Why are Filipinos so pro American?

After a few years here I still don’t understand the obsession with the U.S. in the Philippines I have also seen the influences leaking into the UK which really annoys me. Such as the last election where advisors and critics alike seemed to be mainly American on the news and mainstream political shows.. no offence but its the UK its nothing to do with the U.S. and its about time some divisions were made as the UK has leakage of Rap music and other influences which are damaging to British society. The same can be said in the Philippines where gang culture and firearms are a readily available easy mix. With all the U.S. based gangs having some operations in the Philippines. Cebu I know for a fact has Bloods, Crypts and Latin Kings to name but a few of the gangs and often there are transfers between the U.S. and the Philippines with such things as a friends neighbour who was on his third strike in the U.S. so returned to the Philippines as breaking the crime circuit isn’t happening.

But then you have things like the education system, banking and pretty much anything structured that mimics the U.S. in its setup regardless if efficient or not.

With the current tide of popularity changing for many on the U.S. and its actions in the middle east I wonder how much longer things will stay the way they are. Many in the UK blame its financial problems on the U.S. collapsed housing market yet the Philippines hasn’t had that misfortune as simply its mainly people power to feed the U.S. and the standard of living changes that keep a dream alive that the U.S. is better than the Philippines.

This isn’t an argument topic by the way its more a question of why the Philippines ties itself so close to a country that does very little for it. I see interference in things like Birth control which is pushed on the Catholic church as a whole but nobody mentions the Pro-life groups that push the anti-abortion as a reason for their interference but more often than not they are taking a lot further steps and use anti-abortion as a blanket topic. I see NGO’s loaded up with money and the mentality that throwing money at a problem fixes it. In reality NGO’s are often keeping things as stagnant as water mosquito’s breed in. A false propping up does not solve the countries problems. Education, infrastructure and proactively encouraging change does. Something that gets hindered when artificially propped with Western money.

9 comments for “Why are Filipinos so pro American?

  1. Tropicalpenpals
    July 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I know the UK has fallen into a pit of despair sorry to hear for your loss and its not the first time I have heard of such cases. A friend of mine sued Worcester Hospital for issues resulting from poor service on delivery of one of their children that resulted on the child's death. The same hospital is reliant on mainly immigrant staff to populate its medical teams.
    Another friend of mine who's mother was ill one evening called a doctor who told him that his mother “had indigestion” and should just sleep it off. She died that night it was a heart attack.
    My mother became ill a couple of years ago which resulted in her nearly dying to the point doctors actually told us she wasn't likely to make it and it was pretty much up to her if she could pull through or not as there was nothing else they could do she was on dialysis and machines were pretty much doing everything from keeping her heart beating to purifying her blood. Cause? Local Doctor at St.Johns, Clinic in Worcester who had given her medication that had severe side affects that they neither monitored or made my mother aware of. Her luck lay in the day she went to the hospital for help and they turned her away that a visiting doctor was passing and recognised her symptoms and it was that one doctor that saved her life. Chased up with the doctors surgery after the event to be told “they didn't have the facilities to monitor individual cases”.

    Reason im in the Philippines in the first place is I have pretty much abandoned the UK the last few years I have seen severe deteriation in services and society. At least in the Philippines I can pay for whatever I need. In the UK the “being fair” results in people who work hard all their lives abused and unable to even pay for services the state should provide but no longer do. Dentist work.. Got pulled off my dentists list when I left school after privatisation, I couldn't find a local dentist and have only been to one in the UK in nearly 20 years on emergency. In the Philippines I go to the end of my road and there is several and can have my teeth cleaned for less than £5 and pretty much get whatever work I want at a very low rate. The UK isn't what it used to be and the change in Government I was hoping it would cause some major changes but it seems to have slipped into the same system as the last. Very little real change for improvement.

  2. davidrke
    July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Matt.The UK is not all its cracked up to be either,.We lost our first child to a stupid Indian Dr who had been allowed to put up a practice although lacking in the standard usually required.

  3. Tropicalpenpals
    July 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Know the feeling had problems initially here as well but that's another story.. read far back enough in the blog its all there..

    Where are you located? provincial, city etc? as i am constantly looking at new projects myself for ideas so if i come up with something happy to share what i find but location also makes a difference. E.g. if your provincial and can bring fish/meats to restaurants etc. restaurants here seem to struggle getting regular quality. If your in the city I would look to network online selling imported goods.

    • davidrke54
      July 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

      I am located in Villasis Pangasinan,,my email address is davidallanrooke @yahoo.com/evadekoore54912@gmail.com

  4. davidrke
    July 27, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Thats pretty much the same for us,although we have had it rough here too, our in-laws screwed us over pretty good and a nephew killed one man who had hired our jeepney.now we have a new house and some land,away from them,but no income and we need to make some cash ,any idea,s ?

  5. A legal alien..in NCR
    August 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Are you serious? You actually live in the Philippines and you are seriously posing that question??
    Why do you think the Filipinos celebrate their independence day on 12th June (hint: indepdendence from the Spanish, 1898) and not 4th July (hint: Treaty of Manila, independence from US in 1946). Wait….”independence from the US”?? So, yes, wait…that’s it! Could it be?! Could it? Could ALL of the questions posed in your clueless tirade above be explained by the fact that the US had sovereignty over the Philippines for nearly 50 years, shaping it’s institutions, culture and attitudes as it pleased? (Officially, but in reality of course the fall of Marcos signalled a more real end of annexation by the US). Could this be at all relevant? (Okay, sorry for such sarcasm, but this blinding ignorance bowls me for 6).

  6. A legal alien..in NCR
    August 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    …..and, much of your English confuses me. I am trying to work out exactly what (probably important and valid) points your are trying to make in your final paragraph, but they are so vague that I give up. Be categorical – it’s more convincing.

    ….and, unless the ‘crypts’ are some kind of gun-toting, code-cracking nerd outfit that I have not heard of, I assume you are trying to refer to the ‘Crips’ in your misguided diversion from your main point.

    Love you!

  7. Tropicalpenpals
    August 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Shaping its institutions and culture? the culture has been robbed and replaced with a fake american one. Institutions have been shaped in a way that like the U.S. keeps the rich at the top and the poor at the bottom a structure that is built on being elite and to hell with everyone else.. The point was that the U.S. has done very little positive here yet Filipino’s keep it. The point is why? A skeleton medical system because all the doctors and nurses have left to support the U.S. with its growing aging population? Or maybe its the Retirees that come here and marry up with a girl younger than their daughters and call it normal.. Your statements above offer nothing positive which is my point there is very little the US has done. Infact its done everything to suit itself and calls it freedom or whatever it chooses this year, at the end of the day U.S. has always looked after no.1 and before people go back to the British Empire doing the same that’s exactly my point.. There is very little in the way of give but more take the falling of the British Empire seen the rise of the American Empire doing exactly the same.

  8. freecallsphilippines
    July 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

    In the Philippines i believe we can find that answer in history and all those years we were colonized by the US. After, Japan and after, Spain. The influence of all three countries are strong in the Philippines.