Filipino workers are admired as workers abroad. Their qualities, such as strong work ethic, skilled and qualified to take on the job, strong English language skills, adaptability to new environments, and a positive attitude, are well-known.
We need to preface this article by saying that it is inappropriate to stereotype or generalize about an entire group of people and their values. Individuals and their actions should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
However, from a sociological perspective, some common stereotypes or misconceptions about Filipino culture that others have reported are
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Being too passive or non-confrontational
Some people may view Filipinos as too accommodating to express their opinions or stand up for themselves. This may be misinterpreted as a lack of assertiveness instead of a genuine showing of respect.
Being overly hospitable
Filipinos are known for their hospitality and welcoming nature, but this can sometimes be viewed as being too accommodating or intrusive.
Giving up personal pleasures in favor of someone else’s is a sign of generosity, but may also be seen as a show of face, even if it costs a future to roll out the hospitality red carpet.
Being too dependent on others
Some people may view Filipinos as being too reliant on the help and support of others, which can be seen as a lack of independence. This is evident in OFWs sending money to families all the time and they sometimes forego saving up for their future.
Being too emotional
Filipinos are known for being expressive and open with their emotions, but this can sometimes be viewed as overly sensitive or dramatic. Expressing one’s emotions isn’t necessarily bad. But when it translates to self-harm, social media scandal and viral videos, being emotional could bring more harm than good.
Being too sensitive to criticism
Filipinos have a strong sense of pride and self-respect and may be seen as being too sensitive or defensive when criticized. This can be seen in the fiery exchange of social media replies or even public fights.
It’s important to note that these are just stereotypes and not necessarily true for all Filipinos abroad and back home, and it’s not fair or accurate to make assumptions about any group of people based on cultural stereotypes.