Ilocano Trait

Philippines
February 3, 2013 2:01am CST
I dont know if there is any truth in it... but i was told that Ilocanos are quite "kuripot"??? I dont know if this still holds true.
13 responses
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
It's just a a regional stereotype and generalization just like the others. I have some Ilocano blood in me and there are times when I am generous and the same can be said to people Whom I know are Ilocanos. Some otehr people form others provinces are also a Scrooge depending on their living wage or personal experience. It's a case to a case basis. Not only the Ilocanos have thr right to be kuripot, if needed. It's more of a personal trait rather than a community trait.
@SIMPLYD (86323)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
Just like you jean, i am also an Ilocana on the mother side. And i think, i am kuripot too, but because i just want to spend my money wisely. Although, i can also be generous if i like the people i am dealing with. Though, being a kuripot is a good trait, because it teaches us how to spend our money wisely.
@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
7 Feb 13
My husband is a pure Ilocano but I can say that he's not stingy at all it just very careful in spending his money like me which is not Ilocana. In my own opinion and observations to my in laws whose lives in Ilocos Norte they are very wise in spending their money because they work for it and they dont want to waste their money for nothing.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
5 Feb 13
That's not true, friend. In fact if you going to the Ilocos region, people there are very generous and even make you a litson(roast pig) for the hospitality.
• Philippines
4 Feb 13
With all the problems experienced or faced, maybe the kindness and giving trait is gone. Besides money is dirty, why give it?
@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
4 Feb 13
I do not think this is true. Being thrifty or tight fisted is not about which province you came from in the Philippines. I have friends who are Ilocano (for others who aren't filipinos Ilocos is a province north of the Philippines- this is the province of our late president Marcos.)and they aren't kuripot instead they are giving and is always very caring to friends. My Bf is from Isabela and he isn't like this. he is very giving, gives me chocolates, and remembers to give me sweet nothings too. So i do not believe that we should generalize people according to their ancestors.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
4 Feb 13
I've heard that saying as well. I think it's because Ilocanos tend to think first before spending. They really value their money and they will only buy or spend money on things that are really worth it. I actually know some Ilocanos who are very extravagant.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
4 Feb 13
My husband's sister in law is from Cagayan, a part of the Ilocos Region. ANd I could say that she is "frugal" when giving things to others, a very typical Ilocano trait. But when she buys things for herself, well, she doesn't care if she had bought a 25k pesos Louis Vuitton last May, then a 20k pesos Chanel tote in July then a 35k pesos Chanel sling bag in September!
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
I have Ilocano blood and I can say we aren't really kuripot but thrifty to the point where they will prioritize education before spending on grandiose things that we can do without. Ilocanos know how to value the money they have worked for. I think I have the Ilocano trait within me because I grew up with grandparents who were thrifty enough to be able to help send us to school. They were typical Ilocanos who saw to it that luxury is not prioritized. They never had any loans because there was always enough money for day to day expenses due to simple and unpretentious living. However, I can't say the same for all other Ilocanos.
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
i don't wanna stereotype..but almost all the Ilocanos i met were frugal..i have one friend who's half ilocano and half bicolano..but his not that frugal. anyway, i think its a good thing... i mean being kuripot has a lot of advantages..i wish i am as disciplined as them when spending money, i am very spendthrift...and my new year's resolution is to save money..that's one of my new year's resolution every year.. unfortunately i always fail.. :(
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
I think it is true. I've known many Ilocanos who are really thrifty. I think that is a trait already they have.
@hereandthere (33343)
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
actually, i recently learned something else in addition to that - "selfish." i'm not from the north and, for me, it's all a matter of perception and personal choice. like what you spend for i might find frivolous, while you might think i'm depriving myself. what's important is we do what we believe in, we accept the consequences, and it doesn't affect others negatively. for example, i will still prioritize health and safety over savings.
@Nursefrai06 (2498)
• Penrith, Australia
3 Feb 13
They are, they are stingy,my grandfather is stingy my grandmother is stingier my dad is stingy, they're all ilocano too. Even the way they cook it's stingy, they don't spend on so much condiments and most of the food is somewhat bland, it tastes good though.
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
Yes, it's a trait to some, and knowing some Ilocanos, I am speaking from experience and point of view based on them. I guess they're just taught to spend wisely and they value what they have. It's a good trait to adopt regardless where you come from.