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The Colonial mentality in Filipinos

Ballerina statues. Many Filipinos like to watch ballet, a performance which originated in Italy. Another type of colonial mentality?
Ballerina statues. Many Filipinos like to watch ballet, a performance which originated in Italy. Another type of colonial mentality?

Colonial mentality – this pertains to the mindset of Filipinos about adhering to anything foreign – clothes, shoes, handbags, gadgets, home appliances, food and others. This is not generally bad, if put into proper perspective.

First and foremost, foreign made goods are mostly expensive but longer lasting than locally made ones. Filipino ladies would love to own at least one or two designer bags, shoes, clothes, make up, accessories because they think they will look good and feel good in them. Most probably yes. Young professionals with the aid of the internet go berserk over online shopping of foreign made what-have-you and try to race one another by typing “mine” over the item being sold online. These are examples of colonial mentality.

High school and college students beg their parents to buy them either an “S” or an “i” mobile, tablet, note with promises like doing good in school, helping with house chores, spending less time at the mall with friends and others. Some families choose to go overseas for long weekends, or weeks’ vacation. Their pretty pictures say it all. These are examples of colonial mentality.

There is nothing wrong per se in colonial mentality. But if you over spend using your credit card or worse, using money that is not yours, that what makes it wrong. During a long weekend, you can maybe book to a city hotel if you want to spend some urban setting with your loved ones or book to a provincial getaway for some fresh air and greeneries.

You can try buying locally produced food, delicacies and natural preserves to have a taste of our very own Filipino goods. If you are short in finances, you can also buy locally made clothes, bags, shoes, gadgets – if they serve the same purpose, why not? Again, colonial mentality is not wrong, you just need to know how to handle it.

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