Is he an igorot, thats why he doesnt understand the importance of paper works and time?!!!
....I started to guess, baka nga Igorot eto? I dont have any goat or hen to pay him, if he doesnt want money haha.
These misguided, unnecessary lines were posted by a Filipina in France named Francesca who is married to a Frenchman. As can be expected, she got a telling off from other Filipinos and even non-Filipinos for such an ethnic slur on Igorots (see all comments here). I first got to know of this while going over some posts in a fellow Igorot's blogsite.
I say the responses she got for her posts should be enough to teach her a lesson on human relations and communication. I hope that in her future posts, she will be more prudent in her use of language to vent out her sentiments.
On the other hand, the rest of us have valuable lessons to learn from this as well. For one, another person's error reminds us of our own imperfections and of the need for us to be open to chastisement and correction. And in blogosphere, a person who is not willing to put away her/his blinders or the log in his/her eye is not fit to put up a blog.
Two, you can circle the globe without ever widening your circle of sensibility. Travel is supposed to broaden our perspective on the various facets of life like cultural diversity. But it can only have such an effect on us if we let our minds transcend the physical limits of our cranial capacity.
Finally, when the fires of prejudice threaten our sense of community, it is not our ability to create and throw torches that counts, but our ability to quickly douse the flames that does.
Some of you may be laughing heartily after reading through all the responses to Francesca's posts. Let's add to the fun by learning a few French words the Filipino way (got this from a forwarded message ages ago):
- Alms -LE MOUSSE
- Bald -CAL VOU
- Band -COM VOU
- Behind - LE COULD
- Caught in the Act - NA VOU COU
- City -CE VOU
- Confused - LE TOU
- Did not take a bath - LE BAG
- Disappear - LE PAD
- Drugs -SHA VOU
- Five - LE MA
- Feathers -VA LA E VOU
- Goodbye -VA VOU
- Liter - LE TRUE
- Sink -LA VA VOU
- Turn - LE COUP
- Unclear -MA LA VOU
Good day, kayet!