A foreigner calls the Filipinos monkeys

I AM SEETHING MAD.  I HAVE NEVER FELT THIS ANGRY BEFORE.

You see I thought this would be an ordinary Monday morning.  Like I usually do, I hitched a ride with my sister and brother-in-law from Laguna to Mandaluyong City.  When we reached their condominium compound, I got down and went out to get a cab going to Quezon City.  When I exited the gate, I saw this foreigner in a nursing uniform (I'm not sure what her nationality is) waiting for a cab near the usual tricycle/taxi loading and unloading spot by the right side of the gate.  Knowing better than to join the long line of commuters, I walked the opposite direction until I was at least three houses away and waited for a cab.  Finally, I was able to hail one and got in.

I was about to close the door when suddenly, the foreigner appeared, pulled open the door, and started screaming!  "HEY! I WAS WAITING WAY BEFORE YOU! THIS IS MY CAB!  YOU...YOU...YOU...STUPID FILIPINOS!  MGA..MGA..UNGGOY!"  ("Hey! I was waiting for you! This is my cab!  You...You...You...Stupid Filipinos!  You're...Monkeys!")  And then she slammed the door and walked away.

I was stunned. And so was the driver.  When cab moved forward and passed by her, I rolled my windows down and told her, "There was no line you dumb ass!" And when the cab drove away I could still see her screaming profanities and insults.

It definitely wasn't my finest hour.  And I knew it neither the smartest nor the most civilized retort.  But I was caught off guard.  And this is the first time I've experienced this kind of racial slur.

I felt every blood cell in my body boiling.   My hands shaking, I called up my sister.  I was so mad and insulted I felt like crying.  Insult me, my personality, my looks, whatever, and I would be fine.  But insult my race...God! I can't even begin to describe the varying degrees of anger that I'm experiencing right now.

All throughout the taxi ride I was muttering profanities. 

I know, being seen as an inferior race is a battle that we Filipinos have been weathering through since time immemorial.  But to experience it in our own land...!  Call me naive, call me idealistic, but no one has the right to do that to me or to any other Filipino for that matter.  If you think you're so superior then what are you doing here--taking advantage of the education my country has offer? Enjoying the privileges my government provide for people like you?

I've been to other countries, some of which have habits as distasteful (or sometimes even worse) as some of the traits we Filipinos aren't proud of.  But if there's one thing I've learned from traveling it's that to respect each nationality's idiosyncrasies and appreciate the values that they encompass.

Something that that girl, apparently, with all her first-world attitude, hasn't even begun to comprehend.

I only hope, for her sake, she doesn't come across one of them "tambay sa kanto" people. Let's see how far her superiority complex will take her.

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  1. naknampots koryn. sana binaba mo na. grabe yung babaeng yun a. kapal ng mukhang magsalita ng ganun at nasa pinas siya. syet.

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  2. I know. I should have handles the situation better. Pero, Rain, na-shock talaga ako.

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  3. Grabe naman, isipin muna nya kung nasaan sya bago sya magsalita ng ganun against Filipinos.

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  4. That's because she's smug and she thinks she can get away with it.

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  5. That's awful. I don't know what I would have done. Most likely I would have been rooted where I was and possibly just gave her a finger. I'm glad you retaliated. :)

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  6. I actually feel bad. I could've said or done something better than a "dumbass" retort.

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  7. kainis yon a! at anong ginagawa niya sa pinas kung inis pala siya sa atin?! sana tinawag mong "white trash"! basurang-basura ang ugali.

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  8. True! She's taking advantage of our country but at the same time belittling us. Talagang kumulo dugo ko!

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  9. Kulang pa nga yun e. Kung ako yun binabaan ko yun.

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  10. SANA MA-MASSACRE SYA. BEFORE THAT, SHE SHOULD ENDURE A VERY NASTY SEXUAL ASSAULT. PI NA MGA YAN, SILA NA NGA ANG BWISET NA BISITA GANYAN PA SILA.
    Sorry bout the angry post, haha.

    HI KORYN! TENG TO, FROM UH :) REMEMBER ME SIS?

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    1. it proves high incidence of sexual crimes in the Philippines...you seem to be proud of the many rapist in the Philippines...totoo naman unggoy mga mukha ninyo...tingnan nyo mga bibig nyo parang sa ungoy ang form.

