Why are there no rich Filipinos?

Why are there no rich Filipinos?


First of all, we must understand our culture. We give and give and give and give. Our culture’s motto is, “It is better to give than to receive” and to be honest, in a smaller point of view, there may be nothing wrong with that, but in a larger scale, it actually affects a lot.

It all stems from our religion. Almost 80 percent of the Filipinos are Christians and Catholics, and we believe in the Bible as the teachings and words of God. God gives, God provides, whatever His people need (mind you, not what they want but what they need) is given to them freely by God stating that if you give, you will receive in tens and hundreds of folds when you get to heaven. An example can be found in Mark 10:21 which says “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Now, we’ll compare that teaching to how the Chinese people think (in our country – and don’t deny it, they are the richest. If they have Chinese blood, then they are capable of being rich) The Chinese have a proverb that we are all familiar of, it’s the phrase, “Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today. Teach a man how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.” Now, you might ask how these two teachings are correlated, this is why, they both have something to do with “GIVING”.

The Filipino Culture says that, we must give so that in heaven we shall receive while the Chinese Culture is that, I earned everything I have for myself/family. And don’t bother telling me that they don’t TEACH us “how to fish” when they actually have authored books on how they became successful, they have authored books on how we too can become successful, we even have shows on how to become a successful entrepreneur (not run by the Chinese). Okay, the point is, we give too much. In our culture, there is no such thing as “giving too much” but to tell you honestly, we DO give too much.

So, how do we teach them “how to fish”? Simple, we make sure that there will be no OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH. Every Filipino Child has a right to receive proper Education. The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education (or maybe not the latter) can be tasked by the Government to monitor and make sure that ALL children will graduate and will learn life skills. I do believe that they are doing that now, but we must do MORE because we also have a “teaching” from our National Hero that says, “the youth is the hope of our nation” which is probably why when we become parents, our dreams become our kids.

Instead of giving money to the poor or not and doubting where do they spend all their money, we must raise this concern to our government so that they can help them make a living. I didn’t say that we will alert the government so that shoo them out, no, we must alert the government that “their” people/constituents/voters, “our neighbors” need help. We have given enough to our neighbors, and have helped them enough in form of our taxes, now we have to make sure that the help that we gave will be received by that person. We are still following the teaching, give than receive, it’s just made into a larger scale because it involves a 3rd party which we call the Government. Now, what’s left in our taxes, we use for household expenses first, then for other matters then savings (the last two are important because the Filipino have a lot of “other matters” in forms of anything that has to do with leisure but we must always have a fixed savings so that we’ll have something when desperate times come)




I heard a person earning 40 thousand a month saying that he just survives with that money which made me laugh out loud because here I am with not even half of his salary just surviving as well. Maybe if we lessen our cost of living, we might actually save more.


Learning Pronouns – the INTERNATIONAL way

PAOAY CHURCH – My friend took this shot of our other friend taking a photo but looked like he’s praying

In a world where people never have a time for everything, I sit alone in our bedroom (my parents, two sisters and I share one room) wondering about how to better understand our culture. I found it while watching a Korean Variety Show — believe it or not, when one of the host said that the Japanese have an “I” attitude while the Koreans have the “We” attitude, it dawned on me like a spark that started the fire.


I love travelling. And when I say that, I mean that I am NOT nor will I ever be, a TOURIST. I am a TRAVELLER, which means, that I go to places to check how the locals live, how they spend their day and most importantly, what is their history that made them who they are today.

Since when I was young I thought that I go to places for the food, but as I grow older I found myself in old churches or sculptures while reading the inscriptions, looking at murals and analyzing them as I try to be one with the locals as I try to learn their language or dialect.

As of now, I do understand a bit of Waray (a dialect spoken in Visayas Region in the Philippines) which is a bit different from the usual Bisaya dialect which I also understand a bit because of my friends, I can also distinguish Kapampangan or panggalatok (a dialect spoken in Pampanga province in the Philippines) and a bit of Ilocano (which is mostly spoken up north in the Philippines) and a bit of Maguindanaoan (which is spoken in Maguindanao — a province in the Mindanao area of the Philippines) all because of my work.

I can speak and understand a bit of Japanese by watching Animes, Dramas, variety shows and by listening to music. Although I did the same for Korean, I went the extra mile and actually learnt Hangul which I can now successfully read and write which helped me and my friends throughout our travel in Korea.

