesn't matter where you stand in society or how you speak. In most cases though, people tend to judge others prior to understanding them. Yes, we (I'm not excluding myself. At times, I do it too.) DO commit prejudice against those we don't know. I remember a saying with a similar theme, "We are accustomed to people who scoff at things they do not understand."(?-not so sure about the exactness).

I believe that this negative trait present among Filipinos is not limited to our race alone. This is carried by all individuals - excluding innocent persons- in anticipation to threats. Now, due to rehearsal, the trait becomes a habit. The saddest part in that is people started to create "stereotypes". Thus, "-ism"s came about - racism, regionalism, etc. But what the heck? Sure people in the Philippines are different than those in Japan, people in Manila are different than those in Cebu, people in Las Piñas are different than those in Parañaque,people living in my house are different than your family...but does it change the fact that we're all humans?

If we can empathize with your dog by its bark or with your cat with its purr, then why can't we do the same with our own race, right? Why do we always feel calloused indifference towards our own kind? Oops...got a little carried away. I'm very sorry for this long comment.

Regarding Robi, he's a nice guy. I rarely watch "teleserye" at night, neither do I watch PBB but he really attracted me to watch the show. He seems interesting in his own ways.

PS I'd like you to know that, like Robi this season, I was fond of you too when you were in the house. Although, I have to admit that I still didn't watch PBB back then. I just saw you once (yes, one episode only) and I thought you were unique.
Oh yeah, it's my first time commenting here. I hope you don't mind. A good day to you~! (@^-^@)

iking said...

wow, katamad ng magbasa.
dami opinion and thats fine.

pero sana po,

COOL LANG!!!

Christian Rillera said...

I have a particular level of agreement to the things you said in your Robi post.

Anyway, I kinda used Robi as my example in one of my posts in my blog. I have that one in my Multiply though.

Here is the link:

http://xtianupdpolsci.multiply.com/journal/item/16/The_Rich_and_Poor_Dichotomy

Good day. :D

Anonymous said...

Konyo! It became the joke between me and my friends. Binansagan kasi kaming mga konyo, jologs nga kami eh. We are aware of what's going on sa paligid.
Tulad na lang nagyayari ke Robi sa PBB.
Bakit kasi pervade ung idea na nakakapag converse ka in straight english at pag galing ka sa magandang pamilya o' eskuwelahan ateneo for instance eh malamang konyo ka.
Ikaw Mikee Konyo ka ba?
Godspeed Mikee..

DC said...

"Why can't we all just accept that yes, were born in different settings, but we all struggle with life almost equally?"

almost equal pala ha... para mo n ring cnabi na kokonti lang ang diperensya ng isang milyon s piso o ang kita ng basurero at ng isang CEO... cenxa n, ako kc yung tao n hnd dapat laging sumang-ayon... pero hnd nman lhat ng cnulat mo ay mali para s kin... idol nga kita... puro lang kc bow ng bow ang mga nag-cocoment d2...

cguro dpat mg-lagay c kuya ng mga kritiko s pbb house... yung walang pinapanigang housemate... ganito kc pinapanood kong reality show, kung nasiyahan ang mga kritiko may papuri, pag sablay may puna... hnd katulad ni gabby halos masira ang kotse "that's good" pa rin cnasabi

more power!!!

-DC-

ryzandara said...

hi mikee!!!i luv ur blog!i like u from da start...and in this season i like robi naman...i like u both..kasi ur so mabait tska matalino!i hope makita ko kau!

guyz vote for ROBI..

BB ROBI!tnx!

Purple said...

mikee, does robi have a blog too?

Mikee said...

well dc, dun sa recent comment mo, tingin ko pa rin talaga halos equal lang eh. kasi kung piso lang ang meron mo, pero titignan mo nang mas mabuti sitwasyon mo, mas masaya ka pa rin sa mayamang masama na malungkot. nasa perception din eh, and yun ung equalizer dun, na kaya daanin sa perception and opinion.

Mikee said...

i dunno if he has a blog eh. sorry.

Vichelle said...

