I found this excellent article by Boo Chanco of The Philippine Star. Check it out here: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=626546&publicationSubCategoryId=66
Here are some valid points from the article that I want to highlight. Please do click the link above and read the article in its entirety. It’s a great read!
- If both my grandmothers were alive today and we told them the Mai Mislang tweets, they would have reacted by exclaiming three words: Bastos. Walang pinagaralan. They wouldn’t care if Mislang was a cum laude graduate of UP or even if she had a PhD in nuclear physics. She would still be bastos… walang pinagaralan.
- Monitoring the social networks over the weekend, there were those who said that we should be more understanding because Mislang is typical of today’s youth. I beg to disagree. I have three children ages 25-30 and they would never have done what Mislang did. It is all a question of breeding. Mislang may have had the misfortune of not having been trained well by her parents.
- It is simply basic and that makes it so difficult to understand why Mislang did it, to the embarrassment of the whole Filipino nation. When you are a guest in someone’s home, you act like a good guest. You should be respectful. If you are offered something to eat or drink, say thank you. If you do not like what was served, suffer in silence and even swallow it as if it was the most delicious treat in the world. When you are asked how you liked the food, smile sincerely and say it was great. Now, if you are a public official representing the country abroad, do all those things even more. …
And I saved the best one for last:
- If the situation was reversed and a Vietnamese Mislang tweeted complaints about the red wine Malacanang served, the homicidal nature of Manila streets and worse of all… the unattractiveness of the Filipino male… I am sure we will be ready to declare war on Vietnam. A Hollywood actress once complained about how bad Manila smelled and we were up in arms, even if that observation is true for many parts of our cities.
All valid points! It’s quite laughable that the Palace halted all use of social networking pending regulations. But do we really need regulations on good graces and etiquette? Do we still need regulations on how not to insult our hosts? How pitiable…