In that variety show where the host mentioned about the cultural attitude, I immediately thought about us, the Filipinos, and what is our cultural attitude. At first I thought we’re the same as the Koreans, always welcoming and willing to share everything we have to a stranger but then I realized that the way Koreans treat their guest are way different from how a Filipino treat their guest.

For example, if a Japanese is staying in a dorm with a Filipino, a Korean and a Chinese men, the Japanese will most probably buy something to go for himself and not invite anyone while he eats while the Korean would buy food for everyone to share together while the Filipino would eat after everyone either finished their meal or started with their meal.

Because if you look at their culture, the Japanese people were influenced by Confucianism where the Great Learning, mentioned something about self-cultivation for the betterment of a government therefore, a person may fail not because of his knowledge but because of his lack of effort which is why they are very hardworking people (similar to the teachings in China which is why they probably have the closest resemblance in terms of their treatment to foreigners where they would rather ignore a stranger than help them because it does not help them “grow” in any way — not to mention, being powerful countries who conquered several places )

Meanwhile, the Korean Culture is very similar to our culture because we were the country that they always want to take over (Japanese, Chinese and even Americans) both experienced slavery, war and civil war and even peaceful wars and I think, it’s because we experienced too many wars, we embrace anyone who is trying to understand us that’s why we cheer on people who try to learn our language and live like us. The only difference is that the Filipinos were under the Spaniards for 333 years or more where our ancestors were treated as slaves — a trait we never totally shook out of our systems that’s why we wait for others to start first before we actually do anything, the initiative is not the problem, it’s our way of thinking that we are not “enough” to be a “starter” you can spot a Filipino from a crowd if you enter in an all you can eat buffet and he/she would lag behind at the line and would give their space in the line to foreigners.

Of course, this is not true for ALL Japanese, ALL Filipinos and ALL Koreans but it’s just based from my personal opinion. There’s really nothing wrong with anyone, we must always look at everything from their perspective (see, I sound just like a Filipina — which I am) to understand them better. Think about that the next time you meet a Filipino, a Japanese and a Korean (collectively, we are called Asians along with the Chinese people, most foreigners don’t even bother categorizing the same most white people who speak English and have double eyelids are called Americans)

To conclude, I’ve learnt pronouns the International way. “I” is for Japanese, “We” is for Koreans while “They” is for the Filipinos.

Tomorrow for sure.

No. The title is not about procrastination. The title is about a promise.


The Human Rights Victims Claims Board will be taking in applications again starting tomorrow, April 8, 2015 and would end on May 30, 2015.

HRVCB has sent messages to the applicants who were listed with them regarding their schedule. They were advised that incomplete documents will not be entertained and/or will be subject for rescheduling.

ALL HRVCB offices will be operating tomorrow at 8:00AM and would follow the claimants scheduling system. Walk-in applicants would be considered within office hours only. The claimants should reply to the text message sent in by the HRVCB staff confirming his/her slot for the schedule, request for a reschedule or verify if he/she has already filed in their application.

The schedule is based on the name of the victim, not the representative. This is not to be confused with one representative for multiple victim is not allowed. It is actually allowed as long as you can prove your filiation to the victim and an authorized representative. The first statement only means that the representative would have to ask for a schedule for each victim that he/she is representing for.


The applicant shall submit the following to support eligibility as a claimant:

a) Application Form;

b) Detailed notarized statement of the human rights violation;

c) Proof of filiation and relationship issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Office of the Local Civil Registrar. In the absence thereof, affidavits of at least two (2) disinterested individuals;

d) In case the HRVV is physically incapacitated to file the application personally, a notarized authorization showing proof of identity of the authorized representative and his/her bona fide relationship with the victim;

e) In case of mental or psychological disability of the HRVV, proof of filiation and relationship of the nearest next of kin in accordance with the Civil Code provisions on succession issued by the NSO or Office of the Local Civil Registrar.

For more information, you can give them a call at 0999-505-9737 or visit their website hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Human Rights Victims Claims Board


Pursuant to Joint Resolution No. 03 of the Congress of the Philippines approved by the President on February 17, 2015, and after due publication of the same in the Official Gazette on March 23, 2015, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board through HRVCB Resolution No. 003-2015 sets the extension of the period to file applications by human rights violations victims (HRVVs) during Martial Law –




1.  Personal filing is required. Applications cannot be accepted by mail.

2. Submission of notarized statement narrating the human rights violation together with supporting documentsand/or notarized statement of 2 persons with personal knowledge of the violation plus 2 government issued IDs and/or Birth Certificate/Marriage Certificate/Death Certificate as the case may be.

