The Filipino Stereotypes

Love Karaoke

83 % of the Filipino women and 72 % of the Filipino men dream about becoming a famous singer… well, i just made these statistics up, but the actual numbers are probably not so far away from those fake statistics. Filipinos just love singing, not only in the shower, but also on the streets (I’ve seen it happen countless times), in the living room, alone or with friends or of course in the extended and so frequently happening Karaoke sessions.

Every Filipina's Dream?

Charice Pempengco, a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube
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Can get friendly with each other so quickly

Filipinos are generally very friendly, so it is so easy for two Filipinos who have just met to turn into instant friends, but more on that later in the Social Experiment ;).

So noisy when in a group

The social experiment: If you bring 1 Filipino to a crowd of people, he/she is likely to blend in, be friendly and nice and sweet. But bring 10 individual Filipinos into a bigger crowd, these 10 individuals, who had never met before, are likely to greet each other, become instant friends and form their own mini gang. A group of Filipino people easily stands out of the crowd with its loud Tagalog dialect and even louder laughter :).

Filipino Accent

I will not say anything on this topic because no one can describe the Filipino accent better than this Filipino guy who is hilarious.

Love life, like to go out

Filipinos love to live and enjoy life. This means that Filipino individuals with very little money in the bank or the wallet are more likely to go and spend a big chunk of this money on a Starbucks coffee, a movie or a night out with their friends rather than saving it for a time that the money is needed.

The Filipino Names

Most of the family names in Philippines come from Spanish origins since Spain colonized Philippines for almost 500 years; yet, that is not the interesting part. The interesting part is having names such as Girly, Honey, Boy, Uno, Junior, Blue, Princess, Queeny, Sweet, Lovely, Sweet-Rose, Virgie, Baby… Basically, if you wanna understand what kind of names some Filipinos have, you just need to imagine some lazy parents who call their child the first thing that comes to their mind.

Just right after a born is baby, I would imagine the parents having a conversation as such:

Mother: so what should we call our daughter?
Father: I donno… anything, like I can care less..
Mother: you know she looks so girly..

Father: ok, what the hell, let us call her girly.

or like that…

Doctor, looks at the mother: What would you like to call your son? 
Mother: Where is my ****ing husband? I bet he is screwing my slutty neighbor again.
Doctor: I have other patients waiting for me, What do you wanna call your son?
Mother, rolls her eyes, looks out the window, sees a blue sky: Just call him Blue.

The he/she his/her equivalence

Many Filipino’s make so many mistakes with he/she… and a common conversation with my Filipino friends would go like that.

Friend: I was talking to Anna today and she said that his husband is cheating on her.
Me: What? really? How did she find out?
Friend: He came back early to find his husband in bed with another girl.

:), it could get more confusing than this and it is usually random and somehow funny. If the story is longer than the story above, it can get more difficult to get the story straight with all the he/she him/her mistakes. According to my friends, the root cause of the he/she mistakes is the lack of distinction between male/female in the Tagalog language.

The Offensive Stereotype (avoid if you are a sensitive reader)

Do Filipinos eat dogs? The answer is that 99% of the Filipinos do not, but what about the other 1 % or even less. Many Filipino find this stereotype very offensive (sorry) and would probably deny this. However, after discussing this “Stereotype” with my one of my close Filipino friends, i got to know the truth. This stereotype has originated from the fact that many homeless and drunk individuals in extremely poor areas do hunt and eat dogs as means of survival. No one would deny that this is a brutal and sickening act, but isn’t killing chicken fish and cows as brutal too? Well… as human beings, we justify all our cruelty by calling it “survival”…  and hey, guess what, familiar cruelty sounds more acceptable than the shocking unfamiliar cruelty which is unknown to us… wow.. this has just turned too serious… back to our topic… Filipinos 🙂

Filipino men stereotypes

Certainly, the stereotypes below do not apply to all Filipino men. However, the occurrences of these situations which I am about to discuss are so frequent to an extent justifying an entry in my Filipino Stereotypes. Here we go:
  1. Filipino men are usually very unfaithful; many might argue that all men from all nationalities do cheat, but the rate at which I encounter stories about broken Filipino families stories is just ridiculous.
  2. A great number of Filipino men suffer from gambling and drinking problems.
  3. An alarmingly huge number of Filipino men are simply unfit to be good fathers or good husbands. A typically Filipino house is financed by the women… women are the bread earners whereas men are usually immersed in their destructive hobbies of drugs, alcoholism, gambling and adultery.

Filipina women stereotypes

Looks and Outer Appearance

Lets talk about the Filipina girls :), you will always meet the occasional beautiful sexy tall Filipina girl with those breath taking curves but I believe that the bullet points below apply to a huge portion of the Pinoy ladies.
Sweet and Cute Filipinas

Typical Sweet and Cute looking Filipinas
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  • Short, the average height of a Filipina girl is 1.517 m (4 ft 11.5 in) according to Wikipedia
  • Most Filipina girls have beautiful Long black shiny hair… the healthy kind of hair every girl wishes for.
  • Flat and tiny nose which almost every Filipina girl i met is insecure about.
  • Tiny ass, which is usually another source of insecurity to many girls.
  • You will catch most Filipina girls so often wearing short shorts, flipflops and a tee shirt, which to be honest looks cute and a little bit sexy ;).
  • Another common not so feminine form is having a narrow waist and broader shoulder.

Character and Personality

  • Caring and loving, Filipina girls are very dedicated, loving and selfless in relationships. A Filipina gf or wife would usually do whatever it takes to make her husband / BF happy. In short, Filipinas are usually fit wives, GFs or mothers.
  • On the flip side of the coin, you will always meet “the gold digger” Filipina GF. The GF who wants an iPhone or the GF who likes to go out to all the expensive stores and restaurant and doesn’t even once try to reach for her wallet. You will also meet the GF who has financial problems and is asking for your help. (Living in Dubai, a city with multinational culture, all expatriates including Filipinos, travel and work here to support their family in their home country. Yet, some “gold digger GFs” do go the extra mile by sending 90% of their salary to their family while living off  almost free with the foreign “none Filipino BF”).
  • Filipina girls are easy.
  • There is a surprisingly huge number of single Filipina Moms. The Filipino culture seems to be very accepting and forgiving so you often find a Mom having 2 or 3 children, each from a different father and none of the fathers is or has been her husband.

Love Rice

A meal is not a meal without rice, everyone knows that ;). I love rice, on lunch and maybe on dinner too, but come on guys, rice on breakfast? :p Only Filipinos do that 🙂

Friendly and sweet

It is just true, they are so happy and friendly and sweet and they honestly remind me of the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings :D.

Short and tiny and Ironically, they do love basketball

The most obvious requirement to being a successful Basketball player is being tall. Yet, Ironically, Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Philippines.

That is all for now; Living in a multicultural environment for the last 6 years, meeting and observing hundreds of Filipinos, I think the above description is pretty accurate. However, please let me know if you believe some of the points I mentioned are inaccurate or if you think that I missed any of the famous Filipino Stereotypes.

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