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  11. TENG! Haha, nashock naman ako sa comment mo. But then again I really wanted to strangle her at that time hahaha.

    Of course I remember you. Musta na? :)

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  12. I am a Filipino too...good thing I have a lesser percentage of Filipino blood. I do agree that Filipinos behave like monkeys...see... they don't even know how to form a line. Filipinos cross everywhere on the street with all the gestures of a monkey in the jungle, Filipinos don't use the pedestrian lane...they urinate and shit everywhere...we are in the 21st century yet...a small rain can flood the streets like an ocean...it's because Filipinos think like monkeys...they don't know how to create civilization. They use jeepneys and have to curl their bodies like monkeys...what shit is that...willing to compromise all conveniences...Filipinos are animals. They can't even wear a helmet when riding their scooters... I am always embarrassed when I flash my Filipino passport in foreign immigration. In fact, I was held by one immigration officer in Singapore because she thought I'm not supposed to be a Filipino and should not board a cebupacific plane...

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    1. @Anonymous September 19, 2012 12:04 PM

      Oh, hello, troll! Didn't know you roamed these parts too. :)

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    2. It's funny how you presume to be better than us when the reality is it's obvious that you aren't. To put it mildly, you're stupid. You make sweeping generalizations, an act lacking in intelligence. I'm not even going to bother with your grammar nor your inability to properly use punctuation marks. Your biggest folly however is that you are trying extremely hard to run away from something that is every bit part of who you are. You are so ashamed of your Filipino roots that you desperately try to deny it instead of working to be a Filipino that you can be proud of. You decide to call us,as well as yourself by the way, monkeys. We'll I've got news for you. You're no monkey. You're nowhere near smart enough.

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  13. The immigration officer was right, then. You're not a Filipino.

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  14. Peter, I don't know how to use punctuation marks properly as that is what law shools in the Philippines taught me. My school is the University of San Carlos, one of the top law schools in the Philippines and I am in the top 10 of my class.. Isn't that funny...I have been to law school yet I still don't know how to use punctuation marks. Philippine education is the best!!! ;) Maybe I topped my class because my classmates are monkeys ;(

    I'm sorry for being honest...we,Filipinos are always in denial...why can't we accept that we are inferior so we can start improving. Let's raise our standards oi!!! Di puro social climbing pesteng mga unggoy! Kahit gaano kamamahal mga gamit mukhang chimay/unggoy pa rin!!! good thing I don't have Filipino features...and hey, yeah I do get perks from expensive resorts here and treated like VIP just because, I don't look like filipino...monkeys!!!

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    1. Dear Anonymous,

      Majority of the people who commented on this blog did not graduate from law school yet we perfectly know the right punctuation and tenses.

      So don't blame PH schools for your bad grammar, poor intelligence, and shameful attitude at that. The problem is not with the schools. It's with your upbringing.

      And since you hate being a Filipino so much, please do everyone a favor and migrate.

      Yes, this is a nation whose idiosyncrasies can make even the most patriotic Filipino sigh. But the fact that we recognize that makes everyone else in this nation whom you hate so much better, WAY BETTER, than you ever will be.

      I PITY YOU.

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    2. Oh, and at least have the balls to identify yourself. But I guess that's asking too much from you.

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    3. You know, at the end of the day we're all monkeys...

      (...which, all things considered, is a mean thing to say about monkeys in the first place. monkeys don't hurt anybody, they just do what they gotta do and have a good time.)

      this IS the stupidest logic leap I've seen in a while, though. "Nyahaha I'm a Filipino but since Filipinos suck I'm glad I can pass for a non-Filipino..."

      rather than be worried about about what race they look like, people should spend more time worrying about how stupid they look.

      My Chinese horoscopy isn't what it used to be but... aren't Monkeys supposed to be crafty and intelligent and such. Crafty enough to walk a little extra and "outwit" other commuters?

      In the end, is being a monkey all that bad?

      -Jon Z. (white monkey)

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  15. Dear Anonymous,

    As Koryn pointed out, most of the people here graduated from Filipino universities but have a decent grasp of the English language. Stop making excuses for your own inadequacies. Seriously, you're embarrassing yourself. This is a moot point though. Self-proclaimed academic achievements aside, it's pretty clear that you are an idiot.

