Filipinos as least rude in the world

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
April 16, 2012 10:18am CST
This is based on a survey conducted by a leading European travel site. Next to Filipinos as least rude are Brazilians followed by Carribeans. Still according to this survey, the world's rudest nations are as follows, France as number 1, then Russia & United Kingdom, the British comes 3rd, 4th are Germans, then the Chinese are number 5, Americans no. 6, Spanish no. 7, Italians no. 8, Polish no. 9 and Turkish no. 10. Well, as a Filipino I am quite proud that we are listed as no. 1 when it comes to being least rude all over the world. What do you think of this? Do you think the issue has something to do with culture?
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@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
16 Apr 12
I think nothing about it. I can't take a travel site seriously since they are not interested in people generally speaking but how they behave to tourists. Also which tourists (amount plus gender) did fill in that question? I also question the kind of of tourist all the countries attract? Asian countries are mostly visited by men and for a certain reason. It also depends on how much the tourist is able/willing to spend abroad. If this is a lot the locals will be more friendly (great example for that are African countries). Who won't be friendly and polite to people who can make or break you, can marry you and give you a great (or at least) better life? Also it depends on the nation/cultural differences who will label whom rude or not. Personally I have very bad experiences with Filipinos and also Carribeans are surely not one of the least rude people in the world. My personal experiences is that the British are very polite and so are Chinese people (all over the world no matter where they live). Might be this has to do with gender as well?!
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
Hello, WakeUp. I do not know if it has anything to do with gender but I do agree with you that there are some polite people among those nations which had been tagged as rude. I know too that there are also rude Filipinos, quite a few, but my observation is that majority are of the placid, demure, and hospitable type. It's cultural, I think.
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
That's good, but i have observed nowadays that Filipino men from the younger generation are already becoming disrespectful and rude. In public transport, they don't offer seats to elderly or women anymore. They even push away women just to be able to grab a seat in the train. I am afraid that few years from now, we could not find a Filipino gentleman anymore. Anyway, at least compared to other nationalities we are first among those who are not rude. I guess it is because of our culture.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
It is. Yes, the young men are no longer as gentlemanly as the men of past generations who offered seats, opened doors, and help the elderly and women who were in difficult situations.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Apr 12
I was surprised to say the least that my country, the USA wasn't further up on the list of the rudest. I have noticed that Filipinos are very very nice people and are very gentle natured as well. I enjoy talking to those of your culture as they always have something interesting to share.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Thank you,Cowgirl. It is because we're raised that way by our old folks. Kindness, courtesy and manners are always emphasized at home and school. So that is why in another survey we also came out as the least competitive in the world. I do not know if this one is good or bad.
@leighz (457)
16 Apr 12
Thank you SomeCowgirl, for that compliment, we really appreciate that. I used to work as a quality analyst for a BPO company or call center here in the Philippines. Our task was to evaluate agents in the States based on 4 behaviors, one of it was courtesy. Our client is one of the biggest cable,phone and internet provider in North America. They chose Filipino QA's, because they want to correct bad behaviors of CSR's in the States like being rude to customers. They said the best way to change this trend is to get insights from people who comes from a culture that's naturally courteous, polite, who uses pleasantries and show concern genuinely. We were really glad to hear that from them, and to have chosen the Philippines to cater such service. So, we thank you for trusting us and acknowledging our culture.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
I think it is this trait which makes us good in providing service whether as flight attendants, waiters, nurses, call center agents, care-givers, etc.
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
I am a Filipino as well, and I'm really proud of the results of this survey. Yeah, I think this has something to do with our culture and the way our parents has brought us up. We always have these values that we hold on to tightly, no matter how modern the age has become.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
But I heard that many Filipinos who are now living and working abroad have changed and had picked up the attitudes of other countries.
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Really? That's sad. I think they're trying to fit in.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
Maybe they feel the need to do that so they will not be discriminated.
@Micmac (9020)
16 Apr 12
I can vouch too that the Filipinos friends I have are friendly, kind and very nice, never rude and I am blessed to have such wonderful friends. Chinese also are very curteous people at stores and in their professions; I've never met any rude Chinese or Japanese. I have Japanese friends and all of them are polite. I think the Asian show respect as they bow to greet people and it's a part of their cultural tradition. Personally, the Spanish, Americans and Italian friends I have are not rude. The Carribeans I've met professionally are not rude.
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@AmbiePam (49530)
• United States
17 Apr 12
I'm surprised the Japanese weren't at the top. Politeness seems to be innate in them.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Apr 12
i think so too. But with modern technology and advancement I think rudeness goes out of the door.