3. Scheduled filing of applications. No walk-ins. Please call the HRVCB offices in UP ISSI Building Diliman Quezon City or the HRVCB Regional Desks located in Regional Offices of the Commission on Human Rights for the proper schedule. You can also email us at secretariat@hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph

4. Acknowledgment Receipt with the photo and signature of the applicant who filed the application will be issued. This does not automatically entitle the victim to reparation or recognition. This is just a proof of acceptance of the application. The validity of all claims shall be decided upon by the Divisions of the Board.

5. For claimants who are abroad please email overseas@hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph

6. Failure to file application within the said period is deemed a waiver of the right to file claim for reparation and recognition under Republic Act No. 10368.

7. For more information, please visit our official website at www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph or contact us at 0999-505-9737, (02) 373-4847 or (02) 533-1872.

Take the call. #orangeurneighborhood

As part of my 16-days of Activism, I will post today’s call against Gender based Violence (GBV)

According to European Institute for Gender Equality or EIGA,  Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity.

On that note, I will add Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders or LGBT as genders as well. They are, after all, the first victims of it. Rape, Domestic Violence, Bullying, discrimination lurks everywhere for them.

As today is the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN decided to launch the ORANGE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD campaign it calls us to UNITE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. It has the same call as Paint the town Red. To show your support to their cause, you must change your profile picture on your social network site such as facebook, twitter and instagram then add in the hashtag #orangeurneighborhood to the caption.

It has to start with us, girls, women, we have to learn how to say something… let’s practice saying NO and live it. In my 22 years of existence, I’ve already met men who are as disgusting as dog poo. Some beat my friends for choosing to be themselves, some I’ve watched on TV  or read on some tabloid about some man who raped his own niece/daughter/granddaughter not just once or twice but multiple times and even impregnating them which is downright sick. If they refuse they get beaten, if they agree they would still get beaten up. WHAT’S UP WORLD!


I’ve met a lot of perverts during my days of working in the night shift, drunkards and stoned men have their reasons because well, they are drunk or stoned or drunk and stoned. But what about those who KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING? I mean, completely sane?

The government would commit to the international community that they wouldn’t tolerate Gender Based Violence in their respective countries but no action can be seen from the government.

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TAKE THE CALL. That’s all I’m saying. For today.

Letting the bad air out. #ScatteredIdeasInOne

It has been a long time hasn’t it? That I’ve posted something on my blog?

I would like to apologize for that but I don’t know how so I made a decision to participate in the 16-days of Activism that would start tomorrow.

As a member of Amnesty International here in the Philippines, I have received an invitation to join this cause, however, I do not know how to do it by myself so I thought, “hey! why don’t I just go back to blogging?”

By the way, the reason why I did not blog for sometime is because I was sent to different provinces here in the Philippines for work. There was no internet connection most times and I had a difficult time looking for mobile signals. My current job required me to socialize with lots of people (Human Rights Victims from the Philippines’ Martial Law era in fact!) and in those 6-months, I can definitely say that the Philippines is a frighteningly beautiful place. Frighteningly beautiful as it made me both proud just to be a citizen of it and very ashamed of the very same reason.

I have personally experienced the beauty of my country as I travel from one place to another and talk from one dialect to another. My job required me to talk to people from the highest in the food chain to the lowest, one province to another and truth be told, my bias are the masses.

The challenge actually, wasn’t my job, everyone who knows me and the people I’ve worked with knows that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY JOB, the challenge is having to associate yourself to people who keeps on belittling me and my capacity to perform my job just because I’m not a law student or a law practitioner or an official. How people don’t WANT me to think and how they speak to me as if they are so high above me and sure they can control me.

Do I just confuse myself? It may have been a bad idea to take me as an employee of the government (Yes, you might be surprised that I’m working for our government and honestly, I would be too if I wasn’t the one who willingly sent in my application form) because as an individual who is young and new in the government, I am very idealistic and thus, I am not used to this SOCIAL MATRIX or the SOCIAL LADDER to which those who are below you does not have a choice but to bow down to the ALMIGHTY YOU. I still have the “You can’t change me unless I say you could” attitude that I’ve gained from my previous private jobs and truth be told, they do have a LADDER too but at least they are blunt about it. Which means, you won’t have to wake up one morning and read below ”reasons of pain” is MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS.


