98 Reasons to Stand proud, Filipino!

The list is long – as it should be.

We’re a tough, beautiful, ethnically rich breed of people. We are Filipinos.

To coincide with our nation’s 108th Independence Day celebration, our users, friends and family have given us 108 reasons to stand tall(er) and proud.

Mabuhay Ang Pilipinas!

  1. I’m proud to be Filipino because we always rise to the occasion! Hinding hindi ko pagpapalit ang Pilipinas at yung kultura natin. – Sitti Navarro, Singer

  2. We are a race of champions. – Dred David, 21, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  3. I’m proud to be Filipino because no matter how bad things get we always seem to find something positive or something to smile about to keep themselves going. – Martin Warren, 26, Marketing Maverick

  4. Filipinos work hard for their families and value education and success in the profession. – Dr. Marj Evasco, Poet, DLSU Professor and Palanca winner

  5. Filipinos are peace loving and talented – Yves, Physician and Graduate Student in Creative Writing

  6. Dahil tayong mga Pilipino, pili na, pino pa. The best talaga and you better believe it!” – JM Lim, 20, architecture student

  7. I’m proud to be Pinoy because of our partiality towards the extreme, odd and awkward. But all beautiful. – Maite Salazar, 26, writer

  8. Filipinos are willing to go the extra mile, even with hardship, to help someone out – Dette Quizon, 27, entrepreneur

  9. Because only in Manila can I go through 2-3 extreme emotions within a span of a minute. – Tamtam Lara

  10. I love being Filipino because of all the unique cultural diversity you can find in our tiny little archipelago. I think all of our rich backgrounds play a big part in making us Filipino. – Cat Juan, model and writer
  1. We are amazingly sympathetic and cariñoso –that’s why Pinoys make such great nurses and caregivers. – Ana Reyes Abano, 28, proud mommy and J&J Brand Manager

  2. We pinoys have very diverse ethnic & regional ways. – Manuel Quizon

  3. Whenever we have visitors we go an extra mile to make their stay worth it. – D David

  4. I work hard, I give my best, I give everybody that I deal with a fair chance, I give a chance to all to have the best in life, I am a PINOY in doing all of these, and I am proud when I see my fellow Pinoys do the same. – Ben Castillo, Father and Business Executive

  5. We have have freedom. – Ninong Mani

  6. We are intelligent and talented people – the best at what we do. – Gabriel Coronel, First Year HS

  7. We are compassionate. – Raphael Coronel, Grade 7

  8. How can we not be proud of our pan de sal, kapeng barako, Vigan empanada, and the delicious Visayan and Batangenyo dishes? – Mr. Q

  9. Pinoys are Jacks of All Trades. – Eunice

  10. I’m proud to be Pinoy because we’re a culture of smiles, corny jokes and fiestas. – Yogi Collado

  11. We are the happiest people in Asia — even if times are rough — according to a Time magazine poll. – Ana Via

  12. I am proud of our world class service, one that’s evident at our world class hotels, like the Manila Peninsula. – Roger Cua

  13. I am proud to be Pinoy because it is the land of my birth. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! – Venus

  14. Ibang mag mahal ang Pinoy! – Obet and Bot, Florists

  15. Pinoys can sing! – Andrew Duckworth, Australian

  16. Matulungin tayo sa pamilya. Pagka meron ang isa, meron ang lahat. – Ms. Dary

  17. We value relationships over material things. – Marissa Quinio

  18. Where else can you find teenagers and young ones hanging-out with their Lolos and Lolas, not just on weekends but daily? – Noemi Concepcion

  19. Our hospitality is second to none! – Marisol Franklin

  20. We are patient and forgiving. Because despite the chaos in this world… we still believe in GOD. – Juliet Genio
  21. Pinoys have the perfect combination of street smarts, intellect, compassion, and adaptability. – Ditas Lara, Homemaker

  22. I am proud to be Pinoy because…we are fashion victims. We eat with our hands. Our hearts are genuine. Don’t we stand out? – Pinky Yang

