- Neighbors know each other and talk to each other. It’s very comforting to know that your neighbors are not strangers who stare at you as you go out of the house and come home from work. Sometimes, they are there to help each other out.
- The bayanihan (helping each other without payment) spirit is so evident inside the jeepney, where fare is passed from one passenger to the other until it reaches the driver’s hand, where change is passed (by passengers) from the drivers hand until it gets to the passenger who’s supposed to receive it.
- Pinoys will not buy new appliances until their old ones are totally beyond repair maximizing the life of electronics and reducing garbage. That also reduces consumerism and helping mother Earth in the end.
- Military and rebel ceasefire plus zero crime rate during Manny Pacquiao’s fight. If only Manny has a boxing match everyday, but that’s too much to ask from him. We need to produce more Manny’s to have a more peaceful country. Otherwise, he should fight at least twice a week. Then again, too much to ask.
- Most Filipinos are bilingual (Filipino + English). Where ever you go, you can talk to a Filipino in English. Many students come to the Philippines to study English because it is the third largest English speaking country in the world behind the US and Canada. In fact, my husband came to the Philippines to study, and he speaks Persian, English, and of course, Filipino.
- Overseas Filipino Workers continue to work hard and send money to the Philippines, helping keep the economy afloat. I have heard that the remittances of OFW’s are in the billions. I also work with Filipinos at The American Institute, and I know that they work hard for their family.
- In Baguio, the taxi driver gives you your change completely. I have been to Baguio on several occasions, and the cab drivers have always been very helpful and honest. I wished they would train the Manila drivers better.
- Filipinos are very polite people , specially with the customers. They always smile at you and do their best to help you what you need in the store. Sometimes, they get a little too friendly when they follow you around, but that’s because they really do want to help you.
Although I may not want to live in the Philippines forever since I am a foreigner, and I feel like I don’t belong here sometimes, I really do love the Philippines and the Filipinos. I am married to one. I am leaving the Philippines very soon, and I definitely would like to come back to visit this great country once in awhile.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sanaz Raeisi is a former student, currently a marketing specialist, of the American Institute for English Proficiency (Makati and Quezon City).