Our long-time Swedish reader brought up an interesting topic worthy of discussion, and since he/she has always wanted to learn more about Filipino culture and why Filipinos do what they do, it’s time to give the En Svensk Tiger some GamerTotoy love. In response to a comment that suggested a different cosplay “goddess” would be in the throne if Alodia didn’t come along, En Svensk Tiger said this:
There are plenty of ways to answer this. I will offer three, for now.
1. Filipinos need an icon. Filipinos are notorious for always wanting someone to blame. I’m not saying this is exclusive to the Filipino people, because the Japanese themselves point fingers when something is amiss, but Filipinos are particularly bad at taking responsibility. They’re branded as lazy people as well, and for good reason. Philippine national hero Jose Rizal aptly elaborated on the factors that made Filipinos lazy in “The Indolence of the Filipino”. Icons are both heroes and tyrants. Former presidents Erap and Cory Aquino are prime examples of icons who, even without the ability to effectively officiate, have been given the responsibility of leading an entire nation. Alodia’s competency is questionable at best, so you can draw parallels here.
2. Filipinos think small. For most Filipinos, a dream is but a dream. They hate the Chinese and the Americans for dominating the corporate world, but they do little to oust the foreign conquerors. They resign to their fates – that they are nothing more than victims of society; that if they work hard, maybe they’ll be rewarded by the outsiders in fancy suits. In a culture where everyone, whether consciously or otherwise, belittles himself, Alodia is a gift from the heavens. She is rich, she is beautiful(?), and she appears on magazines and TV shows. A meager Filipino can’t even fathom the greatness that is Alodia, because he has subjected himself to the status of a commoner, or someone who may or may not have big dreams but can’t possibly achieve those dreams because he believes he was born inferior.
3. Filipinos need global representatives. Filipinos have an inferiority complex, yes. That’s why when anything, ANYTHING at all gets international recognition, Filipinos go ballistics. From Efren “Bata” Reyes, to The Philippine Dragon Boat Team, Filipinos always celebrate international victories and exaggerate the feats of their countrymen who made it big abroad. I’m not discrediting the two examples – truly, they are both outstanding in their craft – but then we have the Azkals, a sub-par football team that somehow launched to stardom in the Philippines because the Younghusbands are good-looking Filipino white guys. The Manny Pacquiao phenomenon has also reached absurd levels. Manny is a boxer of legendary scale, sure, but for an entire country to rally behind him borders on the pathetic. Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton are very popular in their home nations, yet the US or the UK don’t stop when they get in the ring. For the Philippines, Manny in the main event is a national holiday, and his victory is a week’s worth of celebration.
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