who says that the filipinos are poor?


i manage a division of the only high-end department store here in manila and i wonder how come i often hear that filipinos don’t have money anymore. everyday, i see people buying exclusive and expensive items from our store.

don’t we really have the money anymore? yes, i know that there are many financially challenged families here in our country that’s why maybe there’s an increase of crime rates everytime christmas is around. but i don’t think it’s proper that we say that filipinos are poor…i guess it’s more proper to say that the gap between the poor and the rich in our country is wide rather than saying in general that filipinos are poor. if you’re gonna think about it, how come almost everyone has a cellphone? it’s not a necessity to have but how come everyone has? what do you think?

3 Comments so far

  1. evren (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

    the reality is that the country is poor. besides a widening gap between rich and poor as you have mentioned, more than half of the populatiion live below poverty. without dollar remittance by ofw’s, we’re all doomed. corruption remains massive and lack of national security keeps foreign investors away.

  2. hekk (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 5:06 am

    I remember when I still in the Philippines, ang saya ng pasko kahit disperas na nabili ng nanay ko yung pamasko ko kasi nag titinda pa sya sa palengke. The next day paligsahan kami mag pipinsan kung sino ang pinakamahal na pamasko sa lahat. Those were the days… believe me many a filipinos still live on the same situation as I had before. Now, planning to go and feel the spirit of xmas this december. Di ko na kailangan mamasko. Ako ang mag bibigay ng pamasko. I live here in California and work as an Analytical Scientist

  3. charlie solis (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 2:17 am

    you have a point. the gap is wide. The country, however, isn’t poor as Evren opines. It’s friggin’ rich, just misused and abused. I come from the middle class, meaning I do the daily grind like the poor ones and get paid, unlike them. But I also pay taxes and vaious monthly bills that they (the poor ones) don’t get to (no offense to the poor ones who work the legal way or are employed the legal way). I’m referring to the squatters who get cable and airconditioning without having to pay a single cent. And, unlike the rich ones, my money doesn’t get to grow in the form of investments. It’s gone the moment I earn it. Savings is another issue, goodness. So, why is it that I’m not always represented in such articles/blogs/forums, etc? The media is clearly out-of-touch. But, I’m not doin’ the self-pity. I just want other people to have the proper perspective of the “majority” of Filipinos.

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