• United States
16 Apr 12
Wow, that's interesting. I have to say I am surprised that my country (US) isn't number one! I guess it does have to do with culture and like someone said the way parents bring their children up. Like in my country I notice how parents don't really discipline their children anymore, and they give their kids practically anything they want...
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
That must be the reason for the prevalence of rudeness now especially in more advanced countries.
@AmbiePam (49530)
• United States
17 Apr 12
No way would I ever assume America is number one. There is one group listed above us I absolutely knew would be at the top. I just don't want to say which one.
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@AmbiePam (49530)
• United States
17 Apr 12
I've met several Russian people. I always found them so polite. As for the United Kingdom, there are so many famous British people in America who actually say they are rude. Everyone from the U.K. on mylot has been nice to me, but it's so funny to me that the British people who are famous, openly admit they as a people, are rude!
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@Micmac (9020)
18 Apr 12
To be sure, I have met several Russian friends and I concur, they are caring people and always polite. The same for my Irish friends.. they also are never rude and they are very hospitable people as well.
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• Israel
16 Apr 12
Hey there, Wow, thats amazing to know! I agree that Filipinos are the most polite. Every time I get to talk to one I always have a good feeling at the end of the conversation, and even go with a new story or two :)! When it comes to the other countries listed; It's actually quite surprising.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
Is your country listed among the rude nations?
@jenzai (390)
• Philippines
2 May 12
I am happy to hear that. I agree it must have been with the traditions and culture of the place and some other reasons. One of which is that, in the Philippines we set high value on our elders and parents this attitude is embedded in each of us, so that when we go out of our respective home. We have high set of respect and courtesy with those in authority. Maybe it has something to do with our family system and strong family ties.It may has something to do with our catholic faith or religion in our country. I pray that divorce system will not be implemented in our country this will have a huge impact on our value system.
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@garson (886)
• United States
30 Apr 12
I would be curious of the survey methods and participants. In general, it is not easy to judge whether this country or that country has better attitudes while a certain culture has a barbaric tendency. There are so many people around the world that many would not really agree with any survey like this. Still, there are cultures that have been perceived as gentle, respectable, friendly and such. It might be because of the nature of people in this culture.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
18 Apr 12
I've read that news too and I am proud of it. We can never deny the fact and that's real. We are also accommodating when in comes to entertaining foreigners- so they must add- we are also the least when it comes to racism
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17 Apr 12
Definitely, our culture.
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17 Apr 12
I read that from yahoo news and I can say that I'm proud of my race.It's true that Filipino's are very polite and respectful people, maybe because we are a Christian country and since birth, to school and home, they taught us to be nice and to respect others especially elders.
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@meozard22 (872)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
I think this is because Filipinos are very nice and hospitable, even in strangers, we try to be very nice. Even if someone talks to us in a very rude way, we still communicate with them with a very optimistic, enthusiastic attitude. Something that we, Filipinos are to be proud of! Mabuhay Pilipinas!!! =)
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@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
I'd like to agree with the results of that survey that you mentioned. When foreigners travel to our country, instead being greeted by locals who wouldn't care if these tourists get lost, we actually help them and make sure that they feel welcome. I have come across the number 1 and 2 nationalities that you mentioned when I visited Sagada. My friends and I were seated at the back-most part of the bus, and since it was an all-niter travel, everyone was excited when dawn came and with it the majestic view of the mountains. Well, some tourists did see that. My friends and I didn't because this lady who was seated on the side where the view was, kept the curtains drawn and it was if to mock us, she was just peeping from a small space through the curtains. The people seated in front of them were asleep and also had their curtains drawn. My friends and I were so exasperated with that lady and she is one of those mentioned in the survey. I don't know why couldn't she just pull back the curtains when the people on the front were all gushing and sighing and excited with what they saw. My friends and I just joked about it that maybe she's scared an "aswang" (ghost or ghoul) might suddenly show up in her window like in those scary movies.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
yey. that is something positive for our country and i could attest that we are nice people, we are even said to be hospitable which is very true! so these are plus points for us Filipinos. Hurray!
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• Philippines
17 Apr 12
As a Filipino, reading the topic has made me more proud of my nationality. I agree we are always polite with the foreigners and with the tourists. We are always friendly even with the other nationalities. It has also made me proud that some people here who has Filipino friends has many positive things to say about our politeness and friendliness.
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@lady1993 (18691)
• Philippines
17 Apr 12
I think so- I have read some of the comments on that news. I am glad about this since at least we are not on a bad list... People just have different cultures though- some people may think they are not being rude but to foreigners they may be...
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