I am currently working with our country’s renowned Human Rights Defenders which is probably one of the reasons I decided that I could start anew with the government and I am learning a lot working with them such as the HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION has a VERY WIDE scope. There were times when they tell us their experiences and it just amazes the hell out of us and made us think, “how could they gone through that and still lived? or WANTED TO LIVE?” because people who has gone through that much can just EXIST but they… they actually chose to LIVE.

Before this happened, I thought that their stories were the worst yet most inspiring stories I’ve heard but lo and behold, I was, as I usually am, wrong when I’ve talked to HRV’s and realized that what seemed unrealistic for me now is their history?

We have reached more than 45K applications for reparation and recognition of their human rights violations and contribution to the rebellion that “ended” it all and when I was informed about it I thought, “how many of those have I met?” because that 45K were the ones that has successfully filed in their applications, our office only have 35 staff and officials, and based on my experience, especially in the Mindanao area, MANY were not able to comply to the requirements due to the fact that their culture didn’t require them documents that are necessary to submit in their applications and that many are still hesitant to submit theirs in because of their fear that it might give them false hope, it will use too much of their time, money for documents, for transportation allowance — the whole shebang.

I’ve listened to their stories even though my job didn’t require me to but just because they wanted me to listen. Most spoke in dialects that I have no idea existed until then (as humiliating as it sounds) but I still listened to them for the reason that I felt their need to just let it all out. I’ve encountered people who kills their family members to file in their claims as solo heir (they didn’t kill their family per se but just lied to us by telling us that each of he/she is the ONLY living relative of the victim) because remember, we’re talking about money here and some people would TAKE ADVANTAGE of the fact that they are the only LITERATE in their family.

I am ashamed of the fact that there are still people who would charge you a hefty amount for a document that you don’t even need (e.g. a duly notarized affidavit of sole heir proving that you are the only heir of the victim when you are the victim yourself or translating documents from their original dialects to english or tagalog and telling people that we won’t accept it unless it is typewritten and in either of those above mentioned dialects) now here, we are talking about people WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING (even has a diploma to prove it) AND ISN’T EVEN ASHAMED OF IT, in fact, they are even asking money for it from people who doesn’t even understand the documents that they are signing (can we really not blame them? could they be just misunderstood too? were they lied too as well when they are speaking in the same dialects? were they just forced to do what they did? — it really makes one think doesn’t it?)

I would lie if I said that there isn’t a single story that has made me cry buckets when in fact, I have at least 10 from all the places I’ve been and I would like to congratulate myself during those times that I held my feelings and didn’t let it get in between their story and my work. I’ve heard stories that ranged from I don’t believe it to I don’t WANT to believe it and it does really make a lot of difference.


To end this blog post I would like to say, that I have to be careful of what I wish for.

Remember last year when I did a blog roll for Martial Law and said that I want to listen to THEIR STORIES (to the victims’ stories?) of what really happened during that era? Well, obviously, I got my wish and the truth has… well, it set me free (my mind that is) These past few months I was forced to grow up and make a bigger box (not exactly think out of the box) by the people that I have only blogged about before.

I would say that the biggest challenge out of everything that happened are the ones that I have no control over. Like when my life source is held by busy people.



I feel bad for my blog. I didn’t even realize that it’s been another year! 😦


It’s been 3 years since that fateful day in Batangas where I signed up in WordPress and written my first blog post. This is supposed to be a blog for my Youth Group but it became my personal advocacy blog.

It had it’s ups and downs. Especially because I’m still inexperienced about life but still… there were times that really made me happy about my blog.

I, Maria Karol P. Hernandez, a resident of the Philippines, of legal age, single, depose and say that;

I am the proud author of this blog You’re not supposed to be here! since 2011.

That this blog is my pride and joy and that this blog is the reason that I got an account of what happens in terms of my personal advocacy.

This blog made me realize things about myself that I haven’t even learned.

There is nothing more.


SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to this day of 23rd June at Manila, Philippines.


Maria Karol P. Hernandez


I am currently in a line of work that I love. I really love talking to people. I just realized that. After being in Customer Service for 4 years, I realized that I really love listening to people’s stories and lives. Not for the gossip but just for the heck of it. I love empathizing with people and making them feel that they can rely on me and to be the best person that they could approach if they need anyone. I want to be the person they could depend on but not on personal matters.

I learned that I really hate people who wouldn’t do WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. It pisses me to no end to realize that they get the same salary as I do (or worse, MORE) and they’re not doing what they are supposed to do. Just keep in line will ya?

I am very thankful for my readers and I hope you will keep on reading my blog. Till internet shut us down! Love ya!


with all my love,