    It comes as no surprise to me then that you are once again mistaken. I am not in denial. I am sorely aware that there's much that can be improved in this country. I encounter a lot of things that are below my standards. Do you know what I do about it? I work to better myself, to be a better Filipino. I strive to improve the things that are within my control. Unlike you, I don't deny that I am Filipino, nor do I go around insulting my own countrymen. Do you know why? Because that doesn't change anything.

    Oh and another thing; you keep claiming that you, "don't have Filipino features...and hey, yeah I do get perks from expensive resorts here and treated like VIP just because, I don't look like filipino." Well, I have two things to say to that:

    1.) That actually sounds a lot like "social climbing" to me. Ironic isn't it? Never mind. I don't expect you to understand irony.
    2.) To paraphrase rule 32 of the internet, pics or not true. Let's see you prove that. Never mind. I doubt you have the guts to show your face. You can't even put your name on your comments.

    Finally, allow me to end this comment in Tagalog, yaman din lamang na mukhang naubusan ka na ng Ingles. Bagaman nakaka-init ka ng ulo, iiwanan pa rin kita ng isang payo. Magyabang lamang ng akma sa kakayahan. Gawain ng tanga yun mag-aangas ng wala naman talagang kayang ipagyabang.

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  16. The anonymous' premise is infalliable.
    Let this person recant his/her genetic make-up that is filipino.
    He/she may not be a monkey. And still human.
    Yet in Medicine, we manage this chromosomal aberration as a case of mental retardation.

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  17. @Anon -I am LOL-ling myself to death with your comments good sir! If anything good can be had with your absurdity, it is definitely that you make people laugh.

    "I don't look like filipino"-- as they say in the intarwebs: PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

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  18. Most Germans, Japanese, Koreans and etc. don't speak perfect English yet they are very successful. Perfect English is not equal to high intelligence. It's called call center intelligence. If you are so impressed with your call center english, FYI, call centers are supposed to provide jobs to prison inmates in first world countries. You all know very well that I am more intelligent than my grammar (that is why you are all fuming hahahahaha!!!). If you Filipinos are so brilliant,why is your country very poor, very dirty, very flooded with most people having IQs BELOW SEA AND FLOOD LEVELS. Your english are oh so perfect with your college degree and even masters degree only to teach KINDERGARTEN english to Koreans..."JUMP" *Filipino with PhD jumps like a monkey just to make sure the Korean student gets it*...and what? for a centavos pay! Only a few establishments have sanitary provisions for the public. How do you wipe your ass? No toilet paper! Only a pail of stagnated water. If you are so smart, why don't you have good drainage? Fecal matter and phlegm float in the flooded streets. Things that are so basic of a civilization are lacking. Things that have been long perfected by engineering several centuries ago are not applied! How intelligent is that? And to Kiko Matsing, using your pseudo medical jargon proves only your ignorance. I forgot to mention my pre law is BS Pharmacy and I topped my class as well, graduated cum laude and almost topped the board exams with an average of 85.96% without even reviewing! So don't try to fool me Filipino monkey you are embarrassing your brothers!!!

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    1. Dear Anonymous,

      As much as I would like to indulge your twisted reasoning, I realized it's no use.
      There's no arguing with a narrow-minded person.

      Instead, I will pray for you. Because you must be a very lonely person to have that so much hatred in you. May you have a good life.

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    2. To the anonymous, indulge us more of your intelligence.

      And to the rest, pass the popcorn please.

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  19. Our guests need to respects what she did wrong, but that it is wrong to be insulted by foreigners. We simply must do is respect and show that we are educated, strong Filipinos.

    Corina L. Palmon
    Contributor: www.ourhappyschool.com

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  20. Let's be honest here. Line jumping is a HUGE problem with Filipinos and this foreign nurse finally had enough of the nonsense. The author of this little rant only walked a short distance away from the line...short enough that the nurse was able to catch her when the cab stopped. Yes, that's line jumping. The 'monkey' insult was unacceptable, though.

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    1. Kindly re-read the entry. There was no line. Hence there was no line cutting. And we were on completely different sides of the street, about three houses away even.

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