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You are a volunteer trainer for PAWsome Whiskers, Inc.

, a nonprofit organization that

advocates animal welfare. The advocacy director asked you to make a short training
presentation about Filipino traits, practices, and belief systems to 20 foreign volunteers from
Europe, Canada, and the United States of America. The foreign volunteers will be working with
the members of PAWsome Whiskers, Inc. to recommend and carry out their projects in the

You are to provide the presentation on the following:

1. Overview of Filipino traits that give the advantage to carry out advocacies for animal welfare
- hardworking
- efficient
- resourceful
2. Positive Filipino traits that foster camaraderie within the organization
- hospitable
- family-oriented
- bayanihan
- helpfulness
3. Negative Filipino traits that may affect work productivity and quality of output

Negative Filipino Traits:

1. Crab mentality
the behavior of preventing someone from achieving something due to jealousy or envy. Instead of
praising or rendering assistance, someone with crab mentality would think “if I can’t have it, then you
can’t as well” and will purposely try to bring his/her victim down. And just like the crabs who could have
escaped from the bucket if they only stopped pulling each other down, nothing ever gets accomplished.
2. Ningas-Kugon
One reason why we sometimes exert half-hearted effort in our undertakings is due to this attitude.
Translated to “burning cogon grass” in English, this idiom is meant to illustrate how Filipinos initially
exhibit great enthusiasm at the beginning of a project. Our eagerness however, fades away just as
quickly as the fire is extinguished, leaving our work either half-baked or unfinished.
3. Mañana Habit
It is ironic that the Spanish would accuse Filipinos of being lazy when they themselves taught us the
mañana habit in the first place. Known as “tomorrow” in English, the habit encourages procrastination,
an “ability” we Filipinos have since turned into an art form. Even the most urgent of projects and tasks
can be relegated for some other time; we are only forced to work on them when the deadline is near. It’s
a miracle we get things done in this country.
4. Filipino Time
Related to the mañana habit, Filipino time refers to the Filipinos’ own unique brand of time, which is
known to be minutes or hours behind the standard time. In other words, we tend not to observe
punctuality at all. This behavior usually drives time-observant foreigners crazy. While we Filipinos with
our easy-going ways have somewhat become used to Filipino time, it still is a bad habit that needs to be
5. Balat Sibuyas
We Filipinos are famous for being onion-skinned or easily slighted at perceived insults. While it’s perfectly
normal for us to taunt and criticize others, we can’t handle the same when it’s being hurled back at us.
Incidents showcasing our extra-sensitivity to insults usually involve a foreigner making either a bonafide
racist remark or a humorous jab at us Filipinos. True to form, our reactions would range from righteous
indignation to excessive grandstanding. While it is alright to feel incensed, throwing a fit in front of the
world would inevitably do us no good at all.