Joshua Pionelo & Rica Mae Quidatu
Filipinos are known for its wide – array of stereotypes worldwide. Phrases like “Pilipino ka kung” followed by some kind of trait or behavior innate only to us Filipinos have been used not only by the younger generations but as well as the older ones to identify ourselves from other countries and to show how Filipino one can be.
The memes above depict one significant trait innate to us Filipinos, which is being generous or just too embarrassed to get the last bite or piece of the food. We find this trait amusing in every gatherings since we experienced this firsthand and every time this behavior arises, one of our friends or family members will immediately blurt out the phrase “Pilipino gid ah”, and we will just laugh it out until someone is brave enough to get the last piece. This behavior might seem to be random and a coincidence but if we look closely how generous Filipinos are, especially within a family, we will understand the reason, if not entirely, behind this behavior.
Mothers or nanays are really generous that, most of the time, they leave the last piece of the food to their children. This behavior can also be seen within group of friends if no one does not immediately consume all of the food. If there is a piece that is left of the food, whether it is on the table of not, there is some kind of silent agreement that is happening between the group that the last piece will go to someone other than yourself and say “Sa inyo na lang yan or Inyo nalang na ah”. Until the last piece has been eaten or someone will volunteer who gets the last piece, the situation will not stop and everyone will be stock in an endless loop.
No matter how you look at it, whether it is out of embarrassment or respect to the other person, the behavior presented by the memes show how generous we Filipinos are even just in the simple little things we do for our friends and family.
This meme is inspired by the trait of the Filipinos being family oriented and love for the elders. It is already one distinguishable trait of the Filipinos that even if we have our own respective families, we do not want to leave our aging mother to any institution to be taken care by others. We have this sense of responsibility for our parents. It is not anything big for us to care for them for it is already a trait born within us. It is in our culture. Others of different culture may think that we have now our own family and it is just right to separate with our parent. But us Filipinos have different culture. This trait implies the love we have for our parents and even to our grand parents. They have loved us dearly when we are able to do nothing up to the point we are able to do everything, so we have this “utang na loob” which we look for some ways to repay their good deeds to us. It also implies that we can always look back to where we came from.