PINOY ‘ATA KAMI!

“We, Filipinos are resilient enough with adversities; we can even smile despite the fact that the city has been indundated or houses have been covered with ash fall. We are just one bunch of happy people.”

I uttered these lines or so the other day to one of our senior colleagues who heads the Medical department and hails from Pakistan when she sat with me and another friend-colleague in our university canteen while having our mid-morning snack and talked about the nature’s wrath in Japan recently. My Pinoy friend even told her that Filipinos’ smiles are even wider when there’s a TV camera flashed in front of them during typhoon and other calamity coverage. I could not agree more.

A poet once said, “A Filipino is pliant like a bamboo. Neither typhoons nor monsoons could break the Filipino spirit; like the bamboo, it sways and bends with nature’s relentless onslaughts, but it refuses to yield or die.”

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13 thoughts on “PINOY ‘ATA KAMI!

  1. Well said doc, I agree with you, despite the calamities and catastrophes we had we still manage to smile and move on with our lives. I admire Japanese people though, they’re very respectful, polite and very disciplined, with a long line of waiting for their turn to get gas or food they don’t cut the line just to be ahead of everyone (unlike Pinoy, tuso hehehe sumisingit kung saan pwedeng makasingit sa linya hehehe). I’m glad we moved out from Japan before this worst earthquake 😉 miss you doc ;-P

    1. musta naman kayo dyan sa washington?
      i couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on japan and japanese people. i also experience their attitude, culture etc. of course mas kilala mo sila for you’ve lived there longer, ako naman ay dakilang turista ng 2 linggo lang sa tokyo dati. nakakaawa lang talaga ang apektado ng tsunami at lindol. 😦

      miss you too sards. nagswing na ako sa blog mo. pls do post more often; bising-bisi ka ata sa pagpapayaman! 😀

  2. i totally agree with Kg. simpleng dapa nga lang diba, tayo agad tayo at smile ulit (pang ms. universe style hehehe) We cry yes, pero andyan pa din yung ating winning smile na parang walang nangyari. hehehe at lalong tutuo it ”Filipinos’ smiles are even wider when there’s a TV camera ” nagiiba na ang lahat pag may camera ng kaharap.

  3. My Pinoy friend even told her that Filipinos’ smiles are even wider when there’s a TV camera flashed in front of them during typhoon and other calamity coverage. I could not agree more.
    >>> true. true. but i also wish that soon we’ll develop “discipline” for a step up.

  4. That is exactly how our family and friends were when we were all living in Pinas. Sad to say, those of us who settled in North America left behind a little bit of this gift of laughter when confronted with adversities or insurmountable tasks. Wat Wen Wong? (That’s the name a Chinese couple named their baby who was born blonde and with blue eyes LOL).

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