Filipino Discrimination: Why Local Filipinos prefers Foreigners than their own Filipino Brethren.

Have you ever faced discrimination because you are Filipino? Not only in other countries but even on your own country? Let’s face the facts and read it here why “Most Filipinos prefer foreigners than their own”.

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Discrimination? I never had that – said nobody ever.

Ofcourse everybody had an experience with discrimination, even when we were a child. No big deal though, as we grow up… often we forget why such things matter. However, what if it becomes a personal matter regarding the “preference” of serving others?

We have seen this since colonial times and refer to this as “Colonial Mentality” – a preference for any western culture. The mestizos (rich spanish people) are in high regard than the indios whom they hire as helpers or labor men. The filipinos do not regard their life this way, and we know that, but why would filipinos prefer to serve other foreigners then?
Even now, Filipinos still prefer to take foreigners because of the stereotype that they have money – I just didn’t have the luxury of time to tell the average Filipino that being a foreigner does not necessarily mean “rich”…most of them have even unpaid debts on their own countries. But you know what they always say “Ignorance is a Bliss”.

This goes without saying that modern Filipino patriotism dies along with their needs of money. This is one of the reason why I also created the website for Filipino and Expats alike – to inform them that such things happened and still is happening right now. But the foreigners are not the one to blame though, as our modern age is creating more open borders with other cultures, the level of acceptance to the degree of preference also changes. Expats and Foreigners are non the wiser because, hell, who doesn’t want to be treated with VIP preference?

For example;
We just went to Puerto Galera for a vacation while the ASEAN Summit is being held in the Philippines. We went to the beach of Talipanan and White Beach… both created the unstressful and relaxing environment that I just needed because of too much work being piled (reasearch and speaking takes a toll too, I am human afterall 🙂 ).

All is fun except for this one event that happened in El Bistro Restaurant in Muelle Port.
See, we were hungry that’s why we wanted to order food in that restaurant, and because of the time constraints (we have to get on the boat) we ordered “Fish and Fries” instead of any food that takes a time to prepare.

It’s been 15 minutes since we ordered, when these two Italian tourists came in the resto with their orders improptu. Well, its just been 15 minutes since they came and they got their orders as soon too; and what did they get? Sauced Prawns and Shakes!!! Shit man…. they got a much more lavish food than what we ordered and ours is much easier to get done (fry and toss and that’s it! What’s hard with that), but why the hell have they prepared their food in less time required than us?

So the most logical thing to do; we complained and we actually told the waitress and the manager what is the hold- up? and as usual, we were met with the same dead eyes of disservice and they just moved on. As hungry as we are, we got our orders an hour later (and this time I’m pissed of because of hunger), but because my wife was a patient person (unlike me hah!), she just paid the bill and got the food without any further discussions.

Can you spot the wrong in this picture? It’s probably because I don’t look like a Foreigner LoL.


If those dead eyes we just saw can communicate to us, the conversation might go as ” Who are you anyways? ” and if they had the chance, I bet you that they will say “You are just Filipinos”… probably because I don’t look outlandish.

Oh my God, I just didn’t have the heart to say that if they prefer Foreigners who comes in only at once per year and pay once or twice per year, I think that is a bad business plan there.
They should rather pay more attention to their own local tourists because regardless of the Philippine’s economy, they can still afford to visit an expensive get-away… local tourists can visit Puerto Galera anytime and always, that’s why, it surprises me about the level of business intelligence EL Bistro employees had shown. Not only it will turn away potential customers… but can also be a gateway for scrutiny.

EL Bistro: Fast Catering for Foreigners, EDSA like speed for Locals.

Sad to Say, this is not just on business level but also on every aspect of the Philippine Culture… Filipinos prefer Foreigners, and doing so, creates discrimination to their fellow Filipinos. It’s a vicious cycle of wants-and-needs against the can affords. However, this is a restaurant that I will not recommend to anybody… If they prefer to serve foreigners, then they could also kiss my American ass.

Other than that, I suggest that if you are a Filipino who’s doing this, then stop this stupid and ignorant way of thinking, you won’t get successful and rich like this.

– Jay Penn

Go get my Ebook ” Living Successfully in the Philippines” – Your Ebook that will not discriminate your success based on your nationality. EVER.



"Jay Penn" is a Financial Literacy Mentor and Investor who is best known for his Book "Polymath's Profit". He is also an expert in the field of Maritime, Engineering, and Emergency Medical from his past careers. Experienced with Security Analysis, Crisis Prevention, Contingency Planning, and Global Maritime Distress Safety System. Currently instructs Nautical Sciences and is an avid Researcher of Business and Economics. He is also recognized as the "Top Maritime Instructor" for 3 consecutive years in the Maritime Education from 2014; raising the standard for the Maritime Industry and Training.

2 thoughts on “Filipino Discrimination: Why Local Filipinos prefers Foreigners than their own Filipino Brethren.

  • May 1, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Wow, what a great article, Jay.

    As an American, very close to my large Filipino family I notice this attitude all the time. I have a fantasy where I could be a mad scientist who would inject Filipinos with some sort of brain chemical which would cure this “second class citizen syndrome”.

    Two frequently heard phrases here which I truly hate ” If Only”, and “I’m only a Filipino”. The “I’m only a Filipino” attitude holds the country back tremendously, like a huge boat anchor dragging over the sea bottom. “If Only” Filipinos would lose this foreigner preference bias there’s literally no end to how the country could advance.

    Another factor which is directly connected to this attitude is the blatant ‘white skin” preference. The whiter a Filipinos skin is the greater the chance of success and celebrity status. Even today, otherwise well educated Filipinos will often speak of a fellow Filipino of mixd race with a sense of awe and misplaced “respect” if they one the are talking about is “Mestizo”. This is sick, IMO.

    Many time I will go to the mall or to a restaurant somewhere with a large family group and I will be the only one who is greeted upon arrival or thanked upon leaving. It’s as if my Filipino family and friends didn’t even exist. Makes me sad.

    Once I was watching a show on ABS-CBN about business. The guest was a Filipino man who had successfully started and run several businesses in the USA. The Filipino host kept remarking a number of times about how amazing it was that the Filipino man had gone to the USA and been a success.

    Finally the business man sort of list his temper a bit and asked the host, “Why are you so mazed? Di you think we Filipinos are stupid or something? Are our brains inferior”?

    The host was speechless, couldn’t figure out what to say … the director cut to a commercial to save the host from sitting there with his mouth hanging open on the air. LoL.

    • May 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Dave! Thanks for commenting, it’s been a while since I went and checked the site.
      Anyways, yes you got that right. If only Filipinos will lose this mestizo-esque bias then I believe things would have changed a bit. If you manage to get to be the mad-scientist, I wouldn’t mind being your assistant lol.

      But you know… change will not be coming… at least not soon.

      Well, my skin does get darker in a shade lol. But its annoys me to ever think that Filipinos – branded as the most hospitable race in the word – had this way of thinking or outlook. The only way for Filipinos to change is to educate them properly of proper etiquette to foreigners and locals alike.

      Nobody is inferior, nor superior. But when money or the perception of it is on the line, it becomes a grey zone where localized bias happens. Anyways, she (the waitress) got a good reprimand from us though.

      Thanks again and be safe,


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