  23. I am proud of my Maranaw heritage, which contributes greatly to the rich, ethnic diversity of the Filipino culture. – Apipa Paras, homemaker and proud mom of 3

  24. My strong foundation and appreciation for family (of course that means extended uncles, aunts & cousins), is the only thing that really makes sense.” – Douglas Canlas, 29, MD, from San Jose, CA

  25. What makes me proud to be a Filipino? That I know how to value things that need to be valued… being Pinoy enables me to respect people without looking down on their heritage. – Jefferson De Leon, 27, MD (currently based in California)

  26. A Filipino will instantly have that sense of camaraderie when they meet on a sidewalk in a foreign land. The subtle pride and patriotic attitude of the Filipino is something to look up to. – Genevieve Collado, MD, 27, QC

  27. There is no place like the filipino’s (home) table! Not only the food, but the entertaining chatter! Risee, 19

  28. Unique ang Pinoy kasi kahit saan mo tayo dalhin, we will thrive. – Morris Rocha, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  29. I’m proud of the food that I myself make for my family, all of which is distinctly Pinoy, like adobo, sinigang, pancit palabok… sure, they can replicate this in the States but saan galing ang original? Dito sa Pilipinas. – Chris Riel, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  30. We have the best landscapes in the world. You can watch the best sunrise and sunset atop Tarak Ridge in Bataan. There’s the unique Taal crater and the most gorgeous islands in my home province, Bicol. All are unmatched. – Tope Claveria, Team Surf Shop & CTC
  31. I’m proud to be Filipino because I know that each and every Pinoy has potential. We are all born smart. We just have to realize it in our lifetimes. – Daniel, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  32. We are a country that always has something new to offer, a new place to discover! I myself have yet to go to Palawan or to see Mayon Volcano. – Joy Punongbayan, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  33. We are a country of drop-dead gorgeous smiles! – Anna Abejuela, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  34. I’m proud of the very masipag Batangenyos! – Aileen Aspi, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  35. Malapit ang mga Pinoy. – German Montubig, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  36. Our hostility. I mean, the Pinoy hospitality! – said a laughing Fong, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  37. We Pinoys have an uncanny ability to adapt. We are resilient. – Danella Yujuico, world eye reports, Hong Kong.

  38. We Pinoys? We’ll find the most unique way to do anything under the sun. – Marinela de Austria Team Surf Shop & CTC

  39. Our women! Nothing like our women. – Brian Raymond

  40. Filipinos are a tough breed. We can go through crises that would have Western societies at a standstill and still meet each other for coffee the next day. -Timmy Tuason, 32, QC, Phil
  41. Filipinos don’t suffer from “tall poppy syndrome” — they are proud to see others of their own kind succeed. – Wendy Rockett, 26, Australian-Filipina

  42. We take care of our own, we don’t leave them in homes for the aged. – Julette Alon, 23 years old, Account Manager

  43. The strength of our sense of community (kilala natin mga neighbors natin). – Arnie Delusong, 33, writer

  44. Because of our beautiful barong tagalog and saya. – Mayette Guerrero, Executive Creative Director

  45. Our positive traits as Pinoys (resilient, optimistic, resourceful) outweigh the stereotypes typifying other countries such as the way the French kiss, dry-humored Brits, sloppy Americans, etc. – Elaine de Padua, COO

  46. Because I love passionately, and I think that comes from being Filipino. – Jay Lara, 26, Freelance Photographer

  47. Sa atin lang ang may pasahan ng pamasahe sa jeep. O diba?! -Sheryl Lim, 28, Accountant

  48. Pinoys are a versatile people. -Edgar, 23

  49. I belong to a society where moral foundations are more stable and sound compared to other relativist societies. Arthur, 21

  50. Ang ganda ng mga kabataan natin sa Pilipinas. – Jackie Roa, Team Surf Shop & CTC

  51. I am proud of this country which has produced literary greats and innovators like J. Neil Garcia, Ronald Baytan, Marjorie Evasco, Carlos Bulosan, Katrina Tuvera, and Paz Marquez Benitez. – Cathy Paras, Writer

