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#1 protein_gusher

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 04:15 PM

we always hear others (foreigners specially) praise us filipinos for being a very welcoming and hospitable people.

truly, we go out of our way to make sure our guests are comfortable, we show them our best behavior, treat them to the best food, the best room in the house, etc. etc. --- we all know the drill.

but i got to thinking: are we hospitable because we feel inferior? is hospitality the result of a difference in social rank?

do we treat others whom we feel beneath us the same way? example: if the family of your katulong came to spend the night, would you give them the guest room?

note that in countries like france and australia, they're not as hospitable as we are. is it because the french and the australians feel superior to us?

what do u think?

#2 anduril64

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:51 AM

I do not think so, we are just a naturally hospitable people. Social rank is a different matter entirely.

#3 protein_gusher

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 11:54 AM

so u would give the guest room to your maids family if they come for a visit?

on christmas time, when all these cultural minorities come to the metro and knock on your door you would open your gates and serve the best meal you have in the house?

thats what hospitality means, right?

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:53 PM

Not really... I think it's because Filipinos like to give the best they can offer to guests, either at par with us or higher... We sorta have a showy nature of proving who has the best... And our pride is a part of it also.

Syempre sa katulong hindi... May pagkamataas ang ugali ng pinoy eh.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 01:14 PM

Compare to all other nationalities, Filipino are most hospitable. I guess it is more of a cultural heritage, values instilled to them. People who are eating, regardless of the expensive or very cheap good they are eating, they will always offer a stranger food. No way that this is due to inferiority complex. Keep it up.

Edited by kenshin11, 12 June 2008 - 01:15 PM.


#6 LYCHEE

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 01:23 PM

historically the pinoys have been hospitable to all foreign visitors (esp. the spanish colonizers)...but if you mess up & abuse that hospitality, you'll end up like magellan. :upside:

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:43 PM

it's in our culture

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 12:21 AM

I don't think so.

We just want to boast, that's all. :lol:

Let them use the nicest china, the newest blankets, the best tasting food they'll come across, etc. etc.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

I still reckon espanyol lang ang may pakana nyan para sa kanilang kapakanan nung unang panahon.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:02 PM

Or Private Daniel Smith

..but if you mess up & abuse that hospitality, you'll end up like magellan. :upside:



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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:07 PM

I don't think so.

We just want to boast, that's all. :lol:

Let them use the nicest china, the newest blankets, the best tasting food they'll come across, etc. etc.


i think this hits a spot.

i agree mahilig tayo magpabida.

that' also the reason why we react the way we do when we feel slighted, when our hospitality is abused. its an affront to our ego.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:50 PM

I don't think so.

We just want to boast, that's all. :lol:

Let them use the nicest china, the newest blankets, the best tasting food they'll come across, etc. etc.


:thumbsupsmiley: tama! sometimes its ok to treat them and all but i dont think its cool
bending backwards just to please them.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 02:41 AM

Those are the things I miss about Philippines is the hospitality me being a british born filipino there is a big differents on how Europeans act compare to Filipinos im not just talking about UK but europe as a whole. So it's always a pleasure for me to go to the Philippines.

#14 mc_darklight

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:55 PM

we're born to be hospitably but unfortunately we're born with crab mentality also....

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 04:18 AM

the longing to be accepted sooner by the superior race is the reason why most pinoys are hospitable...the moment the visitor feels comfortable with the host, the host may now brag "kaibigan ko yan"

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 04:54 AM

I think Filipinos are hospitable because we are. It is a good trait to keep and be proud of.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:16 AM

I think Filipinos are hospitable because we are. It is a good trait to keep and be proud of.


my original question delves into the real or hidden reason why we are hospitable.

whether we realize it or not, i think that we are hospitable because we feel inferior. races that feel superior to others are rarely hospitable people.

maybe the next time we are feeling hospitable (specially in the case of foreigners) we can pause a moment and ask ourselves: "am i treating this person/s well because i feel/am inferior to them?" would you treat them the same if they were your brown kababayans whom you feel are beneath you?

strip away all the pretense and go deep down into your real feelings.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:31 AM

its on the blood...

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:28 PM

this inherent quality of us pinoys makes us boast about our heritage handed to us by our forefathers. I think that more than the feeling of inferiority, it is our ability to make our guest feel at home that make us a good host to say the least. I hope that this quality in us will indeed propel our country into Asia's top tourist destination in the near future.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 12:04 AM

hospitality has nothing to do with having an inferiority complex. I dont see any french with i.c. being hospitable, even to their countrymen.

masyadong kasing mabait ang mga pinoy, we abolished slavery a loooooooong time before the americans went to war over it. sa mga "god fearing" onaks, ang paglatigo sa isang slave is normal. sa pinas, kapag minura mo ang katulong mo, ikaw ang masama. a world of difference. too bad the thais are giving pinoys a run for their money in the "hospitable" business.




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