From: Living in the Philippines

the-philippines2Most of you may know the Philippines is know for its friendly smiling people, a breed becoming rare in other countries, wealthy or developing. It may most be know by Expat who travel here from all over the world for its non stop low priced quality night life, air conditioned taxis with start up of 60 us cents, beaches, golf courses, the national past time of beauty pageants and fiestas, hotels with service will not get in the best of hotels in more expensive parts of the world. But today there is yet another attraction for those displaced from high paying jobs, on purpose or just because they don't want to work for minimum wage, rather wait out the recession or world wide economic recovery in comfort with maids, helper and caregivers.

Some have been snow birding in the Philippines for years: hiding from the cold. Now some are "economy birding," waiting for the warmer economic climate by hanging out in the Philippines. Here is no sin to be unemployed. They enjoy living here and all the beauties of the country for a fraction of the cost of the more "developed," countries.

For those foreigners who have been here a while, they enjoy most basking not the sun and sea, but the warmth of the people, the Filipinos. For us who have retired here, visiting or just living here for a while, life here is not about the beautiful beaches, mountains, incredible rice terraces, skin diving, kite/wind surfing, five star hotels, non stop night life, massages, great food and low prices. We know being in the Philippines is a thrilling social experience, something you will not find in another country in the world.

Trying to avoid making gereralizations, we include the following from the internet

the word: pinay

google the word pinay. And mail order bride and sexy pilipinas websites flood the search engine results . . . Read More

Pinay Feminism

Since Korean-American and Vietnamese-American scholars such as Laura Hyun Yi Kim and Trinh T. Minh-Ha are significant voices for many Asian American feminists, it is surprising how relatively invisible their Filipina American and Canadian counterparts are in the movement. This lack of visibility is exasperated by the fact that many Filipina feminists have made significant contributions to women’s activism in the developed world, in addition to addressing issues of poverty, social injustice, and violence within the Philippines

from: Philippine Studies

by: Guillermo Gomez Rivera – Friday, April 18th, 2008

Part 1: What is a ‘state’?
Part 2: When was the origin, or birth of the Filipino state?
Part 3: What was the status of the Filipino state in 1571?
Part 4: The integration of the pre-Hispanic ethnic states
Part 5: Maturity of the Filipino state in 1898
Part 6: 1900: The Filipino people was deprived of its own state
Part 7: Was the Filipino state mortgaged and hocked? Was it grossly betrayed? Will the Filipinos remain to be stateless even in their own country?

The Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world. The American occupation was responsible for teaching the Filipino people the English language. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Before the Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought about the construction of Intamuros in 1571, a "Walled City " comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

1898, made the Philippines the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Khopii80by: Khoppi

The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab blood. The Philippines has a population of 76.5 million as of May 2000, and it is hard to distinguish accurately the lines between stocks. From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of merchants and traders, evolved a people of a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture.

The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The bayanihan or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century. Hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes the Filipino. Filipinos are probably one of the few, if not the only, English-proficient Oriental people today. Pilipino is the official national language, with English considered as the country's unofficial one.

Khopii80by: Khoppi

Last January, I started looking for a job. I submitted my resumés to different companies. I submitted my resumé to one of the super mall here, but sadly, they didn't even call me for a test, interview or training. Submitted resumé to Clark Air Base [I'm not sure if you guys know that place, but it's in Angeles City] for an encoder, but then again, they didn't call me. I tried to apply to one of the call center companies here, but they said, I need to practice my speech. Sigh.

I submitted my resumé as an secretary to a law office but they hired somebody, it's one of their relatives, I wonder, why do they have to say they are hiring when they are planning to just hired their cousin.? I submitted my resumé to other super mall here as an cashier but didn't pass one of their qualifications. They needed 5'2" minimun in height. But they said, they can hire me a sales clerk, so I agreed. I passed all their exams: oral, medical and physical exams. I even completed all their requirements like SSS, TIN, NBI, and etc. But again, sad to say, I wasn't able to attend their orientation and training because it's in Manila, which is 3 hours away from where I live. And it would cost me more than 500 pesos a day to go to Manila for training. To think that my salary is only less than 350 pesos a day. Damn, excuse me for my words, BUT what the hell are they thinking? geess. That really pisses me off!

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Clarence Henderson, an independent management and marketing consultant based in Makati, Philippines, provides an array of services that include strategic planning, corporate and marketing communications, market research/competitor analysis, outsourcing evaluation (including call centers and business process outsourcing), and organizational development. His clients include multinational and Filipino corporations, international development agencies, and firms scattered around the world who take advantage of real time information flows to employ his services. He is a creature of globalization, with clients in Asia, Europe, and the states. While he certainly welcomes the business, he pleads guilty to occasional confusion related to processing information and meeting deadlines in five time zones simultaneously.