  52. I’m proud of our multi-culturalism. Not just within our own country, but with other countries mixing with and borrowing from the fruits of our diverse nation. – Edgar J., 22

  53. Because we have a sense of civic pride. I like that we still stand to sing the national anthem before movies start. – Raya, 26

  54. We’re the friendliest people in the world! – Darla

  55. No other nation can boast of being the text capital of the world! Think of the information we can spread! – Denise Raymond, 31, Madrid

  56. We have a unique sense of style. Our jewellry making is unmatched, a mix of ethnic influences and Western modernity. – Irene, 24

  57. Ang Pinoy ay matalino at malakas ang loob. -Derf, 28

  58. Exhibit A of our ingenuity: we come up with different names for soap operas – superserye, teleserye.sineserye,asianovela, koreanovela, telenovela, fantaserye, etc! – anonymous

  59. We have a deep respect for our elders by uniquely addressing them with ‘po’ and ‘opo.’ – Suzette Paras, homemaker and mom

  60. We are a country of eternal hope. – Rebecca Farinas
  61. I’m proud of my natural tan. – Alexi Tiu

  62. Filipinos can be proud of our excellent badminton players. – Jasper Florendo

  63. I’m proud of our homegrown baller talent. Go PBA! – Raymond Salas, 26, Sales & Marketing

  64. Being Filipino gives me the privilege of being known all over the world. – Mike Serrano

  65. October pa… pasko na! – Yowgurl

  66. I’m proud of the fact that in my veins run the genes of great civilizations past (chinese, european and malay) — Chewy Chua

  67. We make the most of a situation. One piece of chicken is accompanied with four cups of rice! – Jordy Lee

  68. Filipinos are linguists. We can speak English better than other Asians. – Ted Chua

  69. We know how to enjoy life without the aid of material possessions. – Mini Hernandez

  70. Filipinos are great lovers…perfect for making lasting partners! – Giancarlo S. Gonzalo

  71. I am proud to be associated with Pinoys. Not once have I ever met a Filipino who hasn’t made me feel welcome. Every single one I have ever come in contact with has been friendly from the very start. I think that is something to be proud of. – Eddie Garabedian, 26, partner of Pinay, Andrea Recio-Ang

  72. Our cackle – you can always spot a group of filipinos because of the way they are seated in a group and laugh. We always have the ability to have the best time anywhere at anytime! – Andrea Recio-Ang, 27, San Francisco

  73. I’m proud to be pinoy because i can point without having to lift a finger (as she points with her chin). – Gina Reyes, 26, San Francisco

  74. I am proud of our culinary creations, which has Spanish influences but made into our ‘own': like Sisig, Tapa and Liempo! – GSG

  75. If a country’s wealth is measured by its people’s EQ then I think we’d be one of the richest. – Marj, Punta Fuego Hotels PR

  76. Pinoys have an uncanny ability to SHARE our cheerful disposition. – Teena Santiago

  77. I’m proud of our rich cultural traditions, like the ‘mano po,’ making of the parol during Christmas and the humble but melodic way in which Pinoys sing ‘Ama Namin’ in church. – Vicki Nilo

  78. I’m proud of being Pinoy because of all the races we have mixed into our culture. – Dianne Obviar

  79. I am proud to be a Filipino because we’re truly world class exemplary workers. We are talented professionals constantly preferred and sought by international employers. – Girlie

  80. The sunset at Manila Bay is unmatched. – Epraim E. Despabiladeras, 59, family planning specialist,
  81. The Philippine marine reef has the greatest biodiversity in the world, even more than the Australian Great Barrier reef! – Marian

  82. We are abundantly blessed with natural wonders. Claire, Cebu-based events organizer

  83. I am proud of GLOBE PHILIPPINES! – unidentified Globe fan

  84. We are very careful not to hurt other people’s feelings. This means that we are very good diplomats. – SF

  85. I’m proud of our chicken, pork and beef bbq! The best in the world. – Jona

  86. We always have this impulse to help out whether solicited or not. We’re compassionate! – Marnelli, Behavioral therapist to special kids

