It was a few weeks before when japanese students came to visit UP as part of their cultural exchange program with UP CIS. Before that the students from UP who visit japan went to our class and told stories of what they had seen and experienced during their trip. “What did the japanese students know about us?” They answered “Jabayuki.” It was there that I realized that why is it that foreigners know so little about us besides the landmarks and tourist spots that the country itself advertises outside the country? Eventually I though “What does the Philippine actually have to offer culturally?” Sure we have tons of malls, sure we have so many beautiful beaches but what do we show of our culture? Unless we show the tourists directly towards our few museums and history so little is reflected of our culture in our daily lives. The europeans have their sense of refinement coming from the boom of the renaissance era and monarchal system which still shows till now. The japanese heavily celebrate their traditions in multiple ways despite the many feudal wars and their loss during the world war. The Americans with their obvious attitude of being straightforward ambitious and “we are above everyone else” thing. So what of the Filipinos? Being kind isn’t a unique trait. Hospitality should be a given in almost all cultures so what do we have? Is it really just to the saying that Filipino’s are strong because we laugh away all our problems? Doesn’t that make us fools? Also our crab mentality is disturbing our culture heavily. Most of our cities are based from other countries, not on our own. What of the spanish-filipino war? What of the democracy we fought so hard for? What of the Filipina women who were famous for being conservative refined and gentle? What of the men who were strong and fought regardless of the impossible enemy in front of them? In the end, is this all we can offer? That we are just a simple copy of other countries?