We travelled quite often in the last 3-4 years and we’ve noticed that Pinoys behave much differently when they’re outside the Philippines. They follow the rules and are much more disciplined (which is awesome). We rounded up 5 habits that we believe Pinoys should embrace and follow religiously in the Philippines. Following these would most likely reduce accidents and help make a more productive and healthier society.
I. Escalator Etiquette: Single File on the Right Side
When riding the escalator, stick to the right side in single file. This gives people who are in a rush to walk past you on your left side. This never happens in the Philippines, hehe.
II. Follow the Pedestrian Stop Lights
I think just by following the pedestrian stop lights we would reduce accidents and hotter heads drastically in Metro Manila. Those lights are there for a reason and they’re not just decorative stuff, hehe. Other than the lights, we should also start using the pedestrian lanes more and not just randomly jaywalk all over the streets. That said…
III. Drivers Stop and Give Priority to Crossing People on Pedestrian Lanes
We noticed this a lot in London. Drivers really make it a point to stop when there is a pedestrian lane and someone is about to cross. Here majority of drivers probably don’t even know what a pedestrian lane is for and they are just pissed that people are blocking them from moving forward. When we were in London we were actually surprised that cars would stop on their own and we could cross the street without worrying about getting killed, hehe!
IV. Elevator Etiquette: Let People Out First Before You Go In
Now this is my personal pet peeve here in the Philippines. Proper elevator etiquette is to let people go out first before you go in. You do not rush in the same time as people are going out nor should you BLOCK THE WAY of people who are going out. Stand aside, let them get out, and then you go in the elevator. This actually happens often locally and even here at our condo in Greenhills. One time I couldn’t help myself and I had to talk to a couple of teenagers who were rushing inside the elevator without letting people go out first. Here’s how the conversation went:
Me: Excuse me, you should let everyone out first before you go in the elevator.
RSK (Rich Spoiled Kids): Huh? We’re not security guards, we’re also residents here.
Me (thinking to myself — Sarap batukan ng batang ‘to): Hindi ganun ‘yun. It’s proper etiquette and being respectful to the people who are inside.
RSK (looking amused): Ok, ok.
In my mind I imagined picking the kid up and then powerbombing him through the wooden table in our lobby. Kinda like this:
V. Smoke Only in Designated Smoking Areas
The recent local city ordinances have actually started making this better so it’s not as pressing as the other four. While people should be free to smoke, they should really take the health of those around them into consideration when they do. Second hand smoke is harmful. Don’t reduce the lifespans of those around you.
Oh, and one last thing:
VI. Don’t Piss All Over the Place
There was one time we saw a driver actually get out in the middle of the road and piss via his door on the street. My friend wanted to go down to smash his head through the window of his car, haha! Seriously though, if you have to go, then bring a friggin’ bottle and piss in your car. If you can hold it, wait ’till you get to a gasoline station.
And that’s pretty much it! If you guys also have observations that you want to add to the list just leave a comment below. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Editor’s Note: Thank you for the response to this post! We’ve gathered your suggestions and put them in a separate article which you can find here.