We’re not the greatest, but we act like it

This was on Miss Angola's FB page.

The following is the author’s own opinion. Should you care to go against it, feel free to do so.

“Oh god. We lost again. ” I said that out loud as I was listening to the radio announcing the results of the Miss Universe pageant. In reality, I didn’t care who won, I was, in fact, saying that because of the uproar that would surely follow Shamcey’s defeat. You see, I’m all for supporting Filipino Talent, and I was disappointed at her loss, but the after-effect of her loss was what I was truly dreading.

When the results of the Miss Universe pageant was released, there was a torrent of outrage against the pageant (and Miss Angola) and  sympathies and accolades for Miss Shamcey Supsup. “Why couldn’t she win? She’s beautiful AND smart! She spoke in perfect English and didn’t need an interpreter. Plus, we all voted!” Don’t try to deny it. You thought that way too. I do too.

People were mad. Or the internet made it seem so. Whatever the case, there were people who posted all over Facebook, taking shots at Miss Angola and the judges. There were people who called Lea Salonga a traitor, and others who made up quotes from celebrities like Oprah.

But when I did check Miss Angola’s fan page, I was incredibly dissatisfied. There were lots of Filipino “Haters.” Many of them were mad, and took their anger to a fan page. Stuff like “Congratulations to your interpreter Miss Angola” or “I still like Miss Supsup better.”It seems that we Filipinos are acting like children.

This was on Miss Angola's FB page.

Thousands of Filipinos voted for Shamcey, many of them believing this was an instant ticket to victory, but some didn’t even bother to clarify anything. Winning in the online vote is just a guarantee to get a higher score and skip a few rounds, not winning.

I’m not saying she’s not deserving, being cum laude and topping an exam is hard. I’m not even sure about my own exam results.

What ticks me off is that we love to make up facts (like the “Oprah said this”) or try to include ourselves as the best in everything. I recall a list counting off the most important revolutions that ever happened, and Filipinos became mad over EDSA not being included. People even went on to say “it’s the ONLY peaceful revolution in the world!” Apparently, Gandhi is violent.

The truth is that we’re not the greatest country in the world. We’re also not the greatest race. This “Ang galing talaga ng pinoy!” mentality loses meaning when we continue to copy American HipHop, submit to Western brands, and fight against those who wish to advance our country. Let’s face it, we HATE criticisms.

When Alec Baldwin made the comment on Filipina Mail-order brides, how do you think he made that statement? Why would he say it if it wasn’t general assumption? Of course, it is bad to say such things but the fact he said it should be a wake-up call.

I saw it before. Women go to America just to find husbands, then divorce them when they get their green card. It would be okay to marry if they truly loved the person and kept the marriage, but they made money the reason, not love. For a country so entrenched in love, family values, and religion, the practice of gold-digging has become common.

Young Filipinas get tricked into prostitution by human traffickers offering husbands and jobs abroad, most of them never finding their way back home. Sometimes, people look to foreigners, and by extension, OFWs and Filipino Immigrants, as nothing more than bags of money; A get-rich quick scheme. If we’re so hurt by a joke, shouldn’t we be hurt  by the truth?

The truth hurts. We have to deal with it. Miss Angola was probably better liked by the judges. Whatever the case,we won’t advance our country if we get mad over little things. We won’t become what we imagine ourselves to be if we just imagine; we need action. And so, if you really want to prove me wrong, don’t comment, go out and make it true.


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  • kagalingan

    hahhahaha kung magsalita ka naman parang kasali ka sa mg napakaastig na pinoy…..sosyal daw e, marunong mag-ingles. so? ako rin

  • Mark Reyes

    I proud to say that this guys is my batchmate!

    right on!

    Even if Supsup wins, this country would still be “the sickest man of asia.”
    Pageants are just red-herrings.

  • Cheng E

    I agree with you Linewave. And we just keep on hearing and reading that overused or “gasgas” as we term it in Filipino, the famous phrase, “Proud to be Pinoy!”

  • KR

    i guess because Filipinos gets a boost into doing these things but hanggang jan na lang ba tayo. yung pang boost lang? tama yung article. we should do something about it instead of just rant and rant like little children.

    Sometimes, we have to accept defeat before becoming winners. You will never be a complete WINNER if you’ve never dried defeat.

  • Cj

    Forgive me for saying this, but i think people like baldwin, tsip chow(correct me if im wrong) are the true pro-filipinos, they have the guts to say things which you wouldnt expect to hear from a fellow filipino cause we are having delusions of grandeur. When tsip chow said that we are a land of domestic helpers, a lot of eyebrows raised and they threw a lot of blasphemous oath on him, but is it true?
    when mr. baldwin gave a comment about the mail order bride, derogatory words rained upon him. Cause we only sees things like these as criticism and not as a wake-up call. We are a great nation, but we aren’t the best.

  • the observer

    This is a wake up call for all of us Filipinos to learn. I don’t know kung bakit nagiging ganito ang ugali ng karamihan sa atin. Dahil na rin siguro sa impluwensiya ng media natin na kung makapagbalita naman ay highly overrated. Minsan nga mali-mali pa. Halos buong segment puro Shamcey nalang ang pinag-uusapan. Pati pagpapakilala ng boyfriend Shamcey sa papa niya ibabalita pa! Wow so much nonsense!

    Just take for example yung nangyayari sa hostage-taking drama. Kung mapapansin mo, pagkatapos nang pagkatapos ng pangyayaring iyon, andaming taong nagsusulputan sa crime scene para umusisa. Yung iba nagpapapicture pa! wow galeng!

    At eto pa. Mas tinatangkilik pa natin ang banyagang wika (Ingles) keysa sa sariling aten. Pagtatawanan pa natin kung nagkakamaling mag Ingles. Nakalimuta ko na yung pangalan basta beauty queen yun na sobrang na-isyu dahil mahirap mag-Ingles. ayan…

    tsk tsk

    may pag-asang pa kayang magbago? i certainly hope so…

  • Pag natalo ang Pinoy, we’re sore losers, we tend to find fault with the winner & whatever systems in place that made the other person/team/country the winner.

    Pag nanalo ang Pinoy or some Filipino achieves abroad like Lea Salonga, Manny Pacquiao or Charice Pempengco, we claim “Proud to be Pinoy” “Yan ang galing ng Pinoy” or “The best kasi ang Pinoy”…failing to realize that is the achievement of that one person, not the achievement of the entire Philippines.

    If someone points out the flaws about Filipinos & the Philippines, the usual reactions are:
    – “racist” if a foreigner said it.
    – “traydor” kung kapwa Pinoy living in the Philippines.
    – “nakarating ka lang sa ibang bansa yumabang ka na. Wag ka nang bumalik dito, dyan ka na lang!” if from a Filipino based abroad said it.

    I think we can only achieve greatness as a nation if we work on correcting our flaws & mistakes as well as capitalizing on our strengths.

    • Mark Reyes

      Mam, I just loved what you said.

  • robert martello

    most people dont get the point of these pagents ,its all PC and rigged for the good of the sposores.

  • anastacia palma-suarez

    WHO CARES!!!!!!