  87. I’m proud of our Pinoy bands, like Bamboo and Hale. – A True Rocker, 22, Pasig City

  88. I’m proud of our STRONG MOTHERS, some of whom are working abroad just to feed their kids back home. – Lala Santos

  89. Pinays have gorgeous manes. I know I do. – Raquel Angeles, 22

  90. Pinoys know how to party. We also know how to dance. At any hot spot in L.A., you’ll always find a Pinoy/Pinay on the dance floor. – Jean Marie Katigbak, 25, Media Planner, Los Angeles, CA

  91. We are evolving as a nation of tolerance. We have more and more yoga schools opening up! Like Bikram Yoga Manila. – Yogini

  92. Pinoys love the camera! Whether it be photographers or hams that love to pose in front of it. – Ian Ong, Visual Artist

  93. I don’t want to be out in the battlefield without a Filipino by my side. – Ron Witkowski, 29, New York City bartender

  94. I am proud of the fact that we don’t forget our roots, even if we’ve made it big, like APL in the Black Eyed Peas. – Jong Marasigan

  95. The scent of sampaguita makes my day. – Lani, 25

  96. Wherever I go in the world, men come up to me and say, “You’re gorgeous, lady. You’ve gotta be a Filipina.” There’s a reason for that, ahem. – Jaya, 21, aspiring model

  97. We have the most gorgeous flag. Red, white, blue, and yellow. Magnificent. – Nieto Panginiban, 33

  98. Filipinos take life in slow-motion, which means we notice all the different colors and shades and textures of this complex and beautiful world. – Ines, 19, artist
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8 Responses to 98 Reasons to Stand proud, Filipino!

  1. jacquelina says:

    As for me, whenever I see Charice Pempengco singing with those famous international stars and giving a standing ovation from the foreign crowd, or Manny Pacquiao know by all people in the world, makes me proud of being a Filipino.

  2. Woman says:

    Filipinos are the happiest and the most resilient types of beings on planet Earth? How would the Martians compete with that? 😀
    .-= Woman´s last blog ..What Comes Out of the Mouth =-.

  3. im proud to be pinoy… heheheh
    .-= Blog For Noob´s last blog ..Saleh Kazemi and Steve McNair found dead (with Pictures) =-.

  4. Marikenya says:

    The list is indeed long but there are still so many reasons left unsaid. “Filipinos will always be fighters of freedom and good governance no matter how long, tedious and hopeless it seem, Filipinos never loses hope.

  5. vmp says:

    I heard that the British proposed to create the word FILIPINA meaning servant/nanny. We all know the reason for this. Are we on the right track of reshaping the FILIPINA ? Is this what we want us to be known to the world?

  6. faith says:

    hi… i just thought of re-posting this on facebook. don’t worry i put the links as well. i’m proud to be 100% Pinay. :)

  7. Im Proud to Be Filipina says:

    It is my hobby to search anything, poem, blogs, comments, opinions about filipino,,i don’t know but i do enjoy it,,,I do love this country and i hope that we will not say it but we need to do something for this country,,,we need to respect it, “matutong sumunod” and ofcourse be proud to be a filipino and love it more,,,
    i just want to share this very inspirational essay of a korean student for our country and for us, the people of this country… please read it..

    by: Jaeyoun Kim

    Filipinos always complain about the corruption in
    the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption
    is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not
    think so. I strongly believe that the problem
    is the lack of love for the Philippines .
    Let me first talk about my country, Korea .
    It might help you understand my point.
    After the Korean War, South Korea was one
    of the poorest countries in the world.
    Koreans had to start from scratch because
    entire country was destroyed after the

    Korean War, and we had nonatural resources.
    Koreans used to talk about the Philippines ,
    for Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy
    Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off
    like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine.
    My father & brother also died because of
    famine. Korean government was very corrupt
    and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination,
    but Korea was able to develop dramatically
    because Koreans really did their best for the
    common good with their heart burning with
    Koreans did not work just for themselves but
    also for their neighborhood and country.
    Education inspired young men with the spirit
    of patriotism.

