Since I have spent nearly 10 years in the Philippines, I can safely say the single, worst kind of Filipino, are those who came into “New money.” Most other Filipinos refer to these people as “1 day millionaires” since they have no clue as to the concept of managing their finances. Let alone save a single centavo for anything, including themselves. Their families. Or even their future. These people, in my opinion are the worst kind of Filipino, because they almost always, and immediately, turn their backs on practically everyone they ever knew. In some cases, even family.
The first of this new breed I will talk about, are the squatters. They infest the entire country like rats, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of them or their actions. But within their own circles? HELL YES!! The minute any of them get some quick cash. Off they run to buy all kinds of shit they DO NOT need. 32″ Flat Screen TV’s. Stereo’s. Karaoke machines. And any other items they can use to place themselves on a bigger shit-box than their neighbors.
No matter how large or small their families are. Nothing of relevance is ever bought to improve their lives from a more logical standpoint. These people will be the first-in-line when it comes to Government handouts. And then 5 minutes after they get their check, off they go to buy something they don’t need. And whatever cash is left over, will surely be used to either feed all the free-loader relatives that just happened to come along. Or it will go towards some beer and cigarettes for the weekend. And these are the very same assholes who complain every minute of the day, about how corrupt the Government is. And how it owes them a living.
Sorry son. You need to get off your lazy ass and make a better life for yourself. On your own. And when you do find that better life. Do your family a huge favor. And take some money management courses at your local college.
Now we come to the next bunch. The actual working class Filipino. What separates them from the squatters, is this breed has some kind of steady 9-5 job. This allows them to have a more suitable residence for all the status symbols they are surely to buy. There is one bright star within this group. Since rent or a mortgage are now part of the picture. It has managed to create some level of money management. This seems to slow down the pace of running out and getting items they don’t need. In my opinion, the apartment dweller appears to be the smartest of the new money Filipinos.
This brings us to the final and absolute worst Filipino of all. The new home owner. I call them “the worst” because of the simple fact that once they have the ability to build a new or nicer home. They will do everything in their power to see to it that their house is better than any other residence in the barrio. The wonderful example on the right, is what happens when impatience (and shitty materials and contractors) come into play.
What is this constant insistence with the Filipino to outdo one another? It only proves what a selfish ass you have become. In this case, I personally have more respect for a thief who steals to feed his family. than I do these sad-sack excuses who burn through money in an effort to appear better than the others.
Sure… You may have a big fancy house that looks great from the street. But once anyone steps through the doorway, the interior is almost always never finished. No windows. No flooring. Nothing. But hey… there is that big, fancy, 32″ Samsung flat-screen. Right beside that new Karaoke machine.
No wonder most foreigners are laughing at the sight of these pathetic attempts at status. At least in the west, we DO know how to start at the bottom, and work our way up to what we desire. And in most cases. Deserve.