I thought it's exactly about Robi. Hehe. well, I couldn't agree more with everything you said. (speechless) very well said! :)

purple said...

it's okay. =D
by the way,can you pls link my site?
http://jagmeek.multiply.com
thanks! =D
God bless you!

PS: Gonzalez po yung surname ni Bianca, hindi Gonzales (sa list of links mo). hehe correction lang po.=D

Mara said...

Hello. Classmates kayo ni Robi Domingo? I really support him.

Tricia said...

wow! ang ganda ng entry na 'to. I actually experienced that before and kahit ngayon pero mejo nalang. Before kasi I was actually as normal as iba (I'm not saying na anu ako. hehehe!!!) Pero yung way of living namin before, just as ordinary as most of the Filipinos here. Then nung grade 5 ako, we transferred sa International School in Saudi Arabia. Na feel ko yung differences and kung ano ano pa. Una, ang weird ng feeling kasi parang sila ang yayaman. Di sila marunong magluto kahit rice. Then nung umuwi ako sa Philippines to have my high school studies, ayun na. Ako naman ung nasasabihan ng rich daw ganun. Sobrang dami kong nacompare pero kahit ganun man, hindi naman talaga importante yung kung anong meron sila. Ang importante is kung anong klaseng tao sila. Ewan, talaga naman ang Pilipino, pag mayaman ka, sasabihan ka ng mas nakakalamang. Pag mahirap, dapat ikaw ung intindihin. Which hindi naman dapat. Fair lang dapat diba? Cge Good Day Sir. Hope you visit my site kahit once lang :)

-DC- said...

mikee dun s reply mo... medyo naligaw ako s paliwanag mo... yung paksa kasi n cnabi ko ay kung paano nabubuhay ang tao, hnd tungkol s nagpapasaya s kanila...

pinanganak tayo s mgkakaibang lugar, sitwasyon, at estado kaya my iba-iba tayong tingin at pakahulugan tungkol s buhay...at ang pinakahamon "kami ay ipinanganak n papunta p lang s tayo nyo samantalang kayo ay nariyan na s cmulat cmula p...

ito ang realidad, tulad ko marami kaming hinto muna s pag-aaral s dahilan n para s iba ay pera lang...

wag n nga nting talakayin ang tungkol s estado ng buhay dhil npakasensitibo... lagi nting cnasabi n "naiintindhan ko ang dindanas mo" pero ang totoo yung taong nkranas din ng pareho ang tunay n nakakaunawa... tulad ng ofw s kapwa ofw, mhirap s kapwa mhirap, mayaman s kapwa mhirap? idaan s pulitika

more power at gud luck s studies!!!

-DC-

Julius said...

this conflict roots from the never-ending struggle between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. Take some time studying your social sciences and you'll find out that this way of thinking is well-ingrained in many cultures. I don't say this is a good thing though. But take some time to reflect why the poor hates the rich and vice versa. Ciao.

reinzy said...

"we all struggle with life almost equally"

You're wrong.

The poor struggle to survive each day. They struggle just to get by.

The rich, well, I don't know what they struggle with. To stay rich? Whatever it is, it sure is not of the same basic level as the struggles of the poor.

Mikee, stop rationalizing that it's a matter of perception. It's not.

Mikee said...

kaya nga 'almost' eh.

I've seen and met really happy poor people, even happier than the rich and famous i've met, so i stand by my claim.

-DC- said...

ang layo nman s "almost"

ntanong mo b yung mga mhihirap n nkilala mo kung gusto nilang yumaman? kung hnd pakiblikan cla at tiyak hnd cla masaya s pila s nfa rice... o bka msaya cla nun dhil kumpleto p at ngaun ay nsa iba't-ibang panig na ng mundo para tumakas s khirapan...

mka-robi dn ako kya lang hnd ko gagawin ang gnawa mo n gumawa ng artikulo para s kanya... hnd bulag ang taong-bayan para sbihin mo kung cno ang karapat-dpat, dhil ano? dhil kapwa mo xa atenista? ang bigat nman ng kiling...

my artikulo k rn tungkol s "crab mentality" s pagkakataong iyon my isang katang n nkawala s kahirapan... nkakatuwa d ga?

peace po! more power!
-DC-

Tricia Marie said...

go ateneo!

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