    40 years ago, President Park took over the
    government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow
    from other countries, but it was not
    possible to get a loan and attract a foreign
    investment because the economic situation of

    South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three
    factories. So, President Park sent many mine
    workers and nurses to Germany so that
    they could send money to Korea to build
    a factory. They had to go through horrible

    In 1964, President Park visited Germany
    to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in

    Germany came to the
    airport to welcome him
    and cried there as they saw the President Park .
    They asked to him, ‘President, when can we be
    well off?’ That was the only question everyone
    asked to him. President Park cried with them
    and promised them that Korea would be well
    off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the
    President of Germany got the strong impression
    on them and lent money to Korea . So, President
    Park was able to build many factories in Korea .
    He always asked Koreans to love their country
    from their heart.
    Many Korean scientists and engineers in the
    USA came back to Korea to help developing country
    because they wanted their country to be well off.
    Though they received very small salary, they did
    their best for Korea . They always hoped that their
    children would live in well off country.
    My parents always brought me to the places
    where poor and physically handicapped people
    live. They wanted me to understand their life
    and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church
    when I was in the army. The only thing I learned
    from Catholic Church was that we have to love
    our neighborhood. And, I have loved my
    neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines?

    I have cried for my country several times. I also
    cried for the Philippines because of so many
    poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid
    prison. What made me sad in the prison were
    the prisoners who do not have any love for their
    country. They go to mass and work for Church.
    They pray everyday.
    However, they do not love the Philippines . I
    talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security
    compound, and both of them said that they would
    leave the Philippines right after they are released
    from the prison. They said that they would start
    a new life in other countries and never come back
    to the Philippines .
    Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so
    that we were able to share our wealth with our
    neighborhood. The owners of factory and company
    were distributed their profit to their employees
    fairly so that employees could buy what they
    needed and saved money for the future and their
    When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith
    and wanted to be a priest. However, when I
    came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith.
    I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable
    situations in the Philippines . Street kids always
    make me sad, and I see them everyday. The

    Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia ,
    but there are too many poor people here. People
    go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing
    has been changed.

    My parents came to the Philippines last week
    and saw this situation. They told me that Korea
    was much poorer
    than the present Philippines
    when they were young. They are so sorry that
    there are so many beggars and street kids.

    When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents
    to take a boat because it would fun. However,
    they were not happy after taking a boat. They
    said that they would not take the boat again
    because they were sympathized the boatmen,
    for the boatmen were very poor and had a
    small frame. Most of people just took a boat
    and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy
    it because of love for them.

    My mother who has been working for Catholic
    Church since I was very young told me that if
    we just go to
    mass without changing ourselves,
    we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come
    with action.

    She added that I have to love Filipinos and do
    good things for them because all of us are same
    and have received a great love from God. I want
    Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country
    as much as they love God so that the Philippines
    will be well off.

    I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos
    should remember. We cannot change the sinful
    structure at once.
    It should start from person.
    Love must start in everybody, in a small scale
    and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we
    open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices
    and look at our worries with our new eyes.

    I discover that every person is worthy to be
    loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes
    Love changes you and me. It changes
    people, contexts and relationships. It changes
    the world. Please love your neighborhood and

    Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others
    we do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for
    people who
    are abused and abandoned. There is
    God who is crying for love.

    If you have a child, teach them how to love the

    Philippines . Teach them why they have to love
    their neighborhood and country. You already
    know that God also will be very happy if you
    love others.

    That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

  8. Darlene Regis, writer says:

    I’m extremely overwhelmed that someone has posted this blog. This is indeed a great way to tell the whole world that Filipinos are definitely the cream of the crop. Mabuhay Philippines! Darlene Regis, writer in Cebu

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