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Former RP President Ramos on NK Nuke Test

October 21st, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

The article linked below talks a little bit about former Philippines President Fidel V. Ramos’ views on the North Korean nuclear test and about Korean tourism in the Philippines. Though I cannot read it, there is even “a very funny text joke” about the Korean presence in the Philippines.

Can anyone translate the joke for me?

“Do you know the latest? Marami raw Koreans sa Congress. Tuwing may project daw, ang tanong ng mga taga-Congress: Eh magkano porsiento Korean?”

Link to the article

7 Responses to “Former RP President Ramos on NK Nuke Test”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    My friends in Manila tell me that Koreans are hated by everyone who get the chance to meet them. I was surprised to hear that but so many Filipino people have told me that I am starting to believe it. I met one korean that was very nice one time, so this is shocking! Clearly not all Koreans are like this, even if Filipino’s belive this.

    I do think that there are a lot of Korea sex tourists in the Philippines. I guess because Koreans have such a long history of prostitution that they think this type of thing is good.

    Somebody needs to tell all the Koreans who keep crying about the so called ‘comfort women’ prostitutes, to shut up and look at awhat Koreans do in the Philippines.

  2. comment number 2 by: Aravis

    Hi. 🙂 I’m a first time commenter. The text says:

    “Do you know the latest? There are many Koreans in Congress. They say everytime there is a project, the Congress asks: Eh, what’s the Korean percentage?”

    I’d just like to add that I’m a Filipino who’s currently in a long-term relationship with a Korean. I find it hard to believe what GarlicBreath just said about Filipinos hating Koreans, because all the Koreans I know have been exceptionally kind to me. But I guess I’m more of an exception than a rule because they are active Christians and have spent most of their lives in the Philippines. I can still imagine how Koreans can misbehave in Manila.

    Over time, I’ve learned to understand how Koreans work (the overglorification, the racial attitudes, etc), and I find it all very pitiful.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    Hi Aravis,

    You seem very open minded and friendly, just like my many Filipino friends.

    I am sure all the Koreans you know are ncie to you. Perhaps I used the wrong word in ‘hate’. TMy friends have told me many times about how the Koreans are very cheep, rude and demand to be treated like gods when they go out.

    Can I ask you a question? What did you mean by (the overglorification, the racial attitudes, etc).

    The reason why I ask, is because my friends tell me that Koreans act like they are better then anyone and they have the best culture. They also say that Koreans are racist. Maybe we are talking about the same things.

  4. comment number 4 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Thanks for the translation, Aravis. I guess it must be an inside joke.

    I have also heard that many Filipinos consider Koreans, especially the weekend-golf-trip Koreans, to be rude and obnoxious, but that may be changing a little bit as Koreans get more acustomed to dealing with other cultures. As you mentioned, the Koreans who have lived in the Philippines for a while seem to get along with Filipinos quite well. I think it is the Koreans who travel to the Philippines for short periods of time that are causing most of the problem. Of course, Koreans are not the only obnoxious foreigners in the Philippines.

    I had an English-tutoring business in the Philippines for two years, and one thing that I noticed was that Koreans really seemed to enjoy the easygoing lifestyle down there. Koreans often told me they felt much for freer there than in Korea, and Korean women seemed to like having Filipina housekeepers to help them.

    By the way, there were a lot of Koreans with businesses in the Philippines. For example, probably more than eighty percent of the dive shops on Boracay were owned by Koreans. Korean tourism in the Philippines seems to be a thriving business, so maybe in a few years the two cultures will be able to bridge the cultural gap.

  5. comment number 5 by: dogbert

    Koreans act like they are better then anyone and they have the best culture. They also say that Koreans are racist. Maybe we are talking about the same things.

    Funny just how widespread that opinion is.

  6. comment number 6 by: Aravis

    GarlicBreath, I feel that some of them can’t find any faults in their country or nationality, and like you said, they think they’re better than everyone else. Some of my Korean friends, for example, wouldn’t dream of dating an African-American, simply because of his skin. The more extreme ones would twist the facts to make it look like everything Korea has done is a good thing. I can’t think of any examples right now, but it’s something I’ve noticed over time.

    And I find it pitiful because they’ve been exposed to this kind of thinking since they were born. It’s not something you can change overnight. I admire Koreans who can break out of that mindset. Once they’ve overcome those qualities, they are very wonderful people. 🙂

  7. comment number 7 by: GarlicBreath


    Thank you for your honest and candid answer. Yes Koreans need to break out of that terrible mindset that they are in. Sadly, as Gerry has pointed out, their extreme nationalistic ‘education’ is not helping. But this education does not explane how overseas Koreans, some who comment here, act exactly the same or worse as the most brainwashed koreans.