How Do Filipinos Do It?

Otis Orchards, Washington
July 1, 2016 12:55am CST
I have worked with several Filipinos in my life and they all have some sort of secret. I don’t know how they do it. Is it their diet? What do they do differently? How do they do it? Of course I’m talking about how they all look younger than they really are. I’ve always looked five years younger than I am, but Filipinos tend to look at least ten years younger. One place I worked there was a Filipina who was married to an American. Her husband also work at the same place. One day I said to her that she must be quite a bit younger than her husband. She surprised me when she said she was only a year younger. She appeared to be about thirty but was really forty. There were other Filipinos, both men and women, who I have worked with who looked considerably younger then they really are. So the question is: How do they do it?
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@skysnap (17959)
1 Jul 16
They are hard working and loving people. That's their secret. Happiness keeps them young. :)
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
I agree my friend .
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
Happiness seems to be the answer.
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@toniganzon (53187)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
Optimism is the secret. Despite our hardships, living in a poor country, we seem to not allow this to drag us down. WE still manage to joke about our situation, we still smile and even lend a helping hand, we don't allow this to dampen our mood for a very long time.
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
I couldn't agree more Toni .
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
Being happy no matter what does reduce stress so I can see how that would keep a person from aging.
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@toniganzon (53187)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
@SIMPLYD that's why we are beautiful!
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@ida123 (6243)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
1 Jul 16
for me, i'm happy and contented of what i have and i won't stress myself in looking for what i don't have. and second, maybe our diet, we used to eat vegetables that are simply prepared or just boiling it
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
Most Americans are stressed about one thing or another. I have been invited to have more than one meal with Filipinos and they have always been delicious.
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@ida123 (6243)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
1 Jul 16
@RichardMeister great that you like the way they prepare
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
@ida123 Yes, good food. The only drawback was if I didn't eat more than one plateful I would be confronted, with tear in there eyes, this question: "Don't you like my cooking?" Well, of course after that question I would have to eat more.
@Lucky15 (33720)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
Maybe it is our disposition. We laugh and smile most of the time. We are.resilient too.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
Disposition and being happy seem to be what it is.
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@Lucky15 (33720)
• Philippines
2 Jul 16
@RichardMeister we have been fighters. :) and hopeful always
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
Wow, your post made me so proud i am a Filipina . Well, i for one is always mistaken to be younger than my actual age of 56 . And for that of course , i feel elated . But as for me , i guess my happy disposition in life is what really helps me to feel and look younger . I bet , the other Filipinos too, because we are known to always have a smile on our faces or are resilient people . Thank you for this wonderful post about us , Filipinos .
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
You're welcome. Now that I think about it most of the Filipino I know are pretty happy.
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
@RichardMeister That's because being happy makes problems lighter to solve and we believe God will help us if we help ourselves .
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
@SIMPLYD That's a good way to look at things.
@magallon (18124)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
Maybe because those persons that you know live a happy and healthy life. That's why they stay fit and young looking.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
It's something I thing many of us Americans can learn from.
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@succeednow (1636)
• Singapore
1 Jul 16
I think it's mostly in their genes and the lifestyle they lead. Most Filipinos whom I know appear contented and happy. Maybe that's the secret?
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
From the comments here that does seem to be the answer.
@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
2 Jul 16
I'd never met any Filipinos until I joined Beubblews, and now here. Now I have lots of them as friends, and I'm impressed by their generally happy natures. Luv 'em.
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@much2say (40041)
• United States
2 Jul 16
Many Filipinos I know are easy going folks. They are often friendly and social . . . we literally become instant friends. Family and community are important . . . they are always welcoming. They don't stress the small stuff whenever possible - they often have a positive attitude. I'm generalizing of course, but I'd say that's pretty much how it is with the Filipinos I know. They seem to be generally (but genuinely) happier . . . so perhaps that's what helps them to stay looking young!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
One word that is repeated here the most is "happiness." So, yes, that seems to be the key. I can remember some Filipinos inviting me to their church. After church they had a potluck. I said I didn't think I should eat anything because I didn't bring anything. They told me to get in line, load up a plate and eat. By the way, there food is delicious.
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@much2say (40041)
• United States
2 Jul 16
@RichardMeister I know Filipinos are also known for their hospitality. And when they party, oh they bring on the food - LOTS of food - and I mean TONS! Our friend's grandmother makes pansit - the clear noodles with some slivers of veggies - that's usually one typical party food they always serve . . . did you have that?
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
@much2say I can't remember what all I had, just that it was good food.
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@Shavkat (65062)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
I think my fellow Filipinos love to wear a big smile everyday.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
That seems to be the consensus.
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@vandana7 (66836)
• India
4 Jul 16
In general, I find you all very easy to get along with.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 Jul 16
This was an interesting question and the responses were great to read.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
Yes, most say it has to do with how happy they are.
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• Calgary, Alberta
15 Jul 16
it is not diet, Filipino cuisine is far from healthy with all that grease and salt. I think Filipino are hopeful, they smile even during hard times. Also we dont tan under the sun.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 Jul 16
Smiling and having a good attitude seems to be the answer. And, yes, staying out of the sun as much as possible probably has a lot to do with it too.
@AkoPinay (10088)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
Well, I look 10-12 years younger than my age they say. I guess it is because I don't take life too seriously and I eat banana everyday
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
5 Jul 16
Not stressing things and being happy seem to be the answer. I can't eat banana because I'm allergic to them.
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@vandana7 (66836)
• India
4 Jul 16
I would say essentially their attitude...they don't worry too much..in general.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
4 Jul 16
It sounds like happiness is a priority for them.
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@Macarrosel (7542)
• Philippines
2 Jul 16
I'm a Filipino, and we just take things easy as we smile at them, no matter how hard it could be. Most of us here are poor but everytime you see us, we will give you a great smile in our face and you won't detect us of having hard problems in life. That's our secret to look younger than our age. It's the smile that we have and the spirit to face all problems in life.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
It sounds like us Americans need to stress less and smile more.
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
1 Jul 16
I think it depends upon the person and not on the nationality there are some Americans and other nationalities I met that look very young for their age. I think it depends on the diet and other factors that affects the person physical appearance
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
2 Jul 16
Yes, there may be many factors involved in looking younger.
@durgabala (1362)
• India
1 Jul 16
Genetics!! I have seen many people from the East that way, they have very nice skin and they look younger than they actually are. Maybe food, the climatic conditions etc.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
1 Jul 16
Yes, it could be a combination of many things.
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@annierose (18023)
• Philippines
5 Jul 16
Filipinos are happy beings. Despite difficulties and tragedies, they can still manage to give a smile.