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  1. Justice911

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    The Filipino character:

    Hello forum members, we tend to criticize with our Western mentality to Filipino behavior or circumstances. But what I experienced tonight is unique !!!

    Our 10 month old female Belgian Shepherd Dog escaped accidentally from our property and we searched for her in vain desperately for one our in the darkness of the night.

    Coincidentally there were 10 Filipinos playing basketball at 11 pm in the night in the neighborhood and I told them about our loss. They immediately stopped playing basketball and said “we will help you to find the dog” and behold, they managed to find our beloved dog in the deep darkness.

    We were so thankful to them for this amazing act of kindness.
     
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    Thank you for sharing that. I found that when we lived there, the people were the kindest, most accommodating people just about anywhere on the planet. Always willing to lend a hand with smile!
     
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    A very nice happening for me in Manila. I was on the way to the pier to purchase tickets for a ship travel. My map had an error on it. A pinoy asked me where I want to go then he lead me to the port thru a labyrinth of small ways. He did not wanted anything for the help.
     
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    Some weeks ago my wife lost her Debit-Master Card of Metrobank under an ATM on the floor....next day she got a Phone-call, from the main branch, that the Card was brought to another branch and they transfered it to the main branch (our branch) and they informed her by phone.

    Weeks later my Advanzia-Bank-Creditcard fall out of my wallet in front of the ATM of the Metro-Bank-Main-branch but I did not recognize it and waited for some reasons in front of the branch in my car.
    Suddenly the guard came: "Are you Mr. XXXX"...."Yes I am"...."A customer brought your Credit card inside the branch and the employees asked me, the guard, if I did see you and as there was a foreigner sitting in his car, I asked him for his name."
    So honest, modest and helpful most Filipinos are !!!
     
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    Dang, sounds you need to upgrade your wallet(s) and/or clean the butter off your fingers. :wink:
     
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    I think Filipinas are generally more caring and grateful than Western women for anything you give them good.
     
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    I think it is, generally, about the same reaction for both Filipina and Western women when it comes to appreciation of what you "give them" (though I find it a bit arrogant to think you are owed something when giving gifts/charity). What I think Filipinas are more likely to do is to put up with *sshole/arrogant behavior.
     
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    In my opinion, if one gives a gift and expects anything in return or even specifies how it be used, it is not a gift it is a contract. A true gift is given without conditions or expectations.
     
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    On a serious note, I have always enjoyed the fact that the people here are almost always very nice and willing to go out of their way to help. Many times I have been helped and guided by strangers here and they were not looking for anything in return. Of course their is also the fact that I have to let the asawa do the bargaining while I stay out of sight to avoid the skin tax, but that is understandable.
    On a not so serious but very true note I will tell of a bonus I got once when I bought a washing machine and this bonus is only available here as far as I know. The machine had more plastic than my daughter's old play washing machine in her playhouse but it does work. What struck me was the placards and posters on the demo model that advertised a "FREE RAT GUARD" with the machine. I have never seen a rat guard. I also have never seen one free or even for purchase with a washer in the US. Of course it goes without saying that this clinched the deal. It gives me great comfort to know that no rat will be harmed while we are washing clothes. I also tried to buy a dryer but no one knew what it was. I found a used one brought from Australia on line but was not allowed to buy it as anything that you put wet clothes in and they come out warm and dry is first, not believable, and second, bad ju-ju.
     
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    In the point "without conditions" I agree but not at all in the point "without expectations", because of course you expect that the recipient is happy or grateful about the gift or what would you feel, if she gets angry about the gift or screams "You should give me more" and so on..... And by the way, you always have a personal motive why you give something, nothing, what a human being does is without a personal motive.
     
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