Discipline and Filipinos

Philippines
December 2, 2007 7:40am CST
Why is it that Filipinos are more disciplined when they are abroad?I know of a person who would think nothing of throwing rubbish from the window of his car but would keep a candy wrapper in his pockets till he sees a trashbin when travelling abroad.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 07
At least he shows that he has discipline if he is in other countries even if in his own country he has not. Sometimes we are affected with what we see. If the surrounding is dirty, instead of making it clean (which is awkward if we do that in public), we add to the dirt by throwing whatever. But if we are in a clean surrounding, I think people would not just throw away any trash anywhere. Rizal Park management has shown and maintained a clean park.
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• United States
7 Dec 07
Strict rules, no "kotong", just pure rules.
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@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
6 Dec 07
Filipino you can put anywhere, you ask why filipino more decipline in abroad, i will tell you why, first they are only visitor in abroad, then they dont like to punish because of thier bad habit, nobody want to be back in thier country with red stamp in thier passport & never come back again to that country or anywhere else. thats the reason why they behave in abroad, nobody want to be in prison for thier life they come to earn for thier family back home.
@migenKC (792)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
ohh.. good discussion. i am an overseas student and i think you've got a point on what you have just said. many Filipinos are turned being disciplined when they go abroad because maybe they know that they are just somehow like a visitor of a place in which they must show respect. (like when a Filipino visits other home, we are always careful on our actions.) it doesnt mean that Filipinos are trying to impress other nationality although most of the time we are being so proud of being a Filipino. got nothing to say anymore but Godbless you. :)
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@eden_shii (508)
• Australia
3 Dec 07
well, i must admit that filipinos are like that...it's a sad reality...back in the philippines i have noticed what you've observed...filipinos would just throw their rubbish everywhere...i don't do the same, i mean i do it myself sometimes...but i just love to have a clean environment so i always see to it that i will keep my trashes in my bag (even when i was still in the philippines) now, i am here in australia...people, are really disciplined here...everyone would hate to see rubbish everywhere...everyone takes responsibility to throw their trash in the bin...in fact, when in fastfoods (except in a really fancy restaurant) everyone is obliged to clean the table...everyone would just clean the tables they used... and i have observed, the filipinos here are doing the same...i mean, it's just like that they 'blended'... but despite this fact, i still love our country and our countryment...
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• Philippines
3 Dec 07
Filipinos want to impress other nationalities that we are disciplined when we go to their country. And of course fear really emerge since who the heck will throw a garbage in the middle of the street in singapore if the penalty is so high! and you can be jailed too! And whose not afraid to be deported? the thing is, it is better to be a slave, follow one's countries rules than to be jobless and be a free citizen doing everything and anything in philippines.
• Philippines
2 Dec 07
That's fear! Most people tend to be disciplined in unfamiliar territories. They feel like they are visitors in another person's house and they dare not mess up. When they're in their own country, they feel at home and do as they please. That's just sad because our country is not a big garbage can that you can just throw anything in. Can you imagine living in a house full of litter? That's just nasty. I don't know why they simply can't love their country more. How can other people love our country if we don't? The saddest part of this is that even if we tell them about keeping our place clean and stuff, a lot of people still don't get it.
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@mcjeannie (704)
• Philippines
2 Dec 07
I guess from our exposure to the new country and learning their culture as well as laws of that country, we are learning to adapt their way of life.Thus, we tend to follow it and being aware of the charges or penalty imposed to such misbehaviour. The awareness that we can't get help in a foreign country for wrong doings we made and no immunity from others(like relatives who are in power), is a BIG no no to the foreign lands.So I think those were some reasons I can share you.But not all Filipinos think and behaved like this.There are Kababayans who have in their system inherent to be law abiding and behaved citizens be it in the Philippines or wherever land they visit.
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@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
I believe its because they can't expect same leniency outside the country... they're more careful and vigilant rule followers abroad. In our country its pretty much that everything's okay whether you do something good or bad.
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
That's a very astute observation. Filipinos also obey traffic rules more if they are not in the Philippines. I guess it's because Filipinos are TOO COMFORTABLE that they can somehow get away with it when in their own country. If you get caught, you can either charm or bribe your way out of it. But that is not the case in other countries.